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I am pressing

Media -> Stream -> Capture Device -> Capture Mode = Desktop -> Stream

Then selecting destination File = test.mp4, leaving Profile = Video - H.264 + MP3 (MP4) intact, ans setting FPS=24.

Then pressing Stream button again.

FLV player starts to count time, although Record button looks not pressed.

Then I do some playback of web videos and window manipulations.

Then press Stop button on VLC player.

This sometimes gives me partial file which can't be played or some file without sound.

How to perform complete task? Where is the audio capture setup (what device to capture)?

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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 pretty 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 downside is that the colours seem a bit off for me - less bright than they actually were. I'm not overly bothered though.


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

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I can't thank you enough -- your instructions are 100% easy to follow, I was setup in 2 minutes after searching previously for about an hour to find a good screen recording program. You made my day! – degenerate May 9 '15 at 22:07
SharedX is the best program for your quick video and audio capturing. I've tested several free hyped programs, like CamStudio, Ezvid and some more, all of them had the audio problem. SharedX worked instantly, with perfect FPS and flawless system sound. Thanx – user514395 Jan 28 at 17:59

From how to use VLC to stream your desktop live (windows) with audio (or stream a DVD) :

VLC by default comes with a "screen input" option, to capture the desktop. Unfortunately it appears there’s a bug (status: closed wontfix), so currently it can only capture video.

The solution is to use DirectShow as an alternative input. With Directshow, you can choose your video and your audio input device separately, and they do work together out of the box.

So first go and download the direct show screen capture input filter from here.

Next setup your sound card to be able to capture wave out. If it is not there as an option then you may find some helpful notes here.

Now open VLC, choose Media menu -> Stream -> Capture Device tab. Set Capture mode to "Directshow", set Video device name to "screen-capture-recorder", and set Audio device name to "virtual-audio-capturer".

Now click on "stream" and follow instructions.

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Just tried this and VLC Bombs immediately. Simply cannot get VLC to do a screencast with audio, fails everytime. I downloaded the latest Video Filter from the link you included. – Jammer May 24 '15 at 21:59
@Jammer: Start a new post, detailing your setup and the exact problem you are encountering. – harrymc May 25 '15 at 7:26
@harrymc: we need to capture audio input and audio output too, how? – YumYumYum Sep 2 '15 at 8:49

Step 1: In capture mode, there will be three options, Directshow, TV digital, and desktop. You have to choose desktop from there.

Step 2: In desired frame rate for the capture, there will be 1 frame per second, modify it and make it 10 frames per second or 15 fps.

Step 3: On the third menu, click on show more options. It will display advanced menu bar there. If you want to play any audio files synchronously with your recording, you can click on play another media synchronously and choose files from your local drive to play with your screen recording.

Step 4: Click on the dropdown menu shown at the play button and click on convert option from there. - See more at: How to article and YouTube Tutorial

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