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Eidete – A Screencasting Application that really works on Ubuntu 12.04

In Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) LTS, there are few great applications available for screencasting – such as RecordMyDesktop, Kazam and built in tool (starts/resumes with Ctrl+Alt+Shift+r) in Gnome shell desktop (although it doesn’t record voice) but none of them worked well in Ubuntu 12.04 (with Unity).

Kazam was irritating like hell – when I completed the recording it crashed and I couldn’t save anything (although it was working fine for smaller duration (couple of minutes)), besides that – it was consuming a lot of RAM (so there may be some sort of ‘memory leak’). RecordMyDesktop was also behaving very strange, User Interface is very confusing and it also crashes a lot (resource consumption was also very high, my pc became unresponsive for a while).

Eidete : Screencast Recording Software for Ubuntu

Finally, I tried Eidete – it worked like charm. I’ve recorded more than 6 videos(till now) and there was no problem at all. So if you guys had any problem recording screencasts with Ubuntu, then I recommended you to try Eidete.


Eidete is a simple application, it has all the basic features such as audio/video options, recording area selection, display mouse behavior and clicks, timer countdown, pause/resume etc. Finally, it saves the screencast into web friendly format (.webm).


Recording is very easy, after hitting the record button, the recording process starts within 5 seconds (timer). Finally, if you want to finish then click on Eidete Launcher, and click Finish(then you will get a new window for saving the recorded file).

How to Install Eidete in Ubuntu 12.04

Since, it’s not there in official package repository so you need to add the PPA for Eidete. Open a terminal and execute –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shnatsel/eidete-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install eidete

Recommended Link(s) : 

Eidete on Launchpad

screencasting in gnome-shell

Best Screencasting Software for Ubuntu 11.10/12.04

For Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) or 12.04 (Precise Pangolin, right now, only alpha version is available) LTS there are lot of ways to record desktop – to create screencast. Some of the most popular applications include – xvidcap, Tibesti, RecordMyDesktop, Kazam etc. Screencasting has become a very popular medium for delivering tutorials, so it must record screen without any lagging or distortion, and of course the HD quality should be supported. In this post I’ve described two popular tools – out of which first one is only for Gnome Shell users while second one will work with most of the Gnu/Linux distributions.

Recording Screen in Gnome Shell Desktop

screencasting in gnome-shell
Recording Screencast in Gnome Shell

If you’re using Gnome Shell Desktop rather then the default one which is unity, then you can start capturing your screen without any extra software – because it’s a built in feature.

Just hit Ctrl+Shift+Alt+r and start capturing your screen. You will notice an indicating red dot in bottom right corner. To stop recording, press the same keys again. The output file will be saved in ~/shell-*.webm , but there is one problem! it won’t record any audio. But you can fix that by recording the voice simultaneously using Sound Recorder (installed by default) and finally merge he Audio and captured screen video using OpenShot (or any other video editor of your choice).

recordMyDesktop – Best Screencasting Application for Ubuntu


recordMyDesktop (or Desktop Recorder) is a simple and easy to use screencasting software for Ubuntu or other GNU/Linux distributions which are based on Gnome or KDE desktop. The core program is written in C language – it’s a command line tool for recording screen, while the UI has been implemented in two ways – One Python based (pyGTK) for Gnome users while other one is Qt (pyQt4) based for KDE desktop users.

Encoding Process after Screencasting

recordMyDesktop is a free software and uses only open formats such as ogg for audio and theora for video. It has a lot of features and options to customize the recording and other settings, and of course it also records audio. If it’s not recording audio properly then go to Sound Settings and correct the input device settings for audio recording. The user interface seems little confusing (you may need to provide the save as location and file name first before starting recording process) but it works fine.

How to install recordMyDesktop in Ubuntu 11.10/12.04

Fire up a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute the command (or search in Software Center) –

sudo apt-get install gtk-recordmydesktop

Update 1. Added Eidete

Eidete : Another Great Application for Screencasting on Ubuntu

If recordMyDesktop doesn’t work for you, then you may want to try Eidete. It’s a very simple application but it works great (I’ve tried in Ubuntu 12.04). It has some awesome features like – tracking mouse clicks, colored circle for mouse movements etc.


Install Eidete in Ubuntu

First, you need to add the PPA for Eidete, then update the repository and install it. So, open a terminal and execute –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shnatsel/eidete-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install eidete

Update #2

Here is another one (probably the best) : SimpleScreenRecorder. It has simple and easy to use UI and lots of features to control the quality and recording experience. In my experience, it’s the best one.

simple screen recorder

Install SSR in Ubuntu

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder