If you are using Debian or other debian derivatives, you can record your desktop session to a video using RecordMyDesktop. This program is available in the Wheezy repository and ad usual, you just need a command to install it:
sudo apt-get install recordmydesktop gtk-recordmydesktop
To start recording your desktop is sufficient to start the recorder clicking on “Record”. The new recorded video of my desktop wiil be automatically saved in ~/Video. As you can see from the image below, there are several option directly available in the main interface and others, more specific, are available after clicking on the button “Advanced”
If you click on the button “Advanced” you will be able to modify further parameters using 4 different tabs:
The “Files” tab contains just one option: to save the path of the working directory. The Working Directory is the folder used by the program to store the video while it is being recorded. Then when the user stops the recording, this video is normally moved in the directory chosen by the user in the previous window with the button “Save As“. So this will not change the final destination file of your recording but just the temporary file used by recordmydesktop
The “Performance” tab contains settings for the quality of the final video:
- Frames per second
- Encode on the fly
- Zero Compression
- Quick subsampling
- Full shot at every frame
The “Sound” tab can be used to set the best setting you want for the audio of your desktop or it can be used to not record any audio at all. Also it can be used to select the device from which you want to capture audio:
The number of audio channels
Within the “Misc” tab are present options for:
Connection to the Xserver.
- Show the mouse cursor
The mouse cursor that will be drawn: Normal is for the real cursor you see while recording, while black and white are fake cursor drawn by th eprogram. You can also disable the mouse cursor at all.
- Follow mouse
When this option is enabled, the capture area will follow your mouse cursor. Enabling this options will also enable full shots at every frame, so it is not recommended for large capture areas.
- MIT-Shm extension
Use the MIT-shared memory extension, whenever appropriate, depens on other program, settings.
- Include Windows Decorations
When selecting a window via the “Select Window” button include that window decoration in the recording area.
Enables or disables tolltips (requires restart)
- Outline Capture Area On Screen
Draw a frame on the screen around the area that will get captured
- Reset Capture Area
- Extra options
Other command line otions, separated with a space. Consult man page
Have a nice sunday people!! And let me know how it goes with RecordMyDesktop
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