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A new Kazam Screencaster version has been released today, which brings a complete UI overhaul, support for taking screenshots and other new features.

Kazam is a screen recording tool - or better said, it was, because with the latest 1.3.2 version, it's not just for screencasts and it can be used to take screenshots as well: fullscreen (current monitor), all screens, window or area.

The new version also brings a new user interface which lets you easily switch between the screencast and screenshot mode:

The encoder type, framerate and other options have been moved from the main window to a new preferences dialog:

In the preferences, you can select the speakers and microphone source, enable/disable the countdown splash, set the framerate, encoding type, if the files should be automatically saved, the directory where to save the files and the filename prefix. There's also an option to set the screenshot shutter sound (or to turn it off).

Other changes in Kazam Screencaster 1.3.2:
  • Support for Gstreamer 1.0
  • Automatic file saving. You can set the prefix filename separately for screenshots and screencasts
  • Support for selecting a single window to screencast
  • Theme-able shutter sounds. Included sounds: Canon 7D and Nikon D80.

The latest Kazam should also support keyboard shortcuts:
  • start recording: Super + Control + r
  • pause recording: Super + Control + p
  • finish recording: Super + Control + f
  • show Kazam: Super + Control + s
  • quit: Super + Control + q

If you want to see some screencasts recorded using Kazam, take a look at our Lubuntu 12.10 and Xubuntu 12.10 videos.

Install Kazam Screencaster in Ubuntu

To add the stable Kazam PPA and install it in Ubuntu 13.04, 12.10 or 12.04, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kazam-team/stable-series
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kazam

For other Linux distributions, you can download Kazam Screencaster via Launchpad.

Report any bugs you may find @ Launchpad.