Install Kazam Screencaster on Debian /Ubuntu/Linux Mint

When it comes to screencasting in Linux, you can use ffmpeg in the terminal, or use graphical tools like Kazam screencaster. Kazam is an open-source and feature-rich graphical screen recorder for Linux. Features of Kazam includes:

  • capture contents of the current screen
  • capture contents of all of your screens
  • capture contents of a single window such as a terminal window
  • capture a pre-selected area of your screen.

You have the option to record sound from speaker or microphone in Kazam so that you can add background music or your own commentary when doing screencasting. It also can take a screenshot of your screen, window or pre-selected area.

Install Kazam Screencaster on Debian 11/Ubuntu 20.04/Linux Mint

Kazam is available from Debian 11/Ubuntu 20.04/Linux Mint repository, just run the below command in the terminal.

sudo apt install kazam

Start it from Unity Dash.

Kazam screencaster Ubuntu

Kazam user interface.

kazam screencaster on ubuntu

In the preferences window, you can configure frame rate, video codec, and other settings. As a free software advocate, we recommend using WebM which is an open media file format.

kazam screencaster preferences

When the recording is finished, you can open the raw video in your favorite video editor or save it to disk or even upload it to your YouTube channel.

free kazam screencaster

If VLC can’t play the saved video recording, you can try the Totem video player, which can be installed with:

sudo apt install totem

Kazam Screencaster Keyboard Shortcuts

SUPER-CTRL-Q – Quit
SUPER-CTRL-W – Show/Hide main window
SUPER-CTRL-R – Start Recording
SUPER-CTRL-F – Finish Recording

This piece of software is developed largely for Ubuntu and other Debian-based distros. On other Linux distros, you can download the kazam source and install it.

How to Edit the Saved Video

You can use a video editor such as Kdenlive to edit the saved video.

Kazam is a great open-source alternative to proprietary products. Do you like kazam? What’s your favorite Linux screen recorder? As always, if you found this post useful,  subscribe to our free newsletter or follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page.

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