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Linux Screencasting with recordmydesktop

07 May 2012

I have today encountered an item on my todo list (the list is so long I can't actually remember writing this item... madness!) - which is to record a set of tutorial screencasts for a SaaS that I am developing - quicker than writing help-documents and probably a bit more fun. Something I've been meaning to try my hand at for a long time!

So there was a little chinstroking and headscratching trying to get this setup to my liking - I encountered some common linux audio problems like static / whitenoise on my mic etc. but in the end the steps to get setup were pretty straightforward; install some apps, set some settings and off we go.

The scenario

I have:

I want to:

Software Choices

I tried a lot of different programs, some with fancy GUIs, old ones, news ones, VLC had a lookin but in the end these are the programs I like best - they're snappy, simple (or no) interface, and they each "just work" without extra bloat:

To install:

sudo apt-get install recordmydesktop gtk-recordmydesktop pavucontrol

Setup

I will address this part... WITH A SCREENCAST!

How apt.

References

While I had to wade through quite a few guides, videos and manpages, these were the only guides I needed in the end:


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