How to create Video Tutorials using Vokoscreen

Have you ever come to create a video tutorial to share with your friends or share with a wider community like Youtube?

This guide will show you how to create a view-to-view video of your Linux desktop using Vokoscreen.

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How to install Vokoscreen

Install Vokoscreen
Install Vokoscreen.
Vokoscreen will likely be available in the GUI package manager provided by your chosen Linux distribution, be it the Software Center in Ubuntu, Software Manager in Linux Mint, GNOME Package Manager, Synaptic, Yum Extender, or Yast.

To install vokoscreen from the command line in Ubuntu or Mint run the following apt command:

sudo apt-get to install vokoscreen

Inside Fedora or CentOS you can use yum like this:

yum install vokoscreen

Finally, in openSUSE you can use zypper like this:

zypper install vokoscreen

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The Vokoscreen user interface

Create video tutorials using Vokoscreen
Create video tutorials using Vokoscreen.
Vokoscreen has a user interface with five tabs:

Screen settings
Audio Settings
Video settings
The display settings tab controls the actual video recording.

The first thing you need to decide is whether you want to capture the entire screen, a simple application window, or an area on the screen that you can select with the mouse.

I found that windowed recording had a nasty habit of clipping the selected window. If you were typing terminal commands, you would lose the first letter of each word.

If you want to really focus on an area of ​​the screen and make it bigger, you can turn on zoom. You can choose how big the zoom window is from 200×200, 400×200 and 600×200.

If you’ve ever seen the Linux Action Show or the Linux Help Guy videos, you’ll notice that they have their camera images displayed on the screen. You can do this using Vokoscreen by clicking on the webcam option.

Finally, there’s the option to have a countdown timer that counts down to the start of the recording, so you can set yourself first.

For the actual recording of the video there are five keystrokes:

To stop
I am playing
The start button starts the recording process and the stop button stops the recording.

The pause button pauses the video which can be replayed using the start button. It’s a good button to use if you lose track of your train of thought or if you’re recording a long process you want to skip like a download.

The play button allows you to play your recording and the send button allows you to send messages to the video.

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How to adjust sound settings using Vokoscreen

Record video with Vokoscreen
Record video with Vokoscreen.
The second tab on the screen (indicated by the microphone symbol) allows you to modify the sound settings.

You can choose whether to record audio or not and whether to use pulse or alsa. If you select pulseaudio, you can select the input device to record using the checkboxes provided.

The alsa setting allows you to select input devices from a drop-down list.

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How to adjust video settings using Vokoscreen

Adjust video settings using Vokoscreen
Adjust video settings using Vokoscreen.
The third tab (indicated by the tape reel symbol) allows you to modify the video settings.

You can choose the number of frames per second by adjusting the number up and down.

You can also decide which codec to use and which video format to record.

The default codecs are mpeg4 and libx264.

The default formats are mkv and avi.

Finally, there is a checkbox that allows you to disable mouse cursor recording.

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How to configure various Vokoscreen settings

Configure Vokoscreen settings
Configure Vokoscreen settings.
The fourth tab (indicated by the gear symbol) allows you to adjust some different settings.

In this tab, you can choose the default location for saving videos.

You can also choose the default video player used when you press the play button.

The defaults on my pc were avplay banshee, totem and vlc.

One setting you may want to select is the option to minimize Vokoscreen during

n start recording. If you don’t then the Vokoscreen GUI will remain active throughout.

Finally, you can choose whether to minimize Vokoscreen to the system tray.

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Vokoscreen Help
Vokoscreen Help.
The final tab (indicated by the triangle symbol) contains a list of links about Vokoscreen, such as the home page for the site, the mailing list, support links, developer links, and a donation link.

When you’re done creating videos, you can use a video editor to format them for web or other purposes.

You can then upload them to your Youtube channel and get something like this:

What’s next?
After you’ve captured your videos using Vokoscreen, it’s a good idea to edit them using a tool like Openshot which will be covered in a future video guide.
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