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Bash Aliases to Prepare Recording Videos


A few shell aliases from my dotfiles that help me prepare to record but you can use this concept for other things too.

Quick Jump: Going Over the Start and Stop Recording Aliases

I record a few videos a week usually and for a while now I’ve been using both a start-recording and stop-recording alias to set a larger terminal font, backup and restore my shell history and clear Vim’s temporary files.

I recently added these aliases to my dotfiles. Maybe you can use them for either recording your own videos or as inspiration to automate something you do on a regular basis. That’s really the main takeaway here. Be relentless in reducing friction for things you do regularly.

Going Over the Start and Stop Recording Aliases


  • 0:24 - What I typically do before recording a video
  • 0:50 – Going over what the start-recording alias does
  • 3:16 – Going over what the stop-recording alias does
  • 4:03 – Taking a look at the alias script for start-recording
  • 4:22 – Changing the MS Terminal font size from the command line
  • 6:15 – How to backup your shell history and clear it
  • 6:59 – Deleting Vim’s temporary files
  • 7:19 – Optionally launching OBS in Windows from WSL 2
  • 9:50 – Taking a look at the alias script for stop-recording
  • 10:42 – Reviewing the output of both recording aliases again
  • 11:15 – What are you going to use this for? Let me know!

Are you going to use this for anything? Let me know below.

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