I just upgraded from 20.04 to 22.04 on a Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15ITL05. I wanted to use the new screen recorder, so I pressed PrtSc, which brought up the normal options. The screenshot function seems to be working fine, but when I choose to record, the symbol at the top of the screen pops up for a split second, then vanishes and nothing happens. Any ideas about how to fix this??

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    In my case it wasn't working because I had removed "Videos" from ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs and /etc/xdg/user-dirs.defaults .
    – macramole
    Jun 27 at 2:29

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I have a few ideas. I used htop to view my running processes to figure out a little about the Screencast program.
Mine is here "usr/share/gnome-shell/org.gnome.Shell.Screencast" You can run the program and then check a few on your log files and look at the activity.

cd /var/log

The -f option for tails lets you watch whats happening. Or just use tail -n 20 syslog and look at the last 20 lines in the log file.

other ideas...Using different file manager? limited user account? Screencast folder missing? not a Gnome desktop or installed different one?

tail -f syslog

And see if you find anything interesting. Also check auth.log, kern.log, Xorg.1.log, ....

Mine created a folder in /home/userMe/Videos/Screencasts and all my Screencast show up there in WebM format.

Let us know what you figure out

Update: Known issue for upgrades:

Seems that gstreamer-1.0 isn't upgrading correctly and the fix:

cd ~/.cache
rm -rf gstreamer-1.0

or that might work

sudo apt reinstall gstreamer1.0-pipewire
  • i too have the same issue & found below in syslog - Any comments? pc dbus-daemon[6329]: [session uid=1000 pid=6329] Activating service name='org.gnome.Shell.Screencast' requested by ':1.38' (uid=1000 pid=6494 comm="/usr/bin/gnome-shell " label="unconfined") pc dbus-daemon[6329]: [session uid=1000 pid=6329] Successfully activated service 'org.gnome.Shell.Screencast' JS LOG: Failed to create pipeline: Gst.ParseError: no element "pipewiresrc" pc gnome-shell[6494]: Error starting screencast pc gnome-shell[6494]: D-Bus client with active sessions vanished
    – Aravinth
    May 24 at 5:26
  • Thanks Czar, it seems like gstreamer was the issue. I reinstalled it and the Screencast program works fine now. May 24 at 16:51
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    The removal command worked for me, thanks :)
    – Aravinth
    May 27 at 17:17
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    Just deleting the cached dir fixed it for me: rm -rf ~/.cache/gstreamer-1.0
    – Janghou
    Jun 1 at 18:51

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