"'I'd like you to help me find out about video screen captures,'
said one of my editors a while back. 'Sure, let me see what's
available,' I replied. He pointed me to a couple of Web sites to
get me started, and here I am a few weeks later ready to share my
findings. I'll discuss ways that you can make video clips in Linux,
talk about their applications and shortcomings. I'll also cover
suitable ways to view your masterpieces once they're recorded.
"Video screen captures are useful for jobs like application
training, computer instruction, or product demos. An example would
be the little one-minute video I set up for my wife. She kept
forgetting how to start up Mozilla Mail on her Windows 98 machine.
I captured the mouse clicks and screen changes (in real time) as I
ran through the process, saving it to a Macromedia Flash file. I
then created a little Web page on one of my Apache servers, that
described how to start Mozilla Mail and included a link to the
Flash file. Instead of asking me how to do it, she can now just
click on the video tutorial..."