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I'm looking for free (gratis) software for Ubuntu that allows me to easily record the screen. I don't exactly have the best computer ever so I'm also looking for low ram consumption. Recording of audio is not required, I just need video.

Requirements:

  • Must be gratis
  • Must work for Ubuntu 12.04
  • Would be cool if it had Unity integration
  • Output of video format is not of matter to me
  • (If possible) low system resource usage (RAM, processor usage and such)
  • Keyboard short cuts to start and stop recording
  • Would be great if it had a pause function
  • I do not require any editing features, or audio recording (including system sounds)

For new versions of Ubuntu please check Screen recorder for Ubuntu 18.04 (Wayland)

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I've used GTK RecordMyDesktop before and was pleased with the result (but note that I have used only once for really simple stuff).

  • [X] Must be gratis
  • [X] Must work for Ubuntu 12.04
  • [?] Would be cool if it had Unity integration *
  • [X] Output of video format is not of matter to me **
  • [X] (If possible) low system resource usage (RAM, processor usage and such) ***
  • [X] Keyboard short cuts to start and stop recording ****
  • [X] Would be great if it had a pause function
  • [X] I do not require any editing features, or audio recording (including system sounds)

* What you mean by Unity integration? I remember that it did had an (interactive) tray icon.

** I don't remember exactly which filetype(s) it supports, but it's worth mentioning that I found it to be very limited (it's .ogg only IIRC).

*** I'm not able to say precisely about the resource usage, but I remember that I didn't notice any hiccups.

**** It appears that there is.

  • This is better than other software I tried before, but in my windowed recording flickers every 3 or so seconds and I can see my Desktop (only in the finished .ogv, not while recording it) – xjcl Jan 28 at 21:43
  • Solution was to disable OpenGL Flipping in the Nvidia Control Panel (due to me using the proprietary Nvidia driver), which e.g. SimpleScreenRecorder recommends when you start it. – xjcl Jan 28 at 21:50
  • Also, my audio got HORRIBLY desynced from my video when recording (by a factor of about 0,7) which I can probably change in settings but there should be better defaults if it's really that – xjcl Jan 29 at 21:29

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