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VLC: Record Audio from Speakers and Computer

By Emily Waston, Monday, January 6, 2020
Summary:

VLC player can record audio from microphone. However, it can't record system sound. Therefore, if you need to record audio from YouTube or other streaming videos, you can use FonePaw Audio Recorder, which can record sound from both microphone and system as well as screen activities. It is free to download now.

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VLC is a powerful media player that plays several audio formats, such as avi., mp3., wmv., asf. and so on. Expect for playing videos and audios, you can also record audio with VLC.

Read this post and learn how to record audio with VLC, including audio from YouTube videos or streaming videos.

Use VLC to Record Audio from Microphone

Steps of recording audio from microphone via VLC on Windows and Mac are a little different.

On Windows

Step 1

Open VLC and then go to "View" > "Advanced Controls".

VLC Advanced Controls

Step 2

Next, enter " Media" > " Open Capture Device". Click the pull-down menu of "Audio device name" > choose the audio source.

  • Microphone: record audio from your computer's microphone.

  • Stereo Mix: record audio from speakers.

VLC Capture Device

Step 3

Click "Play" > and click the red button to begin recording. Click it again to stop. To pause and continue, click the "Play" button. Click the square button to stop playing.

Step 4

Go to "Media" > "Open File" or Open "This PC" The recorded audio files' name starts with "vlc-record".

VLC Audio Recording


On Mac

The steps of Mac are pretty much the same as Windows:

Step 1

Enter "File" > "Open Capture Device" > "Audio".

Select Audio Recording Source on VLC

Step 2

Select a source for VLC to record audio from:

Built-in Microphone: record Mac's internal microphone.

Built-in Line Input: record external mic.

Soundflower Input: install Soundflower and record your Mac's audio.

Step 3

Click "Open" > On the menu bar go to "Playback" > "Record".

Step 4

Go to "Media" > "Open File" and search for the files starting with "vlc-record".

Tip: Record Audio from YouTube or Streaming Videos

VLC is able to record videos and audios that play on the VLC media player. However, if you are going to use VLC to record audio from speakers, YouTube, or streaming videos, VLC cannot record system sound.

Some users may ask what to do if we really want to record clear audio on our computer. You can use FonePaw Audio Recorder.

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Audio Recorder

It can not only record your voice through a microphone but also audio in high quality from sound card, YouTube, NetFlix, and so on.

More than that, FonePaw Screen Recorder can record video with audio and take a screenshot while recording the screen. When you finish recording, you can share the audio to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter in one click.

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Use VLC to Record Audio from Computer

To record audio from a video or music playing on VLC, you should make the record button visible first.

Launch VLC, go to "View" > " Advanced Controls" and the advanced toolbar is above the standard toolbar.

Click the red button to start recording.

VLC Advanced Controls

The audio recording is stored in "My Documents/My Music/" as an MP3 file with the name beginning with "vlc-record".

Tip: Can VLC Record Screen Capture with Audio?

VLC Capture Device cannot record computer screen and audio at the same time. If you are going record screen with audio, try other methods like FonePaw Screen Recorder.

Here are more details about use VLC to capture computer screen and record video.


In all, VLC is a versatile media player, helping you record videos and audios. But if you want to record sound or audio in high-quality, FonePaw Screen Recorder might be a good alternative to VLC. It can records screens with audios, and also take a screenshot. Just download and try it for free!

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