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== Installation ==
== Installation ==
Install {{AUR|xvidcap}} from the [[Arch User Repository]].
[[Install]] the {{AUR|xvidcap}} package from the [[AUR]].
== Usage ==
== Usage ==

Revision as of 08:43, 28 August 2017

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Note: Xvidcap is no longer maintained and some parts do no work any longer (like the ability to encode to video).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


Install the xvidcapAUR package from the AUR.


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.

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