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.
Things have moved on since we last covered screencasting software. 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.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 9 slick Linux screencasting tools. All of these tools are released under a freely distributable license.
|OBS Studio||Complete video recording and live streaming solution|
|vokoscreen||Easy to use screencast creator|
|Kooha||Simple GTK-based app to “elegantly record your screen”|
|screenkey||Screencasting software inspired by Screenflick|
|FFmpeg||Record, convert and stream audio and video|
|peek||Animated GIF screen recorder|
|SimpleScreenRecorder||Easy to use screencast creator|
|Kazam||Well designed and easy to use interface|
|ScreenStudio||Streaming made easy|
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.
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