19 August, 2012

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Use VLC Media Player As Screen Capture & Recording Software

VLC is more than just a media player. Besides an all in one audio and video player, VLC can do lots more things. You can use VLC media player as an online video downloading software, audio and video format converter, audio editor, auto shut down your computer after a playing track is finished. And here is one more thing you can do with VLC is you can use it as a screen capture or screen recording software to save your screen activity in a video format.

The same feature can also be used to record your web camera video or a video chat. If you have a TV tuner card attached your your computer then you can easily record any TV show without any specialized software and the good thing is that you can adjust the video settings like brightness, contrast and more for the video to be recorded.
Here are the simple steps
  • Open VLC media player and go to 'Media' menu and click on 'Open capture device'. You can alternatively press CTRL+C. 
  • Select 'Desktop' from capture mode option if you want to record your computer screen. If you want to record your online video chat or anything that you want to record with web camera, select the option 'Direct Show'. If you want to record a TV show, you have to select the TV option.
record web video chat using vlc
  • Here we have chosen to record desktop screen, so we can use VLC media player as a screen capture or screen recording software. To record screen, select 'Desktop' as a capture mode. 
select video format and file location 
  • Now set the desired frame rate you want for the captured video.
  • Click on down arrow on the 'Play' button and select 'convert'. 
  • Clicking on convert will open a 'Convert' dialog box. Here keep the source as 'screen://' and set the location for video file to save. You can want the video getting recorded if you tick 'display the output' button.
  • In settings, select the video format of the video to be captured and then click start. 
  • Now minimize the VLC media player and do what you want to record. The VLC will keep recording your screen until you click on 'Stop Playback' button. 
  • Now go to the location you have saved the video and you can play that file.
  • Also Read How to Rotate / Change Orientation Of Videos With VLC Media Player
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