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    Question Is there any good desktop recorder in ubuntu

    I download a program called Desktop recorder. It never record a video smoothly, can't understand if the problem is with the software of the os(ubuntu). Is there any good desktop recorder...

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    Re: Is there any good desktop recorder in ubuntu

    there are a coupple of them. and there is even a Wink but a bit older version.
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    Re: Is there any good desktop recorder in ubuntu

    Unfortuanatily most screen recording tools in ubuntu are pretty pathetic. My favorite however is kazam: https://launchpad.net/kazam

    It isn't available in the normal repos at the moment, so you need to use the PPA.

    Also, a few weeks ago, I needed to do some screencasts of minecraft, which I've found that the only recorder that really stays smooth at high loads is ffmpeg. So, I wrote a basic (and probably very nooby) script to record the desktop as well as a basic GUI to offer some configuration.

    Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    
    # Zenity frontend to using ffmpeg as a screencasting tool
    
    CRES=$(xdpyinfo | grep dimensions | awk '{print $2}')
    let DTHREADS=$(lscpu | grep CPU\(\s\): | head -1 | awk '{print $2}')/2
    
    FPS=$(zenity --title=FFScreenCast --entry --text='Enter Desired Framerate:' --entry-text=30)
    THREADS=$(zenity --title=FFScreenCast --entry --text='Enter Number of Threads to Use:' --entry-text=$DTHREADS)
    
    DEST=$(zenity --title=FFScreenCast --file-selection --save --confirm-overwrite --filename=recording.mkv)
    
    ffmpeg -loglevel quiet -y -f alsa -ac 2 -i pulse -f x11grab -r $FPS -s $CRES -i :0.0 -vcodec libx264 -vpre lossless_ultrafast -crf 22 -acodec libmp3lame -ar 44100 -ab 126k -threads $THREADS "$DEST" &
    
    RECPID=$!
    zenity --title="FFScreenCast - Recording..." --info --text="Recording to $DEST\nRecording at $FPS Frames Per Second\nUsing $THREADS threads for ffmpeg\nPress OK to finish recording..."
    
    kill $RECPID
    just save that to something like record.sh on the desktop, then go to properties->permisions and check the box "mark as executable" then just double click it and choose run.

    But, unless you are recording gameplay, kazam is great.

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    Re: Is there any good desktop recorder in ubuntu

    Might help if we knew what you were trying to record? DVD's, youtube, or what.
    I noticed someone mentioned gaming and I can't speak to that. But for normal stuff I've had great luck with
    Firefox Download Helper, Thoggen DVD Ripper, VLC player and so on.

    Morhin


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    Re: Is there any good desktop recorder in ubuntu

    ok, thanks guys, i appreciate your help, i will try them.

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