VLC Screen Recorder and Best VLC Alternative [Updated | 2020]

Lisa Ou

Aug 12, 2020 16:00 / Posted by Lisa Ou

VLC is a multi-functional media player on Windows, Mac, Linux and mobile phones to play almost all media file formats, including MP4, MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI, MKV, etc. It is no doubt that it is one of the best players. In addition, you can install VLC Chrome plugin so that you can open VLC to watch you want via clicking it conveniently.

However, we will take a look at its another handy feature to help you record video and capture screen with ease. Known as a powerful video media player, VLC also enables you to record video, audio and webcam on computer accordingly.

In this post, we will show you how to record screen with VLC and alternatives to VLC.

VLC Screen Recorder and Best VLC Alternative [Updated | 2020]

1. VLC Recorder Review

Before we dive in, the specific features and shortcomings of VLC are list below for references if you want to know more about it.


  1. You are allowed to record webcam with VLC
  2. VLC records audio if you want.
  3. VLC records desktop activities.
  4. VLC records streaming video or audio.
  5. VLC screen capture with audio concurrently.
  6. VLC screen recording tools to adjust recording video or audio.
  7. You can add subtitle files.
  8. Play any format of media files.
  9. You can use VLC on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS devices.
  10. Use Chrome extensions to open VLC quickly.
  11. Record DirectShow, TV or Desktop accordingly.
  12. Stream from VLC easily.


  1. It is a little complicated so you should learn how to use it correctly before you begin recording.
  2. It won’t record mouse activities in default.
  3. You cannot record screen with audio.

2. How to Record with VLC

You might know that VLC allows users to record screen on computer, however, VLC Android or iOS app doesn’t allow users to record stuff.

Therefore, if you want to know how to record in VLC, you can try it on Windows or Mac only.

Please go through below demonstration to know how to record screen with VLC firstly.

Record Screen with VLC on Windows/Mac

Screen record with VLC is not difficult as if you don’t need to capture audio or webcam as well. You can easily use it to record Windows Media Player, stream game, capture online course and many others. You can turn on a Windows or Mac computer, then follow below steps to capture computer screen.

Click download button from official site, then follow the instruction to install VLC. It will be run automatically after that.

Click Media > Open Capture Device.

click media on vlc

You can see Capture mode on the top of the pop-up window, click the options next to it. Choose Desktop in this step.

choose desktop capture mode on vlc

Choose desired frame rate for the capture and other settings, then click inverted triangle next to Play button and choose Convert.

choose frame rate on vlc

Click Browser and choose a destination folder and click Start to record whatever on your desktop.

start recording on vlc

Recording with VLC When You Are Playing A Video

Sometimes, people would like to get a video clip of what they are playing on computer. Well, how to do screen capture when you are using VLC to watch a video?

Below is the tutorial.

Open the video with VLC and play it.

click the red VLC record button to begin recording.

click vlc record button

Click VLC record button again to stop recording when it is done.

When you watch the recorded videos via VLC, you can find that the mouse pointer has not been captured. It is a frustrating thing if you want to make a step-by-step tutorial to show people how to do something clearly.

What’s more, what if you want to record screen and audio simultaneously but VLC can’t do this for you? Then you will need some VLC alternatives.

3. Alternative to VLC - FoneLab Screen Recorder

FoneLab Screen Recorder, which is a powerful tool to help users capture screen video, audio, webcam in the meantime. Compare to other tools, it enables you to add annotations to recorded videos, record mouse activities, etc. More importantly, VLC is unable to capture screen with audio for you. So you can try the best VLC alternative - FoneLab Screen Recorder to capture screen with webcam or audio accordingly.

Below is how to use it.

Go to FoneLab Screen Recorder official site, then download the program on computer. Then follow the on-screen instructions to install it. Then it will be opened automatically after that.

There are 4 sections in the main interface, including Video Recorder, Audio Recorder, Screen Capture and More. It has an option which is called Last Recorder, which enables you to keep using the settings of last recording. You should select Video Recorder here.

fonelab screen recorder interface

Then you need to click Full or Custom to select recording area. You can enable webcam, system sound and microphone as your needs.

select full screen or fixed region to record screen

You can also see Advanced Recorder under the REC button. You can click it to choose from the drop-down options to record around mouse, exclude windows and more. Through clicking the gear-like icon, you can adjust the settings for recording, mouse, hotkeys, output and others.

select exclude window to record screen

Click REC button when you are ready. Click it again or press Ctrl+Alt+S to stop recording.

4. Where Does VLC Save Recordings

The answer to where do VLC recordings go is important to people who want to find their videos after using VLC. Below is the default destination folder on Windows or Mac.

For Windows users: C:\Users\your-user-name\Videos.
Mac users: Macintosh HD > Users > your user name > Movies.

While you want to change VLC record location, go to Tools > Preferences > Input/Codecs > Files > Browse. Then choose a folder to save the videos.

change vlc folder

Please note that if you have already changed the location, you can also follow the above-mentioned steps to find the customized folder.

That’s all about everything you should not miss about VLC Screen Recorder and its alternative - FoneLab Screen Recorder.

If you want to a media player which can help you record screen without additional program, VLC should be a wise choice undoubtedly. However, for people who want to make a professional-looking video, VLC is not enough. FoneLab Screen Recorder will be the best option to capture screen with the vivid annotations and mouse indications. Why not download and have a try now!

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