Easy Ways to Create Screencasts
A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output,
typically carrying audio narration. Screencasting software takes a
series of screenshots of a running application, recording the user's
actions, and creating a video file. The movies can be output in a
variety of different formats. This type of software was brought
into prominence by the commercial Windows application Lotus ScreenCam
in 1994, followed by TechSmith Camtasia and Adobe Captivate.
Screencasts have a wide variety of uses. This type of software
is also often used to demonstrate operating systems, software actions,
website features, troubleshooting, and evaluating technical skills.
We have written about open source screencasting software in
the past, including: 'Screencasting
Software', and Plain
Text Screencasting Software which highlighted our favourite
screencasting software for the desktop and command line. Things have
moved on since these articles were written. The purpose of this article
is to identify high quality open source screencasting software that
makes it a breeze to create screencasts. Thanks to this software,
anyone can make their own videos.
If you are running Gnome Shell you already have an environment
framework to record your desktop. Simply press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+R to
start recording a screencast. Gnome's screencasting works well, using
little resources, and is effortless to use.
Another solution worth considering is RecordScreen.py which
as its name suggests, a Python script. It uses ffmpeg to perform the
recording and encoding of the screencast.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is
available, we have compiled a list of 4 slick Linux
screencasting tools. All of these tools are released under a freely
So let's explore the 4 screencasting tools at hand. For
each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full
description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot,
together with links to relevant resources and reviews. Start recording
||Well designed and easy to use interface
to use screencast creator
||Useful tool to record programs and games
solution to record, convert and stream audio and video
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Last Updated Sunday, January 05 2014 @ 02:52 PM EST