Can anyone recommend software that will allow you to record video from a webcam?


  • Windows 7 compatible
  • Saves the video in a common video format, such as AVI, MPEG, MP4, etc.
  • Saves audio with the video
  • Works with a local webcam (not an IP webcam)


  • Portable software (no installer)
  • Gratis

What I've Tried:

  • VLC: Audio and video were not synced together properly
  • VirtualDUB: Audio and video were not synced together properly

2 Answers 2


You can use TechSmith Camtasia:

  • non-free, non-portable
  • can record the webcam, screen, audio output to the speakers, and audio input (e.g., microphone)
  • I've never had any sync issues between audio and video
  • easy-to-use GUI
  • works with Windows 7
  • Saves the video in a common video format, such as AVI, MPEG, MP4, etc.
  • Saves audio with the video

  • many choices of recording quality and formats / compression vs quality vs resolution

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  • Thanks Franck! Quality answer. Not sure if I'll bite given the high cost (and expensive upgrades), but definitely a quality answer. Thanks again. Commented Mar 8, 2017 at 8:13

CamStudio Portable should be able to do what you want. It is gratis and the version linked is portable as well. I have used it primarily for screen recordings, such as capturing a presentation. Depending on the configuration of the hardware and the webcam, it should do what you need. On occasion, the audio and video may not sync, but it can be adjusted.

  • Thanks. I thought CamStudio was only for screen recordings, not webcam recordings, but I will have to take another looksee. Commented Mar 10, 2017 at 6:57
  • I don't have a webcam configured on my desktop, so have not tested this. You may be right, but my thinking was that the webcam could stream to a window and that the window could be recorded with CamStudio. It may also be possible to identify the webcam as the video source and have it recorded that way. HTH
    – JKEngineer
    Commented Mar 10, 2017 at 12:57
  • The camstudio.org website mentions the following for webcams: "unique Video Annotation feature you can even personalise your videos by including a webcam movie of yourself "picture-in-picture" over your desktop." Selecting Video Annotations brings up a second window. Rt-Clicking that gives an option of Video Source. In my case, w/o a webcam, the only source is screen capture. I expect a webcam would be selectable there.
    – JKEngineer
    Commented Mar 10, 2017 at 13:26

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