How to Record Video with your Webcam

October 14, 2008 by
Filed under: Multimedia 

With the popularity of videos online, more and more people are making their own videos. Of course you can use a camcorder to make your videos, but that often means you need a fast computer, a USB 2.0 or even FireWire port, and expensive capture software like Pinnacle Studio or Adobe Premiere.

If you are looking for an easier and cheaper solution, you could try using your webcam. Of course that means you are limited to the location of your PC or laptop, but that still offers a lot of possibilities.

What do you need?

For starters you need a webcam. Most new laptops have a build-in webcam, and for those that do not, as well as for desktop PCs, there is a wide variety of webcams available. Both Microsoft (LifeCam) and Logitech (QuickCam) offer good webcam models. External webcams use a USB connection, which makes them compatible with any PC. Do check the USB version to ensure compatibility with your computer.

The second thing you need is video capture software. There are a lot of commercial products available, but if you want to experiment, you can try a free one. Download Debut Video Capture software and install it.

Now you are all set to start recording you own video.

The Webcam Recording Steps

Once installed, you start of by double-clicking the Debut Video Capture Software icon on your desktop. The program presents you with a simple user-friendly user interface.

Windows Video Capture Software

The first thing you want to do is to select the video capture device. In the Options menu, select Record. You will see the Options dialog box of the program, with the Record tab selected.

Video recording options

Make sure the Video Device radio button is selected, and then select your webcam in the dropdown box to the right of it. You can then use the Device Settings button to change the settings for the video capture device. The settings will vary for each webcam, but in general they will allow you to control things like brightness, contrast, flicker reduction, and other image enhancement options.

The options for recording allow you to control the sound recording and to limit the recording time.

The next thing to change is the recording format. By default the program will record to the AVI format, which is fine for most purposes. In the Options menu, select Output to change the recording options. Again we will see the Options dialog box, but now with the Output tab selected.

Video recording output format

You can change the Output Format in the dropdown list. Additional output options are available behind the Encoder Options button, but they will vary depending on the selected format. The options for the AVI format are:

AVI video format options

Keep in mind that compression, quality and format all have an impact on the size of the recorded file. If you want to upload your video to the internet, you do not want the file to be too large.

The next step is to click the Record button in the main screen and record what you want. Once you are done, click the Stop button to end the video recording. To access the output file, click the Recordings button in the toolbar.

Find reccording files

Click the Open Folder button in the toolbar of the Find & Play Recordings window to open the folder with the actual file.

Apart from the video recording, the program also has options to upload the recorded video using FTP or send it by e-mail. This makes it very easy to use for making internet videos.

If you are simply interested in screen recoding, just select Screen instead of Device in the toolbar. The screen capture option makes it popssible for everyone to create instruction videos. So if you want to show someone how to use some piece of software, or how to do a certain taks under Windows, this is the way to do it.

All in all recoding video with your webcam is very straightforward if you use the right tools.

Other Recording Choices

As an alternative you can use software that allows you to capture the output of a specified window. Using this kind of software allows you to capture video by selecting the video window of the webcam. There is a variety of software available for this, but most are commercial or shareware.

The other free option is to use Windows Movie Maker, but the video capture option is discontinued in version 6 onwards. So if you are using an older version of Windows Movie Maker, you can also use that to create a video with your webcam.

EatCam is another nice application to capture video from your webcam. It actually allows you to record your webcam sessions with popular instant messaging programs like MSN, Yahoo Messenger, Skype, ICQ and AIM. Try it out by downloading EatCam.

Recommended: scan your PC for outdated webcam drivers!


94 Comments on How to Record Video with your Webcam

  1. CompactDstrxion on Fri, 17th Oct 2008 4:20 pm
  2. Thank you I’ve been looking for a program like this for ages!

  3. Andrew on Sun, 9th Nov 2008 12:59 pm
  4. Thanks so much for this very informative article. I’ve been looking for just this.

  5. katie on Mon, 16th Feb 2009 10:11 pm
  6. idk

  7. Victoria on Wed, 18th Feb 2009 7:55 pm
  8. Just what I needed for my new webcam hardware! Thanks!

  9. johnboy on Thu, 19th Mar 2009 9:03 pm
  10. Great site… my daughter and her hubby want to make some videos and I told them that it was TMI but that Id get them info on how to record using the webcam in their laptop.. thats as far as I go and from there I dont want to know anymore

  11. srijith on Sat, 16th May 2009 3:13 pm
  12. i am using compaq presario c795tu, i need to record video using inbuilt web cam, what aditional software i need to install, please give me a suggesion…..

