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Old 10-16-2012, 01:30 PM   #1
dmxell
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So I'm having a fairly annoying issue with screen recorders...


Basically the the exception of the built in gnome screen recorder, I cannot use any screen recorder. This includes gtk-recordmydesktop, istanbul, kazam, ffmpeg and xvidcap. Basically what happens is that they record my mouse moving around the screen doing stuff, but nothing else. It's like the recorders take a screenshot of my desktop every few minutes and transpose my mouse moving around on it.

I haven't a clue as to why this is happening. Does anyone know?

Distro: Linux Mint 13 - Cinnamon Maya

Last edited by dmxell; 10-16-2012 at 02:14 PM.
 
Old 10-16-2012, 08:27 PM   #2
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I have no idea what might cause this, but I do have a troubleshooting suggestion. I assume you have checked all the settings for the various programs for something whifty.

Try starting one of them, perhaps recordmydesktop, from the command line. The resulting output to the terminal window might reveal something.
 
Old 10-17-2012, 06:52 AM   #3
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I have no idea what might cause this, but I do have a troubleshooting suggestion. I assume you have checked all the settings for the various programs for something whifty.

Try starting one of them, perhaps recordmydesktop, from the command line. The resulting output to the terminal window might reveal something.
Alright, so I recorded a few seconds like that, and it produced the same issue. Here's the terminal log, thanks for any and all help(!):

Code:
~ $ recordmydesktop
Initial recording window is set to:
X:0   Y:0    Width:1920    Height:1080
Adjusted recording window is set to:
X:0   Y:4    Width:1920    Height:1072
Your window manager appears to be Muffin


Detected compositing window manager.
Reverting to full screen capture at every frame.
To disable this check run with --no-wm-check
(though that is not advised, since it will probably produce faulty results).

Initializing...
Buffer size adjusted to 4096 from 4096 frames.
Opened PCM device default
Recording on device default is set to:
1 channels at 22050Hz
Capturing!

*********************************************

Cached 3 MB, from 2685 MB that were received.
Average cache compression ratio: 99.9 %

*********************************************
Saved 342 frames in a total of 339 requests
Shutting down.....
STATE:ENCODING
Encoding started!
This may take several minutes.
Pressing Ctrl-C will cancel the procedure (resuming will not be possible, but
any portion of the video, which is already encoded won't be deleted).
Please wait...
Output file: out.ogv
[101%]
Encoding finished!
Wait a moment please...
   
Done.
Written 1221663 bytes
(946300 of which were video data and 275363 audio data)

Cleanning up cache...
Done!!!
Goodbye!
 
Old 10-17-2012, 08:11 PM   #4
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I've used recordmydesktop, though it's been a while, but this looks normal to me.

As I said, I don't have a clue, but let's hope someone comes along and enlightens both of us.

I did find an older LQ thread that might help:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...frames-767616/
 
Old 10-17-2012, 10:16 PM   #5
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If you have java installed and a twitter account. I use this online record my desktop. It is only good for 5 minutes of recording though.

http://www.screenr.com/Mzj

You need at least a P4 computer with 1gig of ram though to make it work. I have had success though on my older celeron Asus eeepc netbooks.

http://www.screenr.com/DAps
 
Old 10-17-2012, 10:42 PM   #6
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I've used recordmydesktop, though it's been a while, but this looks normal to me.

As I said, I don't have a clue, but let's hope someone comes along and enlightens both of us.

I did find an older LQ thread that might help:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...frames-767616/
So I tried the terminal command posted by "wolke" and the following error was returned:
Code:
Error when parsing `-width': libpopt error: -11
I had to remove both the height and width parts in order for it to work. Odd.

Edit: Disregard that, he had typed the command wrong as it required a double dash before "width" and "height".

Edit x2: Found a thread on the Linux Mint which seems like the same issue I'm having: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=103522

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If you have java installed and a twitter account. I use this online record my desktop. It is only good for 5 minutes of recording though.

http://www.screenr.com/Mzj

You need at least a P4 computer with 1gig of ram though to make it work. I have had success though on my older celeron Asus eeepc netbooks.

http://www.screenr.com/DAps
Thank you for suggesting that, but I'm ideally looking to record upwards of 20-30 minutes. I'd also like to stream to twitch.tv, which your suggestion can't do. Again, thank you for suggesting it =D

Last edited by dmxell; 10-17-2012 at 11:21 PM.
 
Old 10-18-2012, 10:56 AM   #7
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Alright, I've confirmed that gnome 3 is in fallback mode when using anything (but the built in gnome recorder) to record my desktop. I tested this by running the following command:

Code:
gnome-shell --replace
After that I was able to record my desktop perfectly. However, that command replaces my panel bar with a virtually unusable (and glitchy) alternative and I need to logout and back in again in order to restore it, so that's not an ideal solution =/

Edit: Turns out any desktop environment than Cinnamon works. So I've switched over to Mate. Not as nice imo, but I'm still tweaking it.

Last edited by dmxell; 10-18-2012 at 02:06 PM.
 
  


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