Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Screencasting on linux

There are lots of good screen capturing options for linux.

On #oggcastplanet on irc.freenode.net,  K4k asked about streaming the output, with a webcam shot of the speaker somewhere on the screen.

here's one way to do that.

1st, start the webcam in a non-intrusive frame. mplayer fits the bill here.

~$ mplayer -cache 128 -tv driver=v4l2:width=320:height=240 -vo xv tv:// 

when that window appears, resize it, place it where you find least intrusive, and set it to remain "on top".

in another terminal, do this

~$ ffmpeg -f oss -i /dev/dsp -f x11grab -s xga -r 15 -i :0.0 out.mp4

then record your screencast.

hit q in the second terminal when you are finished.

If this works.. replace out.mp4 with whatever format or stream you wish to create.

Below is the video I created with this method (on ubuntu 10.04).


Peter said...

G'day RG

Good to know when I forget these commands I can always drop in here and find them :D

Klaatu von Schlacker said...

I'm borrowing this tip for Slackermedia documentation. Crediting RG as author/creator and linking to this post.