  13. Anthony on Sat, 16th May 2009 9:04 pm
  14. @srijith – If your webcam is working, the Debut Video Capture software mentioned in the article is enough. That will allow you to record video. There is no difference between a USB webcam or an in built webcam.


  15. Eric on Fri, 29th May 2009 9:36 pm
  16. Can these mehods be used over a period of 4-5 hours of continuous recording with laptop and webcam?

  17. Anthony on Fri, 29th May 2009 9:57 pm
  18. @Eric – Although I have not tried that long a period, in itself that should not be a problem as long as you have enough free disk space on the recording disk.
    You do need to make sure your power setting on the webcam and hard disk do not put it to sleep (just disable power saving on those devices to ensure the recording continues).


  19. luke on Sat, 30th May 2009 3:17 am
  20. my recordings come out twice as fast as i recorded them…but the audio was recorded normally….why?

  21. fatima on Sat, 30th May 2009 6:41 am
  22. i still don’t understand how to fix, i can’t find anything

  23. Anthony on Sat, 30th May 2009 9:34 pm
  24. @Luke – I just checked to make sure I don’t have the same issue. Installed Deput again and used the default settings to record a video form my webcam. When I play it back using the Debut software, the playback speed is the same, and the video plays at a normal rate.

    What are you using for video playback? Maybe the AVI or WMV files are associated with a different program on your PC. In that case, check the frame rate, as that can be the only real problem the video speed.


  25. Jimena on Sat, 27th Jun 2009 3:31 am
  26. I need help! I can hear my recordings, although I cant see the video, please, its urgent!

  27. Anthony on Sat, 27th Jun 2009 8:32 am
  28. @Jimena – What are you using for playing the video? Have you used different programs, like Windows Media Player and VLC ( )?
    Another thing to try is to download and install a codec pack, K-Lite ( ) and CCCP ( ) are the most common ones.


  29. sasha on Fri, 24th Jul 2009 9:25 am
  30. im using usb video device but then, it says no camera is present. why is that?

  31. Anthony on Fri, 24th Jul 2009 9:45 am
  32. @sasha – When you plug the usb webcam, is it recognized and reported as ready to use? You can check the Device Manager while the webcam is plugged to see if the webcam device is there without errors.
    What program are you using to access the webcam?

  33. sam on Sun, 26th Jul 2009 4:48 pm
  34. this is a good site but when i make a vid it keeps crashing . can u help me ? is there another way to record ? x

  35. Anthony on Mon, 27th Jul 2009 4:49 am
  36. @sam – If you are using Windows XP, you can try MovieMaker. From version 6 upwards it does not support video recording from a webcam anymore, but older versions do.
    Further there are many applications that can record video from you webcam.
    Have a look at for example.

  37. DARKSTON on Thu, 30th Jul 2009 10:46 am
  38. this program is verry good for me… is working nice….
    and if you whant to record more then 1 hour you have to choose from options–recording– and then you have to mark
    –**create new recording and continue**

    and that you can recording almost continue

  39. TIffany on Fri, 31st Jul 2009 2:39 pm
  40. I’m having the same problem as Luke. I tried to adjust the frame rate but it made no different and I’m opening up the files with the correct program. Any suggestions?

  41. Anthony on Fri, 31st Jul 2009 3:35 pm
  42. @Tiffany – Are you capturing the screen or from a webcam? With webcam capturing you can try lowering the resolution in the Record Options.
    Another thing to try is the lower the video bit rate in the Output Options (Encoder button).
    Audio recording is already at the lowest settings by default, so nothing to try there.

    And of course make sure your webcam and audio drivers are up to date.

    If everything fails, you could try their forum to see if they can help you.


  43. Silas on Fri, 11th Sep 2009 11:38 pm
  44. Hey Anthony,

    Thanks for your succinct and informative post. The software you recommended was great, and your article was very easy to understand. Thanks for being helpful and sharing your knowledge!

  45. Mark on Sun, 27th Sep 2009 8:50 pm
  46. Very helpful article, and the software you direct us to is simple and useful for us starters. I must learn to sit further back from the cam.

  47. Kate on Sat, 31st Oct 2009 11:20 am
  48. This program is amazing. It’s exactly what i needed. Really easy to use. I didnt think i could find something like this for free.
    Is it just a trial? or am i able to continue to use it for free?

