How to Record Desktop Screen with VLC Player

VLC player needs no introduction and is perhaps the most popular free media player which supports more video formats than some of the proprietary video players. It is perhaps the only video player which offers a wide array of features and customization.

One of these is the Screen Video capture feature which lets you record video of your desktop which would be saved in MP4 format. If you have VLC player installed on your PC then you don’t need another screen recorder application. You can use VLC to record High Definition HD videos of your active display along with all your mouse movements.

The Video Capture is inbuilt in VLC and you don’t have to install any extra add-on or plugin to activate this feature. If you have the latest version of VLC player installed on your PC then you are good to go.

How to Record your Screen with the VLC media player?

Open VLC player. Go to Media Menu and Click on Convert/Save. You can also press the Shortcut Ctrl+ R to open the Convert Window.

This will open the Open Media Window. In Open Media window you have to select the Capture Device tab.

In Capture Device tab, Select Desktop from the drop-down list box next to Capture mode.

Record your Desktop Screen in Windows 10 using Vlc player

In the box next to, Desired frame rate for the capture, enter frame rate of 15.00 f/s. You can also enter frame rates of 20, 25, 30 or 60 fps but a higher frame rate would need more processing and would lead to bigger  video file size. However, a higher frame rate would result in a smoother video.

After, entering the frame rate click on Convert/Save command button. This will open the Convert window. In Convert window click on Browse to set the destination file name and location.

Remove any pre-existing filename and enter the file name for the recorded video without any file extension. Click on Desktop in the left panel, to set the file location. Click on Save.

Now, the box next to Destination File will show file name along with the path where the recorded video would be saved.

Now, we have to make changes to the Profile Edition setting. To open the Profile Edition Settings, Click on the wrench icon next to Profile drop-down list box.

In Profile Edition Window, select the Video Codec tab. Under Video Codec tab, select the Resolution tab. In Resolution tab un-check the check box next to “Keep original video track” if it is checked.

In the Resolution tab you have to enter the value for scale. Enter 1 for a full-scale video. For Frame Size enter the Height and Width of the video in pixels. If you want a 1080p video then enter 1920px for width and 1080px for height. If you have a smaller resolution display then enter the width and height according to your display resolution.

Record Your Screen Windows 10 VLC player

Click on Save, to exit the Profile Edition window and get back to the Convert Window.

In Convert window, click on the Start to start the recording. VLC would start recording the video and the seek bar would show the elapsed time and progress of the video recording.

You can minimize VLC while it’s recording your screen. Close any unused applications or programs while it’s recording the screen.

Click on the Stop Button to stop the recording.

After clicking on stop don’t close the VLC immediately and wait for the recorded video to appear on the desktop or the folder you specified in the destination.

How to record the Mouse pointer in the Video?

VLC player, by default, does not record the mouse pointer in the video as it requires extra processing to follow and record the position of the mouse pointer. Moreover, you have to specify a small 20×20 pixel PNG image file for the mouse pointer which would be superimposed on the video while recording. Save the following two PNG images to you PC and follow the steps given below to enable the mouse pointer in the recorded video.

Classic Pointer PNG
Circular Pointer PNG

To enable mouse pointer, Go to Tools and Select Preferences. Or Press Shortcut Ctrl + P. Next,

Screen Recorder in VLC player
  1. Click on All radio button in the lower left corner of the Preferences window to view detailed settings.
  2. From the Left Side Menu, Expand Inputs / Codecs. Next, Expand Access Modules under Inputs / Codecs. Scroll down, and Select Screen.
  3. Check the Box with the label, ‘Follow the mouse’.
  4. Click on Browse and select the PNG file for the mouse pointer. Click on Save.

After saving the pointer File Record your video again by following the steps given above. This time the mouse pointer would show up in the video.