How to Install Simple Screen Recorder in Ubuntu via PPA

December 29, 2013 — 1 Comment

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SimpleScreenRecorder is a Linux program to record programs and games. It aims to be powerful and really simple to use. It’s ‘simple’ in the sense that it’s easier to use than ffmpeg/avconv or VLC, because it has a straightforward user interface.

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This recorder has below features:

  • Graphical user interface (Qt-based).
  • Faster than VLC and ffmpeg/avconv.
  • Records the entire screen or part of it, or records OpenGL applications directly (similar to Fraps on Windows).
  • Synchronizes audio and video properly (a common issue with VLC and ffmpeg/avconv).
  • Reduces the video frame rate if your computer is too slow (rather than using up all your RAM like VLC does).
  • Fully multithreaded: small delays in any of the components will never block the other components, resulting is smoother video and better performance on computers with multiple processors.
  • Pause and resume recording at any time (either by clicking a button or by pressing a hotkey).
  • Shows statistics during recording (file size, bit rate, total recording time, actual frame rate, …).
  • Can show a preview during recording, so you don’t waste time recording something only to figure out afterwards that some setting was wrong.
  • Uses libav/ffmpeg libraries for encoding, so it supports many different codecs and file formats (adding more is trivial).
  • Can also do live streaming (experimental).
  • Sensible default settings: no need to change anything if you don’t want to.
  • Tooltips for almost everything: no need to read the documentation to find out what something does.

Install SimpleScreenRecorder Ubuntu:

The developer has created a PPA for Ubuntu and Linux Mint users. Currently supports Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04, Mint 13/14/15/16.

To install it, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder

# if you want to record 32-bit OpenGL applications on a 64-bit system:

sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder-lib:i386

For Arch Linux, Gentoo, OpenSUSE and other Linux packages, refer to the app homepage

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One response to How to Install Simple Screen Recorder in Ubuntu via PPA

  1. Thanks for the great tip. I am a retired teacher of English and your English is good. I started with Ubuntu 9.04 and haven’t looked back since. Simple Screen Recorder is a great little program. Keep up the good work with your tips.

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