These days, meetings and conferences can be done online to save huge amount of time. Participants can save time and effort by attending an online meeting, because they can just stay at home while the meeting is being held. On top of that, you can focus your attention more on the meeting instead of taking down notes. This is because you can record the entire meeting instead, using a screen recorder. However, not all screen recorders are the same. There are those that can only record the desktop alone, while others can include the webcamera in the recording. This is essential if you want to include your footage to the video, which you can later on share with your colleagues.
With that being said, it is a given that you should employ a good webcam recorder. One good thing about using webcam recorders, is that you will be able to capture the same quality of the video, with audio in the background. On that note, we have tested some of the best webcam recorder software that you can use.
Compatibility: Windows/Mac OS
Distinctive Feature: Screen Grabber Pro is built with a “Task Scheduler” feature. This allow users to schedule a recording task at an earlier date. Once the scheduled date arrives, Screen Grabber Pro will start and end the recording at the scheduled time.
First, lets talk about a desktop recorder called AceThinker Screen Grabber Pro. If you are looking for a recorder with a simple graphical user-interface, then you will favor this tool. It can record videos with the same quality as with the source of the video. Aside from that, it can include the webcam as the video source of the recording. You can full customize the output video, like the video and audio formats. Videos are saved in MP4 format by default, but you can freely change it to MKV, AVI, MOV and other formats.
Screen Grabber Pro can also add real-time annotations to the video being recorded. You can add texts, figures and shapes using the built-in annotator. You will be able to add captions or subtitles while in a meeting with this option.
Step1 Install Screen Grabber Pro on Your Computer
The initial thing to do, is to install Screen Grabber Pro on your computer. After that, launch it and the main-interface will appear. Before proceeding to recording the webcamera, you can first customize the recording setting to your preference by clicking the “three-lateral bar” icon, located at the top-right part of the window. From the menu that will appear, click the “Settings” button. On the Settings panel, toggle all the changes that you want to apply then hit the “Ok” button to save the changes.
Step2 Start Recording with Webcam
To start recording the webcamera, you will need to choose a recording mode. To do so, click the “Record” button and then choose from either “Full-screen” or “Region.” After that, it will start a 3 second countdown and the recording toolbar will appear. While recording is in progress, click the “Webcam” button from the tool and the webcam overlay window will appear. Also, you can add annotations by clicking the “Pen” icon.
Step3 Save the Recorded Video
To end the recording process, hit the “Stop” button. The video will be then added to the recording list panel of Screen Grabber Pro. To watch the video, right-click on it and then click “Preview” from the menu that will appear.
- Screen Grabber Pro supports different video and audio output formats like MP3, AVI, WMV, and GIF.
- You can only record a maximum of 3 minutes per video on its free version.
- Watermark is added to the output video under the free trial.
Compatibility: Windows and Mac OS
Distinctive Feature: You can instantly embed the videos that you recorded because Loom instantly provides the video URL. Aside from that, you can add a password to the video to protect it from unwanted viewers.
Loom is a web-browser extension available on both Google Chrome and Firefox. The tool provides free screen recording options to it’s users. Based on the positive reviews from people who installed Loom, we can say that it comes close to a pay-to-use type of screen recorder. To verify the reviews on the Chrome Web Store page, we have installed and tried out Loom.
The first thing that caught our attention is the clean user-interface. Also, the features are readily shown and are clearly illustrated. The tool has three available recording modes, “Screen+Cam,” “Screen Only,” and “Cam Only.” In testing the tool, we tried the two recording modes with the webcam recording. The good thing about Loom, is that the webcam overlay is adjustable in size. I means that you can resize the webcam overlay window size. Upon testing, we noticed that the recording process is more straightforward, because it doesn’t have any real-time editing option. On the other hand, the actual recording process is smooth, compared to other online recorders that causes the computer to slow down when recording. Basic video editing can be applied later on before saving the video. You can use the available editing options like “Trim,” “Custom Thumbnails,” and other editing options. The tool can record screen along with audio in MP4 format. In-general, you can rely on Loom for basic webcam recording. This is because there is no recording time limit even though its free.
- You can store all the videos that you recorded on Loom to a folder that is available on the Loom website.
