Tools to record your desktop

Whenever we want to do a "tutorial" on anything, the possibility of "recording" it comes to mind to upload it to YouTube or one of the most popular video sites. In this way, what we want to explain is going to be understood much easier and, in addition, it is much easier to explain than if we had to write step by step.


The best known little program to accomplish this task is RecordMyDesktop, but we are also going to talk about other utilities. Shall we start?

-RecordMyDesktop: Its use is very simple and allows the recording of our desktop in .ogv (Ogg video) format. The resulting quality is very good.


To install it just:
sudo apt-get install gtk-recordmydesktop recordmydesktop

Note: Kde users: Use qt-recordmydesktop instead of gtk-recordmydesktop

More at: http://recordmydesktop.sourceforge.net

-XVidCap: This application allows you to delimit a recording area within your desktop and move it or change its size at any time during the recording. The output format is .mpeg or .avi
To install it we use:
sudo apt-get install xvidcap

More at: http://xvidcap.sourceforge.net/

-Istanbul: it is the equivalent of RecordMyDesktop for having very similar options. It can be found in many distributions and is very convenient to use. It is supported directly by Gnome, although it is possible to use it in KDE or XFCE.


To install it we use:

sudo apt-get install istanbul

Fedora users note:

sudo yum -y install istanbul

More in: http://live.gnome.org/Istanbul


-Wink: Its license is Freeware but for its development it is necessary to request permission from its author. Therefore, your license is exclusive. Even so, we can find it in many distributions. This is an excellent application that takes snapshots at regular intervals and then allows you to edit their order and add annotations. Makes it ideal for guides or manuals.


To install it we use:

sudo apt-get install wink

More in: http://www.debugmode.com/wink/


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  1.   Benjamin Que Puc said

    oraque good

  2.   Martin Algañaraz said

    Good compilation, thanks for sharing it 🙂

  3.   LuisGamerr said

    Thank you very much for your contribution, it helped me a lot