Creating Screencast Tutorials on Linux

  • S04E39
  • June 21, 2011

Robbie and Christa answer a ton of viewer questions and have a great time doing so, and then show you how to record and produce your own screencast tutorials on Linux using an assortment of free tools.

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Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Christa Wells present in studio.
  • Viewer Images of the Week: Congratulations to Gadwil and Harry!
  • Christa has a wee bit of a breakdown, reading the news intro.
  • Viewer Question: On Ubuntu and Mint, it shows my drivers as been inactive. How do I activate them?
  • Viewer Comment: You need to blacklist the nouveau driver.
  • Viewer Comment: If you don't like Unity and want to try a new distro, try Zorin OS, which is really good for users who are switching from Windows to Linux.
  • The two approaches to "replacing" Ubuntu 11.04's Unity desktop environment.
  • Viewer Question: After upgrading from Ubuntu 10.10 to 11.04, my s-video output on my laptop no longer works to send video to my TV. Do you know of a fix or workaround? I'm using an Intel graphics card.
  • Viewer Comment: Ubuntu 11.04 was released too early.
  • Viewer Question: Do you have a Lucid machine running? Could you walk me through Flash installation on 64-bit Ubuntu 10.04?
  • What Perfectbuntu is, and how you can use it to enhance your multimedia experience on Ubuntu and Ubuntu-based systems.
  • Viewer Comment: You need to say "Prah-jects", not "Pro-jects".
  • Viewer Question: On your last show you talked about installing alternates to Ubuntu's Unity interface. Will Perfectbuntu still work with these different desktop environments, or do you have to go about its installation a different way.
  • Viewer Comment: I'm a fan of the show. Thanks to my love for Linux, I'm finding my A+ certification a breeze.
  • Robbie jokes that Category5.TV is completely scripted.
  • Top stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom.
  • Robbie expresses his thanks for all the donations that have come in so far, and mentions where things are at with ordering a replacement broadcast system.
  • Feature: Creating a screencast on Linux.
  • Installing and using gtk-recordmydesktop to record the screen of your Linux computer to an OGV file.
  • Robbie records a basic screencast: how to enter a web site address into the address bar.
  • Using the free gnome-sound-recorder to record the voice-over for your screencast tutorial.
  • Saving your audio files in gnome-sound-recorder.
  • Loading audio and video files into OpenShot video editor.
  • Using PiTiVi as a frontend for xvidenc to convert your OGV files to MP4.
  • Viewer Question: What was the name of that application you're using?
  • Editing your screencast and adding the voiceover audio.
  • Positioning audio on your timeline in the OpenShot video editor.
  • Cutting audio and video clips up in OpenShot.
  • Viewer Question: Not so long ago, when you displayed a Flash video in Linux, you could grab the file from your /tmp folder, but that no longer works. How can we get the Flash files from Linux? See

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