How to Record Your Desktop Using VLC

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When making a quick desktop recording, most of us look to other programs designed for the job. But you don’t have to. There’s a feature-rich desktop recording tool built into VLC that makes quick work of simple video jobs. It’s not the prettiest option, but chances are it’ll do what you need it to.

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1. Open VLC.

vlc2. Navigate to the Media tab, and select the Convert / Save option.

convert3. Go to the Capture Device tab.

capture4. Under the Capture mode dropdown, select Desktop.

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5. Select your desired frame rate. 10 f/s is usually plenty if you aren’t recording fast-moving objects or video.

frame6. Click Convert / Save at the bottom.

convert / save7. Click Browse to select a filename and save location.

browse8. Choose a filename and destination to save to and press the Save button.

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9. Press Start.

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  • Francinec sheen Says:

    Great guide. I don't know VLC can record computer screen. In my mind, it's just a good video player. Thanks for sharing your experience. I used to create screencast with Acethinker online screen recorder, free and works like a charm. Share it here as an alternative to VLC player.

  • Puscas Calin Says:

    VLC crashes when doing this... every time

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