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  Making Screen-Capture Movies
Subject:   ffmpeg can also grab the screen
Date:   2007-08-11 20:54:00
From:   AndresVia

As of version 3 (2007-AGO-01) ffmpeg can grab from X11.

From the man page:

ffmpeg -f x11grab -s cif -i :0.0 /tmp/out.mpg

Which is a *lot* easier.