I am trying to play screen in a VLC window. (To share-screen on chrome) When I try to capture screen with "Desktop" option it says:

Your input can't be opened: VLC is unable to open the MRL 'screen://'. Check the log for details.

In the popup window. I have tried enabling verbose logs, but nothing gets generated in the logs either. I am using KDE. If it helps, the same used to work when I was running mint+cinnamon on this same machine.


You need to get vlc-plugin-access-extra from https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/bionic/+package/vlc-plugin-access-extra. Source: https://itsfoss.com/vlc-pro-tricks-linux/.
I'm running Kubuntu 17.10 & Plasma 5.12.4. I have an Nvidia card, which apparently doesn't play well with Wayland so I'm running X11. First test is not perfect, but it was graphic intensive. It needs a little tweaking, but at least it didn't fail.

  • Brilliant! Thanks.. you saved me a lot of trouble trying to setup a ffmpeg+vlc alternative.. – NikhilWanpal Apr 18 '18 at 12:30
  • Happy to hear that I wasn't too late. I spent a few hours looking and couldn't find anything useful. I knew I was one of many that was extremely frustrated so I felt obligated to signed up to pass it on. – Zorg Apr 18 '18 at 13:46

The already mentioned vlc-plugin-access can also be installed using the command line:

sudo apt install vlc-plugin-access-extra

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