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Freeseer 2.5.3 performing a test screencast on Ubuntu
Freeseer 2.5.3 performing a test screencast on Ubuntu
Original author(s)FOSSLC
Developer(s)Thanh Ha, Andrew Ross
Initial releaseJanuary 2010; 9 years ago (2010-01)
Stable release
3.0.0 / 30 August 2013; 5 years ago (2013-08-30)[1]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inPython
Operating systemLinux, Windows (additional software needed), OS X (not fully supported)
PlatformQt4, GStreamer
Available inEnglish, German, French, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese
TypeScreencasting software
LicenseGNU General Public License[2]

Freeseer /ˈfrsɑːr/ 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.


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[edit]


  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 (".

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