Just like the name suggests, this is a screen capture feature that ships with the Fedora workstation and comes as a built-in feature. Normally, for most of the Linux distributions, they will just come with a built-in screenshotting feature out of the box but Fedora has more in store for you in regard to easy access to a quick screencasting tool.
With Fedora Screen Recorder, you will enjoy very quick screencasts captured at a high-quality to make sure that the viewer does not go through any kind of a hassle to make out what is being displayed in the final video. Interestingly, this tool has no app launcher or command line option to control it. How then does one get started with Fedora screen recorder?
Contrary to other apps that may record great lengths of screencasts, Fedora screen recorder is most appropriate for short and quick screencasts. In fact, the recorded screen videos span to a maximum of 30 seconds whereby when this limit is reached the recording process stops on its own without the need for your input.
In case your recording needs to be shorter than 30 seconds, you can always stop it at any time using the hotkey explain in the subsequent parts of this article. This review article will get you informed even more on what features and options you get to experience with this simple Linux screencasting tool. Read on!
Screen recording becomes much easier and convenient when there are shortcuts to perform tasks. Key-combinations form hotkeys which in the instance they are pressed, the bound task is performed immediately. Fedora screen recorder has a very important hotkey for you to use. By pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + R you will be able to start a screencast notwithstanding the activity you were doing on your desktop. At the same time, if you need to end the recording process, you just need to hit the hotkey once more. It is evident that, without this hotkey option, you can not get started with Fedora screen recorder.
Now that you have learned how to start and stop this tool, it is time to find out how it performs the actual recording. From the moment you launch the tool, it will record the full entirety of the screen without leaving anything out. In the instance you have more than one display connected to your workstation, the Fedora screen recorder will capture footage from all of them at the same time. Unfortunately, you will not get to have audio recorded and mixed with the video as it happens with other apps
As we have seen, the Fedora screen recorder is launched and stopped using a hotkey. And since there is no main interface to show you whether the process has started. Instead, this application displays a small orange dot on the status icon area in the top tight of the screen. As long as the screen recording is running, the dot will be shown and then disappear when you choose to end the screencast.
This notification becomes handy to help you monitor the recording process to avoid you doing a lot thinking that the capture is happening while it is not. Just keep watch on the status bar to get information about the recording process.
Automatic File Saving
To make work even easier for you, Fedora Screen Recorder automatically saves the recorded file in the Videos folder in your home directory by default. This is convenient enough since you know exactly where to look for your recorded file. However, I know there are some of us who would like to have a customizable saving directory like what other similar functioning applications offer. It is from the videos folder that you can later access the output file for further editing and eventual sharing to the target audience.
In regard to the saving format, Fedora screen recorder only supports WebM file format. This is a downer when compared to other apps that give a very wide range of saving options for the video output.
But it is understandable since the aim is to make quick and time-efficient screencasts without much hassle. For those of us who prefer a format like MP4, you need to seek the services of a video converter app to change from WebM. An easy and fast way to convert is by using FFmpeg and invoke a simple command on the Linux terminal.
Tip:- There is a way to configure extra options for this tool with the help of dconf editor or by using the EasyScreenCast extension. The extension will simplify the use of this built-in recording function to a great extent. Like for instance, there is a possibility of tinkering with the maximum recording time.
Even if Fedora screen recorder may not come with all the features of a fully-fledged screencasting tool, it is able to provide the basic and essential one; recording the screen. If you are stranded regarding a quick screencast tool on Fedora workstation, this application is here for you to provide a worthwhile solution. Explore this tool to find out if it will live to your expectations of a screen recorder for the Linux platform.