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Help! loooong delay!
« on: September 08, 2015, 12:29:56 PM »
I started using Screenshot Captor thru its menu bar and was getting the long delay after clicking the active window capture button. Then I switched to the <ALT> <PRTSCN> keystroke combination and got 'instant' capture! Horray.

That was yesterday. Today no matter what I've tried, there's an ~4sec delay, first a black border then a white border then the shutter sound.

I've tried setting and unsetting the capture delay and have searched HELP and this forum and, so far, have not found out what I'm doing differently today compared with yesterday.

I really detest the long delay when trying to capture Electricsheep!

Y'r [new] ol' Bud,

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Re: Help! loooong delay!
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2015, 12:48:53 PM »
When performing an Active Window capture, SC tries to use an advanced method to capture partial-transparency that can be seen in some Windows themes.  This slows down capture, and for some apps could result in strange behavior (for example when the active window is a child window on top of a parent form).

Try this, disable the option "Try to capture Aero Glass transparency effect" on the "Window Capturing 1 tab:
Screenshot - 9_8_2015 , 12_46_59 PM_ver001.png

Let me know how that works for you.

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Re: Help! loooong delay!
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2015, 12:52:12 PM »

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Re: Help! loooong delay!
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2015, 01:00:39 PM »
Thanks, Mouser.

That fixed the delay problem however now I get black window captures when electricsheep is running.

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Re: Help! loooong delay!
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2015, 01:04:17 PM »
the entire window is black or just black around borders?
if you do a full screen capture (prtscr hotkey), does it look ok?

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Re: Help! loooong delay!
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2015, 01:13:28 PM »
The entire window is black.

a prtscn of the entire screen works ok [ from the prtscn key, the key bar at the top of my desktop or the choice in the right mouse key menu of the icon in the tray.]

The black active window results from either the keystroke combo or the bar at top of desktop.
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Re: Help! loooong delay!
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2015, 01:21:01 PM »
How strange.. I may have to install electric sheep to try it.

Can you answer a few more questions:
1. When you perform an active window capture (alt+prtscr) now, is the capture size the correct size that you intended it to capture?
2. When you were using it before with the old setting and the long delay, was it capturing the image properly in that scenario?

I wonder if you might try disabling the two main options on the "Window Capturing 2" tab and see what happens..

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Re: Help! loooong delay!
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2015, 01:35:37 PM »
Re: y'r questions

1. without determining the pixel width and height, it seems to be the right size. The window edges and label "electric sheep" do appear in the black captures.
2. image captured properly with the old setting and long delay.

I'm running electricsheep from the "run in a window" sheep's head icon found under windows 'all programs' via the start menu.

I just tried capturing [using the active window keystroke combo] the entire screen filled with ES started by "preview" mode in the windows' screensaver chooser app and it seems to work fine.

It also works fine capturing the entire screen filled with ES while it is acting as a screensaver turned on after 5-min without user input.

I could use it this way but prefer to use the smaller, always on window which I can size for portrait or landscape postcard images.

I hope that's clear. If not, I'll try to clarify.

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Re: Help! loooong delay!
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2015, 02:06:57 PM »
Hi, Mouser.

I mucked about some more and learned:

If I start ES from its "settings" window [available by desktop context menu Item "personalization"/then screensaver -OR- from an item under ES in "all programs" under start menu] I can capture the active window with no perceptible delay and can resize/shape the window. Sometimes screen capture is accompanied by closing of the active window but not often enough to be bothersome.

So, I'm back in high cotton and happy.

Thanks for y'r help,

Y'r ol' Bud,

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Re: Help! loooong delay!
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2015, 03:36:57 PM »
Glad you got it working well enough to suit you  :up:
The most surprising thing is hearing that the old method with the flashing black and long delay actually was able to capture the image but the no-delay, disable aero transparency wasn't.. I've never heard of that before and it's darn curious...

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Re: Help! loooong delay!
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2015, 05:03:59 PM »
The entire window is black.

Just to confirm -- this has now been replicated on another Windows 10 machine, when capturing the active window in conjuction with the Aero capture option disabled.  Working on it now.

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Re: Help! loooong delay!
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2015, 05:26:54 PM »
Ok i've got it fixed locally; new version of SC will be available for download with fix this weekend.

[ps. thanks to member deozaan for helping to identify the cause of this bug]

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Re: Help! loooong delay!
« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2015, 05:46:02 AM »
Hello, Mouser.

I'm having another problem with MS security essentials not running correctly and, while trying to find out why and fix it, I found a setting where I cd turn off transparency of window frames. I turned it off but am still futzing with security essentials and haven't tried to capture the offending Electricsheep window. more later.

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Re: Help! loooong delay!
« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2015, 05:49:51 PM »
Please try the new beta (4.13) linked here:
http://www.donationc...dex.php?topic=3474.0

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Re: Help! loooong delay!
« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2015, 06:32:57 PM »
Thanks, Mouser. Will do and will report back.

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Re: Help! loooong delay!
« Reply #15 on: September 12, 2015, 06:46:27 PM »
I installed the stable beta and it works 'instantly' no matter how I start Electricsheep.

I also tried it with the 'try to capture aero-transparency whatever...' and it was slooooow but NOT BLACK, it actually captures the window.

Thanks again,

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Re: Help! loooong delay!
« Reply #16 on: September 12, 2015, 09:04:28 PM »
Great! Thanks for the fast report.  :up: