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[Tutorial] Use VLC to Capture Computer Screen and Record Video

author Emily Waston
date Monday, November 09, 2020

VLC is a multi-functional media player. It can capture screen, recording videos playing on your laptop, the game you are playing, and the steps you are taking on the desktop.

In this post, we will show you how to capture screen with VLC and how to fix it if the VLC capture screen is not working. You will also learn how to easily extract video clips with VLC.

VLC Media Player

Capture Screen with VLC

Download and install VLC on the official website first.

Step 1

Click "Media"> Open "Capture Device".

Step 2

Change the capture mode to "Desktop".Change the frame rate to 30% if you need a high-quality recording. The higher the frame rate you set, the smoother the video is.

Capture Mode in VLC

Step 3

Click the pull-down menu beside the "Play" button and choose Convert. Go to "Browse" to select a destination to save the screen recording and name the file.

Choose Destination to Save Screen Recording

Step 4

Next, click Start and your screen will be recorded. To stop the recording, click the "Stop" button on VLC and the recording file will be saved on the destination automatically.

Tip: How to Capture Screen with Audio on VLC

Although the VLC records screen easily, VLC cannot record screen with audio on the computer. Besides, the mouse pointer is also beyond the screen record. Thus, if you want to record screen with both audio and mouse pointer, a professional screen recorder like FonePaw Screen Recorder (opens new window) is a better choice.

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Video Tutorial: How to Screen Record on Windows 10 with Audio

Step 1

Open FonePaw Screen Recorder > Choose "Video Recorder". You can choose to record the full screen, fixed region or customized region.

FonePaw Screen Recorder

Step 2

Toggle on the buttons of System Sound and Microphone to record screen along with audio from your computer and your sound from microphone.

As for microphone, there are two useful features for you: "Microphone noise cancellation" and "Microphone enhancement", which work for sound optimization. Before recording, please use sound check feature to test whether the sound is good.

Microphone Recording

Step 3

Click "REC" to start recording. Click the red button to stop recording. During the recording, you can highlight the important area that you want the viewers to notice with the built-in annotation tools.

Step 4

If the video is too long, you can set the start and end point to clip the video.

Save Pictures in FonePaw

  • Click "Re-record" to record again and the video will not be saved.
  • Click "Save" to select the destination and save.

The free trial version can save videos within 3 minutes.

Compare with VLC, FonePaw Screen Recorder (opens new window)is more versatile and it can record not only the screen but also webcam, internal sound of the computer and external voice.

What ' more, you can choose a fixed region or custom the size of the recording area and it also records the mouse pointer, which makes the steps you take on the screen more clear. When you finish the recording, it can also help you simply edit the long videos.

VLC Screen Capture Not Working, How to Fix?

Some users said they tried to do a screen capture on VLC but the exported video was all black. Here are some tips that might be helpful to you.

Change the video output module

Go to "Tools"> "Preferences"> "Video" > "Output". In the pull-down menu, choose "Direct X video output", save and reset VLC.

Change Output Mode on VLC

Edit capture screen width/height

Go to "Tools"> "Preferences"> "Show Settings"> Choose "All". Scroll down and find "Video", from the right panel, set the width and height.

Set Video Width on VLC

Disable video acceleration

Go to Tools > Preferences > Codecs > Select "Disable".

Reinstall VLC

Uninstall VLC first then go to the official website to download and install it again.

Record Video with VLC Record Button

When you play a video by VLC, click the red button to start recording. In this way, you can extract a video clip from the video you are playing. If you cannot find the record button, turn on Advanced Controls.

  • Go to "View" > "Advanced Controls". Now you will see the recording button.

Start Recording in VLC

Tip: Where does VLC save recordings

Usually, the recording clip will save automatically on the default video folder of your computer.

For Windows users: C:\Users\your-user-name\Videos.

For Mac users: Macintosh HD > Users > your user name > Movies.

Also, you can change the location path by yourself: Go to "Tools" > "Preferences" > "Input/Codecs" > "Files" >"Browse" . Then select the location.

In conclusion, the post tells you how to capture screen with VLC or record video with VLC. Although VLC is a powerful media player, it cannot record the system sound and mouse point. If you have the request for more professional features, FonePaw Screen Recorder is also a good choice for you.