How to record screen activity on Ubuntu with RecordMyDesktop

In many cases a video can solve all of your issues and to help you achieve your plan. Regardless it is a guide with step-by-step formula, a fantastic video game or even and IM video for streaming, recording a video is the best alternative for you. And in case you are Ubuntu user, we strongly recommend you the RecomrdMyDesktop method! It is easy and quickly to be learnt, so you will definitely have no difficulties. Still, all new things require some special guide for navigation, too, so make sure you read the following easy tips in order to find out how to record your screen activity on Ubuntu by using RecomrdMyDesktop. Before to begin with our current RecomrdMyDesktop guide, let’s say few words about this platform. Note that it is a specially tailored program for Ubuntu and up to now it has been considered as one of the best choices for capturing a video. The software is entirely conducted to the simplicity of Linux free-based principles. On the other side, RecomrdMyDesktop appears to be perfect for both – observing and recording your entire desktop activity, or capturing only few segments of it. In short, with RecomrdMyDesktop a user can easily make superb Ogg Theora files, which are video files that refer to the most modern video player software types and that are ideal for uploading materials in YouTube without bothering with any converting or adapting processes.

How to install RecomrdMyDesktop on your Ubuntu Linux

RecomrdMyDesktop comes with a backend called recordmydesktop and a nice GUI frontend that uses GTK library and it is called gtk-recordmydesktop. As a start you need to process the installation of RecomrdMyDesktop software on your Linux-based device. Keep in mind that you need to install the program fully – including with its graphical features. On Ubuntu, Linux Mint or any other Debian based distro just type:

howopensource@esprimo:~$ sudo apt-get install gtk-recordmydesktop

Ok, you are now done with RecordMyDesktop installation. You have managed to install all of its files – including the graphical fronted GUI. To start program simply type.

howopensource@esprimo:~$ gtk-recordmydesktop

You will see that your main screen contains of several general options, as well as of thumbnail on of your Ubuntu-based desktop. In case your aim is to record some sound, then, make sure you have checked the checkbox of the Sound Quality feature.

Record Desktop Video Linux

Also when start application it registers into system tray with a red circle icon. You can click on this icon to start/stop recording. Also there is a menu that opens from that icon.

Record Video Desktop System Icon

On the other side, you can take the benefits of many other options from RecordMyDesktop software. Take a good look at them by clicking on the Advanced button and review each of them. Some of these options are entirely focused on specific effects and needs, while others are accents like frame rate you can insert for a more vibrant content of your video. Be aware that you can change the frame rate with the Performance tab.

How to record the whole desktop?

When you use RecordMyDesktop, you need to consider whether to record the entire desktop or just a certain part of it. If you select a particular zone of the desktop, you will record it. However, if you do not perform any selection, your entire desktop will be recorded. Be aware that video files with your whole desktop might expand to very big sizes. If you want to record your desktop now, simply go to the Record button, click it or click the circle in red from your system tray. The system tray is located in the top-right side of your screen according to the default settings. The moment you begin your video recording, this red cycle will transfigure into rectangle in grey, which is the general sign for stop. Once you finish with your video, to finish your recording process click stop, which button is in the system tray. According to the default settings, the recorded videos are saved in your home directory. They are generally named with out.ogv and in case a file with such a name has already existed, RecordMyDesktop software will not overwrite. On the contrary – the program will get a new name with a difference of a number that will be placed in the end of the name.

How to record a part of your desktop?

It is more often for a user to want to record only a part of his or her desktop. Thankfully, RecordMyDesktop is able to perform this action, too – simply and quickly! To record only a portion of your desktop, use the general window and then, click and drag on the image for preview in order to arrange the perimeter of the part you want to shoot in a video. The easier way to do so, though, is to click on the red circle in the system tray and then, choose the Select Area on Screen option. With this step you can replace the cursor with a crosshair. Thus, the selection of the area you want to click and eventually record becomes simpler than ever. Besides, doing the cutting in a small window is quite inconvenient, so better follow this piece of advice of ours. Once you drag your mouse, the red rectangle begins recording. Keep in mind that the rectangle is in opaque shape, so you will not be able to see what`s there underneath. When you are done with the selection of the desired area to be recorded, simply, release the mouse button. The zone will be seen outlined and with a rectangle in black. The next thing you need to do is to click the red circle, which is in the system tray. With this clicking the recording process begins. When you are finish and done, you will see the grey stop button instead of the red circle.

How to record single program (window)?

It is very often for users to want to record and an entire program window, when it comes to recording a certain desktop area with RecordMyDesktop. This is a very simple and easy task – just click on window (program) you want to record instead to select region to record and that’s it. It will work without problems.

When you press Stop button. RecordMyDesktop will need some time to encode video – so be patient. It takes a about 10-20 seconds on Intel Core3 Processor.

Encoding Recorded Video Linux

RecordMyDesktop, as we have already mentioned you, makes your video in out.ogv file, which can be loaded on Totem player.

As a conclusion, we must say that RecordMyDesktop is more than just a fantastic tool that allows you to make your own desktop videos on your Ubuntu-based computers. It also provides an amazing quality – especially if you learn the basics of each program’s options. RecordMyDesktop is your best option for making a video with Ubuntu!

Here are couple of screenshot showing Totem player playing recorded videos.

Code Editing Video

Check those videos that we record for testing purposes and uploaded to YouTube

Game playing

Code editing

Here are the raw Theora ogv files which can be played in Chrome and FireFox browsers directly without any plugins

Game Playing
Code Editing
Web Browsing

Advanced Settings of RecordMyDesktop

Here are the screen shots of advanced settings of program.

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