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HOWTO: Ubuntu Support for Audio in XVidCap

XVidCap is a very nice screen-capture program for Linux.  I have been dabbling in it to capture video of my desktop.

Unfortunately, the binary offered by Ubuntu’s software distribution has audio disabled. I found a bug about that somewhere and added my two cents, then went and installed it manually. Then I had to reinstall it manually because the Ubuntu version had been bumped and the “newer” version replaced my audio-supporting version.

Step 1: Remove Existing xvidcap

sudo aptitude remove xvidcap

Step 2: Install XVidCap from SourceForge

http://sourceforge.net/projects/xvidcap/ — click “download now” and the rest is all point-and-click.

Step 3: Lock XVidCap Version

Ubuntu will be quietly bide its time until it can “upgrade” xvidcap to a version that doesn’t support Audio. Fortunately, you can tell it not to do that!

Open: System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager

Search for “xvidcap”

Select the package, go to the Package menu and select “Lock Version”

(From what I can tell, sudo aptitude hold won’t actually prevent xvidcap from being “upgraded.”)

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  • DJ

    Thank you! I’d been beating my head against the wall for hours with this!

  • Jonathan

    My God… 3 full hours of desperation. I guess there is a buy in the version for karmic. There is just NO way to get audio out of that version of xvidcap.

  • Thanks for the suggestion.

    Something different in step 1 for me:
    Following your link to SourceForge, I had to click on “view all files” and then select “xvidcap_1.1.7intrepid_i386.deb”

    The rest of the process as already described.

  • Max

    Great idea. Thank you very much, now the audio is working ! ! !

  • 2011solution

    I’ve needed to do a few more steps:

    Step 4. Install pavucontrol in Synaptic (Needed in Ubuntu 10.04 but not in Linux Mint 10: already present)
    Step 5. Open the program with padsp xvidcap
    Step 6. Click on the recording button (red circle)
    Step 7. Run pavucontrol, go to the Recording tab and there choose Monitor of Analog Stereo Internal Audio

    Done!!

    To record with sound, the program has always to be run with padsp xvidcap (for example from ALT+F2). To run it always like that from the menu: run alacarte, go to Sound and video, then to XVidCap Screen Capture, Properties and where it says Command put padsp xvidcap.

    The stated is to record the system sound, that is, the one coming out of the speakers, that can be of a song or movie of our hard drive or pendrive played by Totem, of a Flash music video of a website played by Firefox, …

    Nevertheless, sometimes it can be necessary to record the microphone sound, for example if we want to make a videotutorial to explain how a program works. In this case we put xvidcap in recording state, run pavucontrol and in the Recording tab we put Analog Stereo Internal Audio (without “Monitor of” ahead).

    If we only want to record sound (without video) we can run from ALT+F2 gnome-sound-recorder. The first time probably it will be configured to record from the microphone. To record the system sound we run with ALT+F2 gnome-volume-control, go to the Hardware tab and in Profile we put Analog Stereo Output (it’s also possible to do this running pavucontrol and using the Configuration tab).

    But when we finish we have to put again Analog Stereo Duplex in the Profile of Hardware of gnome-volume-control (or of Configuration of pavucontrol), so we can still choose the origin of the sound when recording with xvidcap.

    NB: sometimes, to change from Analog Stereo Duplex to Analog Stereo Output it may be necessary to change first to Off, close, open again and then change finally to Analog Stereo Output. The same for the opposite change. If not, the computer may “not notice” that we have applied the change.

    Taken from http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1714139

  • Blueumbrella32

    Another option, not to have to change once and again between Analog Stereo Duplex and Analog Stereo Output neither limit the sound source for xvidcap, is to leave Analog Stereo Duplex and use also gnome-sound-recorder with padsp ahead, that is, run padsp gnome-sound-recorder. Like the stated for padsp xvidcap, to change where we want to record the sound from, we put the program recording, open pavucontrol and in the Recording tab we put the desired option. We also can change the menu entry if we want with alacarte, going to Sound & video, then to Sound Recorder and then to Properties.

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    Solution for 64 bits:

    In order to install it in a x86_64 system I just have to use the –force-architecture option to the dpkg -i command.

    user@host:~/Desktop$ sudo dpkg –force-architecture -i xvidcap_1.1.7jaunty_i386.deb

    But when trying to run it I see that there are some i386 libraries missing. In order to easily install them I use the getlibs script.

    user@host:~/Desktop$ padsp xvidcap
    xvidcap: error while loading shared libraries: libtheora.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    user@host:~/Desktop$ getlibs /usr/bin/xvidcap
    ——————————————–
    About getlibs: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=474790

  • Bl8679

    Improvement of a comment: Please replace the paragraph starting with “Another option” with:

    Another option, not to have to change once and again between Analog Stereo Duplex and Analog Stereo Output neither limit the sound source for xvidcap, is to leave Analog Stereo Duplex and use also pavucontrol when we want to change the source of the sound for gnome-sound-recorder. Like the stated for padsp xvidcap, to change where we want to record the sound from, we put gnome-sound-recorder recording, open pavucontrol and in the Recording tab we put the desired option. In this case there is no need to use padsp (xvidcap needs it because it was designed for OSS. What padsp does is to connect OSS with PulseAudio, as shown in http://linux.die.net/man/1/padsp ).

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  • Dan

    Worked for me too (Ubuntu 10.10).
    thank you!

  • español

     GREAT! thank you!
    worked for me too: ubuntu 10.10

  • Oescarcega

    Great thanks,comment for ubuntu 10.04 the mirror is this http://sourceforge.net/projects/xvidcap/files/xvidcap/1.1.7/xvidcap_1.1.7jaunty_i386.deb/download

  • rob

    not grate dont work why have you not got 64 pit version thanks for nothing 

  • Washington Indacochea Delgado

    Great, working for my on UbuntuStudio 13.10 with Jack enabled

  • Niaeu

    In Linux Mint MATE there is no default sound recorder, but you can install Audio Recorder to record audio from the microphone or from the system: https://launchpad.net/~osmoma/+archive/audio-recorder