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Five Versatile Web Camera Recorders

November 6, 2012 | Telepresence Options
By Brien Posey
November 5, 2012, 11:52 AM PST

Takeaway: Recorded web cam video is used for everything from instructional videos to YouTube posts, make sure you have the right tools.

Web cams are great for video conferencing, but they have other uses. Recorded Web cam video is used for everything from instructional videos to YouTube posts. This article lists five utilities that can record Web cam video.

Five Apps
1. Debut Video Recording Software

Debut Video Recording Software Professional Version is much more than just a utility for capturing video from a Web cam. The software can actually capture video of anything that happens to be on your screen. You can even configure the output file type. As if that weren't enough, the software lets you schedule recordings and create snapshots of what you record.

The software sells for $60, but there is a 14 day free trial available for download.

2. Active WebCam

Active Webcam is an application for recording the output from any number of Webcams. The Web cams can be locally connected to the computer (such as a USB camera) or they can be Web based.

Besides basic recording capabilities, the software offers a number of other nice features. For instance, you can perform motion based recording. If the software detects motion on a camera it can send you an E-mail message alerting you to the activity. The software also has the ability to create Web pages and to do some low end video editing.

The software sells for $29.00, but a free trial is available for download.

3. Webcam Video Capture

Webcam Video Capture is a basic tool for capturing the output of a Web cam. The software lets you set the output frame rate and choose the video codec to use, and you can also set the capture area. Aside from that the software doesn't have a lot of features. Even so, the software does one thing and does it well.

Webcam Video Capture sells for $19.95, but a free trial version is available for download.

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