Record audio and video with VLC

Step by step tutorial on how to record audio and video with VLC. This will enable you to make a screencast without special software. This has been tested with VLC 2.0.8 and VLC 2.1.3.

Required to record audio/video

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  • VLC > View > Advanced Controls
  • VLC > View > Status Bar
  • CTRL+C (open capture device)
  • Screen capture record (video device)
  • Virtual audio capture (audio device)
  • If applicable: go to advanced settings and change 4:3 into, 16:9. You can change the default 4:3 aspecto ratio:

    change default picture aspect ratio in vlc
    If you want to set the default picture-aspect ratio n:m to 16:9, go to advanced preferences (CTRL+P), show all settings, Input / codecs > DirectShow > Picture aspect ratio n:m, and change 4:3 to 16:9.
  • Next to play button, click arrow and choose “convert”
  • Choose a destination filename, e.g. test.mp4
  • Start recording…



Step by step tutorial adapted from:

11 thoughts on “Record audio and video with VLC”

  1. Hi,
    If I change the aspect ratio, it automatically goes back to 4:3 and records in 4:3. What’s the solution?

  2. Great guide. I don’t know VLC can record computer screen. In my mind, it’s just a good video player. Thanks for sharing your experience. I used to create screencast with Acethinker online screen recorder, free and works like a charm. Share it here as an alternative to VLC player.

  3. any updates on version 3.0.3?
    I tried about what you say but I still get lagging and no sound.
    I changed capture mode to desktop, and put put the f/s to 10 or 20, still lags.
    Any tips?

  4. Is vlc-3.0.8 broken with the feature of recording both desktop video and microphone audio concurrently. I have watched and followed the instructions of about 20 distinct videos and written instructions and once I am done with my recordings… I have either desktop video, or I have desktop audio, but never both in the same mp4 file as a result of using VLC.

  5. Under Capture Device with DirectShow selected I have only Default and None as my choices for both Video Device Name and Audio Device Name. I have no way of selecting Screen capture record (video device) or Virtual audio capture (audio device).
    I can record my desktop but that gets me no audio. Only one time have I gotten VLC to actually open the URL I have copied into the “source” field. When I have it all ready to go and select Stream the orange status indicator moves very quickly across the screen, recording nothing and I have a 1-byte file by the name I have entered as destination.
    Any thoughts?

  6. Following the instructione results in a video-only file with no audio.
    I’m using version on Debian Linux.

    I know my hardware works because I can record sound with Audacity.
    So I would say the version of vlc I’m using is badly broken. Don’t they test this stuff before releasing it?

  7. I can capture video and audio but the picture is upside down.
    I tried the rotate filter but only rotate the picture about 135 degrees.
    anyone else have this problem

  8. VLC is reluctant to allow us to record both audio and video at the same time. I tried all tricks but in vain.

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