Desktop recording software ranges from poor quality and free to incredibly powerful and expensive. VLC manages to strike a balance between both. In our tests, it wasn’t powerful enough to, say, screen record a movie. However, for showing someone a problem you’re having on a computer or providing quick instructions on how to perform a task, it’s more than enough.
- Under Media, click “Open Capture Device.”
- Click the “Capture Mode” dropdown and select “Desktop.”
- Modify the frame rate. 15 f/s will probably be good enough for desktop recording, though 30 may be required for more fast-paced movement.
- Click the dropdown arrow next to “Play” and select “Convert.”
- In the “Profile” dropdown, choose MP4.
- At this step, you can click the tool icon to modify the settings of this profile. Here you can modify things like resolution or bitrate. We’ll use the default settings for now, but you can come back here later if you need to tweak the final product.
- In the Destination box, choose a location to place the finished file.
- Click Start.
Once you click Start, VLC will stream a feed of your desktop into itself behind the scenes. Let it run while you record your workspace. When you’re done, you can click the stop buton in the player controls to end recording.