How to record a particular area of desktop screen on Linux

Question: I want to create a screencast of a particular area on my Linux desktop (not the entire desktop). Is there screen recorder software that allows me to do that? When you need to demonstrate your desktop activities to someone else, using a screencast (i.e., recording of desktop screen) is far more effective than a […]
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How to create a video DVD on Linux desktop

Question: I want to create a video DVD from MP4 movie files. Is there an open-source DVD authoring tool that I can use to create a video DVD in the Linux desktop environment? DeVeDe is an open-source (GPLv3) DVD authoring software that allows you to create video DVD, VCD, SVCD or DivX from any number […]
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How to compile FFmpeg on CentOS, Fedora or RHEL

Question: How can I compile and build FFmpeg on CentOS, Fedora or RHEL? If you want to use FFmpeg on RPM-based Linux, you can install pre-built FFmpeg package by using yum package manager after enabling additional third-party repositories. However, the version of FFmpeg included in such repositories is typically outdated. If you want to try […]
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How to compile FFmpeg on Ubuntu or Debian

Question: I want to install the original FFmpeg (not Libav fork). How can I compile FFmpeg on Ubuntu or Debian? On Debian-based distro (e.g., Debian, Ubuntu or Linux Mint), the package “ffmpeg” has existed as a “transitional” package for libav fork due to some political reason. So if you are trying to install “ffmpeg” package […]
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How to install Avidemux video editor on Linux

Question: I would like to edit a video file using Avidemux video editor. How can I install Avidemux on [insert your Linux distro]? Avidemux is open-source video editing software offering GTK+ or Qt4/Qt5 based GUI. Among other things, it allows users to transcode video streams, add/extract audio to/from a video file, and edit subtitles of […]
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How to install VLC media player on Linux

Question: I would like to use VLC media player on my Linux system. How can I install VLC on [insert your Linux distro]? VLC is by far the most popular and reliable open-source media player available on Linux. VLC can play audio and video files of many different codec and container formats, as well as […]
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