Tibesti: Screencasts the Easy Way

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Jan 14, 2011 GMT
Dmitri Popov

Thanks to Tibesti, creating screencasts doesn't have to be a chore. This tiny utility lets you record desktop activity with a minimum of effort. Installing Tibesti on Ubuntu is a simple three-command affair:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ackondro/tibesti
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tibesti

Tibesti is designed to be as straightforward in use as possible. The main window provides access to the most important settings, including output format, quality, and recording mode. In addition to OGG, Tibesti supports the WebM, AVI, and H.264 formats, and the utility can capture both video and audio.

The Options window lets you configure the tool's options. Here you can enable or disable audio recording, separate audio and video streams, and enable cursor recoding. Once Tibesti is configured, recording a screencast is as easy as hitting the Start Recording button. When you are finished recording, press Stop Recording, save the screencast, and you are done. It couldn't be easier than that.

Comments

  • Autotools?

    Autotools should NOT be a dependency. Ever.

    Builddep, yes. Dep? No.
  • Dependencies!!!

    $ sudo apt-get install tibesti
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    The following extra packages will be installed:
    autoconf automake autotools-dev couchdb-bin desktopcouch erlang-base erlang-crypto erlang-inets
    erlang-mnesia erlang-public-key erlang-runtime-tools erlang-ssl erlang-syntax-tools
    erlang-xmerl gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse
    intltool libsctp1 lksctp-tools m4 python-avahi python-couchdb python-desktopcouch
    python-desktopcouch-records python-distutils-extra python-gnomekeyring python-openssl
    python-pam python-serial python-twisted-bin python-twisted-core zeitgeist-core
    Suggested packages:
    autoconf2.13 autoconf-archive gnu-standards autoconf-doc libtool couchdb erlang-tools erlang
    erlang-manpages erlang-doc-html devscripts python-openssl-doc python-openssl-dbg python-pam-dbg
    python-wxgtk2.8 python-wxgtk2.6 python-wxgtk python-twisted-bin-dbg python-tk python-qt3
    python-profiler zeitgeist-datahub
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
    autoconf automake autotools-dev couchdb-bin desktopcouch erlang-base erlang-crypto erlang-inets
    erlang-mnesia erlang-public-key erlang-runtime-tools erlang-ssl erlang-syntax-tools
    erlang-xmerl gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse
    intltool libsctp1 lksctp-tools m4 python-avahi python-couchdb python-desktopcouch
    python-desktopcouch-records python-distutils-extra python-gnomekeyring python-openssl
    python-pam python-serial python-twisted-bin python-twisted-core tibesti zeitgeist-core
    0 upgraded, 33 newly installed, 0 to remove and 10 not upgraded.
    Need to get 9,791kB of archives.
    After this operation, 28.6MB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? N

    No thanks. I expect a few dependencies for a tool like this, but not 33.
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