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Kazam is a GStreamer-based screen recording and screenshot tool for Linux. The application supports recording the entire screen (with multi-monitor support), a window or an area and features:
  • customizable framerate;
  • option to show/hide the mouse when recording;
  • record sound from speakers and/or microphone;
  • keyboard shortcuts;
  • configurable delay before capturing;
  • automatic file saving;
  • supports mp4 (H264), webm (VP8) and avi (RAW, HUFFYUV and lossless JPEG) video formats.

Kazam Screencaster

Kazam 1.5.3 was released recently and it includes some very useful new features:
  • support for webcams: it can record just the webcam or it can display the webcam in a window on top of the screencast;
  • support for broadcasting to YouTube Live;
  • added on-screen keyboard indicator and mouse click indicator;
  • new countdown timer.

Here are a few screenshots with some of these changes:

Kazam Screencaster
Kazam mouse click indicator

Kazam Screencaster
On-screen keyboard indicator (notice "Alt Tab" under the Nemo window)

Kazam Screencaster
Kazam webcam options

Kazam Screencaster
YouTube Live options

Kazam demo

Below you can watch a Kazam demo screencast recorded using the latest Kazam:

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Install Kazam Screencaster in Ubuntu / Linux Mint

Kazam is available in the official Ubuntu repositories, but it's an old version so it doesn't have the new features mentioned in this article. To get the latest Kazam in Ubuntu or Linux Mint (and derivatives), you can use a PPA.

To add the PPA and install Kazam Screencaster, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kazam-team/unstable-series
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kazam python3-cairo python3-xlib

For other Linux distributions, grab the latest Kazam (unstable branch) from HERE (BZR).

Report any bugs you may find @ Launchpad.

For another great Linux screencasting tool, check out Simple Screen Recorder.