The display and activities on a computer screen may be captured or recorded as a picture or video file using VLC player. VLC is an open source video media player that can be downloaded and used for free in Windows, MAC OS X, Unix, Linux and other operating systems.
Short for VideoLAN Client, VLC is an open source software that is primarily a multimedia player that can also encode, capture, record and stream video files. It is one of the most widely used multimedia player having been downloaded more than 300 million times as of November 2009. VLC supports a wide variety of video formats including MP4, .wmv., .avi and .flv.
The following shows the basic steps in capturing and recording the display on a computer monitor.
- Download and install VLC
- Taking a screen capture
- Record the activity displayed on a computer screen
Download the VLC software from its official website. Make sure to download the version made for the operating system on the target computer. Once the download has finished, install the software on the computer.
To take a screenshot of the computer screen, launch VLC. For Windows, Linux and Unix operating systems, press Ctrl + Alt + S to take a photo of a video that is playing on VLC. The shortcut command in MAC OS X is Command + Alt + S.
Launch VLC, click on "Media" and then select "Open Capture Device." On the following pop up, select "Desktop for Capture Mode," the desired frame rate and then "Stream." On the next screen select the location for the file where the video will be saved and the type of encoding for the video. Click on the "Stream" button to start recording.