Ubuntu 10.04 – gtk recordMyDesktop screen casting
For a while now I have wanted to do some simple screen casts of my GNU/Linux Ubuntu desktop. A simple Google will provide you with the following tutorials recommending a few different programs such as XVidCap, Istanbul Desktop Session Recorder and gtk-recordMyDesktop. Though every program I tied seemed to make my system crawl along and crash if the recording area was larger then a small window. After much frustrating messing around with frame rates, quality , encoding and posting on forums I have found the answer to the problem, quite a simple one actually.
My graphics card is an ATI Technologies Inc Radeon HD 3870 which has never cause me any problems in the passed with compiz or anything like that. Though after reading a bug report on lanuchpad it seem that the proprietary FGLRX drivers which I had enabled where causing the problem. fortunately for me, when I removed the proprietary ATI drivers my Compiz still worked. Which some people have report on the launchpad thread is not the case for themselves.
- All the following apply for Ubuntu 10.04
- If you do not have gtk-recordMyDesktop installing go to the “Ubuntu Software Center” and install it.
- If your Graphics card is an ATI Radeon and you have the proprietary FGLRX ATI/AMD drivers install go to System->Administration->Hardware Drivers and you should see something along the lines of the following.
- As can be seen from the screenshot I have disabled the drivers and now gtk recordMyDesktop works perfectly at 100% quality with no lag at all
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Flax Project Founder - Ciarán McCann is an extremely passionate and motivated programmer who has been programming for about 4 years now. Currently attending Carlow I.T studying computer games development. He has experience in many different programming languages, markup languages and general technologies. His role in the Flax Project is as a blogger/Web Designer and Flax Engine programmer. Please excuse any bad grammar/spelling, I am a bit on the Dyslexic side. Follow me on Twitter for info on what I am working on.
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