Screencasting

Capture a video of your actions on the screen and accompanying audio and you have a screen cast.

This method is for Linux, probably OS-X too, is easy without bells and whistles.

Software

Install, if you don’t have it: Ctrl-Alt-t (voor terminal)

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sudo su
apt update
apt install vokoscreen wmctrl screenkey gnome-subtitles

Wmctrl

Window manager control.

First you need information about the names of active windows:

wmctrl -l

For example, this page presents itself as:

0x03c00053  0 wswl Screen-casting - van der Worp - Mozilla Firefox

Second, you want to set the resolution of the screen cast and the position of the window. You can prepare this for multiple windows and use Alt-Tab during the cast. In this case:

wmctrl -r Screen-cas -e 1,0,0,1920,1080

What this line does: Move a window with name fragment “Screen-cas” to left-top, coordinate 0,0 and resize it to 1920,1080.

Screenkey

For showing what you type. After starting, open it from your tray to tune it. Fiddle a bit with transparency and size and colours. For mouse actions, consider Key-mon which I don”t use because it somehow influences virtual machine behaviour when switching windows.

Vokoscreen

What more is there to explain? Check tabs and presto, click start.

Gnome subtitles

Play your cast and write subtitles under the same filename.srt.

Audacity

Great for post editing sound. One of my problems is that there is always a high pitched sound, whine, caused by USB. I’ve got a pretty warm voice by nature but some tuning can be done too. So:

  • Drag your cast into audacity and you’ll see your track.

USB noise reduction

Q&D

  • Select a piece of silence (click point 1, shift click point 2)
  • Effect > Noise Reduction > Get noise profile
  • Select all (ctrl-a)
  • Effect > Repeat Noise Reduction
    • Values of Noise reduction dB = 12, sensitivity = 6, Freq. smoothing = 3 are reasonable.

Better

  • Select a piece of silence and then choose Analyse > Plot spectrum
  • You’ll see something like this:
  • Take a good look. As you can see, in my case, every 1000 Hz contains a spike: the annoying hum.
  • Now we know what to fix, I’ve used the equalizing effect to suppress 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 HZ. However…
  • This link (thanks!!) contains the clue, a piece of modified Lisp:

(setq mysound s)
(setq q 2) ; set the base Q for the filter
(setq iter 5) ; set the number of iterations
(setq freq 1000) ; set base frequency
(dotimes ; start the DO loop
(i iter mysound)
(setf mysound
(notch2
mysound
(* freq (1+ i))
50 ; was (* q (1+ i))
)
)
) ;end of loop

Adding warmth to your voice

  • Effect > Equalization
  • Play around, my curve:
  • From left to right: 20Hz+3dB, horizontal to 100Hz+3dB, to 500Hz-6dB, to 1000Hz-6dB, to 3000Hz+9dB, to 20000Hz+9dB.

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