How to Record Your Desktop Using VLC Media Player

SOT is sure, all of you know VLC – a multimedia player application which is light and small, but offers so many advantages. Not to mention its powerful ability to play various media file extension! This time SOT found that VLC is able to record your desktop into a video file!

What are the advantages of doing this? If you’re an IT practicioner, it’s surely useful because you’ll be able to create tutorial about the usage of certain application to strengthen your review to the application. And if you’re ordinary teenager with technology device hobby, at least you can exhibit your desktop to your friend… I bet it’s a prestige!

If you haven’t had VLC, you can download it for free here:

http://www.videolan.org/

Okay, let’s try the tips to record your desktop using VLC. Previously, SOT needs to say: if you’re rare doing this kind of audio-visual experiment, at least you should follow the value as I put into the VLC application (pay attention to red circle I’ve made in the images)

Recording Desktop using VLC

Open VLC, click on Media > Convert/Save.

How to Record Your Desktop Using VLC Media Player

Click on “Capture Device” Tab. Change Capture Mode into “Desktop”. Change “Desired frame rate to capture” value into maximum (99). Click on “Convert/Save”.

How to Record Your Desktop Using VLC Media Player

Prepare file name for your desktop record result, and don’t forget, add “.mp4” extension (I choose this because it’s easier to be played everywhere, including smartphone device). In profile setting, change audio statement into “Audio – AAC (MP4)” then click on Edit Selected profile on the right side.

How to Record Your Desktop Using VLC Media Player

Set your profile as the image above, then click on “save”.

How to Record Your Desktop Using VLC Media Player

Your VLC is ready to record desktop. You’d just have to click on start to get started.

How to Record Your Desktop Using VLC Media Player

Anytime you want to stop recording, you’ll just have to click on stop button on your VLC. The desktop recording can be played as common media files.

How to Record Your Desktop Using VLC Media Player

This is my desktop activity record using VLC.

As SOT did, you can upload it in YouTube or other video storage to be used as you needed.

Interesting tips, isn’t it? SOT sure it would be useful for you, whatever your status and work recently. Just wait another tips about VLC in SpyOnTech, because recently, I’m learning this light and beneficial multimedia player application features!

Previously, SOT also once discussed about 6 secret features of VLC Media Player which people are rare to know it. Try to read it.. I hope it would be useful for you.


Travis Brice is a computer technician and also father of two cute children. After 6 years of hard work at telecommunication company, he decides to quit his job and build his own business. Now he also writes for Spyontech on his spare time. He loves to write about operating system, especially Microsoft Windows.

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