Record screencasts with VokoscreenNG

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The VokoscreenNG screencast tool offers many options but is still surprisingly easy to use.

A screencast is a screenshot with moving pictures. Like a screenshot, a screencast opens up the possibility of explaining complex processes in a way that is more effective than words. Screencasts play an important role in explaining how to use programs in both professional and private contexts.

Several screenshot applications inhabit the Linux space, including RecordMyDesktop, SimpleScreenRecorder, and the not-necessarily-intuitive OBS Studio. One screencast tool that was popular in the past and is now making a comeback is Vokoscreen. Volker Kohaupt has been developing the Vokoscreen screencast app since 2013. In 2019, development slowly stopped; after the 2.5.8 release there were no further updates. But in 2020, VokoscreenNG 3.0 was released [1]. The "NG" stands for new generation, and the latest version of Vokoscreen does indeed include some innovations that should make it popular with a new generation of Linux users.

The developer completely rewrote the tool and gave it a modern interface based on the Qt framework. Instead of Ffmpeg, the Gstreamer [2] multimedia framework, which already supports use with Wayland, now runs in the background. This, in turn, makes VokoscreenNG fit for cooperation with the Pipewire [3] audio-video framework, which could eventually replace Gstreamer, Pulseaudio, and Jack.

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