A webcam is a video camera
on the computer that is widely used for chatting, and by using Skype or Windows Live Messenger, images can be accessed via internet. One can record videos and make small movies with a webcam as well. Through a utility
that allows video recording in webcam drivers, this can be made and saved easily with the help of Windows Movie Maker
. For Mac users, iMovie
can be used for the same process but for that, the latter has to be compatible with the former. Brightness, sharpness and other parameters of the camera must be checked before recording. Dedicated software can not only record video from webcams but it can also add effects. These softwares are not free, and their video quality is good when compared to free ones.
How to record a video with a webcam?
The webcam is not simply a tool that you use on Skype or Windows Live Messenger. You can record video and make a short movie with it.
Filming with free software
Upon installing the drivers for your new webcam, you may have noticed a small utility allowing you to record video through your webcam, is also installed. Though the video quality may not be great, it is quite a useful feature.
You can also choose to save your video with Windows Movie Maker
, by using the "capture from video device" option. From there you can improve or edit the recorded sequence.
On a Mac, iMovie
can also record video from a webcam. Note, however, that not all webcams are compatible with iMovie.
Don't forget to set the parameters of your camera (brightness, sharpness, etc.) To get a picture that is as clean as possible.
Using a specific software
There are many programs that have been designed for recording a movie using a webcam. Among them is WebcamMax, which allows you to add effects in real time. Otherwise, you can make use of Quickcam. It is easy to use, very efficient and less expensive than WebcamMax.
Original article published by zora3
. Translated by jak58
. - Latest update by Paul Berentzen