How to Record Your Screen Using VLC

Ben Stegner 23-02-2018

At some point, you may need to record video of your desktop. Maybe you want to grab footage of a favorite game, or record steps of a problem you’re having. While you can record your Windows screen without installing anything, there’s another way.


VLC Media Player, the versatile video tool, has yet another trick hidden. It can record your screen without any extra software. Here’s how it works.

How to Record Your Screen Using VLC

  1. Open VLC Media Player by searching for it in the Start Menu.
  2. Click the Media tab on the toolbar and select Convert/Save.
  3. Switch to the Capture Device tab. Here, change the Capture mode dropdown box to Desktop.
  4. Set a number of frames per second in the Desired frame rate box. For basic screen recordings, 15FPS should work fine. If you need a high-quality recording, try 30FPS. A higher frame rate means a smoother recording but larger file size.
  5. Click the Convert/Save button to open the next dialog box. How to Record Your Screen Using VLC VLC Record Frame Rate
  6. Select Browse next to the Destination file box and choose a place to save the recording.
  7. Click Start once you’ve done this to start the recording. VLC will record everything on the screen, with no indication that it’s doing so. How to Record Your Screen Using VLC VLC Screen Record Save
  8. To stop the recording, click the Stop button on VLC’s interface and it will automatically save the file. You’ll find it waiting in MP4 format at the location you specified earlier.

That’s all it takes to make a quick recording of your screen. VLC doesn’t offer advanced features like dedicated recorders, but it’s easy to use in a pinch. Now you can share what’s on your screen anytime—no more using your phone’s camera! If you’re looking for even more options, OBS can record or stream your computer screen.

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  1. B.Yadavendra Reddy
    April 17, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    No audio recording. If I want to record video and audio with microphone, what I need to do?

    • Ben Stegner
      April 17, 2019 at 8:26 pm

      If you want to record audio as well, I would recommend using another tool for this. Screencast-O-Matic is a really simple tool if you don't mind paying a few dollars to remove a watermark:

      If you don't want to pay, you can also record your screen easily with OBS:
      Screenshot tool ShareX also does this:

      I hope this helps!

  2. Simon Hong
    March 15, 2018 at 2:38 am

    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.

  3. Richard
    February 23, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    With sound???

    I've done it this way in the past but the recording does not include sound.

    • Ben Stegner
      February 23, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      No, it doesn't include sound with this method. Do you need to include your PC's sound or audio from a microphone?

  4. SnowFlake816
    February 23, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Thank you for this article. I tried the steps given above but it did not work for me. I ended up with an MP4 file of 1 KB in size. Am I doing something wrong? The same thing happens when I try to record streaming audio from Internet radio stations.

    • Tim
      February 23, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      Same for me.

      • Ben Stegner
        February 23, 2018 at 3:31 pm

        Hmm, I wasn't able to reproduce the 1KB file issue. Does the Source box shown in the second screenshot have screen:\\ inside? It filled this automatically for me but maybe that's not the case for everyone.

        • Tim
          February 23, 2018 at 4:21 pm

          Yes, it shows "screen:\\", but no output is generated. I'm using an NVidia Graphics Card (GeForce GT 640 on driver version 390.77), if that helps at all?

        • SnowFlake816
          February 25, 2018 at 9:16 am

          I tried choosing a different profile from the dropdown list, such as "Video for Android HD" or "Video for YouTube HD". It worked! But still the default profile creates the 1 KB file for me.

    • Steve
      February 23, 2018 at 8:15 pm

      Never saw a "Stop" button and ended up with a 400 byte capture file.

      • Ben Stegner
        February 25, 2018 at 8:21 pm

        I found another method that might work if you're having trouble:

        Select Stream from the Media menu, then choose Capture Device. Set Capture Mode to Desktop, choose frame rate, and hit Stream.

        Press Next, then make sure the New destination box says File. Click Add, then browse to a location to save the recording. Then select a file type in the Profile box.

        Click Next again, then Stream, and the screen will start recording. Hit Stop to end it, then close VLC and you can access the file.

        I hope this helps!