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Freeseer 2.5.3 performing a test screencast on Ubuntu
Original author(s) FOSSLC
Developer(s) Thanh Ha, Andrew Ross
Initial release January 2010 (2010-01)
Stable release 3.0.0 / 30 August 2013 (2013-08-30)[1]
Development status Active
Written in Python
Operating system Linux, Windows (additional software needed), OS X (not fully supported)
Platform Qt4, GStreamer
Available in English, German, French, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese
Type Screencasting software
License GNU General Public License[2]
Website .io.githubfreeseer

Freeseer is a cross-platform screencasting application suite released as free and open source software. Freeseer is a project of the Free and Open Source Software Learning Centre (FOSSLC), a not-for-profit organization.

Its primary purpose is conference recording and has been used at conferences like OSGeo's FOSS4G, FSOSS, and more.[3]

The software renders videos in an Ogg format. Its video source options are USB (e.g. internal/external webcam) or desktop. Freeseer consists of three different dependent programs: a recording tool (which is the main tool), a configuration tool, and a talk-list editor.


  • History 1
  • Features 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Since 2008, FOSSLC has been recording open source events around the world. To reduce recording costs, gain more control over the recordings, and achieve a more portable recording solution, FOSSLC began investigating alternatives and in-house options.[4]

In 2009, Freeseer was developed to make recording video extremely easy.[5] Its primary goal was to make recording large conferences with many talks possible on a frugal budget and ensure recordings are high quality. Freeseer began as a proof of concept when a command line hack using strictly open source components was used to record video from a vga2usb device and audio from a microphone.[6]

Freeseer is now actively under development by a small team. The project also receives many contributions from students via open source contribution programs such as Google Summer of Code,[7] Undergraduate Capstone Open Source Projects,[8] and Fedora Summer Coding.[9]


  • Video & audio recording
  • Video & audio streaming (RTMP streaming support and plug-in)
  • Configuration tool
  • Talk editor for managing talks to be recorded
  • Uses a plug-in system so developers can easily add new features
  • Supports basic keyboard shortcuts
  • Configuration profiles
  • Report editor for reporting issues with recorded talks
  • Multiple audio input
  • YouTube uploader

See also


  1. ^ "Release notes". Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "License". Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "About Freeseer (". 
  4. ^ "Freeseer History (". 
  5. ^ "FOSSLC History (". 
  6. ^ "Freeseer History (". 
  7. ^ "Freeseer in Google Summer of Code (". 
  8. ^ "Freeseer in Undergraduate Capstone Open Source Projects (". 
  9. ^ "Freeseer in Fedora Summer Coding (". 

External links

  • Freeseer project on GitHub
  • Freeseer Releases (contains packages for recent versions)
  • Freeseer Downloads (contains binaries for older versions)
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