How to Capture Video from Webcam Using VLC Media Player

VLC offers you the option to record webcam with vlc, and this guide shows how to do just that. The guide also lets you find other tools that can be used for your webcam recording.

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Jane Zhou

Updated on Jan 24, 2024

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As you may already know, VLC Media Player is a free and open-source media player app that you can use to access many types of media files on your devices. One of the underrated features of this app is webcam recording. 

If you are looking to make a quick video without an external camera, you can use the camera equipped with your computer. VLC supports all kinds of webcams, so you can use this app to capture video regardless of what camera your computer has come with. This post will tell you how to record webcam with VLC and various other tools on your computer. Keep reading to find the answer.

Record Webcam with VLC Media Player

Using VLC Media Player to record video from your webcam is not as difficult as you might think. In fact, all you essentially need to do is select the recording option, add your webcam as the video source, and you will be able to record a video from your webcam.

If you don't know how to perform the webcam recording procedure, the following steps will be of great use to you. These steps show how you can access the recording feature in VLC and how you can utilize it to get and save footage from your computer's webcam.

Step 1. Choose Recording Option

By default, VLC Media Player does not show the options to record content. You need to enable these options before the recording can begin. To do this, open VLC, click the "View" menu at the top, and select "Advanced Controls." Now, there will be recording options at the bottom of your screen.

vlc enable recording option

Step 2. Configure Webcam Recording

The second thing you need to do is click the "Media" menu at the top and select "Open Capture Device." On the resulting screen, choose your webcam from the "Video device name" field, select your audio source, click "Advanced options" and configure options as you want, and then finally click the "Play" button.

set vlc recording option

Step 3. Record a Webcam

You can now see your webcam's live footage in the VLC Media Player window. Your recording has not begun yet, and you need to start the recording manually. To do this, you need to click the red recording button in the bottom bar.

record webcam vlc

Step 4. Stop VLC Recording

When you are done with the recording, you need to click the "Stop" button in the bottom bar so that VLC can save your webcam recording as a video file on your computer. 

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Capture Webcam with Other Tools

Although VLC Media Player gives you an easy way to record videos from a webcam, it is not the only application that provides this feature. In fact, there are more tools that provide this webcam recording function. You can use one of the following tools to capture a webcam if VLC does not meet all your requirements.

Record Webcam with EaseUS RecExperts

Compatibility: Windows and macOS

If you are looking for a webcam recorder that offers various features, choose EaseUS RecExperts. This tool allows performing kinds of recordings on your computer. For example, you can capture a screen while taking a screenshot. Also, it helps you to record Webex meeting and YouTube videos. Meanwhile, you are allowed to add system and microphone sound as you like.

Moreover, this tool helps configure many of the recording options, such as setting up the default video format for your recordings. There is a dedicated settings panel where you can define how your recordings should be made.

Key Features:

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How to Record Webcam with EaseUS RecExperts:

Step 1. Launch this webcam recorder, and select the little webcam icon by clicking the down-arrow button on the left panel.

Open RecExperts

Step 2. If there is more than one camera device connected to your computer, you can freely choose your desired one. Besides, you can also select the audio source, adjust resolution and position, and even adjust the opacity if needed.

Adjust webcam settings

Step 3. Then enable the Remove Background, it will download the AI module.

enable remove background

Step 4. After that, you can change the background picture by using some effects, like blur, scenery, studio, and classroom. Or you can upload a picture from your own device. It is recommended that you are in a solid color background, and the effect of AI recognition to remove the background will be better.

ai background

Step 5. You can click on the REC button when you are ready to start your webcam recording. During the process, you can choose to resize the recording window, take screenshots, pause or stop the recording flexibly. To end the recording, just click on the red square icon.

Start recording

Step 6. Then, it will lead you to preview the recorded videos. Apart from that, you can enhance the recordings with some tools.

Record Webcam with OBS Studio

OBS has been around for a really long time, and this tool mainly allows you to stream media content from your computer. You can also use it to record a webcam, and it comes with all the recording options you can ever think of. If you have not already chosen your recording app yet, this might be a good choice for you.

