I have Kazam as screen recorder, but it does not have real-time zoom functionality. On youtube, I saw some videos recorded under ubuntu and they are zooming in-out while recording. Do you have any suggestions?

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On KDE, you can use the Meta (Windows) key and "+/-" to zoom in and out to the desktop. As long as you have a screen recorder such as recordmydesktop or SimpleScreenRecorder, you should be able to capture it just fine.

I'm not aware yet of a screen recorder that zooms with its own software, but with SimpleScreenRecorder you have a lot of options such as a rectangle, window or screen to record and 'follow the cursor'.

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    That's a wonderful info. I will check it and let you know.
    – wakeup
    Nov 5, 2020 at 15:37
  • Update: Unfortunately Meta and +/- does not seem to work anymore. I think they disabled this feature.
    – wakeup
    Mar 26, 2021 at 13:46
  • @wakeup Perhaps the hotkeys got deleted? If you look under System Settings -> Desktop Effects -> Zoom options, are the hotkeys set to "Meta+-" and "Meta+="? Mar 27, 2021 at 19:34
  • thanks! Yes that is exactly what I needed.
    – wakeup
    Apr 20, 2021 at 13:24

Try GTK record My Desktop.

GTK record My Desktop is a desktop session recorder for GNU/linux that attemps to be easy to use, yet also effective at it's primary task.

To install, just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

sudo apt-get install gtk-recordmydesktop

Or just click GTK record My Desktop Install comixcursors-lefthanded.

Note:You can replicate zooming in and out by left click and dragging on the preview window.

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    Is it possible to zoom in and out real-time while recording?
    – wakeup
    Aug 4, 2013 at 10:22
  • I haven't tried that, so I can't say.
    – Mitch
    Aug 4, 2013 at 10:25
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    @Mitch if you didn't tried. Why are you answering this thread? Please answer only when you are 100% accurate on what you say! Sep 15, 2019 at 17:41
  • @AnbuselvanRocky It does have zoom, but I haven't tried the software personally.
    – Mitch
    Sep 15, 2019 at 17:54
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    @AnbuselvanRocky No . this recorder can not zoom while recording
    – sam nikzad
    Nov 4, 2019 at 22:54

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