I have VLC player and see something, for example, internet IPTV stream.

Can I just record it by pressing record button?

I have record button and when I press it, it appear pressed, but nothing apparently happen.

I wish it create new video file in destination directory and save video to there.


It records in your "Videos" folder on Windows. I have managed to record a YouTube video using VLC Player.

  1. Open the YouTube video you want to record.
  2. Copy the URL from your browser's address bar.
  3. In VLC Player: Click Media -> Open Location From Clipboard (Ctrl+V)
  4. Press Play
  5. Press Record
  6. After a few seconds press Stop.
  7. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to your "Videos" folder in your user folder. For example C:\Users\myname\Videos

I'm not sure if this will work for all video formats and streams.

Before you do this, you need to check that your Capture Device (Media -> Open Capture Device...) is set to "Direct Show" and that you view advance controls (View -> Advanced Controls).

  • I tried this and it works, yes you just press the record button. – Mark Oct 5 '16 at 12:37
  • Doesn't work for me... – Dims Jan 2 '17 at 8:51
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    Wow the resulting .avi file comes in at around 100MB per second – Matthew Jun 12 '18 at 4:59

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