Recording what your are playing

You can record the audio or video of any content you are playing with VLC, by using the Record button.

The Record button

To use the Record button:

  • In the Playback menu, click on the Record record button to start the recording,

  • Click again on the Record record button to stop the recording,

  • you can also stop the recording by clicking the Stop button.


The recording is stored on the default storage folder for videos or music on your computer under a name like vlc-record-Date-Time-Channel-Track.extension.

Example: vlc-record-2011-09-22-10h19m48s-Radio CAFF-Silencio - Arrabal Salvaje.mp3.

You can automatically cut the stream into tracks by relaying the stream through Streamripper, i.e. by directing StreamRipper to the ShoutCast stream and directing VLC to the relaying port of StreamRipper (default http://localhost:8000).

Make the Record button visible

The record button is not easily accessible by default, but you can make permanently visible. To do that, use one of these methods below:

Click on View ‣ Advanced Controls to display the advanced toolbar directly above Playback Controls. This advanced toolbar contains the Record button. Once the Record button is visible, click it to start recording.


Choose your recordings folder

You can modify the folder used to store your recordings. To do that:

  1. Select Tools ‣ Preferences or press Ctrl+P.

  1. Click Input/Codecs, under Files click Browse… to select a location for your recordings.

  1. Click on Save.