Steam for Linux

Steam for Linux

Sebita Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:17am
Recording software suggestions?
I tried using glc to record steam game, to no avail. Running "glc-capture steam://run/[app]" won't run, and "glc-capture steam steam://run/[app]" immediately returns to prompt, and runs game afterwards.
Is there any good drop-in replacement for fraps? I want something that hooks into OpenGL apps (games) just like fraps. I fear recordmydesktop might cause framedrops, among other issues, since it isn't really designed for games.
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blackout24 Feb 15, 2013 @ 1:18am 
I used gtk-recordmydesktop once. Worked well.
DerRidda Feb 15, 2013 @ 1:41am 
Gamecaster might the thing you are looking for: It is very much experimental though.
There is also Vokoscreen, which doesn't hook into OpenGL but might still be worth a try:
Sebita Feb 15, 2013 @ 10:04am 
Gamecaster fails to start on 13.04 and haven't found a solution thus far, but being glc-based, I'd expect the same behaviour.
Also, I was wondering how to record sound as well (both output and input). I tried gtk-recordmydesktop, ffmpeg, avconv, and none of them captured audio. I tried glc with a non-steam version of Super Meat Bot and it did capture audio nicely.
DudeAmI Feb 15, 2013 @ 7:03pm 
I have found by far the best solution is GLC. The biggest thing with GLC is it will NOT work with the "Steam In-Game Community" overlay, as this uses the same techniques as GLC to read the input and GLC will not work.

Some games that are not strictly ALSA based will need the -j flag for the audio. I have not yet figured out how to record input consistently (had it work once, then it wouldn't work again, this might be due to my HW), but you just need to specify the device to record with -a device,rate,channels (ex: -a hw:0,44100,2) Note the hw:0 can't do hw:0,1 for sub-devices, this is a bug with GLC and is reported (

I am uploading one of my videos of CS 1.6, will be available at:

If you need any help with running GLC, just ask me on here and I'll do my best to assist.

Edit: Seems that video I uploaded lost most of its video, not 100% sure why that happened, but its probably due to alt-tabing out of the game or due to steam notifications popping up (this turns my whole screen green).
Last edited by DudeAmI; Feb 15, 2013 @ 8:20pm
kentosama Feb 18, 2013 @ 3:40am 
Hi, I try to record with glc:
glc-capture-o video.glc -s steam steam:/ /rungameid/41070

but nothing is recorded, the file is not created. Can you help me?
Last edited by kentosama; Feb 18, 2013 @ 3:42am
DudeAmI Feb 18, 2013 @ 4:08am 
Try removing the -s and using the <Shift>F8 hotkey to start once your ingame. Also, your command seems off (glc-capture-o should be glc-capture -o, with a space).
Sebita Feb 18, 2013 @ 12:47pm 
Originally posted by Shingo San:
Hi, I try to record with glc:
glc-capture-o video.glc -s steam steam:/ /rungameid/41070

but nothing is recorded, the file is not created. Can you help me?
I said in my first post this doesn't work. It drops immediately back to prompt.
drpaneas Feb 21, 2013 @ 10:28am 
Can you write a guide, tutorial on something ? Many people out there want to record their Steam gaming experience.
Link to a similar discussion

Probably one of those discussions should be made sticky! :)
Last edited by sounds like a wooosh; Feb 22, 2013 @ 12:13am
kentosama Feb 22, 2013 @ 12:50am 
I tried everything, all tested. Whether glc-capture, ffmpeg, istanbul, recordmydesktop ... This saves not only my desktop and the game is either a black screen, or you just see the desktop background. The only way to save the game is played in windowed mode. In this case, it does not work but not full screen.
Toquinha Feb 22, 2013 @ 1:24am 
Try "Kazam Screencast", it's very good.
kentosama Feb 22, 2013 @ 2:59am 
Kazam dont work on my computer :(
Shane Feb 22, 2013 @ 5:03am 
try to check in game option

" Fullscreen (windows ) " lot of game integrate it now and you can capture.
kentosama Feb 22, 2013 @ 8:04am 
I worked a lot with ffmpeg to understand its use. Now I can use it without looking at the tutorials and create my own lines. But the problem is still present. I had to compile the git version because it provided in the AUR for ArchLinux has a bug. I still can not record in full screen, the worse it is not serious. I can make videos in windowed mode and it will prove that it is possible to play on Linux.

My second problem is the sound. It does not register. I have a bunch of tests and it does not want. I tried to sound recorded from my webcam, it works.

My sound card is hw: 0,0.

I also have another problem, the video is weird. I recorded 30 minutes but the final file is accelerated and takes only 3min!

Here's what I use:

ffmpeg-f alsa-ac 2-i hw: 0,0-f-s x11grab 1280x1024-r 25-i: 0.0 video-game-the-best-is-linux.mp4
Black Jesus Jul 12, 2013 @ 9:08am 

When I turn the Steam Overlay off I can't launch Gmod even without GLC
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