Aside from being a great media player, VLC includes a feature that records clips of a user’s personal DVD’s and video files. Just start and stop with these easy steps to get your media ready for YouTube, iPod, or other mobile device.
My first full-time job provided plenty of media nightmares. I was hired to write for a small non-profit group, but due to a carousel of employment changes, I became the only person in our office who was the least bit technically inclined. So when the company CEO wanted to put a three-minute clip of her conference appearance on YouTube, guess who got the nod.
I wish I had a solution as simple as VLC Media Player, a program for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux that can play, record, and convert video. Instead of trying to find a free program to copy the entire DVD and edit a short clip at work, I could have just used VLC’s media prowess.
Aside from being a great media player, VLC includes a feature that records clips of a user’s personal DVD’s and video files without the need for complicated editing software. Just start and stop with these easy steps discovered by How to Geek and you’ll have a portion of your media ready at all times or primed for uploading on YouTube.
1. Download and install VLC from http://www.videolan.org/vlc
2. In the “View” menu, select “Advanced Controls” and you’ll notice a new set of control buttons appear.
3. Start playing your DVD (or any compatible video or music file)
4. Press the Record button (red circle) to start recording and press it once again when you want to stop recording. (Mac users press “Shift+Command+R” to start and stop)
5. Your new file has been saved in the Documents folder.
Now that video or audio clip is ready for storage or sharing with others. But what if you want to put the video clip into a format playable on a mobile device? Well, VLC can also convert video to MP4 to make it work on an iPod, HTC Dream, and more!
1. In the “Media” menu, select “Convert & Save”
2. Press the “Add..” button and select the video clip that VLC created for you
3. Press the “Convert & Save” button
4. In field labeled “Destination file”, type the title of your video so that it looks like this: “videofilename.mp4″
5. In the Settings area where it says “Profile”, click the drop-down menu and select “Video – MPEG-4 + AAC (MP4)”
5. Press “Start” and VLC will begin the process of converting your video file.
Add your file to your media library and it should appear on your device the next time it syncs. Now you also have a solution for getting video clips on-the-go.