Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Screencasting in Linux

Screencasting, according to wikipedia, stand for record computer screen output, often containing a narration. Then, screencasting can be used for many different and useful purposes. In particular, people working with computer systems can share their expertise with anothers posting video-howtos about, almost, any thing to deal with computers.

Now, many open source and free applications are available in order to do screencasting for the Linux platform.

Today, i want to mention two complementary tools to support the screencasting process in Linux. The first is xvidcap. It can be found in the ATrpms repository. You only need execute the command, yum install xvidcap. It allows you define a rectangular section of your screen, then you can record all the things to happen there.

When you end to recording, probably you need editing the video generated. Then, I recommend to use Kino. Kino, is a basic tool for edit videos and as easy to install as execute yum install Kino. If you are familiar with vi editor you will find many key sequence use for edit text in vi, works for edit video in Kino, for example: "x" key allows you delete a character in vi, similarly, when you are editing a video with Kino, "x" key allows you to delete a frame. Very funny and wonderful for us, the vi users. :-D.

  • ATrpms
  • Screencast
  • Tools A complete article to describe different tools for screencast in Linux.
  • ScreenKast is a new project under screencast category. Automatically, it allows upload videos and publish them on internet.
  • Istanbul is an advanced video editing tool, however, demands a lot of hardware requirements.

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