Record Webcam Video on a Computer
Most computers have a built-in webcam that can be used to record a variety of video types. It can be used to record a demonstration of how to use a piece of equipment; or record an interview. Sometimes an application will come installed for recording with your webcam, but there are also many other options available depending on your platform. Here are some examples:
VIDEO RECORDER (WINDOWS, MAC)
Video Recorder is a free online tool that allows you to record video from your webcam and then save an MP4 file to your computer, Google Drive or Dropbox. As the site states “All you need is a web camera and a good internet connection”. This tool could be handy if you need a very quick and easy way to capture a short video with your Webcam. No registration required.
SCREENCAST-O-MATIC (WINDOWS, MAC)
Screencast-O-Matic captures webcam video and/or a screen recording. Videos can be saved to the computer as an MP4, or uploaded directly to YouTube. The free version is fully functional, with only a small discrete watermark in the bottom corner. The limitations of the free version are that the recordings can not be longer than 15 minutes and there are no editing tools. Upgrade to the Pro version for $18/year. Registration required.
Webex (WINDOWS, MAC)
Webex is a video conferencing tool that allows screen sharing and webcam feeds from all participants. If you would just like to use Webex as a presentation/screen recording tool, you can simply have a meeting with yourself (host a meeting and not invite any participants) and record it. Once you end the meeting, a video file will automatically be saved to your Webex cloud account
iMovie is not only great for basic video editing, but it will also allow you to import video directly from your webcam. Apple provides instructions on how to do this using the latest version of iMovie.
The standard free version of Quicktime on a Mac is another option for recording webcam video. Visit How to use QuickTime Player to learn more.
Although not every video will require editing, at some point you may need to perform some basic edits such as: removing parts of a video, splitting a video into clips, combining various video clips into one video, adding titles, etc. Below are some editing tools and resources that can help you.
Most devices come with the capability to trim videos without having to download an additional app. Typically, there will be an “Edit” option on the screen from where you view the video clip, which will allow you to trim the beginning and end. Visit the following links for examples of how to trim videos on Android or iOS. Keep in mind that the steps for this may vary depending on the device and OS.
If you’re posting your video to YouTube and require only minor edits, you might want to consider trying YouTube’s Video Editor tool and Enhancements feature.
OPENSHOT VIDEO EDITOR (WINDOWS, MAC)
OpenShot Video Editor is a free, open-source video editor that is known for its ease of use and wide array of video editing capabilities.
iMovie comes installed on all Mac computers and is a powerful, yet simple application for editing videos. Learn more about editing in iMovie.
Quicktime can do simple edits such as trimming or combining videos. If you are already using Quicktime to capture your webcam video, you might find the editing options helpful. Learn more about editing in the QuickTime Player.
Now that you’ve created your video, you need a way to share it with your students. The easiest and most common way to do this is by using YOUTUBE. Don’t feel intimidated by this, it’s actually quite simple AND you can set your videos as “Unlisted” so they aren’t being shared with the world.
Alternatively, if you have used WebEx to record your video, you can share the video link which can be found under ‘Recordings’ at: Webex