Microsoft Windows 10 now comes with screen shot tools that provide some basic screen capture features including the ability to record the screen as you play your games. But for the users who want more advanced features, these tools are not enough and they usually go for popular screenshot tools like SnagIt. However, if you want to automate the screen capture through batch files, scripts or Task Scheduler, then you will find MiniCap very useful
MiniCap is a screen capture utility with many advanced command line options. If you launch MiniCap by double-clicking on it (without any command parameters), then it will show up the graphical user interface from where you can choose to capture a window, an object or the entire screen. You can also select a region of the screen for capturing it and add shadow to the captured image. You can save the screenshot to a number of different image file types (JPG, GIF, PNG, PDF, TIF).
But the real power of MiniCap is in the command line parameters. Using these parameters, you can automate screen capture. You can tell MiniCap to start a program, capture its window and then close the program. You can even resizing the images and send them to the default printer. If you have multiple monitors attached to your computer, then you can specify contents of which monitor should be captured. There is a provison to delay the capture of launched app so that it can load the content to display information properly before MiniCap captures its window. All these command line parameters are explained in great detail in the help file included with MiniCap and also on its website.
For example, you can use the following command line to instruct MiniCap to launch Firefox, visit Amazon website, capture the screenshot and exit:
minicap.exe -save "D:\PIX\Cap.jpg" -runcap firefox.exe "https://www.amazon.com/"
All these command line parameters are explained in great detail in the help file included with MiniCap and also on its website.
You can download MiniCap from https://www.donationcoder.com/software/mouser/popular-apps/minicap.