RecordItNow on openSUSE KDE

RecordItNow is a utility for capturing screenshots and recording an application, window, or desktop in Linux. The application is a frontend for RecordMyDesktop or ffmpeg-recorder and can also be an alternative to KSnapshot. Remember to install the Recordmydesktop package and the recorditnow-backend-ffmpeg package before running the application - Yast software manager surprisingly doesn't list the former as a dependency and will not automatically install the package. Without the proper ffmpeg and recordmydesktop package, RecordItNow will display an error message when attempting to record.

To start recording a window or section of your desktop:

1. By default, RecordItNow will save the screencast in the .ogv format with RecordMyDesktop or .mp4 using ffmpeg-recorder. To encode the file immediately after recording and setup additional options, click the Configure RecordItNow (monkeywrench) button on the toolbar.




3. On the RecordItNow settings, select Encode and choose either ffmpeg or mencoder.
4. On Frame settings, you can setup frame presets for your screencasts.
5. In the Mouse and Keyboard settings, you can setup visual aides if you are recording for a tutorial.

For example, you can configure the recording to display a colored square to appear whenever a mouse button is pressed.



6. Click Apply then OK.
7. Adjust the timer using the timer controls on the left of the application.
8. Click the Show Frame button to display the area to be recorded. Drag the frame handles to resize the frame around a specific area.

In the screenshot below, the resize handles are set around a specific area of an open CherryTree window.



8. If needed, click the speaker icon to disable sound or specify the FPS for the recording.
9. Click the Record button to start recording.
10. Once you are finished recording, right-click on the RecordItNow item on the notification tray and click Pause or Stop.

To capture a section of the screen or the whole desktop:

1. Select screenshot from the list below the toolbar.
2. Adjust the timer using the timer controls on the left of the application.
3. Click Record a window (the pointer icon) or Record the entire screen from the toolbar.

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