Screencasts on Fedora

I was trying to use recordMyDesktopqt today. The video piece works just fine, but audio wasn’t as easy. I plugged in a usb mic. In the recordMyDesktop setting there is just a text box where one must type in the device name. I didn’t know what to put there. I tried a few things that failed, and then I had an idea. I opened up Audacity and went into the settings. It gave me a dropdown list and I found “ALSA: USB Device 0x46d:0x809: USB Audio (hw:1,0). Now, I’d already tried ‘0x46d:0x809’ and that didn’t work. I’d also tried it with USB on the front. Then I tried ‘hw:1,0’ and that did the trick. Looking at the recordMyDesktop documentation would have gotten me there sooner, or maybe not as they imply kmix could fix it, but I don’t think so.

I don’t know what I’m doing or this probably wouldn’t have taken as long as it did — but the one place I’d love to see a concerted effort to make things easier with Linux is sound. A lot of times things just work – but when they don’t it can be really tough to figure out where to go and what to do.

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