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How to Use VLC as Screen Capturing Tool

by Christine Smith • 2024-01-11 10:25:32 • Proven solutions


1. Playing with VLC+
  1. 1.1 Play Blu-Ray Movies
  2. 1.2 Play DLNA Content
  3. 1.3 Play Videos in VLC with Airplay
  4. 1.4 Play YouTube Videos in VLC
  5. 1.5 Play M2TS with VLC
  6. 1.6 Play MTS with VLC
  7. 1.7 Play M4V with VLC
  8. 1.8 Play MP4 in VLC
  9. 1.9 Play RTMP with VLC
  10. 1.10 Play ISO with VLC
  11. 1.11 Play AVI with VLC
  12. 1.12 Play WMV with VLC
  13. 1.13 Play MIDI with VLC
  14. 1.14 Play 3D Movies with VLC
  15. 1.15 Play AVCHD with VLC
  16. 1.16 Play Sopcast in VLC
  17. 1.17 FLAC Not Playing
  18. 1.18 MP4 Not Playing
  19. 1.19 FLV Not Playing
  20. 1.20 MKV Not Playing
  21. 1.21 MOV Not Playing
  22. 1.22 UNDF Not Playing
  23. 1.23 Use VLC for PS3
  24. 1.24 VLC Assistant
  25. 1.25 VLC Alternative
2. Convert & Stream+
  1. 2.1 VLC Streamer
  2. 2.2 Stream From VLC to TV
  3. 2.3 VLC Video Converter
  4. 2.4 vlc to mp3
  5. 2.5 VLC to MP4
  6. 2.5 Convert FLAC to MP3 with VLC
3. Editing with VLC+
  1. 3.1 Edit vidoe Using VLC
  2. 3.2 Rotate Video Using VLC
  3. 3.3 Cut Video Using VLC
  4. 3.4 Lopp Videos in VLC
  5. 3.5 Adjust & Sync VLC Subtitle
4. VLC for Mobile+
  1. 4.1 VLC for iOS
  2. 4.2 VLC for iPad
  3. 4.3 VLC for Windows Phone
5. Tips & Tricks+
  1. 5.1 Download VLC 64 bit
  2. 5.2 VLC Latest Version
  3. 5.3 Download VLC for Mac
  4. 5.4 VLC for Windows 7
  5. 5.5 VLC for Windows 8
  6. 5.6 VLC Skins
  7. 5.7 VLC Command Line
  8. 5.8 VLC as Default Player
  9. 5.9 Convert CD with VLC
  10. 5.10 Burn VLC Files to DVD
  11. 5.11 VLC Web Plugin
  12. 5.12 Remote Control VLC
  13. 5.13 VLC Shortcuts
  14. 5.14 Screen Capture with VLC
  15. 5.15 Sync VLC Audio
  16. 5.16 KMPlayer vs. VLC
  17. 5.17 MPC vs. VLC
  18. 5.18 MPlayer vs. VLC
  19. 5.19 VLC Old Version
  20. 5.20 Snapshots in VLC
  21. 5.21 Change XBMC to VLC
  22. 5.22 Is VLC Safe
  23. 5.23 Best Torrent Player
  24. 5.24 How to Control the Speed
  25. 5.25 VLC Player Doesn't Have Sound

VLC media player is a fantastic media player totally for free. It's very easy to use and available for almost all operating systems such as Windows, Mac, Linux for desktop and Android, iOS for mobile devices. This software can be used differently, like streaming media from one device to another, capturing screen, and recording your personal moments by using your laptop camera. In this tutorial, we will talk about how to use VLC as a screen capturing tool on your desktop.

Part 1. Using VLC Media Player to capture desktop.

If you are looking to record the screen of your desktop to make tutorials or just want to record your own personal moments, you can directly make it by using VLC media player on your desktop. VLC media player itself has the feature of recording screen. Please go through the steps below to know how to use VLC media player as a screen capturing tool.

Step 1 Launch VLC media player on your desktop computer first, click on “Media” from the top left first option and select “Open Capture Device”.

capture screen with vlc

Step 2 Select the “Desktop” from the Dropdown menu in the front side of “Capture Mode”.

capture screen with vlc

Step 3 Click on “Browse” button in front of “Destination” and choose the location where you want to save your captured video.

capture screen with vlc

Step 4 After setting up the destination just click on the “Start” button, this will start capturing.

capture screen with vlc

Step 5 Once starting, VLC will show you time of recording in the interface. Now use your computer as usual and do whatever you want to record from your screen. When the recording ends, just click on the “Stop button” in the VLC and the file will be saved to the location where you select before starting.

capture screen with vlc

VLC player also enables users to record their own videos. In that case, VLC media player uses your webcam making it extremely easy to share your videos with your friends.

Part 2. The easiest way to record your PC or Mac screen.

Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) software is a program to capture screen and make video tutorials on Windows and Mac devices. Known as a complete video tool to do whatever you want with videos, this software can quickly record your screen with an adjustable recording window, let alone download, convert, burn, stream and edit videos. The detailed amazing features of Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) are list below if you like to know more about it.


Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) - Your Complete Video Toolbox

  • Capture the computer screen so as to make a video presentation or tutorials.
  • Convert to 1000+ formats, like AVI, MKV, MOV, MP4, etc.
  • Burn videos from the local computer, recorded or downloaded videos to DVD for future playback.
  • Edit, enhance & personalize your videos file.
  • Download/record videos from 10000+ online video sharing sites.
  • Best video converter for Apple TV, PSP, PS2, or other devices.
  • Versatile toolbox combines fix video metadata, GIF maker, VR converter, and screen recorder
  • Industry-leading APEXTRANS technology converts videos with zero quality loss or video compression
  • Supported OS: Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, Mac OS 10.15 (Catalina), 10.14, 10.13, 10.12, 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.10, 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, 10.6.

How to Record Your Mac or Computer Screen using Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate)

Step 1 Install and launch the program, you will under the Home tab by default.

capture screen with vlc

Step 2 Switch the Screen Recorder tab, and click the add files icon in Wondershare UniConverter as the picture below.

capture screen with vlc

Step 3 Then a small recording frame with red dotted line will open. Now adjust this frame according to the Capture Area you want to record and ajust the System Audio.

capture screen with vlc

Note: You can adjust recording frame by dragging the cross icon in the middle to move the whole frame.

Step 4 Click the REC button in the right to start capturing screen, there'll be 5 seconds countdown for you to get prepared.

capture screen with vlc

Once you are done, just click the Stop button on the right of the recording task bar or press ESC key to stop recording.

how to record screen

Step 5 Then a file folder named UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) Downloaded would pop up displaying the just captured video for you.

Part 3. VLC Media Player vs. Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate).

VLC Media Player Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate)
Capture Screen Yes Yes
Easy to Use No Yes
Download Videos from Video Sites No Yes
Record Online Videos No Yes
Stream Video Yes Yes
Easily Stream Videos No Yes
Convert Videos No Yes
Play Every Format Videos No Yes
Burn DVD No Yes
Download Videos in HD format No Yes
Supported Video Formats Few 1000+
Supported Video Downloading Sites N/A 10000+
Batch Video Downloading No Yes

After the above guidance and comparison, we can easily tell that the second screen capturing tool Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) is much better. Why not give it a shot right away!

Christine Smith

Christine Smith

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