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I'd like to conduct recorded video interviews with Skype and am looking for a reliable tool to accomplish that.

Is there anything out there that's not slow or buggy?

I'm running (K)Ubuntu.

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have you tried gtk-recordmydesktop? i can record most anything with it. ffmpeg -i x11grab works too. if you're having problems getting the audio alsa-loop works. – hbdgaf Apr 20 '11 at 15:16
Try asking at – Adam Byrtek Apr 21 '11 at 23:36

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This command will capture your full desktop: So use this command, whenever you want to record skype-conversation ( or anything else )

ffmpeg -f x11grab -s wxga -r 25 -i :0.0 -sameq /tmp/out.mpg   
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Thanks! How can I record only specific windows e.g. the window of my webcam and the window of the other person's? Perhaps even how to record them separately to make it easier to edit. – curiousguy Apr 23 '11 at 11:03
@curiousguy, to record a specific window with recordmydesktop, use "xwininfo" to get the window id, then with recordmydesktop use the "--windowid" parameter. If you want to scale your window to a specific size (in pixels) there's different ways to do it--I believe Compiz has this as an option, also Openbox will tell you the window dimensions. (I'm using Fedora.) Also I believe Openbox will let you "undecorate" a window, which is helpful if recordmydesktop is recording your window border. However, I'm not sure if this is possible with ffmpeg? – PJ Brunet Jun 10 '11 at 0:20
How would one compile with x11grab enabled under ubuntu? What package does it need? – Volodya Jan 22 '14 at 13:14

There is software recordMyDesktop which you can record any part of you screen you want. I use it to record my skype sessions.

sudo apt-get install recordmydesktop

to install it from main channels.

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xvidcap allows you to select an area from your desktop and record it. Start it with the command


find your video at ./test-0000.mpeg by default.

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you can try as mentioned here.You can record everything on the screen.

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