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Linux Game Recording, The Process Behind Creating GOL Casts

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Gaming, game capturing and video editing, does that sound like Linux to you? Few years ago most of us most likely would have said "no", but I am here to show you the current situation and prove that old fact wrong! Step into my lair of Linux gaming videos!

Linux game recording and video editing used to be pretty bad: the recorders were difficult to use and sometimes they didn't even work and video editors were crappy and lacked features. Nowadays the tools have evolved from their humble beginnings and creating proper gaming videos is actually pretty easy. I could possibly write a whole book about this, but instead of boring you with a long article, I created a video about the process behind creating our GOL Casts.


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With SimpleScreenRecorder, Audacity and OpenShot/PiTiVi/Kdenlive, almost anybody with a relatively powerful computer can record, edit and upload their own Linux gaming videos without having to use winemulated software (it's a word now) or dual-booting.

I would also like to remind you, that you can use our article submission system to post your videos for others to see here on GOL. Now, configure your recorders and get gaming!

Audacity: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
SimpleScreenRecorder: http://www.maartenbaert.be/simplescreenrecorder/
OpenShot: http://openshot.org/
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Hmm 14 September 2013 at 11:11 am UTC
SSR can get users banned! as it injects!
Samsai 14 September 2013 at 11:22 am UTC
HmmSSR can get users banned! as it injects!
Only if you use the experimental direct OpenGL capturing. The normal recording mode doesn't access the buffer directly, so it won't be detected as a cheat. And if the normal recording would be detected as a cheat, I would already be VAC banned on Steam, because I've done huge amounts of videos with SSR.
PlayX 14 September 2013 at 4:54 pm UTC
I make Videos in German.
View video on youtube.com
Speedster 14 September 2013 at 7:29 pm UTC
Thanks for doing this Samsai, I've never recorded gameplay yet myself but it would come in handy for bug reports sometimes
Lord Avallon 14 September 2013 at 10:26 pm UTC
Very good video article, what are your hardware specs Samsai?

I used several screen recorders but the one that gave me the best result was Kazaam, but for a little time, then it starts to jump frames and then freezes, SSR really looks awesome.
Sabun 15 September 2013 at 3:20 am UTC
Great article Samsai, we definitely need more people posting Linux related videos! More videos == more word of mouth.

Quoteyou can use our article submission system to post your videos for others to see here on GOL
I didn't know about this. How does this work?
Samsai 15 September 2013 at 4:41 am UTC
QuoteVery good video article, what are your hardware specs Samsai?
I have an Intel i5 2500k processor (3.3 GHz), Nvidia GTX 550 Ti and 8 gigabytes of RAM. This rig has worked really well so far.


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Quoteyou can use our article submission system to post your videos for others to see here on GOL
I didn't know about this. How does this work?
It's really simple, you just click the "Submit Article" button on the right side of the website above the Twitter feed and below the Editor's Picks/Popular This Week. This brings you to the article editor, in which you can add your text, images, links and videos. When you are happy with your article, click the "Submit For Review" button on the bottom of the page and eventually an editor (Liam, me or someone else) quickly checks the article and, if it's all good, publishes it. The requirements aren't really that high and all the important things are written on the article editor page.
Xpander 15 September 2013 at 9:21 am UTC
for microphone+game sounds theres direct way also without using audacity or any other tool to capture the microphone.
its pulseaudio loopback module
which can be enabled with:
pactl load-module module-loopback latency_msec=1


then in pavucontrol's recording tab you make sure that the loopback module is set to builtin audio and the recorder (SSR, ffmpeg or what ever) is set to monitor the builtin audio
Jacob Barkdull 16 September 2013 at 1:02 am UTC
I much prefer GNOME Shell's built-in screencast to any other. It simply works and works very well and efficiently, even with the highest settings on 3D games such as Amnesia and Quake Wars with no noticeable slow down or frame drops.
Anonymous 16 September 2013 at 1:37 pm UTC
Samsai
QuoteVery good video article, what are your hardware specs Samsai?
I have an Intel i5 2500k processor (3.3 GHz), Nvidia GTX 550 Ti and 8 gigabytes of RAM. This rig has worked really well so far.
 This is great, so it´s not so demanding as I thought, thanks!
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