Record Desktop Session with Kazam in Ubuntu / Linux Mint

Kazam is one of the best screen recording tool for Ubuntu and Linux Mint Desktop. It records the contents of your desktop and create a video file which can be played in most of video player which supports VP8 and WebM video format. While creating video of our desktop we have an option to capture audio sound from input device like Speakers and Microphone. Some of the keys features of Kazam are listed are below :

  • It can capture the whole screen and selected portion of screen and creates a movie that can be easily played on video player
  • It can also work as screenshot tool.
  • Capture audio while creating video of your desktop
  • It also allows us to upload videos to Youtube directly from Kazam GUI.

Installation of Kazam on Ubuntu / Linux Mint

Kazam  software is available in the default Ubuntu and Linux Mint repositories but not the latest version. To install latest version of Kazam on Ubuntu 16.04/ 16.10 and Linux Mint 18, set the following repository and then run the beneath apt-get commands one after one the another.

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:sylvain-pineau/kazam
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get update
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install kazam

Once the Installation is Completed, try to access Kazam from Dash as shown below :

Access-Kazam-Ubuntu-LinuxMint

click on Kazam icon

Kazam-Screencast-Screenshot-Tool-Ubuntu-Linux

To Start Capturing your Desktop Session, Click on Capture. It will wait for 5 Seconds and then it will start capturing.

Kazam-Recording-Count-down

Once your are done with capturing Desktop Session, then click on “Finish Recording” from Kazam icon as shown below :

Finish-Video-Recording-with-Kazam

It will prompt us to save the recorded file, by default it saves the file with mp4 extension.

Save-Recording-video-Kazam-Ubuntu

Click on click on “Continue” and specify the location where you want to save the recorded file.

Location-Kazam-Recorded-File

Click on Save.

Now Play the recorded file with VLC player. In my case i have stored the file in videos folder under my home directory.

Play-Kazam-Recorded-Video-file-VLC

We can perform all task in above mentioned steps from command line as well using Shortcut Keys.

Use below keys to Start the Recording 

SUPER-CTRL-R

Use below keys to Finish the recording

SUPER-CTRL-F

Use below keys to Pause the recording

SUPER-CTRL-P

Use below Keys to Quit the recording

SUPER-CTRL-Q

Note : SUPER key refers to the windows key which is available in most of the computers.

That’s all for this article. Enjoy and have Fun with Kazam Tool 🙂

3 Responses

  1. Campos Neva says:

    Very informative! Thanks for showing clearly how to record computer screen.I always create screencast with a web-based software calls Acethinker Online Screen Recorder, free and works fairly well. It’s a cross platform tool, share it here as an alternative to kazam.

  2. varient says:

    Thanks a lot it work well.

  3. Shelby Felicita says:

    Thanks for taking the time for making this tutorial, really appreciated. I like Macdvd Free Screen Recorder, which could record webcam video,desktop video and upload the video to youtube freely. It could record the video as long as you wish. Not like the other screen recorder, which just let you record one minute or with large watermark on the video.

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