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XVidCap – Screen recording tool for Linux


Have you been searching for a good screen recording tool to record  the activities in the screen ? Then XVidCap is the simplest and easiest solution for you to perform this task.

XVidCap is a simple tool that can record the scenes appearing on your screen into files. The major advantage is that the portion of the screen to be captured can be selected. It can operate in two different modes.

  1. Single Frame capture mode – xvidcap takes configurabe number of screenshots and saves them to file.
  2. Multi Frame capture mode – xvidcap takes screenshot and encodes them into a video file.

The GUI of xvidcap is very simple


The above screenshot shows the simple screenshot of xvidcap. With not much buttons and options it provides a less confusing simple interface for screen recording.

If the GUI is not working properly, then the main advantage of this tool is that it can be operated in command line mode also.

The program can be initiated using xvidcap or gvidcap in the command line. Some of the advanced options available for command line operation I found benefitial are


-v       Runs xvidcap in verbose mode.

–mf | –sf       xvidcap automatically selects the mode to capture based on the file name

–file <file name>        File name or pattern to use for saving the captured frames.

–fps <frames per second>        Specifies the number of frames to be captured per second.

–cap_geometry <geometry>       Specify the dimension of the frame to be captured. The dimensions are specified as widthxheight+<x-width>+<y-width>

–rescale <size percentage>       Rescales the output width and height to the value specified. Value normally between 0 and 100.

–quality <quality percentage>      Specifies the compression ratio in percentage. Default value is 90.

–time <maximum duration in seconds>     Specifies the maximum time to capture, a value of 0 will cause xvidcap to capture until stopped interactively.

–frames <maximum frames>         Specifies xvidcap the number of frames to capture.

–gui <yes|no>      Start xvidcap with or without GUI.

–format <output file format>        Specifies output file format, it overrides preferences and automatic format selection.

–format-help      Gives a list valid video file formats.


–audio <yes|no>        This enables or disables audio capture.

–aucodec <audio codec>        Manually specifyO vthee audio codec.

–aucodec-help        Gives a list of valid audio codecs.

–audio_in <audio capture device|->    This will enable capturing audio from the manually specified device.

–audio_bits <audio bit rate>          Manually specify the bit rate of audio capture.

–audio_rate <audio sample rate>            Specify the sampling rate manually.

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