- You can choose who you want to share the video with by using the “Link Sharing” option.
- Loom lacks a screenshot capture feature.
- You can lose your video anytime because Loom needs a stable internet connection.
Compatibility: Windows and Mac OS
Distinctive Feature: Icecream Screen Recorder has a dedicated game recorder option. This feature lets the recorder run in the background, so it won’t slow down the computer while gaming.
Next, let’s talk about Icecream Screen Recorder. This recording software is capable of adding real-time annotations and including the webcam in the video. Icecream Screen Recorder supports video with audio recording, making it suitable for webcam recording. Aside from that, it provides various video formats like AVI, MPEG, MOV and WMV as output formats for videos.
The tool provides four major features, which are the “Capture Video,” “Game Capture,” “Screenshot,” and “Capture audio.” You can even add recording task using the “Task” option of the tool, which is part of the recent update of the tool.
The tool provides less options compared to the paid one. For example, under the free version, you can only save the videos in WEBM format. The paid version on the otherhand, can save videos in different formats like MP4. The audio quality of the free version is also a little bit poor compared to the paid version.
- You can enjoy 10 minutes straight recording per videos under the free version.
- Recording the webcam is also available even under the free version.
- The free version of Icecream Screen Recorder also adds watermarks under the free version.
Compatibility: Windows Only
Distinctive Feature: Despite being a freeware, Free2X Webcam Recorder is capable of scheduling recording task. As most people are aware, this feature is commonly present on paid software.
Free2X Webcam Recorder doesn’t have a lot of amazing features. However, it deserves a spot in this list because it provides simple yet dependable webcam recording feature. Unlike regular desktop recorders, Free2X Webcam Recorder can only capture videos with the webcam as the source. This means that it can only capture external video input, which is useful in many ways. One example, is that you can add the footage to your report and presentation during a meeting and so on.
The tool is absolutely free to use, and can produce videos in different formats like MP4, AVI, and MKV. Aside from that, it can record videos of up to 60 FPS which is userful for capturing fast-moving objects. The tool can also capture stunning screenshots directly from the webcamera.
- The tool doesn’t add annoying watermarks to videos automatically.
- Even under the free version, it provides unlimited recording time.
- The tool cannot capture any desktop activity, as it can only record webcam video footage.
Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS and Linux
Distinctive Feature: OBS Studio has a lot of professional features, and one of them is the audio mixer. This option enables users to mix-in sound, and produce professional audio quality.
Lastly, we have OBS Studio to wrap up our list of exceptional webcamera recorders. Most of you are familiar with this software because it’s widely used these days by professional game streamers. The factor that sets it apart from other tools, is the built-in audio mixer. OBS Studio supports recording using different video sources, like screen, webcam, and even VLC Media Player. It can capture videos in various resolutions like 360p, 480p, 720p and 1080p.
The “Video Capture Device” option of OBS Studio, add the webcam overlay window to the recorded video. You can freely customize the location and size of the overlay window, which is a good thing. When we first tried OBS Studio, our first impression was that it is intimidating to use. This is because due to the different options, and unlike most recorders, you will have to configure many things before actually recording a video. However, upon regular use, you will get used to it.
- OBS Studio is free and provides premium features at the same time.
- You can use the audio mixer to add filters on your audio.
- You can use the Studio Mode of OBS Studio in creating various contents.
- The only lacks real-time and post video editing options.
Most desktop recorders are now equipped with a webcam recorder feature. However, many users are still wondering what standards a good webcam recorder should possess. For the benefit of our readers, we have created provided the top 3 things that you should check when looking for a great webcam recorder.
- Framerate (Software): A decent and high-quality webcam recorder, should be able to capture at least 30 FPS. FPS or Frames per second determines how smooth the video output will be.
- Video Effects (Software): Another thing that you should look out for a webcam recorders, is the ability to add effects or filters to the videos.
- Webcam quality (Equipment) Above all, the quality of a good webcam videos will always depend on the type of camera that you use. There are all kinds of webcamera, and what you should aim in using are the ones with good pixel quality. A good thing to know, is that the higher the megapixel, the better images you’ll capture.