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Screencast is a video screen capture utility. It is based on Recordmydesktop by John Varouhakis. It captures the screen to a video file which is in Ogg-Theora-Vorbis file format.

Where to get it

It can be downloaded from:



It is on it's first version on the sugar library. Testing and bugs welcomed.


It is thought to be buggy but the following patch has allowed video to be saved to the Journal. Open Terminal and change to directory /home/olpc/Activities/Screencast.activity and replace the file with this file (renamed to

(it would be a good idea to backup the existing file first, eg mv pippy_app.bak)

(help on replacing the file Activity_Team/Modifing_an_Activity#Editing)

--RafaelOrtiz 17:57, 9 June 2011 (EDT)This patch is already applied on git and on v1 on ALSO.



The Screencast application

The Journal listing three saved videos

Running from the command line

Just download as above, you dont need to patch it. Open Terminal and change to directory /home/olpc/Activities/Screencast.activity and start the recordmydesktop program from the command line.

  cd Activities/Screencast.activity

press ctrl c to terminate recording, wait for processing to complete and then copy the video to the journal

  copy-to-journal out.ogv -m video/ogg

The video is now saved in the journal and can be played by clicking on it.

The manual is helpful reading.

(The meaning of the -m flag is to set the Mime type 1 2 3 to video/ogg )


Q::Any chance that we can get a screencast of this arcane process? I feel like there a lot of steps taken for granted here.