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WebCam Recorder

By Solent Software Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Oct 7, 2012

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.15

General

Release September 24, 2012
Date Added September 25, 2012
Version 3.15

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 516,820
Downloads Last Week 114
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Developer's Description

Watching webcams is great entertainment but it can also be very frustrating. You spend ages waiting for something interesting to happen and then you blink and miss the good bits. WebCam Recorder is a unique piece of software which can record virtually any webcam - including those which use plug-ins. Once you've made a recording you can watch it as often as you like. Freeze frame, reverse play and slow motion let you have fun. Images are recorded in a high quality video format which preserves fine detail and the recorder only records a new image when the picture changes - giving smaller file sizes. Start the built in video player by clicking the play button.