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Ok I always have issues recording my desktop with kazam or gtk-recordmydesktop so now I'm very paranoid so is it ok to have ffmpeg running with kazam at the same time? will there be conflicts? thanks

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I don't think there would be big trouble.. but the only way to find out is to try. – Seth Dec 15 '12 at 0:55

ffmpeg isn't a recorder, it's a transcoder. It's turning what you're recording into a compressed, playable video file. It's likely that one of your screen recorders is calling it.

But otherwise, screen recorders use up a incredible percentage of CPU resources. If you were actually recording with two of them at once, you would likely be unable to use your desktop, so I guess that would be a pretty severe issue.

But I don't think there would be any actual conflicts. The graphics stack is quite modular.

Having two installed (but not running together) should certainly not be an issue.

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ffmpeg can capture the screen via x11grab, so calling ffmpeg a "screen recorder" isn't an inaccurate description. – LordNeckbeard Dec 20 '12 at 7:08

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