(Video Only) Simple Desktop Screen Recorder for Ubuntu Linux – ScreenCapture

ScreenCapture is a very simple desktop screen recording tool that can be used in Ubuntu and many other GNU/Linux distributions. It’s a based on the Nautilus script functionality but you can also use it under any desktop ( KDE, XFCE etc) with ease according to the developer.

The developers also says that it’s a bit efficient than most other similar tools. It uses FFMPEG multimedia library and it does feel a bit faster (and resources friendly too).

It has a big drawback and that is it does not support audio recording. If you’re okay with that then it is still pretty handy.


Some of its main features …

*. It comes with two built in screen resolutions: 720×576 (PAL) and 720×480 (NTSC), both at 25 FPS. You can also enter the height and width manually or can even lets it adjust those automatically.


How to install it in Ubuntu?

It should work in Ubuntu 10.10, 10.04 but both 11.04 Natty Narwhal and 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot are supported nonetheless. I’ve tested it with 11.10. Might also work in the upcoming 12.04 Precise Pangolin but not sure though.

1. First download the zipped package from this official ScreenCapture GnomeFiles page.

2. Now extract the content. Say to your “Home” folder.

3. Now go to that folder and double click on the file named “setup”. When asked, choose “Run in Terminal” and simply follow the on screen details (which should guide you through the process. It’s really easy.


Just hit the “Yes” button and the rest is pretty easy …

ScreenCapture will even install the required dependencies (very little) automatically but you’ll be asked for the admin password. When asked enter that and if everything goes smoothly it’ll give a message as shown below.

Automated dependency installation in Ubuntu …

It’ll automatically put a shortcut on your desktop for ease of access and when you double click on it, it’ll ask for the preferred resolution and then start to record your desktop automatically.


When you have had enough recording 😉 just select its command-line window and press “Ctrl” + “C” keys and it’ll automatically exit. The file is saved on your ‘Home’ folder.

To end the recording, bring this window to front and press “Ctrl” + “C” keys on your Keyboard …

That’s it.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

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