[IAEP] http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Education_Team#Commentary

Jim Simmons nicestep at gmail.com
Wed Aug 5 12:07:14 EDT 2009


I use gtk-recordmydesktop to do the screencasts, running Sugar at
800x600 on an IBM NetVista I bought surplus.  I then use Kino to edit.
 You *might* be able to get a screencast at a higher resolution with a
more powerful box, but the video would end up at 640x480 anyway so
maybe that would not be an improvement.  I'd be interested in your
opinion of my videos at


I use Fedora 11 for recording the desktop and Fedora 10 for editing
(not on purpose, that's just how I'm set up at the moment).  I needed
to compile Kino from source.  There's another video editor called
Cinelerra that I would also have to compile from source to use, and
it's supposed to be pretty good.

James Simmons

On Wed, Aug 5, 2009 at 10:56 AM, Dennis Daniels<dennisgdaniels at gmail.com> wrote:
> Jim,
> Fair enough! You are echoing what most everyone on the IRC has said as well.
> I'm going to dive into running Sugar on top of Ubuntu today on my
> fairly powerful machine and see if I can get some decent recordings.
> Sugar needs a face and preferably that face would be of a six year old
> doing amazing/genious things with a computer but those screencasts
> probably won't happen with SoaS. I'm hoping I can get that with a full
> install of Ubuntu with Sugar on the top.
> All my efforts with SoaS, avec et sans screencasting, have been
> _disappointing_. There's no way I can recommend SoaS to any but the
> most hardened technophile teachers.
> with regards,
> Dennis
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> On Wed, Aug 5, 2009 at 10:46, Jim Simmons<nicestep at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dennis,
>> I think screencasting is a neat idea but the hardware most likely to
>> run Sugar won't have the horsepower to capture a full size screen and
>> in the case of the XO might not have enough disk space to do it
>> either.  See my other emails for my experiences making videos like
>> this.
>> It may do a lot of good for us to create these kinds of videos
>> ourselves so kids can see them and share them with friends, but
>> technically it may be impractical to build a feature for doing this
>> into Sugar.
>> James Simmons
>>> I need help in getting Sugar to be cool for kids and the easiest way
>>> _in my experience_ is to make it easy for kids to show off... make
>>> screencasting a FUNCTIONING and EASY to USE tool that can be launched
>>> from every activity.
>>> Please, if you're going to flame back, try to attack the argument (and
>>> parts of it may be flawed) and not me.
>>> thanks,
>>> Dennis

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