I'm trying to make a screencast in Ubuntu 11.10. I need to insert some text for explaining all the steps. Something like this.

I looked for older questions and I saw that one of the few software that allows you to insert some text in the screencast is wink.

However it doesn't work for me on Ubuntu 11.10. When I try to start the screen cast all the wink Icon disappear from the sidebar and so I'm not able anymore to stop the registration.

Is there a way for fixing it? Otherwise, is there an alternative software?


  • which app you tried?
    – Tachyons
    Feb 16, 2012 at 14:20
  • I tried with Wink
    – Maverik
    Feb 16, 2012 at 14:22

2 Answers 2


I normally record with gtk-recordmydesktop and then that output video I edit with openshot or pitivi (for me preferably openshot). Both of which can add text to a video. Of course not with the yellow background for the text in your link but at least some text somewhere you want and freeze the video for a moment so the viewer has time to read.


GNOME 3 has a built in screen recording feature. Just press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+R to start and stop recording. The file will appear in your home folder named something like shell-YYYYMMDD-1.webm.

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