How to use Vokoscreen to record video on Debian 10

Vokoscreen is a screen recording tool that you can use to record training videos, record live browser, setup and video conferencing. You can shoot video with (via ALSA or PulseAudio) or without sound. The program is very easy to use and has a minimalistic graphical interface. It can also take your face with a webcam at the same time, so this feature is especially suitable for viewing the screen. Another feature is direct capture from IEEE1394 digital cameras.

In this article, I will explain how you can install the Vokoscreen utility through the Debian user interface. I will show you how to record video using custom recording settings. This program uses FFmpeg features and can save captured video in various formats such as AVI, MP4, FLV and MKV for video and MP3 for audio.

I followed the commands and procedures mentioned in this article on a Debian 10 Buster system.

Vokoskrin Installation

On the Actions toolbar / dock on the Debian desktop, click the Debian Software icon. The dock can be accessed using the Super / Windows key.

In the software manager, click the search icon and enter Vokoscreen in the search bar. Search results will contain relevant entries as follows:

Vokoscreen search

The Vokoscreen entry listed here is maintained by the Debian Stable Main repository. Click on this search entry to open the following view:

Install Vokoscreen Package

Click the Install button to start the installation process. The following authentication dialog will appear for you to provide your authentication information.

Authenticate as administrator

Please note that only an authorized user can add / remove and configure software in Debian. Enter your password and click the Authentication button. After that, the installation process will begin, displaying a progress bar as follows:

Installation Progress

Vokoscreen will be installed on your system, and after successful installation you will receive the following message:

Launch Vokoscreen

In the above dialog box, you can choose to launch Vokoscreen directly and even delete it right away for any reason.

Alternative shell installation method

The same software version can also be installed via the Debian command line. Open Terminal and enter the following commands as user sudo:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install vokoscreen

Launch Vokoscreen and record a video

You can access Vokoscreen from the Debian application launcher as follows or directly access it from the list of applications:

Vokoskrin Icon

You can also launch this application through the command line with this command:

$ vokoscreen

Screen Capture Settings

The following “Screen” view will open the first time you run the tool:

Vokoscreen Settings

You can see that you have three screen recording options; Full screen mode, specific window, area on the screen. Other options you can configure:

  • The first thing you can choose is if you want to capture Display 1 (your current built-in Debian display), another secondary screen, or All displays.
  • You can enable the zoom option, and also select the dialogue options for enlargement. This will help you focus on the area of ​​the screen, making it noticeable.
  • When the Showkey option is enabled, the key you typed during recording will be displayed.
  • When the Showclick option is enabled, the area that you clicked during recording will be highlighted.
  • The countdown in seconds gives you some time to prepare to start recording.

Other buttons that you see on this tab are the Start, Stop, Pause, Play, and Submit buttons, which you can use to control the recording.

Sound settings

The appearance of the “Sound Settings” tab is as follows:

Sound settings

Using this view, you can configure the parameters of the input audio device, such as:

  • Select the Pulse option to select Pulse as the input mode, and then select the input device from the available options.
  • Select the Alsa option to select alsa as the input mode, and then select the input device from the available options.

Recording Settings

The appearance of the “Recording Settings” tab is as follows:

Recording Settings

Using this view, you can make the following settings:

  • Frames per second
  • Video format
  • Video Codec Options
  • Audio codec
  • The latter option allows you to choose whether you want to record the mouse cursor in the video or not.

Settings Tab

This is what the “Settings” view looks like:

Settings Tab

Here you can select the following options:

  • The place where your videos will be saved
  • The player in which your videos will be played
  • The default recording device for your videos
  • You can also choose whether you want Vokoscreen to be minimized when you start recording.

Webcam settings

The webcam view, which looks as follows, allows you to select a webcam for recording from available devices through the drop-down list:

Webcam settings

  • The last tab is an information tab that contains links to useful resources such as the official website, mailing list, links for developers and support.

So it’s all about installing and using Vokoscreen on your Debian. Now it all depends on your creative abilities to use this tool in the most possible and informative way.

How to use Vokoscreen to record video on Debian 10