LinuxFest Northwest 2012 | LAS | s21e07

LinuxFest Northwest 2012 | LAS | s21e07

We push through the fest hangover, and tell you what rocked and what shocked!

PLUS – Some Linux video editing tips, and recording Google+ Hangouts!

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Matt’s Howto:

The bulk of the howto is going to be in the video. However, there are some things you need access to.

1) Kdenlive – use this Ubuntu PPA if you’re using Ubuntu 11.10.
In a terminal window:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sunab/kdenlive-release
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kdenlive

2) When you first run Kdenlive, it’s likely going to give you some first run errors, regarding ML, cancel instead of closing the app (so the first run wizard runs again later).
If running Ubuntu 11.10 and you’ve added the PPA, you will want to add/update the following.

From Synaptic, search for libmlt++3 – if it’s showing you have anything older than version 0.7.6, update the package. Also double check that libmlt-data and libmlt4 are installed.

Now you can run kdenlive again and it will show everything is working perfectly.

3) To run your webcam successfully in Google Plus hangouts, make sure your webcam is plugged in (directly, no hubs). Open up a Google Plus hangout without joining it. Visit “check settings”. If the webcam is working, great. If it’s not, then close the browser and install WebcamStudio from the latest Deb package. It will installed either via Gdebi or from the Software Center automatically.

3a) If you want/need to run WebcamStudio, perhaps because your webcam wasn’t detected in Firefox or Chrome, start the software, follow along with the video to get the software running with your webcam.

4) Since your end goal is to record Google Plus hangouts as a video, you will need to install the screen recording software known as Kazam.
In a terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kazam-team/stable-series
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kazam

5) Open the Kazam software as I showed you in the video and confirm your settings and begin recording. To stop recording once you’ve started, look to the upper right near the network settings and clock, right click on the Kazam widget and stop recording from there. Remember: Do not export to a video editor directly as the video file will not be saved normally. Choose to save it for later instead.

6) With Kazam recording and WebcamStudio using your webcam, open a browser with the Google Video chat plugin installed, browse to Google Plus, then start a hangout.

7) Once the hangout is finished, close the hangout, stop Kazam, save the file, import it into Kdenlive. Drag the video into the timeline, cut the clip as to make sure the area you wish to obscure is covered. Tip: When moving the obscure box corners, understand that it’s very sensitive and getting the cursor into position takes a steady hand. So patience is critical.

8) Save the project, export it as you see fit.

LFNW 2012 Linux Sucks & Linux Does Not Suck Videos:

  1. Why Linux Sucks
  2. Why Linux Does Not Suck

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