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How to Record Desktop with VLC

Last updated on July 30, 2019 by Bryan

VLC Player is a free open-source media player, able to play almost all types of media formats available. This is the reason why it the most preferred media player by most people. Known worldwide as a great media player, few only know that it has other functions as well. One example is that one can use it to convert files into a different format. Aside from that, there are still other functions that it can do. Continue reading to learn, how you can use VLC Player to record your screen activities.

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How to use VLC Player to record screen

As mentioned above, most people use VLC Player as their default media player. That is why in almost any PC, VLC Player is sure to be installed because of its functionality. Being able to play every media file format is not a feature that can be seen in many applications. Some of these applications are not even free, not like VLC Player. A hidden feature of the tool is that it can be used to record screen activities. Yes, you can use VLC Player as a screen recorder. To learn how to do it, follow these steps.

Step1 Download and install VLC Player

All applications must be installed to a PC device to be useful. That is why first, download the installer of VLC Player from this link. Then run it on the PC and follow the instructions of the setup wizard.

download vlc player

Step2 Launch VLC Player and start recording

After installation, and you launched the tool, start the recording process. Start by clicking the “View” tab, and select “Advanced Controls.”

select advanced controls

Step3 Open the Capture Device

After you click “Advanced Controls,” a set of new buttons should have appeared on the main interface. Now click the “Media” tab and select “Open Capture Device.”

open the capture device

Step4 Set the Screen Recorder

Under the “Capture Device” tab, click the menu for “Capture mode” and select “Desktop.” Also, for smooth recording, change the value of the frame rate to ten. Once done with the initial settings, click the “Play” button, and the recording window will appear.

set the recording options

Step5 Start recording with VLC Player

To start the actual recording process, click the “Record” button. Minimize the recorder so that it won’t show to the actual recording. Once done, click the “Stop” button, and the recording process will stop. Note: VLC Player cannot record audio, so you must record audio separately. Also, the videos will be saved in AVI format by default.

stop the recording

AceThinker Screen Grabber Pro

Even though VLC Player can record screen activities, there are still limitations to what it can do. That is why for a more convenient way to record your screen activities, use Acethinker Screen Grabber Pro. This is one of the most potent screen recorders, which have premium features. Unlike VLC Player, Screen Grabber Pro can record both video, and audio simultaneously. This saves you time and effort because you won’t have to record separate audio. Also, you can change the default save format of Screen Grabber Pro, although the default format is MP4 which is widely supported by all types of all devices. To learn how to use Screen Grabber Pro, follow these steps.

Step1 Install Screen Grabber Pro

Download the installer of Screen Grabber Pro by clicking the download buttons below. Once the download is complete, run the installer and follow the instructions on the setup wizard.

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Step2 Launch the application and choose which recording mode to use

After the successful installation, open the tool and the main interface will appear. To start, click the drop-down arrow menu located next to the “Record” button and select the recording mode. Unlike VLC Player, which can only record in full-screen mode, Screen Grabber Pro has a “Region” mode that allows you to cover the parts of the screen that needs to be recorded.

select recording mode

Step3 Start the recording process

Once done selecting the recording mode, click the “Record” button and the three seconds countdown will start.

start recording

Step4 Add annotations

Another great feature of Screen Grabber Pro is that you can add annotations while recording is in progress. This way, you can enhance the video, especially if you are making an instructional video. Click the “Draw” button which is located on the floating toolbar, and then different options will appear.

add annotations

Step5 End the recording process

Once satisfied with what you recorded, click the “Stop” button on the recording toolbar, and the recording process will end. The video will be saved automatically to the PC.

stop the recording

Step6 View the recorded video

The newly recorded video will appear on the “Preview Panel” which shows the list of all video recordings. To watch the video directly, select it, and click the “Play” button. On the other hand, in order to locate the actual file, select the video and click the “Open folder” button.

play and locate video

Icecream Screen Recorder

Another excellent screen recording tool is Icecream Screen Recorder. With an easy to remember name, it is one of the most popular screen recorders. Icecream Screen Recorder has been around for quite some time now, and over the years gained its popularity. The tool has two functions, one is the screen recorder, and the other is the screenshot function. If you are looking for a screen recorder that is not only easy to use but is also visually appealing, then follow the steps below and learn how to use this tool.

Step1 Install Icecream Screen Recorder

Download the installer of Icecream Screen Recorder from its official website. Then open the installer on the PC, and follow the onscreen instructions.

download and install

Step2 Open the tool

After installation, launch the tool, and you will reach its launch screen. Select “Capture Video” from the launch screen, and the recording tool will appear.

select the recording mode

Step3 Start recording the screen

Start by dragging the frame to fit the parts of the screen that you want to record. Once done, click the “Record” button from the toolbar.

adjust the frame

Step4 Annotate while recording

If you want to add annotations to the recording, click the “Draw” button, and the different options will appear.

add annotations

Step5 Finish the recording

When you are finished with the recording, save the video by clicking the “Stop” button. The file will be saved on your video folder.

end the recording

Step6 Watch the video

The video will appear on the “Preview Panel” of the tool, and to watch it, select the video and click the “Play” button.

play the video

OBS Studio

OBS Studio is another excellent screen recorder. The tool is probably one of the most popular screen recorders. Because of its many applications, it is one of the top choices among available screen recorders. The only downside of the tool is the not so user-friendly interface. The tool has many options and buttons that can confuse users who are not familiar with the tool. But in terms of video quality, OBS Studio lives up to its reputation because it can produce high definition video. If this tool piqued your interest, learn how to use it by following the steps below.

Step1 Install OBS Studio on your PC

Get the installer of OBS Studio and clicking the download button. Run the installer on your PC and follow the instructions that will appear.

download the tool

Step2 Select video sources

After installation, launch OBS Studio and on the main interface, click the “Add” button under the “Scene” section and name it. Next, click the “Add” section under “Sources” and select “Display Capture” and your screen will appear on the preview window.

set the sources of the video

Step3 Start recording with OBS Studio

When all preparations are done, and you are ready to record, click the “Start Recording” button.

start the recording process

Step4 Stop OBS Studio from recording the screen

When you have recorded what you need, finish the recording by clicking the “Stop Recording” button and the video will be saved.

end the recording


Last but not least, is EZVID. Like what the name suggests, the tool is straightforward to use. Also, it allows the user to directly edit the video after recording because of its built-in video recorder — such powerful functions for a simple tool. However, the tool will add a watermark for every video that you record using it, but it is just only for a few seconds. The watermark will vanish after a few seconds which is convenient, for people who get distracted by watermarks on videos. Follow the steps below to know how to use EZVID.

Step1 Install EZVID

Download the installer of EZVID from its website. Then run the installer on the PC and follow the setup wizard.

download the tool

Step2 Start recording with EZVID

Launch the tool after installation, and on the main interface, fill out the information for the video, and click the “Screen Capture” button to start recording. The tool only captures in full screen, and it cannot record a specific part.

start recording

Step3 Stop the recording

Once done, click the “Stop” button from the toolbar to end the recording process. The video will appear on the main interface where it is available to watch.

stop the recording

Step4 Save the video

When satisfied with the video, save to your PC by clicking the “Save Video” button.

save the video


There are many screen recorders to choose from. But if you already have a VLC Player on your PC, then that will be sufficient enough for your basic screen recording needs. However, if you are required to record a video with audio in it, then you can use Acethinker Screen Grabber Pro. This tool will be an indispensable tool on your PC because of its functionality and many applications. Produce high-quality videos and recording every time with Acethinker Screen Grabber Pro.

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