This program offers many good options to let you easily and quickly record the footage from your webcam. Some of these options include specifying a webcam of your choice, adding an audio source that you prefer, and tweaking various other options. This app actually has a lot more to offer than you can ever use so that you will never be short of any feature.

obs record screen and webcam

How to Record a Webcam with OBS:

If you have never used a similar tool before, you might find it's a bit hard to configure the initial webcam recording options. Luckily, the following steps will solve that problem by walking you through all the required operations.

Step 1. Add a Webcam Source

Launch the software on your computer, click the "+" (plus) sign in the "Sources" box, and choose "Video Capture Device" from the options appearing on your screen. Then, you need to specify your webcam so that the tool knows where to get the footage from.

Step 2. Record a Webcam

When you see your webcam preview on your screen, you are ready to begin your webcam recording. Find the option that says "Start Recording" on the right of your screen and click it.

Step 3. Stop a Webcam Recording

Record your webcam for as long as you want. When you want to end the recording, click on the "Stop Recording" button on the right.

Step 4. Find Your Webcam Recordings

You probably want to view how your recordings look like after making them. Click the "File" menu at the top and select "Show Recordings" to view all of the webcam recordings you have made with this program.

Compatibility: Windows 8/8.1/10

Record Webcam with Icecream Screen Recorder

This is a compact and modern tool that blends well with other parts of your system. Using this program, you can record from your webcam as well as record your screen and audio. There are configurable options that you can use if you are an advanced user.

The tool offers the option to choose from multiple web cameras, specify a video format for your resulting file, and choose whether to include the audio from your microphone. You will find all these options in the settings menu of the program.

ice cream screen recorder

How to Record a Webcam with Icecream Screen Recorder:

The following guide will show you how to begin recording your webcam with the aforementioned program.

Step 1. Choose Your Webcam

Open the app and click the "Settings" option at the bottom. Ensure you are in the "System" tab. Then, click the dropdown menu next to "Webcam" and select the web camera you want to use for your recording.

Step 2. Turn On Webcam Recording

Head back to the main interface, click "Capture video," and select "Fullscreen." On the following screen, click the webcam icon to enable web camera recording.

Step 3. Record a Webcam

Adjust the borders of the recording area so that your webcam is covered. Then, click the "Rec" option to begin your webcam recording.

Step 4. Access Webcam Recordings

The app will display your recordings once you have finished your current recording.

Compatibility: Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10

Record Webcam with Debut Video Capture

Debut Video Capture is a great tool to record a webcam on various computers, and it is available for free if you intend to use it for your personal use. When recording footage from a webcam, you can either create a new webcam recording or add your webcam footage to a screen recording as an overlay.

The tool supports many video file formats, which means you can save your webcam recording in your preferred format. Once your recording is made, you can edit it as well using the built-in video editor. This helps you refine your video before you publish it somewhere.

debut recorder

How to Record a Webcam with Debut Video Capture:

Using Debut to record a webcam is as easy as recording anything else. You only need to choose the right options, and your webcam recording will be made just the way you want. Here we will show how you do that.

Step 1. Specify Your Webcam

Access the program, click "Options" at the top menu bar, in the "Webcam" section, choose your web camera from the dropdown menu next to where it says "Name."

Step 2. Choose a Webcam Video File Format

Go back to the program's main screen and choose the file format for your resulting video file from the "Record Web Camera as" dropdown menu.

Step 3. Record a Webcam

Once you have configured the required options, click the red record button to start your webcam recording. You will be able to view your webcam footage while it is being recorded on your screen.

Step 4. View Webcam Recordings

When you have finished your recording, click the "Open Recordings Folder" button to view all of the recordings you have created with this tool.

Compatibility: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10


VLC Media Player has a good webcam recording feature, but it is not fully featured. If you need a more versatile one, EaseUS RecExperts is worthy of consideration as it offers many features that allow taking webcam recording effectively. Try it for free!

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