The majority of multimedia files can be played using the free, open-source, cross-platform VLC player and framework, which also supports a number of streaming protocols. It is accessible on its official website for free download. VLC is compatible with all operating platforms, such as Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Unix, and others. From its humble beginnings in 2001, VLC has evolved into the jack of all trades software it is today. Once you have VLC installed on your computer, you can use the VLC screen recorder to record anything on your computer screen.
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Recording screens with VLC
VLC is powerful enough to capture screen recordings in high quality while simultaneously recording audio through the VLC record computer audio feature. If you’ve never used VLC before, here’s the complete guide from installation to screen recording.
- Utilize the website to download the application. All compatible versions are available online and are up-to-date. After downloading is finished, you may start the installation. There are a few alternatives the setup wizard will give you for installing it. If you’re unfamiliar with these settings, use the “recommended” option to ensure that VLC runs smoothly on your PC.
- Once opened, click on the tab labeled “Media” to set up screen recording. From that tab, navigate to “Open Capture Device.” This will open up a new dialog box with options to open media through File, Disk, Network, and Capture.
- If you simply want to record yourself and your mic, you should browse to the Capture tab. From here, enable both Video and Audio and select which devices you want to use. If you want to enable advanced settings and have finer control over the recording, you can click on “Advanced options.”
- If you want to enable screen recording, you must click on the drop-down menu next to “Capture Mode” and select “Desktop.” This will enable screen recording. Then on the same dialog box, you can set the frame rate at which you want to record under “Advanced options.” If you’re going to be recording your screen with quick movements, you should set a higher frame rate (above 40 FPS) for a smooth recording.
- With this setup, you’re almost ready for screen recording. For VLC screen capture with audio, you don’t need to enable any further settings. The audio will automatically be captured from whatever is playing on the screen. So, once you have set the frame rate, click on “Convert/Save“.
- You will see a lot of options in the following dialogue box that appears. The only one you have to pay attention to is the destination path (where you want to save the file). Navigate to the “Destination” section and click on “Browse” to select the folder where you want the saved file to go. You don’t need to click on any other settings.
- Once you click on “Start,” the recording will start, and you can begin capturing your screen. And that’s all you have to do.
Record Mac screens with VLC
While the setup wizard is similar on most platforms, there are some key differences when setting it up on Mac. So, let’s go through the steps:
- When you open VLC, you will have to navigate to the tabs on the top of the screen and click on “File” and then “Open capture device.”
- This will open a dialog box, and similar to Windows, you navigate to the “Capture” tab. From the dropdown box, select “Screen” instead of the default “Input Devices” to start a screen recording.
- Then you will be provided with some options to select which screen you want to record, the frame rate, and audio capture. For Mac, you will have to click on the box next to “Capture audio” to enable VLC to capture screen audio. By selecting the “Media Resource Locator (MRL) dropdown option,” you may also rename the file.
- If you want to stream your screen recording directly to any streaming platform, you will have to click on the box next to “Stream output” and then fill in the required details.
- To start the recording, click on “open,” and the recording will begin from that point.
One thing to keep in mind when using VLC is that the screen record will only be saved as “.avi” files. This format is not supported by all media players, so you’ll have to convert the recorded file to a more common file type.
You can accomplish this by selecting “Convert/Save” from the File/Media tab, which was described previously. You can then set your preferred output file type and export the file.
More About VLC Screen Record
VLC is a great multi-functional tool that is simple to set up and use. Additionally, you can use it for nothing, saving you money on a basic screen recorder. The advantages of the VLC screen record are:
- A simple and smooth screen recording experience
- Capture recordings in high quality with audio
- Stream your screen capture directly through VLC
Saying that, however, VLC is not the best screen recorder out there and is mainly used for simple tasks. It has the following disadvantages:
- You can’t preset the recording file type
- It doesn’t have many options for recording, such as multi-screen recording
- You won’t have many editing options
If you’re planning to use VLC for a simple screen recording, then you wouldn’t find many problems with it. But, if you’re planning on creating multiple recordings that require extensive editing capabilities, you will find better screen recording software out there.
Carly Earl is Guardian Australia picture editor. She has worked as a photographer and picture editor in Sydney for 8 years, previously for The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph.