WebCam Recorder

WebCam Recorder


Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
1.9
out of 18 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.15
File Size:
3.7MB
Date Added:
September 25, 2012
Price:
Free to try (25-use trial, watermark on output); $39.99 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
445,246
Downloads Last Week:
666
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Do you suffer from Webcam Paralysis, the fear that you'll miss something good the instant you look away from the Webcam you're watching? Help is available from Solent Software in the form of WebCam Recorder, a compact but versatile shareware utility that can monitor and record almost any Webcam, even those that use plug-ins. It can record Webcams and Webcam feeds in your system or online -- in fact, any Webcam that can display its feed on your desktop. With a wizard-based setup process and a simple interface, it's easy to use yet flexible enough for a wide range of users' needs. WebCam Recorder is free to try, with a 25-use limit and a watermark on output files.

WebCam Recorder's tiny interface looks a lot like a media player, with a scrolling ad message where the song title would be and large button to buy the software. A toolbar holds all the controls, starting with the button to open the Select Camera/Record Wizard and including Stop Recording, Still Image, Pause, Stop, and Play controls as well as an info button and Help file, the latter accessing a full manual. We started with the Select Camera/Record Wizard, which automatically detected our Webcam as soon as it opened. The wizard lets you create, save, and recall Profiles to make it easy to manage as many Webcams as you want to follow. The Record wizard screen listed all our available windows, including any Webcams we had open in our Web browser. We simply had to select the Webcam we wanted to follow and click Next. The next step involves clicking and dragging the cursor to select the rectangular area you want to monitor. The documentation said the wizard would disappear during this step, but it remained visible in our system. After the Confirm Region step, we could choose Sound Recording options, if necessary, including optional input devices. Clicking Finish removed the wizard and started our recording in the main window.

The full version of WebCam Recorder saves recordings permanently and includes a feature that quickly finds the best bits. The trial offers a good introduction.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Webcam Recorder 3.15.

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  • 3 stars

    "if you have a webcam,try DawnArk WebCam Recorder"

    February 25, 2010   |   By sunny_013111

    Version: WebCam Recorder 3.04

    Pros

    DawnArk WebCam Recorder is really nice software.For we can't submit to download,we can only recommend you like this.We have lots greate software like Video Converter,DVD Ripper,Screen Recorder,etc.Also mac supported.
    www.dawnark.com

    Cons

    if the CNET editor see our post,please let us know the reason we submit so many times,but all failed.Contact us with dawnark@gmail.com.
    Thanks very much.

    Summary

    none none none read more
    www.dawnark.com

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  • 2 stars

    "Files to large"

    August 05, 2009

    Version: WebCam Recorder 3.02

    Pros

    It works but make larger files than my old

    Cons

    Files to large not so good when I shall send them oin mail

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  • 1 stars

    "Unusable"

    December 18, 2005   |   By djt027

    Version: WebCam Recorder 1.36

    Pros

    It sometimes actually works.

    Cons

    Horribly amaturish-looking interface. Does a "wizard" type setup for each recording, which would be great, except unnecessarily huge windows pop up, usually in a position on top of something I need to see during the setup. For me, this is a small annoyance because my screen resolution is set to 1024x768. I can't imagine that someone set to 800x600 (which most home users are) could find this less than irritating. The worst thing about this software is that it doesn't work about 40% of the time, and until you're done recording, you have no clue that you've recorded a BLANK SCREEN! After some experimentation I have discovered that this usually happens with relatively long recording sessions (over 30 minutes), so DON'T rely on this for security! Also, there were many files that I could not open after recording. Some were the result of the fact that I ran out of disk space and this thing is too stupid to see that coming and just crashes while recording. This is an inexcusable oversite in a supposedly "professionally" written piece of software such as this. Sometimes I did not run out of disk space, but this happened anyway. If you stop a recording, then click "Record" again to start a new recording, it will automatically use your last profile. This would certainly be nice in some situations, but if you have changed the position of the desired video on your screen, then you have to shut down Webcam Recorder completely and start over. Why not just give the user a choice? One last thing...the "watermark" that this software puts on the screen in the demo version is so big that it makes judging the quality just about impossible. Why not just a time limit, or a transluscent watermark, or God forbid, a SMALLER watermark instead of the big ugly black lettering? Every other recorder I've tried is way better than this one. I'm amazed that they are asking this price. Don't waste your time or money.

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  • 2 stars

    "Mildy Amusing"

    July 15, 2005   |   By bioradiation

    Version: WebCam Recorder 1.36

    Pros

    Unlike the previous intsaller, I did not have any trouble downloading or installing the software. It worked as advertized and gave multiple format options to save the streaming video.

    Cons

    It does however make the video run much slower than normal. All other software applications were not affected (i.e. slowed my computer down becuase there wasn't enough RAM). When it's finished recording, there's a nasty advertizement in the middle of the screen. I dont know if this will go away in the full version, but it's definately not worth the 25 bucks in my opinion.

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  • 1 stars

    "would not even install right"

    August 01, 2004

    Version: WebCam Recorder 1.36

    Summary

    i have used a lot of different capture software and this one just gave me errors when i tried to install it i even tried to redownload it and tried to install it on other pcs

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  • 5 stars

    "not too shabby"

    May 25, 2004   |   By jonrd1

    Version: WebCam Recorder 1.36

    Summary

    I read some of the reviews on here, and I was aprehensive about d/l-ing and installing it.
    There is no real documentation to help new users out. So... no real "support"... not a promissingn prospect when they want you to pay $25 for this app.
    But I went ahead and did it.
    I must say, that it seems to function pretty well.
    It's a bit tricky at first because the instructions aren't exactly written in "laymans language" very well.
    But once I clicked around a bit, I was able to get pretty much the desired result.
    It does not mention that you MUST leave the window which contains the recornding image alone.
    Once you finally achieve the recording, DO NOT move, touch, or in any way obscure the web cam window you are recording.
    Other than that, it leaves a stamp (they call it a water mark, but it's not) in the middle of the image until you pay. But, it's tollerable to some degree.
    I haven't tried any other streaming recording app...but this appears ok, and likely I'll use it from time to time.
    By the way...this app is NOT set up to do sound, just web cam.
    If you get it functioning, you'll be able to record your buddy's cam, OR your cam.
    You can not record multiple cams at the same time...
    Anyway... that's the best I can offer...

    It's a reasonable, useable app if you're pc savvy.
    Image quality is a comperable facimilie.
    Not a lot of bells and whistles.
    No real support for "how to" or "first timers".

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  • 1 stars

    "poor quality ... no sound"

    March 06, 2004

    Version: WebCam Recorder 1.36

    Summary

    Can barely make out webcast image. Plus no sound was recorded. What's with that?!

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  • 1 stars

    "froze my XP"

    November 27, 2003

    Version: WebCam Recorder 1.36

    Summary

    Is this the only product that can record webcams?? why can't messengers do it? this is silly. It looked pretty straightforward.. but when I went to use it it froze the computer.. luckily the one thing that worked was task manager so I could shut it down without rebooting.. oh well.. if there are other options e-mail me :) write_Eric@(romovethis)yahoo.com

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  • 1 stars

    "CRASH!!!"

    October 25, 2003

    Version: WebCam Recorder 1.36

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  • 1 stars

    "What the heck is this?"

    September 14, 2003

    Version: WebCam Recorder 1.36

    Summary

    I don't know, maybe it's me but this has nothing to do with webcams. I was simply looking for a product to record my kids with my webcam. This isn't that. This is nothing but a screen capture utility.

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