How to Record a Specific Area of Desktop Screen in Linux

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How to Record a Specific Area of Desktop Screen in Linux

Let’s say you are web developer who work with Linux. As you have finished your project you want to make a video demo of how to use the app you have developed. There is a specific feature of your app you want to show. Sadly, your screen recorder can’t handle it since it only allows you to record the whole screen.

Keep calm because the community of Linux always has a smart solution. There are several options of screen recorder apps which you can use to record only a specific area of your screen instead of entire screen. Today, we are going to discus about a cool app written by a community who call their self Green Project. The app is called Green Recorder. What this app can do?

First, it can assist you to record your Linux screen. Second, you are allowed to select a specific area of your screen or record the current active window. The app is written with Python and uses ffmpeg as its backend.

Green Recorder comes with a very simple but sleek interface. The interface is very clear, make it easy to use with no hassle steps and settings. It supports some formats including MKV, AVI, MP4, WMV and NUT, which are very good if you want to make a long video. Furthermore, the app also lets you to set the frame rate of the video you want to record and run a certain command directly right after the recording process is done.

Is Green Recorder can run in all distros? Yes. However, if you are not an Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian or derivatives user, you need to do a complex steps to install it. You can check out the GitHub page of Green Recorder for more details.

This article is going to show you how to install and use Green Recorder on Ubuntu 16.04.

Install and use Green Recorder in Ubuntu

Be grateful if yo are an Ubuntu user because Green Recorder has been available in Launchpad. You can install the app by executing the following commands.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mhsabbagh/greenproject
sudo apt update
sudo apt install green-recorder

After the app is successfully installed, you can launch it from Unity Dash (if you use Unity) or your favorite launcher. Here is the glance look of the app.

Back to your case. If you want to record a specific area of your desktop screen just select the Select an Area menu and you will be presented an Area Chooser. Just select region you want to record.

Before pressing the Record button, be sure you have set a format you want your recorded video saved in. Also, make sure to change the file name if you want to make multiple recordings. If you don’t the app will overwrite a file with the same name, in the same format, in the same directory. With no warning.

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