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Caught on Video: 2 Tools for Linux Screen-Session Recording

Oct 28, 2010, 12:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack M. Germain)

"If creating desktop demos is a common job for you, and if you want a better way to present the information than using a webcam or a cellphone, a screen session recording app is in order. RecordMyDesktop is a breeze, but another, Istanbul, seems to have problems on several different distro/hardware combos, ranging from not stopping when told to necessitating a total OS reboot.

"Do you ever marvel at those step-by-step how-to product demos of software apps that end-users post on places like YouTube? It is often easy to spot these demo videos shot with cellphone cams or PC eye cams placed over the user's shoulder.

"But two cool Linux apps give you a the ability to record directly to a file whatever's being shown on your computer's monitor. RecordMyDesktop and Istanbul both record screen sessions into an Ogg Theora video file."

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