Creating Screencast Tutorials on Linux

  • Episode 196
  • June 21, 2011
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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.

This episode is sponsored in part by: Planet Calypso & Pogoplug.

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 cat5.tv/flv.

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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Christa Wells

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Robbie Ferguson

Don't worry if you find something broken... this is a work in progress.


Robbie Ferguson

I still need to fix several broken images and create more content... this is a huge undertaking! Enjoy!

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