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How to record Desktop Screen using VLC Player on Windows 11/10

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An Easy-to-Use Screen Recorder to Capture Anything for Any Occasion

  • Customize full screen or part of screen flexibly
  • Record screen, webcam, voiceover simultaneously or separately
  • One-click to capture online meetings, live streaming video/audio, etc.

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Tip: Record Audio from YouTube or Streaming Videos

VLC is able to record videos and audios that play on the VLC media player. However, if you are going to use VLC to record audio from speakers, YouTube, or streaming videos, VLC cannot record system sound.

Some users may ask what to do if we really want to record clear audio on our computer. You can use FonePaw Audio Recorder (opens new window).

It can not only record your voice through a microphone but also audio in high quality from sound card, YouTube, NetFlix, and so on. Besides, you are able to improve the sound quality with "Microphone noise cancellation" and "Microphone enhancement" feature, which can be tested before recording.

More than that, FonePaw Screen Recorder can record

More than that, FonePaw Screen Recorder can record video with audio (opens new window) and take a screenshot (opens new window) while recording the screen. When you finish recording, you can share the audio to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter in one click.

iTop Screen Recorder, A Good VLC Competitor [Free With Sound]

For general screen recording tasks, I would personally strongly recommend you have a try to iTop Screen Recorder as the expert to assist you to record & capture the screen. it is compact & with all functions, you’ll need to record screen, clean (no addon, no malware), and most important point is, it is FREE, no time limitation, no feature restriction, plus no watermark on the captured video. And it capable for recording with by passing record restirction, like record Zoom meeting without permission.

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Steps to record the screen with iTop Screen Recorder aren’t quite difficult. 

Step 1. Open up the iTop Screen Recorder, the UI design is intuitive enough, all general functions are presented directly and clearly.

Step 2. Click the “Select a Region” bu

Step 2. Click the “Select a Region” button. In the drop-down list, click the window/ screen you want to record, then hit the red “REC” button.

Step 3. Then the record will begin and the video o

Step 3. Then the record will begin and the video of the screen (or select region) will be perfectly captured by iTop Screen Recorder with audio. I would strongly recommend you download & have a try of this wonderful freeware if you got trouble with VLC screen capturing.

Step 4. You may find your recorded videos in the &

Step 4. You may find your recorded videos in the “My creation” tab. Also, you can do some simple edits to your video here.

Additional. You may change the setting of iTop Scr

Additional. You may change the setting of iTop Screen Recorder in “Recording Settings”, for example, to save the video other than a .MP4 file or higher quality.

Part 2. FAQs and Troubleshooting of VLC Screen Capture

Though VLC can record screen, it is not the professional screen capture software. As a result, there are some problems when people use VLC as a screen recorder. Check the following FAQs and troubleshooting about VLC.

VLC Screen Recording Troubleshooting

1. VLC records screen without audio, how to fix?

There are 3 recording modes in VLC. When you choose to record desktop, it will capture the whole screen on your desktop, but it contains no audio, but the only screen.

2. VLC record button not working, and cannot generate a file. How to solve it?

VLC cannot generate a file until you tell where to save the recording file. Moreover, you can upgrade VLC to the latest version to solve this problem.

3. Why does VLC record screen with an invisible mouse pointer?

VLC can record screen, but it cannot capture the mouse click highlights or pointers. To show mouse pointer while recording, you should download the mouse pointer plug-in for VLC, or get a mouse recorder as VLC screen recording alternative.

4. VLC only records audio, instead of video, why does that happen?

Firstly, you should make sure the output recording file is set the video format, instead of audio format.

Secondly, the problem that VLC recording audio-only always happens to VLC with the older version. You are recommended to update VLC to the latest version.

Last but not least, the issue VLC recording audio only, not the video is reported to occur when users want to record DVD or MKV files. That is the bug from VLC, and there is no official solution currently.

5. VLC recording skips the first few seconds?

There are reports from users that say VLC will always skip the first few seconds when starting a screen recording. To solve this problem, you are recommended to use the command line, instead of the record button.

For more solutions to VLC not recording, you should jump it here.

FAQs of VLC Recording Screen

Where do VLC recordings save?

The screen recording file will be saved where you customized the location. Sometimes, you can find it from the default destination on C:UsersYou user nameVideos, if you have never customized the location.

What format does VLC record in?

The recording format is customized as MP4, WebM, TS, ASF, etc., as you like.

VLC screen recording is not enabled on Android?

The screen recording feature in VLC is available for desktop users. It only works on Windows, Mac,bel and Linux, not Android or iPhone.

Recommended Alternatives to VLC Media Player 

Some people may ask if there are other options to record audio to offers you more different features when recording voice and sound on your devices. Of course, yes. In the following part, we will show you several audio recorders and the tutorials to use them.

