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I want to record a video on my webcam on Lenovo T61 powered by Windows 7 Professional. I've noticed it's working differently from Windows XP. Can anyone care to recommend a decent webcam software that I can use for recording video?


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I find the best and quickest program to be Microsoft AMcap.

It works via native DirectX functions and is very lightweight.

It is a free utility available through the DirectX SDK

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If it's publicly available I don't see a problem with it – Ivo Flipse Aug 29 '10 at 12:08
@Ivo - Thanks... – William Hilsum Aug 29 '10 at 12:37

Loads of apps out there. Here are a few alternatives:

  • VLC: If you already have VLC media player, it can record from your webcam directly into a video file. See this page for how it's done.

  • OneNote: Part of Microsoft Office, it records video into the current notebook.

  • Google's Picasa See this tutorial.

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Picasa --> can capture photos and videos with your webcam. – ytk Aug 31 '10 at 10:31
You don't need a tutorial. All you need to know is that there is a button in Picasa's toolbar which looks like a webcam with a little arrow. Fifth button to the right of the "Import" button, in my version 3.9.0. – Evgeni Sergeev Mar 29 '13 at 4:55
Didn't know Picasa could do that... very useful! – rocketmonkeys May 29 '13 at 21:19

Microsoft Movie Maker - press the "webcam video" button

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Mimimalistic answer, but the Movie Maker should really be able to do that... – FiveO Jan 16 '13 at 7:24

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