Neat VLC Trick

Video LAN Client (better known as VLC) is one of the most popular cross-platform media players. Long famous for the ability to play almost any type of video file and the ability to stream video over a network, the newly-released VLC 1.0 has one cool new feature: the ability to quickly and easily create clips from almost any video file!

Just open a video and click on View > Advanced Controls on the VLC client. You’ll see a new toolbar with the following buttons: record, take a snapshot, loop point A to point B, and frame by frame. All of the options are pretty cool: “take a snapshot” captures an image of the video and sends it to your “Pictures” (Vista) or “My Pictures” (XP) folder (it’s what I use in all my Ashes to Ashes and Mad Men recaps). To use the “loop” feature, you simply click the “loop” button where you want the video to start looping, then click it again where you want it to stop looping; VLC will then play the loop back forever or until you press the STOP button. “Frame by Frame”, as the name suggests, lets you go through a video frame by frame; just click the button to stop on a frame, then click it again to advance the video.

But this post is about the nifty “record” feature. Just click the “record” button when you want to record a clip, then click the same button again when you want it to stop recording. VLC will automatically save the clip in your “Documents” (Vista) or “My Documents” folder (XP).

VLC clipSee the big red button? Just click it to record!

The video will be the same format as the original, and there doesn’t appear to be any way to have VLC convert it to say, FLV or MPEG. But still, it’s a nifty feature for quickly creating a clip from a TV show, movie or sporting event to send to friends.

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4 Replies to “Neat VLC Trick”

  1. Nice try, no work:
    I can click the button as often as I want, it will neither change its color to blue as a recording indicator, nor will anything be recorded.
    Snapshots can be taken, duh!
    All on a Vista notebook, YMMV

  2. In windows 7, (at least on my computer) it saves to “my videos” folder. Thank you for the information that it saves it in the same as the source format, because I could not find that documentation anywhere. I need to change to a different format so I will keep searching for a way.

  3. With VLC and I use Win 7.

    Right click on the VLC player (I click at the bottom)

    Click View > Advanced Settings (You will now see features like RECORD & LOOP)

    Hope this helps.

  4. Thanks for mentioning that it saves in my documents/videos folder — this helped me find all the clips i’ve tried to record.

    @mw – on winxp – vlc 1.1.11 the record doesn’t change color – it just looks pressed in (like the old days)


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