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#1 +riahc3

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 22:44

Hello,

Im looking to record a video (with audio) thru my webcam in a few days but its a built in one and AFAIK doesnt come with any software. What software can I use?

I do want it to be able to record in a format where I can make easy edits later on (such as make the clip shorter, cut out parts that I go on a rant about, etc). BTW, anyone that can recommend a EASY program for that too, thanks :p

Thanks

Best Answer +BudMan , 08 January 2014 - 16:38

the windows live setup allows you to pick what you want, you do not have to install the whole suite.

But lets say it only saves in format X, just convert it to whatever you want.. There are like a gazillion video conversion tools out there, handbrake is one of my favs.

What dell do you have, my son, wife and daughter in law all have dells and it comes with cam software.

From the dell support site.



Its not going to be in the drivers download section - its in a different area, see the instructions above.. Example here is for my daughter in laws old N5110

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#2 James Rose

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 22:51

Take a peek at Yet Another Webcam  http://www.yawcam.com/



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 23:02

Hello,

Take a peek at Yet Another Webcam  http://www.yawcam.com/

This looks like a webcam streamer.

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 02:23

It can stream, but it can also output to a file, take a peek at the screenshot of Settings.



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 02:25

Microsoft Lifecams I believe can do that also, (some come with software cd's, some go through windows update)



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 02:34

Hello,

It can stream, but it can also output to a file, take a peek at the screenshot of Settings.

OK.

Besides that, anything else?

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 20:57

Doesn't the windows movie maker allow to record off your webcam?

webcam.png

When I get home I will connect my webcam and validate - but I do believe simple google found this

http://www.wikihow.c...ows-Movie-Maker

As to software - every laptop I have setup in last few years the Maker provided webcam software.. That I do believe allows you to record, etc. What is this laptop you have? When you say your webcam is built in, I assume laptop.

Other than any video editing software should be able to do this - I have Sony Movie Studio Platinum 12, and it has capture video option where you could pick your webcam device. When I get home I can validate that it works with my webcam as well.. I have never actually used it for that ;) Use it more to edit movies off my quickcam, etc.

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 06:37

Doesn't the windows movie maker allow to record off your webcam?

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I havent used Movie Maker since XP. In XP Im SURE it didnt allow webcam recording. Let me check it out in Windows 8.1.....

Ah thats right, its now a part of that Live package thing. Do you know where I can find a standalone installer? Im not sure if my memory is correct but I think the web installer (which includes optionally all Live products) installs other things as well.

As to software - every laptop I have setup in last few years the Maker provided webcam software.. That I do believe allows you to record, etc. What is this laptop you have? When you say your webcam is built in, I assume laptop.

Yup, its a built in Dell. It has no software (from what I see its service tag) for taking pictures/video/etc.


Other than any video editing software should be able to do this - I have Sony Movie Studio Platinum 12, and it has capture video option where you could pick your webcam device. When I get home I can validate that it works with my webcam as well.. I have never actually used it for that ;) Use it more to edit movies off my quickcam, etc.

Well, the video editing portion can be done also with Movie Maker right? The "problem" is it can save only in WMV and Im not sure if Facebook (or YouTube if I cant) (where I plan to upload the video) supports this.

Ill try that Sony Movie Studio and see how it goes. Do you know where I can get the Movie Maker standaalone offline installer BudMan?

As always, thank you.

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 06:57

Debut Video Capture

 

Free version:

http://www.nchsoftwa.../debutsetup.exe

 

Debut is great, to bad that the installer gives you extra stuff without asking (shortcuts to NCH Software products in start menu folder) but you may delete them without losing functionality.



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Posted 08 January 2014 - 07:19

Also check this out.  It might be something you want.

http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html



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Posted 08 January 2014 - 16:38   Best Answer

the windows live setup allows you to pick what you want, you do not have to install the whole suite.

But lets say it only saves in format X, just convert it to whatever you want.. There are like a gazillion video conversion tools out there, handbrake is one of my favs.

What dell do you have, my son, wife and daughter in law all have dells and it comes with cam software.

From the dell support site.

dellwebcamsoftware.png

Its not going to be in the drivers download section - its in a different area, see the instructions above.. Example here is for my daughter in laws old N5110

webcamdownload.png

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 16:47

Hello,

the windows live setup allows you to pick what you want, you do not have to install the whole suite.

But lets say it only saves in format X, just convert it to whatever you want.. There are like a gazillion video conversion tools out there, handbrake is one of my favs.

Well, it was to save quality and conversion time but it is Facebook so people dont really care.


What dell do you have, my son, wife and daughter in law all have dells and it comes with cam software.

From the dell support site.

attachicon.gifdellwebcamsoftware.png

Its not going to be in the drivers download section - its in a different area, see the instructions above.. Example here is for my daughter in laws old N5110

attachicon.gifwebcamdownload.png

Maybe Ive never seen it because those screenshots there write about registering it....Hmmm

I have a Dell Vostro 1510 running Windows 8.1

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 17:34

But you never registered it on dell? You can do it now, not big deal then you can download that webcam software.

I normally wipe OEM installs as well, but now and then its good to look through what they include (sometimes rare, but sometimes there might actually be something useful) To me the only thing worth keeping was the webcam software ;)

If you google around you might be able to find it for download from some 3rd party location..

As to quality and conversion time - Even a 2 hour video converts in a few minutes, and you can convert the container without any loss of quality for sure, etc. I convert my grand daughter videos to flash, and yes lower the quality from 1080p 60fps to something more manageable all the time for allow easy streaming from my website for the family.

But you could also just do a change in the container or even a full convert without loss of quality.. Then again its going to be from a webcam ;) Its prob not going to be production quality video to start with ;)

#14 OP +riahc3

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 05:16

Hello,

I hate these things for this reason: It wont register the laptop....just stays on the registration page, downloads the System Tag detector and stops...

Yup, tried and it just dies when I run the service tag detector.

FF/Chrome/IE.

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 05:58

Hello,

Found it here: http://www28.zippysh...14938/file.html

Looks enough for my needs.



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