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How to Record Screen Using VLC Player

record screen with vlc VLC is a famous free and open-source multimedia player that is being used to watch movies and TV series in any video format. VideoLAN developed this software on February 1, 2001, and it can be used on multiple devices like Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS systems. VLC supports various video and audio compression methods, including Video CD, DVD-Video, and other streaming codes. Besides, it has a VLMC feature, stands for VideoLAN Movie Creator, that lets you edit or create new videos using the VLC software. It can help you to watch videos from your digital camera that has default formats like DV, HDV, MPEG-2, AVCHD, H.264, and the likes. Another good thing about VLC is it can record your computer screen. Despite being a famous video player, you can use it whenever you want to record any activity on your PC screen. That being said, we have listed below the methods on how to record your desktop screen using the VLC software. Also, we included other tools that are primarily made for recording display screen at ease. Keep on reading this article to see all of them.

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Best Alternative Screen Recorder of VLC

What does it best for?: It can record desktop screens for video demos or tutorials because you can put annotations while recording.

Screen Grabber Premium is another tool that you can use as an alternative to VLC when recording your PC screen. This tool can capture any activity on your computer in HD quality like 1080p or 4K resolution. Also, it can include the system sound, microphone, or both. You can also put annotations like shapes, lines, texts, and arrows to enhance the video. It is perfect for making video tutorials or recording live stream videos thanks to its Task Scheduler feature. To know how to use this tool, you can follow the steps below.

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Step 1 Install the Screen Grabber Premium on your desktop

First of all, download the tool by clicking one of the “Download” buttons above. Then, run the installer, and follow the setup wizard for installing the app on your PC. Once installed, launch it to get familiarized with the tool.

vlc sgpremium interface

Step 2 Configure the settings

Once done, select the "Video Recorder" on the tool's main interface, and click the "Gear" icon at the upper rightmost part to go to its settings. You can change the output folder, format, size, bitrate, and hotkeys for recording. Then, click the "OK" button to apply the changes.

vlc sgpremium settings

Step 3 Initiate the recording process

After configuration, choose your preferred video modes to full-screen, region, or webcam. Then, click the “REC” button at the rightmost part of the toolbar to start recording your screen. A floating toolbar appears, which you can use for controlling the recording process. You can click the “Pen” icon at the right side of the floating toolbar to add shapes, lines, texts, and arrows while recording.

vlc sgpremium recording

Step 4 Preview the recorded video

When done, click the “Stop” button at the toolbar's leftmost part to end the recording. It will show you a video playback where you can watch the video, save it, or re-record it.

vlc sgpremium preview

How to Use VLC to Record Computer Screen

What does it best for?: You can quickly record the video directly playing on the VLC media player.

Most people know that VLC is a great media player for watching a popular movie in any video format. You can also play audio files in MP3, FLV, WAV, AIFF, and VLC. Besides, you can adjust the video's volume up to 200%, which exceeds the standard volume percentage if the video you are watching is too quiet. Also, we have mentioned above that VLC can record your screen. Yes, it is accurate, and in fact, users use the VLC whenever they need to do some quick screen on some videos playing on VLC. It can also record gameplays, conference calls, or software demonstration on your computer. To know how to record your desktop screen using VLC, follow the steps below.

Step 1 Download the VLC

First, go to the website of VLC to download its installer and install it on your computer. Once installed, launch the VLC, click on the "View" option within the menu bar at the top of the tool, and click the "Advanced Controls." New buttons will appear on the interface, including the "Record" button.


Step 2 Customize the settings of the recording

Next, click the "Media" at the menu bar and select "Open Capture Device" to adjust the settings of the recording. In the new window, select "Desktop" on the Capture Device option, and set the fps to 10-12 fps. Then click the "Play" button, and the VLC will show your desktop within its media player.


Step 3 Start recording on VLC

Hit the "Record" button to begin recording your desktop screen. Just make sure that the VLC player is not maximized, or else you'll see an endless loop of windows appearing on your VLC player. VLC will record whatever you do on your display screen.


Step 4 Watch the recorded video

Once done recording, click on the "Record" button to stop the recording process. The video will be saved as an AVI file in your video folder automatically. Watch the video and go to the "Playlist" section on your VLC player to find all the recordings you made. Double-click on the recording to play it instantly.


NOTE: Just a heads up, VLC player can’t record your voice if you are planning to make a video tutorial. You have to record your voice separately, play it along with the video recording, and record them at the same time to make a video with voice-over audio.

Comparison Chart

Here is the comparison chart for the reviewed screen recorders in this article. It will help you to see the advantage and disadvantages of the tools. You can determine the usefulness of the tools within this comparison chart.

VLC Online Screen Recorder Screen Grabber Premium
Record in multiple video modes No Yes Yes
Recording Scheduler No No Yes
Editing Features No Yes Yes
HD Quality No Yes Yes
Windows/Mac Yes Yes Yes
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