How to Do Screencasts on Ubuntu

It is easy to record and share great screencasts on Ubuntu (and I guess on Linux in general).

Recently, I had to create a screencast to demonstrate how to use Storexplore, a gem I wrote that transforms online stores into APIs. Here is the result

Don’t lose your time searching for anything else than SimpleScreenRecorder (I did, and actually did lose quite some time). Follow the installation instructions :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder
# if you want to record 32-bit OpenGL applications on a 64-bit system:
sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder-lib:i386

It’s dead simple to use, just try to record your first video, and you should know it all !

At the difference of other tools I tried (I’m looking at you RecordMyDesktop) I could easily encode my video to efficient formats (mp4, h.264 & mp3) that are well known on the internet, and in particular, by YouTube.