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I like vnc2swf – oh, and a quick screencast for you

Finally found a decent video screen capture solution for Linux (well, actually it’s cross-platform but that’s even better). It’s called pyvnc2swf and hopefully it will allow me to augment my future tutorials with video and audio.

So to test it out, here is a quick demo of killing processes, tying in with my recent tutorial on the subject.

Don’t worry, I’ll reveal all on how to set up pyvnc2swf with audio and all that stuff in due course.

Watch it here.

(While I can get KDE running in my recording VNC system by running killall twm;startkde, I can’t seem to find the command for Gnome, and it would be great to offer cross-desktop screen demos. Someone tell me how! Please…)

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4 Comments

  1. Chris wrote:

    Fantastic! I love screencasts… can’t wait to see more!

    I’m looking around for a good solution for Windows. There are many available but few good ones (freeware, I mean). Maybe I’ll just grab a camera and film the screen!

    Chris

    Sunday, October 8, 2006 at 23:06 | Permalink | Using Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox 2.0 on Windows Windows XP
  2. Chris wrote:

    Also, while I watched I was burning a DVD, and at the exact same moment you pressed “Kill”, my DVD tray popped out. Scared me half-to-death! 😀

    Sunday, October 8, 2006 at 23:07 | Permalink | Using Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox 2.0 on Windows Windows XP
  3. Peter wrote:

    Ha! My ‘Kill’ button has evil powers :P.

    BTW, pyvnc2swf will work on Windows. You’ll need a VNC Server installed and Python and stuff but it does work and it’s frankly awesome (needs a bit of command line hacking though).

    I’ll have a play around and see how easy it is to get running in Windows but I’m guessing it shouldn’t be too hard.

    Unfortunately, unlike Linux, you can’t have a separate window and desktop for your demo on Windows (I start a new KDE session within the current one :D), you’ll have to use the main screen and downscale the resolution.

    Also audio is a bit tricky but it’s possible (but slightly out of sync).

    And apparently there isn’t anything wrong with recording audio in my Linux setup, it’s just Audacity decided to add noise to the recordings, everything else works fine :).

    I’m kind of happy/hyper I got this working, as you can tell. 😀

    Sunday, October 8, 2006 at 23:21 | Permalink | Using Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.7 on Windows Windows XP
  4. Chris wrote:

    Now if you can scrounge up a good free SWF converter (haha, there’s a challenge) you will become a demi-god. I’ve found a few decent ones but nothing fantastically amazing. I’m actually curious to see if your SWF will import into Sony Vegas because it’s pure video and no ActionScript (evidently).

    Monday, October 9, 2006 at 02:16 | Permalink | Using Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox 2.0 on Windows Windows XP

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