A webcam is a peripheral device for your computer that takes pictures, records video and streams live video from your computer. It does this by utilizing a digital camera lens which takes in images and transmits them to a charge-coupled device, a small chip in the webcam that converts the image data into numeric code. Once translated into computer code, the image captured by the webcam is read by your computer and a variety of software programs.
The webcam embedded in or connected to your computer is a versatile tool for communicating with others and producing video. By using the webcam to record footage, you can create your own video diaries, record speeches and more. You can record webcam video regardless if you own a Mac, a Windows computer or simply want to record directly to the Internet.
Webcam Recording on a Mac
If you own a Mac with a webcam or a Mac with a webcam attached to it, you can record webcam video using the iMovie application. Once iMovie is open, click on the "Open Camera Import" button. iMovie will detect your webcam. Click on the "Capture" button to begin recording. Record your webcam movie, then click "Done" when finished.
Webcam Recording on a Windows Computer
You can also record webcam video on a Windows-based computer using the Windows Movie Maker program. Click on your Windows operating system's "Start" button or Windows orb in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. Click on "Windows Movie Maker" in the menu that appears. Once the program is open, click on "Capture from Video Device," then click "Next." Type a title for your webcam movie, then click "Next." Click "Start Capture" to start recording your video. Click "Stop Capture," then click "Finish" when you're done.
Webcam Recording Online
If you want to record directly to the Internet, you can do so through most popular video sharing websites. The premier video sharing website YouTube allows you to do this in a few simple steps. Open your Web browser and type "www.youtube.com/my_webcam" into your browser's address bar. You will be brought to the YouTube webcam recording page. YouTube will detect your webcam. Click "Record" to begin recording a webcam video. Click "Done" when finished.