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Written by Oleksandr Gavenko (AKA gavenkoa), compiled on 2018-02-10 from rev 9e6ad6607a9e.



$ cvlc screen:// --screen-mouse-image cursor.png --screen-fps=12 \
  --screen-width=1680 --screen-height=1050 --no-sout-audio --sout \

$ cvlc screen:// --screen-fps=12 --screen-mouse-image=e:/home/.icon/cursor.png --no-sout-audio --sout \

Available options:

screen-caching <integer>
Time in milliseconds.
screen-fps <integer>
Capture frames per second (0 default).
screen-top <integer>
The top edge coordinate of the subscreen.
screen-left <integer>
The left edge coordinate of the subscreen.
screen-width <integer>
The width of the subscreen.
screen-height <integer>
The height of the subscreen.
screen-mouse-image <filename>
Mouse pointer image to use.


In order to rrecord require VNC server running on host.

home page


$ sudo apt-get install libav-tools

$ avconv -f x11grab -s cif -r 25 -i :0.0 /tmp/out.mpg
$ avconv -f x11grab -s cif -r 25 -i :0.0+10,20 /tmp/out.mpg


Only video:

$ ffmpeg -f x11grab -r 25 -s cif -i :0.0 out.mpg
$ ffmpeg -f x11grab -r 25 -s 1024x768 -i :0.0 out.mpg

Video with audio:

$ ffmpeg -f oss -i /dev/audio -f x11grab -s cif -r 3 -ab 11 -i :0.0 out.mp4

Oprsions description:


$ recordmydesktop --no-sound --windowid $(xwininfo | awk '/Window id:/ {print $4}')

Screenshort movies.

Screenshort movie by mencoder.

$ mencoder "mf://*.jpg" -mf fps=30 -o output.avi

Screenshort movie by ffmpeg.

mplayer -ao null -ss 0:0:33 -endpos 2 eagles.avi -vo jpeg:outdir=~/dir
mplayer -ao null -ss 0:0:33 -endpos 2 eagles.avi -vo png:z=9:outdir=~/dir


  • -ss tells mplayer where you begin
  • -endpos tells mplayer where to stop (minutes)
  • z=9 sets compression level

ImageMagic and shell script.

let iter=1
while [ "$iter" -le "$stop" ]; do
  import $iter.png
  sleep 1
  let x+=1

If you interesting in capturing specific window - by 'xwininfo' find, intereesting your window id (hex value) and use command:

import -window $windowid $iter.png

To quick view result run:

$ cd $img_dir
$ animate -delay 20 *.png

To compound image together:

$ convert -delay 20 *.png capture.mng  # license free, multi-image file format
$ convert -delay 20 *.png capture.gif

You can add text to pictures before compound theirs:

$ mogrify -fill yellow -draw 'Rectangle 10,10 150,30' -fill black -pointsize 14 \
   -draw 'text 15,25 "by http://example.com"' $iter.png

If screen capturing slow for you use MIFF file format.

Use root flag to capture all screen:

$ import -window root $iter.png
Making Screen-Capture Movies by Robert Bernier