  49. Anthony on Sat, 31st Oct 2009 12:27 pm
  50. @Kate – The program is really free. It is free because they hope at least some of the users will upgrade to the professional version, which is not free. Enjoy!

  51. papanok on Tue, 3rd Nov 2009 8:24 am
  52. the sound on all my recordings is too low. how can i increase the volume of the recordings?

  53. Anthony on Wed, 4th Nov 2009 11:08 am
  54. @papanok – Are you sure you have the recording volume on your mic set to the maximum level? We have instructions for adjusting recording levels for Vista, and the Windows XP settings are very similar.

  55. kirsty on Fri, 4th Dec 2009 4:09 pm
  56. what if you do not have the icon on the desktop?

  57. Anthony on Fri, 4th Dec 2009 5:01 pm
  58. @kirsty – Do you mean the SplitCam icon? Try uninstalling and reinstalling the software. If necessary, re-download it.

  59. Joel on Tue, 8th Dec 2009 3:36 pm
  60. Anthony, is there a way to record someone else’s webcam? Like if you are video chatting with someone else on yahoo messenger. (I’m deployed with the Army and the bandwidth is small and slow over here). I’m hoping to be able to record video chats with my daughters and play them back later. Is that possible? -J

  61. Anthony on Tue, 8th Dec 2009 4:45 pm
  62. @Joel – Sure, there are plenty of screen recording solutions that you can use for that. They can record anything on your screen, including webcam video from a chat friend. The most well known one is Cam Studio from TechSmith. But there are others, like CamSudio and ScreenCoder.
    Not all are free, so the choice will depend on budget and variety in easy-of-use.
    Hope this helps!

  63. Joel on Tue, 8th Dec 2009 7:45 pm
  64. Wow, quick response and helpful. Thank you. -Joel

  65. babes6970 on Tue, 22nd Dec 2009 1:11 am
  66. can anyone record me when they are watching my webcam?

  67. Anthony on Tue, 22nd Dec 2009 2:08 am
  68. @babes6970 – They can always do a screen recording on their computer and include the webcam window, so yes they can.

  69. Robert on Fri, 1st Jan 2010 3:09 am
  70. this is a really informative article, thanks for sharing. do you have a suggestion for a way to record video files when motion is detected? say record for 30-60 seconds or until motion is no longer detected.

  71. Anthony on Sat, 2nd Jan 2010 12:56 pm
  72. @Robert – I am not familiar with any free software to record video when motion is detected, but a commercial solution called Webcam Monitor is available from DeskShare. You can download a trial version and see if it is what you need.

  73. Tasema Nolan on Fri, 8th Jan 2010 8:58 pm
  74. Good Afternoon Anthony,

    I just found this website and had a few questions and wonder if you can reply directly to my email above. I have a lap top and a logitech webcam which is HD, I like to make and record videos from my webcam all the time and I send them through email. However the problem is, I can only record 1 minute 21 seconds long, anything longer than that, I will not be able to attach it to the email and send it. So I in up having to make the vid in segments, which usually be around 20 or more, I use Windows Media Player and would like to cut down my recording time. So my question is 1. How can I change the option on my webcam to record longer, i believe it gives me the option of only 99, nothing higher 2. will your program be able to inable me to send bigger video files through email 3. If I record from a JVC video camera and want to send it through email with your program, would that be possible, and how do I save it to my computer 4. Can I use this program to chat cam to cam with yahoo messenger, just trying to use it now, my system always freezes and crash and I am unable to do a live video feed, i’m wondering if I need a new version of windows, I did try uploading windows 8, however, it made my PC crashed terribley, I may just need a whole new lap top, what do you suggest? Thank you for your time and help in advanced…..Taz

  75. dk on Sun, 17th Jan 2010 8:05 pm
  76. I have the same problem as luke.

    The video plays back twice as fast as the audio.

    If there is a solution, pleaes email… otherwise, F%&K this program…

  77. Anthony on Sun, 17th Jan 2010 10:59 pm
  78. @Tasema Nolan – Video files are in general too big for email, try using an online file sharing program. You upload the video file, get a link and email that instead.
    Regarding the Yahoo crashing with webcam chat, what is your Windows version? And did you try reinstalling Yahoo messenger?

    @dk – I do not know the solution to that problem yet, but it is not a generic problem, my recorded video file play back just fine. Did you check which codec is used for playback? If you have K-Lite or CCCP installed, different codecs will be used. Try it on a standard/default Windows setup.

