The following steps sometimes result in a partial file which can't be played or some file with no sound

  1. Click Media -> Stream -> Capture Device -> Capture Mode = Desktop -> Stream
  2. Then select destination File = test.mp4 , leaving Profile = Video - H.264 + MP3 (MP4) intact, and setting FPS=24.
  3. Then press Stream button again. FLV player starts to count time, although Record button looks not pressed.
  4. Then i do some playback of web videos and window manipulations.
  5. Then press Stop button on VLC player.

What are good ways to carry out a complete task? Where is the setup for recording audio?

Best Answer

Ok, this isn't about VLC but I'm guessing the real question is "How do I easily record my desktop, with audio, preferably with a free open source app?"

I gave up on obscure VLC command lines and found another piece of software called ShareX , which is free and open source.

It's very easy

  1. Download and install sharex.
  2. Run it and click Capture->Screen Recording...
  3. It asks you if you want to automatically download ffmpeg.exe, say yes.
  4. Next go to Task Settings->Capture->Screen recorder->Options
  5. Change the video source to screen-capture-recorder (it's a bit fast in my experience), and the audio source to your microphone (or whatever).
  6. Use capture->screen recording again.
  7. It will now even let you select the area of the screen to record!

This is much nicer than VLC. The only negative is that for me the colors seem a bit off - less bright than they were I'm not worried about it though


In recent versions you can hold Shift to do square recordings and Alt to snap to common resolutions.