VLC is considerably one of the best media player ever created for all platforms. It's simple & highly customizable interface is loaded with advance controls and features - it's fast and powerful as it plays almost every media extensions. Best of all - it's totally free!

VLC is not a typical media player indeed, aside from playing videos and audios, it does so much more beyond its main functionality. One of VLC’s best feature is, its use for desktop screen recording/casting. It is an amazing feature a user can utilize for some quick screen recording, the quality of the output is good enough, in fact - it can vie with other apps out there that are built mainly for this particular task.

Screen recording with VLC is very simple, it only requires a few steps. Its basic instructions gives us the basic use of this feature, furthermore, it needs a little tweaking to experience the best out of it.

Here's a complete guide to Desktop Screen Recording Using VLC application.

Setting up the mouse pointer display

Before anything else, you should know that the mouse pointer is not recorded when you capture your desktop using VLC. We need to configure the mouse pointer first before proceeding into the next steps. To do this, download a mouse pointer image file here then place the downloaded file mouse.png in your VLC Program files folder (i.e. C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\)

Now launch your VLC application, then click Tools > Preferences or simply press Ctrl + P to pull up the preferences settings.

On the preferences dialog box, select Interface > Show Settings > All. Under the Input / Codecs > Access Modules > Screen, and on the Screen Input check "Follow the mouse" and locate the mouse pointer image on the VLC Program files folder.

Now let's continue to the main setup.

  1. Pull up the Advance Controls by clicking on View > Advanced Controls. A few more buttons will appear on the controls section.

  2. Once the Advance Controls is activated, navigate to Media > Open Capture Device... or simply press Ctrl + C to set the recording settings.

  3. On the Open Media dialog, set Capture Device to "Desktop", and set your desired frame rate. 24-30 fps is a desirable value for a smooth capture, but a minimum of 10 fps will be just fine.

  4. Note that the VLC does not record audio automatically during the recording, but it gives us the option to add an audio file to play on the background while the screen recording is on going. To do this, check the  "Show more options" on the Open Media dialog, and check the "Play another media synchronously (extra audio file, ...)" and locate the file to add. Just leave all other settings on this option.

  5. Once you're done adding your audio, click on the down arrow on the play button and select convert.

  6. On the convert dialog box, just leave all settings on it and set the location of the "Destination file" where the recorded video will be saved. Once done, hit Start to go ahead with the recording.

  7. Hitting the STOP button automatically stops and save the recording. You can find the .mp4 file on the destination folder you have set on the settings.

Using windows magnifier tool for an interactive recording

If you want to record a simple tutorial or a guide where your viewers can follow the flow, it is always effective with a zooming feature, and that's what dedicated recording software can offer. But it is also possible using VLC by utilizing the windows magnifier tool. You can pull up the magnifying tool by hitting "windows key and +" on the keyboard, then you can set "Follow the mouse pointer" option on the settings. Once done, you can now start your interactive recording and hit "windows key and +" or "windows key and -" to zoom in and out simultaneously.

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