  79. antonija on Mon, 15th Feb 2010 12:03 pm
  80. hi there, i have the same problem as luke has! my recordings come out twice as fast as i recorded them…but the audio was recorded normally. my laptop is hp, webcam is canyon, i have drivers for camera and for lap, I tried to record in diferent programs, ( now i am using this-debut video c.), i tried to record in diferent format, i tried to watch video in diferent programs, ALLWAYS the same problem…. dont know what to do, pls help

  81. antonija on Mon, 15th Feb 2010 12:09 pm
  82. oh, i saw your answer @luke, the problem was in frame rate, whatever this is :) it was set on 30 i think, and now i put it on 200, its perfect. thanks anthony :)

  83. antonija on Mon, 15th Feb 2010 8:32 pm
  84. hmmm, i am confused, its evening, and now i have the same problem, it has to do sthg with light. when i am recording laptop screen, then all is good, when i record sthg else in my room, where the light is not so good, then i have the same problem as before…

  85. Anthony on Tue, 16th Feb 2010 2:31 am
  86. @antonija – Webcams are very sensitive to light conditions, partially because the lenses are so small in most cases. Sometimes you can improve things by changing the settings, but the best solution is to ensure there is sufficient light on the object.

  87. connie zhang on Thu, 29th Apr 2010 12:07 am
  88. how do you zoom with the webcam recorder??

  89. Anthony on Thu, 29th Apr 2010 1:45 pm
  90. @connie zhang – From what I know, you cannot zoom within the Debut Video Capture program itself. Assuming you have a webcam or video camera that supports zooming, I guess the only way is to to the zooming manually.
    What device are you using for the recording?

  91. oempak on Mon, 17th May 2010 11:55 pm
  92. thanks… it works for me :)

  93. Amir Ali on Sun, 30th May 2010 7:59 pm
  94. Good Information. I thout i need special camera but it’s a piece of cake now :)

  95. dmara on Tue, 1st Jun 2010 12:28 am
  96. okkay,…

  97. Aiste on Tue, 1st Jun 2010 6:09 pm
  98. there is no options button between ‘file’ and ‘help’. And view is still shuddering when I start to record with my webcam. oh,and the whole ‘Debut video capture software’ it’s kinda diferent from these presented photos :( and I don’t know why. is it newer version?

  99. Aiste on Tue, 1st Jun 2010 6:44 pm
  100. hey guis! how do you compress video real time without cuting any footagewith with ‘videopad video editor’?

  101. Anthony on Tue, 1st Jun 2010 9:31 pm
  102. @Aiste – You are right, the new version has a slightly changed interface. I’ll update the article and screenshots. But the Options is still there, just a few buttons further to the right ;)

    Regarding the compression of video with videopad video editor, do you mean during recording? Because you can always use the File->Save Movie option, click the Advanced button and then limit the video bit rate manually.

  103. Bora_Cambodia on Tue, 8th Jun 2010 3:00 pm
  104. Big Big thank!
    Now i could record video from my webcam easily. But i still wonder and try yet if i could use 2 or 3 webcam and record at the same time..


  105. Sandra-Keanu-Fan on Thu, 8th Jul 2010 2:53 am
  106. Thanks, it helps alot (:

  107. GRIGOR on Wed, 25th Aug 2010 12:07 pm
  108. I can record video from my webcam. CAN i use 2 or 3 webcam and record at the same time??????


  109. custom bobblehead on Sat, 28th Aug 2010 8:30 pm
  110. thankss!!!! just what i need.

  111. Inkjet Printers and Inkjet Information on Fri, 10th Sep 2010 3:13 pm
  112. Thanks Anthony – You just provided me with the information and insight I needed to start up video production for YouTube for some of my websites. I didn’t know it could be that easy and expected to have to engage with much more expensive and complicated software. For me to provide really quality information on a website and also really helpful and well researched advice is always the task and to do something similar with YouTube vids has been a wish for me for long time, not only to relate to my websites but also to disseminate my ideas and efforts to help bring the world a little further. As such my engagement in education and environmental protections whatever it is green printing or green living in general or matters of social justice hopefully can now be enhanced with small video productions.

  113. Ruth on Mon, 13th Sep 2010 4:52 am
  114. I have made several attempts to make a rather lengthy web cam recordings (30-45min,) but unfortunately all but one (which I didn’t car for) ended when my PC crashed! The videos are still there and I can play them, but when I try to transfer them to one of my editing software, it will not open or there is an error. It seems that since they did not end properly they did not save in a format that can be edited or downloaded to any wedsite for viewing. Is there anything I can do to fix this and save these recordings? I would really like to be able to edit and splice the usable portions to complete the project I’ve worked so hard on. Any help is much appreciated.

