gLapse: take screenshots, glue them together

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May 16th, 2011 12:06 am

Hi, I’m proud to introduce you gLapse v0.1, a GUI GNU/Linux tool to make time lapse videos of your Ludum Dare work progress. gLapse allows you to take desktop screenshots at fixed intervals and glue them together in a time lapse video. I developed it because there only were command line tools to make time lapse videos on Linux… until now!


  • Take .png screenshots at a custom time interval and with variable quality.
  • Make videos from using the saved screenshots with custom FPS.
  • Multilanguage: English and Spanish for now (more translations are welcome!).


gLapse is very easy to install if you use a Debian related Linux distribution like Ubuntu or Linux Mint:

  1. Download the .deb package.
  2. Install it.
  3. You can run gLapse from your applications menu or by typing “glapse”.

If you don’t use a Debian related distribution, these are the needed steps:

  1. Download the source package.
  2. Decompress it and access the folder using a terminal.
  3. sudo make install
  4. You can run gLapse from your applications menu or by typing “glapse”.


gLapse is licensed under the GPL v3 conditions, its free software and I will happily receive code contributions or new translations :-).

Feedback and more

I’ve intensively tested gLapse but if you ever find any problems, please report them to the issues sections at the Google Code site. It’s quite easy and it would be a great way to contribute.

I would like gLapse to appear in the time lapse tools section, that would be really awesome. I think gLapse could help many Ludum Darers who are not experts using command line tools or simply prefer GUI applications.

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9 Responses to “gLapse: take screenshots, glue them together”

  1. Grungi Ankhfire says:

    This is awesome !

    I’m most probably going to use this next time around. Altough I like CLI applications, I’m just lazy and that’s why I still haven’t done a timelapse of my two participations so far. gLapse is going to change that. Thanks a ton !

    • siondream says:

      Thank you very much!

      I’m really glad gLapse could be useful for somebody. When I join the next LD I’ll use it for sure too :-). Of course, if you find a bug, please report it to the issues section at Google Code.


  2. the_program1 says:

    Brilliant! I was looking for just such a tool last compo but couldn’t find any. I will definitely be using this next time round. Thanks!

  3. Superyoshi says:

    I love you.
    I could do a german translation if you give me a file with all strings 😀

  4. Nice! I was looking for a Linux timelapse application last time, but didn’t want to spend days figuring something out and setting it up. This looks like it will be very useful!

  5. Bender says:

    It would be awesome to have it on Github or Gitorious to report bugs / fork it / bug fix and patch…

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