A new Kazam Screencaster version has been released today, which brings a complete UI overhaul, support for taking screenshots and other new features.
Kazam is a screen recording tool – or better said, it was, because with the latest 1.3.2 version, it’s not just for screencasts and it can be used to take screenshots as well: fullscreen (current monitor), all screens, window or area.
The new version also brings a new user interface which lets you easily switch between the screencast and screenshot mode:
The encoder type, framerate and other options have been moved from the main window to a new preferences dialog:
In the preferences, you can select the speakers and microphone source, enable/disable the countdown splash, set the framerate, encoding type, if the files should be automatically saved, the directory where to save the files and the filename prefix. There’s also an option to set the screenshot shutter sound (or to turn it off).
Other changes in Kazam Screencaster 1.3.2:
- GUI was redesigned, rehauled and refreshed. Ease of use and simplicity were still our guidance
- Support for GStreamer 1.0, older versions are no longer supported. Kazam 1.3.2 will for now only work on Ubuntu 12.10
- Keyboard shortcuts are back. Still in experimental stage, but usable.
- Different capture modes: Full screen, all screens, area and window. With window mode you can select a window on your desktop to capture its contents. For now, this works only for screencasting.
- Wait, only for screen casting? What? Kazam can now capture still images too. You can capture full screen, single screen or a pre-selected area.
- Autosaving of videos and pictures. By turning on autosave every video and screenshot will be saved automatically without user intervention.
- Awesome theme-able shutter sound for taking screenshots, for now Canon 7D and Nikon D80 sounds are available. 😉
- start recording: Super + Control + r
- pause recording: Super + Control + p
- finish recording: Super + Control + f
- show Kazam: Super + Control + s
- quit: Super + Control + q
Install Kazam Screencaster in Ubuntu:
The latest Kazam Screencaster 1.3.2 is considered an unstable build so it can be installed from the Kazam Unstable PPA, for Ubuntu 12.10 only (for other Ubuntu versions there are older Kazam builds). To add the PPA and install Kazam, use the commands below in a terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kazam-team/unstable-series sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install kazam