  115. Anthony on Mon, 13th Sep 2010 10:43 pm
  116. @Ruth – What editing software do you use, and what is the exact error?
    Have you tried different programs to open and edit the files? Like Windows MovieMaker, Adobe Premiere, Cyberlink PowerDirector, or Pinnacle Studio.

  117. Ruth on Tue, 14th Sep 2010 5:05 am
  118. MAGIX Video easy SE and Windows Live Movie Maker are the Edit software I have tried.
    In MAGIX no file shows up for these video clips. In Movie Maker, the error appears in box with title, “Do you want to remove [name] from the project?” Then it explains, “The file might be in a format that Movie Maker doesn’t understand or corrupted.
    unfortunately, you won’t be able to publish your movie until you that remove this file.
    Error: 0x87160132

  119. Ronnie P on Mon, 11th Oct 2010 4:57 am
  120. I just want to say thank you…I have been looking for days for a software product to record videos using the webcam in my laptop for a school project. I finally found this article and downloaded Debut Video Capture. It is extremely easy to use and will serve my purposes…so THANKS!!!!

    […] If you are interested in recording your webcam chats from instant messaging programs, check out EatCam. And if you want to record video with your webcam, have a look at our review of Debut Video Capture. […]

  121. Tom on Wed, 20th Oct 2010 12:05 pm
  122. Hey, I just want to say thank you. The software works great however i have encountered a problem. My audio will always play faster than my video and i can’t seem to find an solution on their website. have you had this problem before ? Cheers!!!

  123. Anthony on Wed, 20th Oct 2010 4:48 pm
  124. @Tom – There was someone earlier who had the some problem I think. Have you tried changing the recording format and encoder?
    Typically such problems are either driver or codec related. So try updating or reinstalling the audio driver if the sound encoding settings don’t help.

  125. Prabhu on Thu, 21st Oct 2010 10:06 am
  126. Hi, i want my website guest to leave a video message for me… is it possible with this???


  127. Anthony on Thu, 21st Oct 2010 11:06 am
  128. @Prabhu – No, the Debut Video Capture software runs on your local system, it cannot be used on a server online.
    The easiest solution is to offer a download (maybe Debut) for your visitors, so they can record the message on their own PC, and then upload it to your site.

  129. john S on Mon, 25th Oct 2010 5:08 am
  130. I’m using pinnacle studio try to capture with my webcam.
    at first there’s no problem in capturing it, i see the real time preview and it’s all right.
    but when i play the saved captured file, it all messed up.
    the video speed up like charlie chaplin swoosh. i become a mutant with speed superpower. [i play the video on windows media player, and i ensure you that there’s no problem with the windows media player]
    what happen? i’ve look at capture option, and i dont understand everything. it’s a default setting. what should i do? did i miss something?

  131. Anthony on Tue, 26th Oct 2010 3:02 pm
  132. @john S – The video preview and capture are separate, so the fact that you see and hear it normal first does not guarantee the recording will be the same.
    Video and audio synchronization problems or playback speed problems during webcam recording are generally due to either a driver issue, a codec issue or simply a performance problem. With a modern hard disk performance should not be a problem, but try a different audio and/or video encoding option or use a different program to record from your webcam.

  133. janed121 on Wed, 10th Nov 2010 3:53 pm
  134. this software is wonderful! thanks a lot!

  135. Season Episode on Tue, 23rd Nov 2010 10:45 am
  136. This software work for me, I can record some video then upload it to youtube to promote my site. Great software. Thanks bro ;)

  137. Jake on Tue, 30th Nov 2010 7:54 am
  138. I was playing cod on the t.v, and recording it on my laptop at the same time with this software. Whenever i moved too fast, the signal would become fuzzy on the laptop. I fixed this somehow and the picture on my laptop was flawless, but it stopped working, so i had to reinstall it. Now the signal on my laptop is fuzzy again. Can anyone help?

  139. George on Thu, 5th May 2011 10:11 am
  140. I have been trying for sometime to turn my powerpoing slide into a video material without success. Do you have any tips on that?

  141. Anthony on Thu, 5th May 2011 10:24 am
  142. @George – One option is to use a screen recorder (like camtasia, but there are plenty tools for this). But there are also many converters for PPT to AVI. Just do a search on that and you’ll find a lot of software that can do it directly.

