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Want to record using VLC Player


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#1 Toshiba2015

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 01:52 PM

I looked up this subject on Google and the answer seemed simple enough, but it didn't work.

 

I have an older web camera with a 4 1/2 foot cord that plugs into a USB port, and I wanted to put it in a window as a security camera because I have a neighbor who has been stealing things out of my backyard but I'm never able to catch them.  I thought maybe I could use the webcam and my laptop as a makeshift security camera to do the job.

 

What I was shown to do is to open VLC player, click Media, then open capture device.  In the next window, select Direct Show as capture mode.  As for recording method, I was told that I'd have the option of Live Feed or Direct Save.  Mine only showed Live Feed, so I chose that.  Then I am to click "Play", supposedly to start recording.  At that point, my laptop's screen shows me what my webcam is pointed at, and there is a timer at the beginning of the progress bar that counts upward.  When I click Record, nothing new happens.  Then when I click Stop, the screen goes blank except for VLC Player's orange traffic cone icon in the middle.  I'm not given the option to save what I had supposedly recorded.  Also, I've looked around in all my locations and don't see a recording having been saved anywhere.

 

Can someone please help me with this?  I just want to be able to record while I'm gone and then see if anything's missing from my yard.  If there's not, then no need to save the recording.  If there is, then I can go back and review the recording to see what happened, and then use the recording to show the police.  I just need to be able to actually record what the webcam sees.


Edited by Toshiba2015, 19 June 2018 - 02:06 PM.


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Posted 19 June 2018 - 03:22 PM

I believe that Audacity would be a better alternative for recording, editing, etc.

 

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 04:32 PM

I believe that Audacity would be a better alternative for recording, editing, etc.

 

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Audacity appears to be an audio recorder.  I need to record video, which is why I'm using a web camera.



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Posted 06 July 2018 - 12:50 PM

Sorry, I only use VLC for audio...I have various video-record/edit programs (Pinnacle, Corel Video Studio) for my video recording.

 

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Posted 07 July 2018 - 04:25 AM

To know where VLC is saving recordings, go to Tools\Preferences\Input / Codecs and select a location for Files - Record directory or filename. Mine is pointed at C:\Users\My Account Name\Videos

 

The other confusing thing is the Record function is indicated by the button color, not the red dot. On mine with the default appearance, the button goes a pale blue when it is recording. Press again and the button reverts to the same color as the panel background and the stream is then not being recorded.

 

When you press stop and see the orange cone, you should be able to go to Media\Open File and in the folder you set in Preferences, load and view the recording/s.

 

Edit: just noticed this topic was posted some weeks ago. Hope it still might help.


Edited by Platypus, 07 July 2018 - 04:27 AM.

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