VMware Workstation 5.0Features | Documentation | Knowledge Base | Discussion Forums
Creating a Screen Shot or a Movie of a Virtual Machine
This section describes how to capture a visual record of a virtual machine, in a screen shot or movie.
Creating a Screen Shot of a Virtual Machine
You can capture a screen shot of a virtual machine. Choose VM > Capture Screen. You can save this image as a bitmap (.bmp) file on a Windows host or as a portable network graphics (.png) file on a Linux host.
Creating a Movie of a Virtual Machine
You can capture a movie of your activity within a virtual machine. Workstation saves this image as an .avi file on the host.
To capture a movie of virtual machine activity
1. Choose VM > Capture Movie.
A save file dialog box appears.
2. Enter information for your movie and click Save.
While movie capture is active, a red circle a virtual LED appears in the status bar at the lower right.
An indicator appears on the status bar during movie capture
3. Within the virtual machine, perform the actions you want to appear in the move.
4. Choose VM > Stop Movie Capture.
The red circle disappears from the status bar, and your movie is saved.
Playing a Movie Requires VMware CODEC
You can play back your movie in any compatible media player. However, a VMware CODEC (coder-decoder) must be installed. This CODEC is automatically installed on a machine with VMware Workstation. A separately downloadable installer is also available for playback of movies on machines without VMware Workstation.