    […] If you want to make your own movies with your webcam, have a look at our article on recording video with your webcam. […]

    […] Tony says: July 2, 2011 at 5:27 am Maybe have a look at this: […]

  143. ann on Tue, 5th Jul 2011 10:45 pm
  144. i want to uninstall the eatcam webcam recorder but don’t know how….

  145. richard gibson on Wed, 6th Jul 2011 1:23 am
  146. webcam shows busy all the time, unable to locate why

  147. Anthony on Wed, 6th Jul 2011 5:32 pm
  148. @ann – What happens when you try to uninstall eatcam from the Control Panel? Do you get an error?

    @richard gibson – By “shows busy” do you mean you get an error that the webcam is in use by another program? That generally really means that a program is locking the webcam. Check all the programs and services running on the system, and close all that could be related to webcam (like multimedia applications and processes).
    Sometimes reinstalling the webcam driver and software can help as well.
    If all fails, try using a program like SplitCam, which allows sharing of the webcam across multiple applications. That ensures the webcam cannot be lockec by a single application.

  149. Salil on Wed, 20th Jul 2011 11:28 am
  150. Once I download a new software for webcam, I fear that the old webcam drivers might go of my PC when I uninstall the new software. Is there a way to avoid this?

  151. Paula on Mon, 25th Jul 2011 9:23 pm
  152. you should try in which you can record 30 seconds of video for free using your webcam then you can share with your friends on facebook and twitter.

  153. virender on Tue, 4th Oct 2011 7:21 pm
  154. Dear sir, Thanks a lot to rectify my usb extension problem. Sir, according to your advise I connected two self powered hub with each usb extension upto 9mtr long {3×3] and the Device Manager is now showing ” The device is working properly “. But I have another problem with the same deivce. After connecting each usb extension upto 6 mtr or 9 mtr long, my pc is receving very slow motion video from usb webcam “TECH-COM Model -SSD 652 Night Vision”. I am using window sxp 3 2002 on Intel R 845GV Celeron (R) CPU 2.40GHz, 2GB of RAM. Can you please let me know how to fix it so my pc could receive normal video without any problem.
    With regards!

  155. michelle on Sun, 29th Jan 2012 1:32 am
  156. debut video capture software is great. thanks for the recc.

  157. Giftbearer on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 2:30 am
  158. Will Silverlight turn on my internal peephole webcam on my ASUS Laptop?

    If so, have you got exact instructions for that? I just uploaded the 2011 most updated version.

    Need to have this working by Wednesday when I have a big reveal I want to videotape.

    Thanks for your help?

  159. Anthony on Wed, 5th Dec 2012 3:36 pm
  160. @Giftbearer – Silverlight will not turn on the internal webcam on your laptop without confirmation.
    As long as you don’t install rogue software, Silverlight will ask the user for confirmation on the webcam access first.

  161. Giftbearer on Wed, 5th Dec 2012 4:26 pm
  162. It shows what would be viewed in the webcam but doesn’t ask for confirmation to turn it on and I don’t know how to get it to. My son couldn’t figure it out either and he has some tech training. How do I get it to ask for confirmation to turn it on?

  163. Giftbearer on Wed, 5th Dec 2012 4:27 pm
  164. Could I be missing some necessary drivers?

  165. Anthony on Thu, 6th Dec 2012 10:19 am
  166. @Giftbearer – If you updated to the latest version, the software should be okay. And if the webcam is already working, it is also not a driver issue.
    Which application are you using that is showing your webcam picture? Or which website, if it is online?

  167. Giftbearer on Thu, 6th Dec 2012 10:51 pm
  168. It is on Silverlight; not online. It shows the picture of me in front of the computer when I look at the tab for webcam but there is no “record” or “make video” button anywhere that I can find. Aren’t there some step by step instructions on how to record on Silverlight? It’s strange that I can’t find any. Most of the searches on Google bring up irrelevant results that don’t get right down to how you record with silverlight.

  169. Anthony on Fri, 7th Dec 2012 9:23 am
  170. @Giftbearer – I hope you do understand that SilverLight is nothing more than a tool, or library, similar to the Adobe Flash plugin. Both are intended for rich media in a web browser.
    So there will not be a standard application for webcam recording with Silverlight. It will require development, unless someone has already created a web application for that (I have not found it yet).
    But there are other applications that you can use to record video with your webcam, and even ones that can stream it online.

    Have a look at iCam, which allows you to view a video stream from the webcam on a mobile device or browser, and WebcamXP. With iCam you can stream, but not save a local copy. WebcamXP does allow that, and I think the free, home-use version might suite your purpose already.

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