How to Use VLC-A Screen Recording Device?

In simple words, VLC plays all the media files that you put at it, but the most amazing part of it is that it does much more beyond that as well.

It has plenty of uses in our day to day life, and one of the VLC’s potential uses is that it can be used as a recording tool. No one neglects the fact that there are other free apps available too for this particular work, but there can be a situation where you require to do a quick screen recording and at that point of time don’t have any of the recorder apps to work with.

Screen recording with VLC is quite simple, and it needs just a few steps to follow one after the other.

  1. You should open the VLC player and then click on view- Advanced Controls (more buttons will also appear on the interface).
  2. After that press Ctrl+C or else you can go to Media- Open Capture Device as well.
  3. Now, in the new Window, set capture device to the ‘Desktop’ and the desired frame rate to ’10 fps’ (frames per second).

Note- You can also set a higher value as well if you want to, but 10-12 fps will make an appropriate screencast.

  1. Then, you should click on the play and VLC will immediately start showing on your desktop. You should make sure VLC isn’t maximised or else you’ll see an infinite stream of VLC-inside-VLC windows.
  2. To start recording, just click on the record button. You should prefer to minimise the VLC window so that you can avoid its showing up in your screencast.
  3. Here, you should do whatever you want to display in your screencast, and then restore the VLC Window and then you need to click on the Record button once again so that you can stop recording.
  4. Observe that VLC will automatically save the AVI file in your Videos folder which you can start sharing or can do whatever else you want to do with it.

Before you move forward and get curious about this remarkable feature, you should keep in mind some serious limitations of it.

  • Note that there is no method to use your voice in the screencast. So you’ll have to record your voice separately and then stream your audio file along with your desktop recording. After clicking on the recording button, it will then save the audio along with the screencast.
  • Remember that you can only do a recording of your entire desktop in RAW format as there is no alternative way to record a part of the desktop.

Important- VLC shouldn’t be your go-to screen recording app, but it is a useful feature to have nevertheless.

Marshall Lyne is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Mcafee security products at

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