Easy Ways to Create Screencasts
A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, typically carrying audio narration. Screencasting software takes a series of screenshots of a running application, recording the user’s actions, and creating a video file. The movies can be output in a variety of different formats.
Screencasts have a wide variety of uses. This type of software is also often used to demonstrate operating systems, software actions, website features, troubleshooting, and evaluating technical skills.
We have written about open source screencasting software in the past, including: ‘Screencasting Software‘, and Plain Text Screencasting Software which highlighted our favourite screencasting software for the desktop and command line. Things have moved on since these articles were written. The purpose of this article is to identify high quality open source screencasting software that makes it a breeze to create screencasts. Thanks to this software, anyone can make their own videos.
If you are running Gnome Shell you already have an environment framework to record your desktop. Simply press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+R to start recording a screencast. Gnome’s screencasting works well, using little resources, and is effortless to use.
Another solution worth considering is RecordScreen.py which is, as its name suggests, a Python script. It uses ffmpeg to perform the recording and encoding of the screencast.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 4 slick Linux screencasting tools. All of these tools are released under a freely distributable license.
So let’s explore the 4 screencasting tools at hand. For each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot, together with links to relevant resources and reviews. Start recording activities today!
|Kazam||Well designed and easy to use interface|
|vokoscreen||Easy to use screencast creator|
|SimpleScreenRecorder||Useful tool to record programs and games|
|FFmpeg||Cross-platform solution to record, convert and stream audio and video|