Before we begin, just make sure you have the latest version of VLC media player and update if you dont.
Using VLC media player as a screen recorder
• Open VLC media player and click on ‘view’ from the menu bar. Now click on ‘advanced controls’ if it’s unchecked and you will see an additional set of buttons appear in the VLC media player interface.
• Now go to ‘media’ which you can find on the menu bar. (You can alternatively use the shortcut CTRL+C) A new window with capturing options will appear.
• In the new window that just popped up, change the capture mode to ‘desktop’.
• Now click on the play button and you will see an endless loop of VLC windows, this is okay. Just minimize VLC media player into the smallest possible size.
• Now your minimized VLC media player window is screen recording capable. You can start recording your desktop anytime by clicking on the ‘record’ button on the VLC media player window.
• To stop recording and save your video file, just click on the same ‘record’ button. VLC media player will save your screen recording as .avi file in the videos folder of the current user account.
The quality of screen capture is especially great with the VLC media player’s screen recorder, but it is only recommended if your screen capturing needs are basic. For serious projects, it is better to use some dedicated screen recording software like camtasia. VLC cannot record your microphone along with the screen capture and you will have to record and add an audio file separately if you want it. Another drawback is that it records the entire desktop with no option to record independent windows or screen areas. This will obviously result in huge video files even if the video is short. However, you can reduce the fps value and resolution of your screen to tackle this problem. So go ahead and try this cool screen recording feature of the VLC media player. You can also read our tutorial on how to sync subtitles with video in VLC media player.
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