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If you want to illustrate what is displayed on your screen so that you help someone fix a problem, review a program, or anything else, you need simply to record a screencast and export it in a video to share it online or with your friends. There are many applications for Ubuntu that allow to record your desktop, but in this little guide, we will introduce top eight screencasting programs that you can use under Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin.

1. RecordMyDesktop


sudo apt-get install gtk-recordmydesktop

2. Istanbul Desktop Session Recorder

sudo apt-get install istanbul

If the application refuses to start, then try to run this command:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist "['a', 'b', 'c', 'istanbul']"

Start again Istanbul.

3. XvidCap Screen Capture


To install XvidCap on Ubuntu 12.04 (i386), run these commands:

sudo apt-get install imagemagick libavcodec-extra-53 mplayer


wget -O xvidcap_1.1.7_i386.deb http://goo.gl/5yFJQ


sudo dpkg -i xvidcap_1.1.7_i386.deb

To install XvidCap on Ubuntu 12.04 (amd64), run these commands:

sudo apt-get install imagemagick libavcodec-extra-53 mplayer


wget -O xvidcap_1.1.7_amd64.deb http://goo.gl/7TkQW


sudo dpkg -i xvidcap_1.1.7_amd64.deb

4. Kazam Screencaster



sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bigwhale/kazam-oneric


sudo apt-get update


sudo apt-get install kazam

5. Eidete



sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shnatsel/eidete-daily


sudo apt-get update


sudo apt-get install eidete

6. Tibesti Screencaster



sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/multimedia


sudo apt-get update


sudo apt-get install tibesti

7. Byzanz

This command line tool tool will record your activities in a GIF file. To install Byzanz on Ubuntu 12.04, run these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/byzanz


sudo apt-get update


 sudo apt-get install byzanz

Here is an example of how to use Byzanz:

byzanz-record --duration=20 --x=400 --y=350 --width=800 --height=600 output.gif

For more help, type this command:

byzanz-record --help

8. RecordItNow


sudo apt-get install recorditnow

If you we have missed some good screencasting applications, you can mention them in the comment area and we will be pleased to add them to the list.

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