Record Your Webcam With VLC

Record webcam using VLC

As I’ve discussed in other articles such as Screen Recording With VLC and Convert Video Files with VLC, this free video player can do a lot. Here’s another trick VLC can do – Record Your Webcam. Even if your webcam has software to take pictures and record video, VLC may be better. It can record on several different formats, and it allows you to tweak some video settings. Here’s how:

1. Go to Media/Open Capture Device.
2. Choose DirectShow.
3. Under “video device name”, choose your webcam device.
4. Under “audio device name” choose your microphone.
5. Click “Advanced options.” Choose your aspect ratio, frame rate, Video standard and properties for your TV tuner if you have one. You can use the software that came with your webcam to control the input settings by choosing “Device properties.” Click Okay.

There are two options recording webcam video: You can choose “Play” which will play live video through VLC. You can record clips by clicking the red Record button. Or you can choose “Convert Save” and choose where to save it.

Choosing Play and then recording clips in short bursts will require headphones because this method can create a feedback loop. Choosing “Convert Save” avoids feedback, but doesn’t let you see if a recording is being made or what’s being recorded. So press Stop when done.




Keep Reading...

Advanced Cinematography Instruction

Advanced Cinematography Instruction Instant Download

Learn advanced cinematography from this instant download video.

Read More
GoPro HERO4 Session Camera

GoPro HERO4 Session Camera Price Cut From $399 to $199

GoPro HERO4 Session Camera Price Cut From $399 to $199 The GoPro HERO4 Session Camera is the smallest, lightest GoPro yet. It features easy one-button control to power up and capture videos or stills with one press. The camera captures 1080p60; 720p100; and 1440p30 video. This camera is waterproof down to 33 feet so it […]

Read More
The City of Columbia in the game BioShock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite – An Interactive Feature Film

This video game is one that all video producers should see. Bioshock Infinite is a graphic masterpiece.

Read More
Crash This Drone

Go Ahead Try and Crash This Drone

The new DJI Phantom 4 claims to have a crash avoidance system. And for $1400 you would think it should. Well, some crazy guys over at TechSmartt needed to test that claim. Can they crash this drone? Fortunately they made a video to document their attempts. And besides their attempts to crash this drone, the […]

Read More


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  • Forbes Magazine calls VideoUniversity one of the best business-to-business sites for digital video production.
  • WINNER
    Videography Magazine's
    "Website of the Month" Award
  • WINNER
    PC Magazine Online "Best Desktop Video Site" Award
  • WINNER
    CyberFilm School's "FOUR STAR" Award