How to Record Video From Your Webcam

Take advantage of the native Camera app on your Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 computers to record video directly from your webcam. Videos captured with the Camera app are automatically stored in the Camera Roll folder on your PC so that you can easily watch and edit them.

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The Camera app automatically detects and enables your webcam.
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Click the “Camera” tile on the Window Start screen to launch the Camera app. You can also open the Camera via the Search charm. Move your mouse to the top-right corner of your screen, enter “Camera” in search field and then click “Camera” on the search results.

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Point your mouse to the bottom-right corner of your screen, select “Settings” and then choose “Options” to customize the video-recording settings. Here you can customize a variety of options, including video quality, lighting and stabilization.

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Exit the Options screen and click the “Video” button to start recording video from your webcam.

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Click the “Stop” button on Windows 8.1 computers to stop recording. On Windows 8 computers, click the “Video” button again to stop recording.