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Module: screen
Type Access
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Last VLC version -
Operating system(s) all
Description screen capture
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Stream or save a video of your computer screen.


  • screen-caching <integer> : Time in milliseconds
  • screen-fps <integer> : Capture frames per second default value: 0
  • screen-fragment-size <integer> : (Windows only) Optimize the capture by fragmenting the screen in chunks of predefined height (16 might be a good value, and 0 means disabled) default value: 0
  • screen-top <integer> : The top edge coordinate of the subscreen default value: 0
  • screen-left <integer> : The left edge coordinate of the subscreen default value: 0
  • screen-width <integer> : The width of the subscreen default value: <full screen width>
  • screen-height <integer> : The height of the subscreen default value: <full screen height>
  • screen-follow-mouse, no-screen-follow-mouse : Follow the mouse when capturing a subscreen. default value: no-screen-follow-mouse


% vlc -H

...for the definitive options for your version.


Capture a screen:

% vlc screen:// --screen-fps=1 --screen-width=100 --screen-height=100

The screen thus captured is 100x100 pixels in from the top left corner of the active screen.

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