This looks really cool.
It’s essentially a recording of everything you do on your computer, presented in a timeline that you can rewind, and it is also searchable, so you can search for any text that has appeared on the screen, in chat for meetings, etc… For those on the verge of losing their mind, all data are stored and processed on your local machine. And for the other people who haven’t lost their mind yet, it’s a subscription.
I read somewhere it currently adds about 12GB/month of usage.
Glad you posted this. It’s indeed very cool. A significant advance on those services that you have to invite to join a Zoom or Slack call as an attendee. There are some etiquette issues to work out that go hand in hand with that advance.
I remember trying the somewhat similar HistoryHound app from St. Clair Soft (the Default Folder X guys) and even though that was just for browsing the web, it quickly got to be too much for me and I shut it down. Unless this feels lightweight and not like it’s always writing to the disk, I fear I would have the same reaction. I hope to be proven wrong.
It didn’t register when I read it the first time that this is only for Mx chips. Here’s what they say about cpu usage:
Typically, while recording, Rewind uses only 20 - 40% of a single core.
For M1 (8 cores), that translates to only 2.5 - 5% of all CPU capacity.
For M1 Ultra (20 cores), that translates to only 1 - 2% of all CPU capacity.
This statement from rewind.ai makes sense. I purchased four PictureTel videoconferencing units in the mid 90s and they only required two 56K digital phone lines to transmit excellent (for the time) video. Because they just transmitted the changes from frame to frame.
“the amount of data that changes frame-to-frame when recording your screen is often remarkably redundant.”
This is finally out in public beta (I think) and I’m trialing it. Pretty cool but I was expecting more. It does a great job of digging up any text that’s showed up on screen but then doesn’t offer an easy way to go back to the item besides identifying the active app at the time which means that, if the text was in the background, it may not be the one you’re looking for.
If the hyperlink happens to show up (fully?) in the same screen then you can click on it.
Hopefully this can be improved but so far its just an interesting POC.
But not automatically, yes you can record but you need to remember to start / stop it. Teams is where I do all my meetings and I would want it to record those calls automatically.
At least if there was a keyboard shortcut to start / stop it’d be slightly easier.