Ever needed to make a quick screencast of your desktop to share what you are working on with someone else? Fedora Workstation ships with an easy way of capturing high-quality, short videos of your screen.

To create a screencast, use the key-combination Ctrl + Shift + Alt +R to start your recording, and a small orange dot will appear in the status icon area in the top right of your screen.

screencast indicator

The screencast will now record your entire screen for the next 30 seconds, or if you want to stop the recording early, simply press the Ctrl + Shift + Alt + R key-combination again. Once the recording is finished, your freshly-created video in the webm format will be waiting for you in the Videos folder in your home directory.

Here is a quick 10-second screencast created with the built-in screencasting feature in Fedora Workstation:

More control when making a screencast

You should note that this feature is designed for creating quick screen capture videos to share. There are a few limitations. The maximum video length is 30 seconds, there is no audio recording, and it only records your entire desktop — if you have two monitors it will record both.

If you want to have more control over screencasting, you should take a look at the awesome EasyScreenCast extension that works on Fedora Workstation. EasyScreenCast uses the same recording mechanism, but lets you record longer length screencasts, allows you to also record an audio stream, lets you specify which part of the screen to record, and can even overlay a video from your webcam.