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=Introduction=
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[[Category:X Server]]
XVidCap is a free software used for recording a screencast or digital recording of an X Window System screen output with an audio narration.  With it you can make a movie of anything running on under X.
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[[Category:Audio/Video]]
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[http://xvidcap.sourceforge.net/ XVidCap] is a free software used for recording a screencast or digital recording of an X Window System screen output with an audio narration.  With it you can make a movie of anything running on under X.
  
Quoted from the [[http://xvidcap.sourceforge.net/ xvidcap sourceforge page]]:
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{{Note|Xvidcap is no longer maintained and some parts do no work any longer (like the ability to encode to video).}}
  
"Xvidcap is a small tool to capture things going on on an X-Windows display to either individual frames or an MPEG video. On Windows machines there are commercial tools like Lotus ScreenCam or Camtasia which do a very good job esp. for the purpose I was needing such a tool for: Software documentation, esp. installation procedures and such.
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Quoted from the [http://xvidcap.sourceforge.net/ xvidcap sourceforge page]:
  
On UNIX machines I have searched for a comparable tool for a long time with little luck. Some day, I came across a program written by Rasca Gmelch which went a good way, just not quite there. It was able to capture to individual frames and save them in indivdual screenshots (which can be converted into a video with tools like transcode.)
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:''"Xvidcap is a small tool to capture things going on on an X-Windows display to either individual frames or an MPEG video. On Windows machines there are commercial tools like Lotus ScreenCam or Camtasia which do a very good job esp. for the purpose I was needing such a tool for: Software documentation, esp. installation procedures and such.''
  
This approach for me required more storage than I had available, so I added an on-line encoding facility using FFMPEG's libavcodec/libavformat. And since Rasca no longer has the time to maintain his code, I took over and the code to sourceforge.
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:''On UNIX machines I have searched for a comparable tool for a long time with little luck. Some day, I came across a program written by Rasca Gmelch which went a good way, just not quite there. It was able to capture to individual frames and save them in indivdual screenshots (which can be converted into a video with tools like transcode.)''
  
Today, I suppose xvidcap does its basic job, though I find bugs and possible improvements every day. If you are a developer, appreciate a tool like xvidcap, and want to help improve it, contact me at the sourceforge site."
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:''This approach for me required more storage than I had available, so I added an on-line encoding facility using FFMPEG's libavcodec/libavformat. And since Rasca no longer has the time to maintain his code, I took over and the code to sourceforge.''
  
=Installation=
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:''Today, I suppose xvidcap does its basic job, though I find bugs and possible improvements every day. If you are a developer, appreciate a tool like xvidcap, and want to help improve it, contact me at the sourceforge site."''
The packages for xvidcap reside in [extra] for both i686 and x64_86. Install it as you would any other package:
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# pacman -S xvidcap
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=Usage=
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== Installation ==
Using the software is pretty self-explanatory.  Be sure you adjust the desired framerate prior to starting a capture.  As well, setup the quality level and video codec of your choice.  Don't forget to save your preferences.
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=Trouble Shooting=
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Install {{AUR|xvidcap}} from the [[Arch User Repository]].
  
=External Links=
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== Usage ==
*[http://xvidcap.sourceforge.net/] - Homepage of xvidcap
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Using the software is pretty self-explanatory.  Be sure to select the desired framerate prior to starting a capture.  As well, setup the quality level and video codec of your choice.  Do not forget to save your preferences.
*[http://tombuntu.com/index.php/2007/11/06/record-your-screen-with-xvidcap/] - Brief tutorial of xvidcap
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== External Links ==
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*[http://xvidcap.sourceforge.net/ Official xvidcap homepage]
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*[http://tombuntu.com/index.php/2007/11/06/record-your-screen-with-xvidcap/ Brief tutorial of xvidcap]

Revision as of 11:10, 24 August 2012

XVidCap is a free software used for recording a screencast or digital recording of an X Window System screen output with an audio narration. With it you can make a movie of anything running on under X.

Note: Xvidcap is no longer maintained and some parts do no work any longer (like the ability to encode to video).

Quoted from the xvidcap sourceforge page:

"Xvidcap is a small tool to capture things going on on an X-Windows display to either individual frames or an MPEG video. On Windows machines there are commercial tools like Lotus ScreenCam or Camtasia which do a very good job esp. for the purpose I was needing such a tool for: Software documentation, esp. installation procedures and such.
On UNIX machines I have searched for a comparable tool for a long time with little luck. Some day, I came across a program written by Rasca Gmelch which went a good way, just not quite there. It was able to capture to individual frames and save them in indivdual screenshots (which can be converted into a video with tools like transcode.)
This approach for me required more storage than I had available, so I added an on-line encoding facility using FFMPEG's libavcodec/libavformat. And since Rasca no longer has the time to maintain his code, I took over and the code to sourceforge.
Today, I suppose xvidcap does its basic job, though I find bugs and possible improvements every day. If you are a developer, appreciate a tool like xvidcap, and want to help improve it, contact me at the sourceforge site."

Installation

Install xvidcapAUR from the Arch User Repository.

Usage

Using the software is pretty self-explanatory. Be sure to select the desired framerate prior to starting a capture. As well, setup the quality level and video codec of your choice. Do not forget to save your preferences.

External Links