2 Linux Screencasting Applications

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).

Key-Mon Displays Keyboard And Mouse Status On The Screen

Keyboard Status Monitor

Keyboard Status Monitor (key-mon) is a Linux tool for displaying keyboard and mouse status on the screen, ideal for creating screencasts.

3 Ways to Record Your Linux Desktop

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.

Screencasts in Ubuntu, part 1

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.

5 Ways to Screencast Your Linux Desktop

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.

Screen Recording With RecordMyDesk

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.

Record Your Screen With XVidCap

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.

Ubuntu Month of Screencasts: Installing Xubuntu



Complimenting our existing screencasts on installing Ubuntu, this screencast shows installing Xubuntu, and covers:-

  • Downloading the Xubuntu installation CD ISO image
  • Installing Xubuntu using the live CD
  • An overview of some applications installed with the Xubuntu desktop
  • Installing Xubuntu using the alternate CD
  • Resolving video card driver and resolution problems after an installation
  • Customising the Xubuntu desktop
  • Using some command line utilities to manage the system

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.

Connecting to Printers



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:-

  • Printer audio detection in Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) - Note: Gutsy is not yet released so we do not recommend running it on production hardware, and some features may change between now and the release date.
  • Automatic detection of network printers
  • Manually configuring network printers
  • Connecting to Windows shared printers.
  • Printing test pages

Files and Folders



In this screencast we look at the Nautilus file manager. This includes:-

  • Configuration preference in nautilus
  • Managing files and folders
  • Mounting and correctly unmounting external storage devices (USB sticks and memory cards)
  • Dealing with trash
  • Bookmarks

Users and Fast User Switcher



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.

  • Logging in
  • Setting a face (avatar/icon)
  • Removing and adding the fast user switcher applet
  • Creating and modifying users
  • Switching between users
  • Leaving messages for other users in their screensaver

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.

Updating and Upgrading



In this screencast we look at updating the system with packages from Ubuntu repositories and upgrading systems from one release to another. We show:-

  • Using Software Properties/Sources to identify repositories in use
  • Updating packages on an Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper) system
  • Upgrading from Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper) to 6.10 (Edgy) using Update Manager
  • Upgrading from Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty) to 7.10 (Gutsy) NOTE: Gutsy is currently under development so this is not recommended for production systems.
  • Updating packages on an Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) system

Installing Applications



In this screencast we look at how to install applications under Ubuntu. This includes:-

  • Installing applications from standard Ubuntu repositories using "Add/Remove.."
  • Installing applications using Synaptic Package Manager
  • Adding custom repositories to software sources
  • Installing applications from custom repositories
  • Installing applications manually from a downloaded .deb file
  • Removing applications

Awesome Ubuntu/Linux Apps you might not know about V1+2



Ubuntu Month of Screencasts: Burning an Ubuntu CD using Nero



Burning (writing) an Ubuntu CD using Nero under Windows.

Ubuntu Month of Screencasts: Installing Ubuntu Part 2



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.

Ubuntu Month of Screencasts: Burning an Ubuntu CD using Infra Recorder



Burning (writing) an Ubuntu CD using Infra Recorder under Windows.

Ubuntu Month of Screencasts: Screencast Subtitles

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.

Ubuntu Month of Screencasts: Tour of the Ubuntu Desktop



A quick tour of the Ubuntu deskop, and some of its features

Ubuntu Month of Screencasts: Why Ubuntu?



Why should someone consider using Ubuntu

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