Edit RecordMyDesktop Linux Screencasts with Camtasia Studio

Tim Bower has just shared a tip in our Google Group – here’s how he recorded a screencast on Linux using RecordMyDesktop and then converted it so Camtasia Studio on Windows could edit it.

Camtasia doesn’t like Ogg Vorbis (.ogv) videos so Tim first had to convert it to a more familiar format, he settled on the well-known XVid codec.  Using mencoder he converts input.ogv using the XVid codec with mp3lame audio plus two flags for XVid to then generate output.avi:

mencoder input.ogv -ovc xvid -oac mp3lame
-xvidencopts pass=1 -o output.avi

Tim notes that if the XVid codec isn’t already installed, it can be found here.

If you’re an ffmpeg user you might find some of my other tips on using ffmpeg to transcode videos to be useful (although they don’t outline the above step – you’d still have to experiment).

To improve your screencasting knowledge you must read The Screencasting Handbook. The author (Ian Ozsvald) also blogs.
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