View Full Version : screencasting on Linux

16th March 2007, 10:58 AM
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screencast

A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, often containing audio narration ... Just as a screenshot is a picture of a user's screen, a screencast is essentially a movie of what a user sees [their own recorded onscreen activity] on their monitor.

Here are some intro's to screencasting.



An excellent example of screencasting, on how to use Firebug:


I understand that it is less CPU intensive to record in two stages, rather than performing compression at the same time as recording the video.

Can anyone recommend some screencasting software that will work well under FC6, and produce several different output formats please?

16th March 2007, 11:14 AM
google search -> linux desktop video capture.

istanbul, xvidcap, etc... not used by myself , cannot recommend something.

16th March 2007, 04:11 PM

16th March 2007, 04:59 PM
Thanks pheeror. Have you actually used this software, and do you have any comments about it's use/operation please?

16th March 2007, 05:27 PM
I have used recordmydesktop. I used xvidcap before. Recordmydesktop is command-line utility. But if you are into KDE, you can use frontend krecordmydekstop or gtk-recordmydesktop for gtk frontend.
Use of recordmydesktop is really simple. You just type 'recordmydesktop -o file.ogg'. It records video(in fact, encoding only to Ogg Theora is possible) and audio (but it's necessary to set "record" on master). Yeah, i like it.

EDIT: Just a note. Xvidcap sometimes crashed up, probably due to my slow cpu. But recordmydekstop works fine (that's why i like it :) )