Chrome Audio Capture

Applies to: Online

Chrome Audio Capture is an extension embedded in Chrome. This extension allows you to record any system audio on your computer. You can launch several tabs in Chrome, and the audio capture tools can record these voices at the same time. While recording, you will have the option to mute tabs that are currently being captured.

How Can the Alternative of VLC Screen Capture with

How Can the Alternative of VLC Screen Capture with Audio:

Step 1. Open your chrome web store and add Chrome Audio Capture to chrome extension.

Step 2. Click to open it. When you are ready to record the audio, click on the “Start Capture” button.

Step 3. When the capture is stopped or the time limit is reached, you will be asked to save and name your audio files. 

Free Sound Recorder

Applies to: Windows and macOS

Free Sound Recorder is a completely free voice recording software. It can record audio from the PC but also the voice from the microphone. You can easily record the sound coming from any Windows PC even if you don’t have a Stereo Mix option. This freeware offers you many export formats like MP3, WAV, OGG. After recording, you can edit the recorded audio like speeding up and slowing down, cutting, etc.

How Can the Alternative of VLC Media Player Record

How Can the Alternative of VLC Media Player Record Audio:

Step 1. Download, install and launch Free Sound Recorder.

Step 2. Click “Show mixer window” to select the sound source. Then choose the recording device from the “Recording Device”.

Step 3. Click “Options” > “General Settings” and choose a file format to save your recording audio as.

Step 4. You can click “Start” to start your audio recording. When your recording is going to finish, click the “Stop” button. The recording audio can be played with the built-in player after recording.

Voice Recorder

Applies to: Windows

Voice Recorder is a quick and convenient tool to record audio on your device. It is a built-in audio recorder in the Windows system. And you don’t need to download any third-party applications to record audio on your computer. With this tool, you can capture the sound of your computer easily.

Tutorial of Recording with VLC Alternative:

Tutorial of Recording with VLC Alternative:

Step 1. Type voice recorderin the search bar of your Windows computer to search for this tool.

Step 2. Choose the microphone button or hit the hotkey “Control + R” to start the recording. You can click the “Pause” button to stop the recording temporarily.

Step 3. Once you will finish this recording, click the “Stop” button to end the voice recording. And the recorded file will be saved to a folder in your Documents directory.


Applies to: Windows, macOS, and Linux

Audacity is a powerful video editor and a screen record that allows capturing the voice and screen at the same time. This free audio recorder enables you to customize the interface if you don’t like the default interface. And it features a multiple-track audio recorder. After recording, you can copy, paste, delete, or mix the sound files in Audacity.

How to Record with VLC Media Player Alternative:

How to Record with VLC Media Player Alternative:

Step 1. Download and Install Sounderflower and Audacity on your computer or other devices.

Step 2. Choose “System Preferences” > “Sound” > “Output” and choose Soundflower as the output device.

Step 3. Launch Audacity and go to the Device tab to choose Soundflower as the recording device. Next, click the “Record” button to start the audio recording.

Step 4. When the audio recording is done, click the “Stop” button to stop the recording. 

Part 2. FAQs of VLC Screen Capture

Question 1. Does VLC screen capture record audio?

VLC only allows us to capture the screen and it does not record the audio or voice automatically during this desktop screen capture activity. However, it can record audio once you select DirectShow recording mode.

Question 2. Where is VLC recording folder?

The screen recording folder is customized by yourself in step 4 of part 1. You can save the recording video file anywhere as you wish on this computer.

Question 3. Does VLC record my screen with a mouse pointer?

No. VLC will not show the mouse pointer while recording the screen and video. To record your screen with a visible mouse, there are 2 solutions. One is to download the mouse pointer. The other solution is to get a VLC alternative.

Question 4. The Record button is not working to generate a file in VLC, how to fix?

1. Make sure you are looking in the right folder for the recording file.

2. Upgrade VLC to the latest version.

3. LC can’t create the file until you tell it what folder to dump it into.

4. There is a delay to create the recording file.

More solutions to VLC recording not working are here.

Question 5. VLC screen recording not saving video, but only audio, how to fix?

The reason for VLC only recording and transcoding audio, instead of audio sometimes is the system bug. You can fix the problem via the following solutions:

1. Uninstall VLC and install VLC again.

2. Update VLC to version 3.0 and later.

3. Get a VLC alternative.

Question 6. Does VLC have a screen recorder on Android?

No. VLC screen capture is enabled on the VLC desktop versions on Windows, Mac, and Linux. As for Android or iPhone users, VLC can only play media files. Learn here to record screen on Android.

To Record with VLC (Mac)

File/Media > Open Network

Paste in URL for Multimedia Stream from above

Check Streaming/Saving

Click Settings

  Check Display the stream locally

  Check File and browse to where you want to save the file

  Encapsulation method set to MPEG 4

  Click Okay

Click Open to start, enter username and password for the camera and click okay

Click the stop button to stop recording.