Screen capture and screen casting

October 20, 2016 — May 19, 2020

making things

My bias is that I am interested in doing this for

  1. Trippy art project Synestizer
  2. teaching mathematics online
  3. …I would like my tools to work on linux.

As such I might have auditioned the wrong assortment of tools for, e.g. twitch gamers.

Richard Zach gives us a set of recommendation for screencasting/conferencing that actually run on Linux, which is necessary for me since it looks like I won’t have the money to fix my Mac any time soon.

1 Left-field

Narakeet turns your slides into voice-over video with fake narration.


OBS is a maximalist open-source screen broadcasting package that does everything including running VST effects on your audio stream. Oriented to live use. Somewhat quirky. Windows/Mac/Linux. Linux support is reportedly restricted by choppy support in Wayland, the modern windowing system.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:obsproject/obs-studio
sudo apt update
sudo apt install obs-studio

3 Kazam

Kazam is a minimalist screencaster for linux.

4 Manycam

Manycam seems to be… like OBS but costs money?

5 For videoconferencing

Plugging fancy screen broadcasting tools (or indeed arbitrary video streams) into you webcam-using video conferencing system is a popular ask.

6 General video routing

See video routing.

7 Incoming