Screencast recoding

Alan Pope alan at
Tue Sep 11 08:10:22 BST 2007

Hi Matt,

On Tue, 2007-09-11 at 16:54 +1000, Matthew Rossi wrote:
> Hi popey, how are you?  I have a problem with recording the opening
> sequence using XVidCap.  When i go to the second slide on the opening
> openoffice presentation file in full screen mode, the software doesn't
> capture the slide change.  How can I work around this? 

How are you running

Here's what I do.

Create a user called screencasts

Switch to that user:-
        sudo su - screencasts

Then as the screencasts user:-
        vncserver :1  -geometry 1280x720 -depth 24 -extension XFIXES

Then back as your normal account:-
        vncviewer localhost:1

In the vnc session that starts the gnome stuff sometimes doesn't start,
but you get an xterm, so in that xterm I issue:-
        gnome-session &
(and then move that to the second desktop and minimise it).

Then open the OO.o template (from ) and modify
then run the presentation.

Run xvidcap as your normal user and record the vnc window.

If I were you I would not record the title (specifying the day) yet
until the schedule has been updated (I will do this later on today).

> Also, one thing about the voip screencast, does the screencast about
> voip need to include Ekiga, seeing that it is bundled in ubuntu, or
> not?

Definitely. We're aiming to show new users how to use Ubuntu, and that
means initially showing them how to use the software that is already
installed. So that they can get going immediately. If there are extra
bits that need installing then you can mention the package names, we
will shortly have a "how to install packages" screencast too.


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