recordMyDesktop - This is a powerful command-line screencasting application which uses open formats to save the obtaining video (Ogg Theora for video and Ogg Vorbis for audio).
Keyboard Status Monitor (key-mon) is a Linux tool for displaying keyboard and mouse status on the screen, ideal for creating screencasts.
In this article I'll include three ways to screencast your Linux desktop with the help of recordMyDesktop, XVidCap and Istanbul. These three applications are included in every major distribution.
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but no one has ever thought about how much an animation could be worth. If you really want to examine it yourself, you can try to work with screencasts. Recording them in Ubuntu is really simple. However, making a technically advanced screencast can be quite demanding.
Here are five popular ways to capture desktop screencast for Linux
1) Istanbul: Istanbul is one of the more widely used desktop recording software out there. You can download Istanbul from here. Debian and Fedora users should be able to install it from the repo. Istanbul has a very simple interface (or lack of). When you first start up Istanbul, you will see a small red button on your desktop panel.
As its name implies, RecordMyDesktop is a software that enables you to record activities on your desktop. It is simple, easy to use and produces high quality recording. It allows you to make video of your desktop, with or without sound in the open source .ogg format. The default RecordMyDesktop package is a terminal application without any graphical interface. Installing the gtk-reordmydesktop package provides the graphical frontend.
If you want to record your screen in Linux, XVidCap is the best solution. It’s easy to install, able to capture fast without dropping frames, and offers lots of options.
Complimenting our existing screencasts on installing Ubuntu, this screencast shows installing Xubuntu, and covers:-
Note: This screencast shows some use of the command line (terminal) in Xubuntu. If you are uncomfortable using the command line, then please seek additional assistance.
In this short screencast we look at various ways of connecting printers in Ubuntu. We don't look at troubleshooting printer issues, as that will be covered in a later screencast, what we do cover is:-
In this screencast we look at the Nautilus file manager. This includes:-
In this screencast we look at creating multiple user accounts with different access rights and use the new fast user switcher to switch between users.
NOTE: I used Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) for this screencast. Gutsy is currently not yet released so I would not recommend running it yet on production systems.
In this screencast we look at updating the system with packages from Ubuntu repositories and upgrading systems from one release to another. We show:-
In this screencast we look at how to install applications under Ubuntu. This includes:-
Installing Ubuntu from the Alternate CD. This screencast shows the install process and shows in a little detail the partitioning process. It covers setting up disks using the guided partitioning method to setup disks as simply as possible, but also covers more complex scenarios such as LVM and RAID0, 1 and 5. Note: Ubuntu 7.10 was used for this screencast. This version of Ubuntu is not yet released, and should therefore not be used for production systems. Also, some screens may change between this screencast and when Ubuntu 7.10 releases in October.
In order to make our screencasts as accessible as possible, we are working on creating subtitles for all the screencasts on the site. This page will be updated as we get the screencasts transcribed and those transcriptions translated.