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Thread: How to record games with glc and Ubuntu 12.04

  1. #1
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    Nov 2012

    How to record games with glc and Ubuntu 12.04

    1. Install glc

    And mencoder for encoding the video.

    sudo apt-get install mencoder
    2. Start recording

    glc-capture -n --disable-audio java -jar minecraft.jar
    java -jar minecraft.jar = Game

    -n = Optional. Lock game's fps to video's fps (default 30). Makes video quality better for me.

    --disable-audio = Optional. Disables glc's audio recording. It's maeby better to use this if you don't use glc's sound recording.

    Start/Stop video recording Sift+F8

    3. Encode video

    glc-play input_filename.glc -o - -y 1 | mencoder -demuxer y4m - -nosound -ovc x264 -x264encopts qp=18:pass=1 -of avi -o output_filename.avi
    Audio recording

    glc's audio recording don't work for me, so I use Audacity and Gnome sound recorder. With pavucontrol you can choose which program record game sounds and microphone.

    Additional info and tips:
    Last edited by leal1; November 7th, 2012 at 07:45 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2009

    Re: How to record games with glc and Ubuntu 12.04

    Excellent tutorial. GLC can be a little daunting, and I find that I have all sorts of issues with it, particularly if my recording is long. I found this "" file on a YouTube tutorial some time back, and it's what I use to record my gaming now. It uses FFMPEG, and records the game as well as the audio automatically, and the video size is not too large (though quality is good).

    Essentially you open a terminal and type "sh" to run it, and then you open the game you want to record. It runs in the background, and when you want to stop the recording, you do a "Ctrl-c" in the terminal window to stop it. It places the file in your HOME/capture folder (you actually have to make the capture folder first or it gives you an error).

    You can download this file from my website at

    Or make your own file and use the code below and make it executable afterwards (open a terminal and type "chmod +x"). I did not create this code, but I left the authors name in the comments.

    Here is the contents of the file if you wish to create it yourself:

    #ffmpeg script
    #sample:ffmpeg -f alsa -ac 2 -i hw:0,1 -f x11grab -r 30 -s 1280x1024 -i :0.0 -acodec pcm_s16le -vcodec libx264 -vpre lossless_ultrafast -threads 0 output.avi
    #sample2:avconv -f alsa -i pulse -f x11grab -r 25 -s 1920x1080 -i :0.0 -vcodec mpeg4 -b 12000k -g 300 -bf 2 -acodec libmp3lame -ab 256k Screencast.avi
    #script by Xpander
    #date function
    DATE=`which date`
    #How many threads used (0 for automatic)
    #Audio Device
    #Frames per second
    #Directory where your video is gonna be saved.(include / at the end)
    #File name
    FILENAME=videocast`$DATE +%d%m%Y_%H.%M.%S`.avi
    avconv -f $AUDIO -ac $CHANNELS -i $SOUNDCARD -f x11grab -r $FPS -s $RESO -i :0.0 -vcodec mpeg4 -b 10000k -g 300 -bf 2 -acodec libmp3lame -ab 128k -threads $THREADS $DIRECTORY$FILENAME
    If you find that it gives an mp3 error, you may need to apt-get the ffmpeg with MP3 support. This file has been excellent, and I recently recorded a 2hr+ psychonauts session with no slowdown or hiccups!
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Xubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: How to record games with glc and Ubuntu 12.04

    i've used that script before. Note, change the RESO to match whatever screen resolutions you're playing the game in.

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