How to Record Yourself on a Webcam

By Quinn Marshall

Webcams, which are cameras designed specifically for computer use, are available in two varieties: internal and external. An internal webcam is embedded into your laptop's or monitor's bevel, while an external webcam is a standalone device that connects to the computer via either a wireless connection or a USB cable. You can record yourself with a webcam and save the video directly to your computer, which can then be uploaded to a video sharing or social networking website.

Step 1

Open the webcam software that came with your webcam. The computer is likely already installed with webcam software if it has an integrated webcam; click "Start," then type "Webcam" into the search field to pull up any webcam-related software. Install the program that came with your webcam if your computer doesn't include webcam software; it is on a CD or DVD included with the product. If neither option is applicable, download a webcam recording utility, such as YawCam (, ManyCam ( or Eyespyfx (

Step 2

Connect the webcam to your computer. A wireless webcam that uses Bluetooth should connect to your computer automatically when turned on, while a non-Bluetooth wireless camera connects after you plug its receiver into your computer's USB port. If you're using a wired webcam, plug it directly into your computer's USB port. If you're using a Bluetooth webcam, simply turn on the camera and wait for your computer to find it. You may be prompted to enter a passkey, which is like a PIN number; enter the passkey included with the webcam's paperwork, or enter "0000" if no passkey is listed.

Step 3

Launch the webcam software. Wait for it to find your webcam and load the video. Tweak the webcam's position until you're completely in the picture. Click "Record" when ready. Do whatever it is you want to record, then click "Stop" when finished.

Step 4

Click "Save" if not automatically prompted. Choose a location on your computer to save the video, such as the Videos folder, then click the "Save" button to save the webcam recording.

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