Web cams are great for video conferencing, but they have other uses. Recorded Web cam video is used for everything from instructional videos to YouTube posts. This article lists five utilities that can record Web cam video.
1. Debut Video Recording Software
Debut Video Recording Software Professional Version is much more than just a utility for capturing video from a Web cam. The software can actually capture video of anything that happens to be on your screen. You can even configure the output file type. As if that weren't enough, the software lets you schedule recordings and create snapshots of what you record.
The software sells for $60, but there is a 14 day free trial available for download.
2. Active WebCam
Active Webcam is an application for recording the output from any number of Webcams. The Web cams can be locally connected to the computer (such as a USB camera) or they can be Web based.
Besides basic recording capabilities, the software offers a number of other nice features. For instance, you can perform motion based recording. If the software detects motion on a camera it can send you an E-mail message alerting you to the activity. The software also has the ability to create Web pages and to do some low end video editing.
The software sells for $29.00, but a free trial is available for download.
3. Webcam Video Capture
Webcam Video Capture is a basic tool for capturing the output of a Web cam. The software lets you set the output frame rate and choose the video codec to use, and you can also set the capture area. Aside from that the software doesn't have a lot of features. Even so, the software does one thing and does it well.
Webcam Video Capture sells for $19.95, but a free trial version is available for download.
4. ArcSoft WebCam Companion
ArcSoft Web Companion could best be described as a utility for having fun with your Web cam. Yes the software can capture Web cam output, but it can also do a lot more. For starters, the software supports 3D captures.
Another cool feature is something called Masque, which lets you morph your face into another. The Fun Frame feature lets you capture a Web cam image and place it within a decorative template frame. Finally, the Monitor utility lets you use your Web cam as a motion detector.
The software sells for $34.99, but a free fifteen day trial is available for download.
LiteCam is a different type of Web cam utility. While many such utilities are simply designed to let you record and / or manipulate Web cam images, LiteCam puts your Web cam to work in other ways.
The software is actually more of a screen recorder than a Web cam recorder. The software is designed to record anything that is displayed on your computer screen, and is optimized for recording games. Although screen recording is the software's major function, it also supports Web cam recording and even offers a picture in picture feature that allows you to create videos that use both screen capture video and Web cam video.
LiteCam sells for $34.00, but a free trial version is available for download.
Brien Posey is a seven-time Microsoft MVP. He has written thousands of articles and written or contributed to dozens of books on a variety of IT subjects.