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How to Record Video on Your Webcam Using Windows Movie Maker

written by: Arnold Zafra•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 7/1/2009

Recording video using your webcam is a faster and cheaper way of producing your own video content. To accomplish this task, you would need two things - a webcam and video capture software which doesn't necessarily have to be paid software, but can be free like Windows Movie Maker.

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    How to Record Webcam Video with Earlier Versions of Windows Movie Maker

    If you're still using Windows XP, your Windows Movie Maker version might still support capturing video from a webcam.

    To do this, follow these steps:

    • Go to your WMM Movie Tasks and then select "Capture from Video Device".
    • Select webcam from the list of analog devices.
    • You must also select the video input line you want to use for capturing your webcam video.
    • Then enter a name for your captured video file and the location of the drive where you want to save it.
    • Select your video setting preferences for the video you want to capture.
    • To stop capturing, you can either choose to stop anywhere during the recording session or indicate a specific time limit before the recording stops.
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    How to Record Video on Your Webcam with Newer Versions of Windows Movie Maker

    When we say newer versions, we are referring to Windows Movie Maker version 6 which comes pre-loaded with the Windows Vista system. Since Windows Vista is a pretty advanced OS, we expected the latest version of the WMM to support webcam video capture as well. It's very helpful and economical since it comes packaged with Windows Vista, and you don't have to pay the extra cost just to have that tool.

    So, the next question now is, how can you record a webcam video using Windows Movie Maker 6. Actually, like we said - you can't. You won't see the "Start Capture" tool in the File Menu of your latest Windows Movie Maker.

    Your best bet is to look for alternative and cheaper software that would help you capture whatever you want to record from your webcam. Or, better yet, use the software that comes with your webcam to capture video and then import it into Windows Movie Maker for editing and enhancements. If your webcam didn't come with video capture software, you're in luck because there are free software applications available for you to download to do such tasks. You can find a good list of webcam video capturing software the shareware connection website.