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[How-To] Making video screencasts on the N900

28 February 2012Entry by

If you’ve been using the N900 for a while, perhaps you have been thinking on “how can I record my screen?”. Well, today we’ll show you how.

First of all, fetch a .deb package you will need for recording to your N900, put it anywhere.  You may, of course, use wget to ease the process:

wget http://sumoudou.org/n900/load-applet-ximagesrc_0.4.4-2_armel.deb

Next, install the package:

sudo gainroot

dpkg -i load-applet-ximagesrc*.deb

And install the missing dependencies:

apt-get -f install

There, now you have a little panel on your N900 that will allow you to record your screen (and make screenshots, if you’re not comfortable with Ctrl-Shift-P):

When you press the button that I showed above and exit the statusbar menu, recording will start and you can now make videos, like this one I made. When you press the button again recording will stop. And yes, it will also record sound from the microphone, however the audio input is rather sensitive and will capture screentapping sounds and keyboard, so you might want to mute the sound, like I did. You will find your video in your Videos folder (~/MyDocs/.videos). By pressing the camera button to the right you can take screenshots, tap it and press the camera button (on the top of your N900) to take a screenshot which will land in your images directory.

Enjoy your new screencasting experience!


Thanks to ShiroiKuma for putting up the package together.


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