How to Record Audio with VLC [Solved]

June 24, 2020Amanda Brown

As we know, VLC is a powerful media player that supports playing most popular video and audio formats, such as MP4, AVI, MP3, WMV, etc. Apart from playing videos and audio, it can also record the audio from microphone. However, we need to note that it can't record system sound. Read this post and learn how to record audio with VLC.

Record Audio with VLC

Part 1. How to Record Audio from Microphone with VLC

For recording audio with VLC, you need to know that VLC only allows users to record audio from microphone. Check the step-by-step guide below to record audio from microphone via VLC on Windows and Mac.

On Windows

Step 1.
Launch VLC on your PC, and then go to View > Advanced Controls.
Advanced Controls
Step 2.
Next, enter Media > Open Capture Device. Click the pull-down menu of Audio device name > choose the audio source.
Microphone: record audio from your computer's microphone.
Stereo Mix: record audio from speakers.
Capture Device
Step 3.
Click Play > and click the red button to begin recording. Click it again to stop. To pause and continue, click the Play button. Click the square button to stop playing.
Step 4.
Go to Media > Open File or Open This PC. The recorded audio files' name starts with "vlc-record".

On Mac

Step 1.
Enter File > Open Capture Device > Audio.
Open File
Step 2.
Select a source for VLC to record audio from:
Step 3.
Click Open. On the menu bar, go to Playback > Record.
Step 4.
Go to Media > Open File and search for the files starting with "vlc-record".

Part 2. How to Record System Sound or Streaming Audio

VLC can record audio from microphone. However, if you are going to use VLC to record audio from system sound or grab from an application, VLC cannot help you make it. Therefore, you need to choose a more professional audio recorder to help you record audio from system sound on your Windows or Mac. Here you can use Aiseesoft Audio Recorder to help you record music, radio or online audio and save the recorded audio in MP3/WMA/AAC/M4A for easy playback.

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Steps to Record Audio with High Quality

Step 1.
Run this audio recorder on your computer. Choose the Audio Recorder feature in the main interface to record any audio. If you need to capture screen, here you should choose the Video Recorder option.
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Step 2.
Here you are able to configure some audio recording settings. To capture audio, you need to enable System Sound, Microphone, or both. For configuring more settings, click the Record setting icon to enter the Preferences window.
Step 3.
Start the audio, and then click on the REC button to start recording the audio. You can click on the red Stop button to stop the recording process.
Step 4.
After completing the audio capture, you can preview the recorded audio and edit it. Then, just click the Save button to save the recorded file on your computer.

You can also use this audio capture to record voice over music, streaming music, online video, gameplay, etc.

Part 3. FAQs of Recording Audio with VLC

1. How to record video with VLC

First, open VLC on your computer and click Media> Open. Then choose the Capture Devices tab. Change the capture mode to Desktop. After that, click the pull-down menu beside the Play button and choose Convert. Go to Browse to select a destination to save the screen recording and name the file. Next, click Start and your screen will be recorded. To stop the recording, click the Stop button on VLC and the recording file will be saved on the destination automatically.

2. Is VLC safe to download?

VLC Media Player is totally safe to download to your computer.

3. How to fix VLC not having sound?

The VLC has no sound problem may be caused by an outdated VLC version, which you can fix it by upgrading to the latest VLC version to get the latest program enhancement that lacks on your previous version.

4. What is the best alternative to VLC for recording audio?

The best alternative to VLC is Aiseesoft Audio Recorder. You can not only use it to capture sound from internal or external sound on your computer, but also record your screen and take snapshots with ease.

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