7 Best Free Open Source Webcam Software For Windows
Here is a list of best free open source webcam software for Windows. As these are open source webcam software, thus you can also access and edit their source codes. In terms of working, they are similar to other standard webcam software through which you can capture and record webcam feed.
Before initiating the recording and snapshot capturing process, you can adjust various webcam feed parameters in most software. Some of the parameters that you can adjust are video compression, color range, webcam feed resolution, brightness, contrast, etc. Similar to this, you can also adjust some audio parameters to record a clear voice with the video feed. After adjusting the webcam feed parameters, you can modify the output video parameters such as video format (AVI, WMV, MP4, etc.), video resolution, frame rate, video codec, etc. You can then initiate the webcam feed recording process. The process to record and take snapshots of the webcam feed is quite simple in all these software.
A few software also offer an inbuilt video editor through which you can add filters over recording, cut recording, edit individual frames of video, add transition effects, etc. Plus, you can also find other additional features in these software like plugins support, chroma-key, motion detection, and more. Go through the list to know more about these webcam software.
My Favorite Open Source Webcam Software For Windows:
Webcamoid is my favorite software because it lets you record webcam feed with the audio and lets you take snapshots as well. Plus, it enables you to adjust webcam feed and output video parameters according to your needs. In it, you also get many video effects that you can apply over the feed during the recording process.
Webcamoid is a free open source webcam software for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Through this software, you can record webcam video feed with audio. It is also capable to record screen feed. Apart from the video recording, you can also take still images using it. Plus, a good set of webcam and audio feed configuration features are also present in it. Let’s take a brief look at some of the main features of this software.
- Configure Sources: From this section, you can specify whether you want to capture/ record the webcam feed or the screen feed. After that, you can adjust camera/ screen feed parameters like Video Format (YUY2 and MJPG), video resolution, FPS, Brightness, Saturation, Gamma, Zoom, Video Tilt Angle, and more.
- Record Video: From here, you can start /stop the webcam or screen feed recording. It also offers various video recording adjustment features through which you can specify the output video format (3GP, ASF, AVI, DV, F4V, MP4, and more.), video codec, and video bitrate.
- Take a Photo: Through this feature, you can capture a still image from both webcam and screen feeds. Plus, a handy use flash feature is also present in it that lit up the screen to create the flash effect.
- Configure Effects: In it, you can find a lot of video effects that you can apply over the live webcam and screen feed. Some of the effects that it offers are ASCII Art, Aging, Blur, Broken TV, Cartoon, and Cinema.
- Plugins Configs: Using it, you can manage existing plugins and add new plugins to introduce more features and effects to this webcam software.
It is one of the best free open source webcam software because it lets you capture stills and record video from both webcam and screen feeds.
ScreenToGif is another free open source webcam software for Windows. According to its name, it is mainly developed to create animated GIF files from the screen recording. Although, you can also record webcam feed through it and save it in animated GIF, APNG, and AVI formats. In it, you also get an internal video editor through which you can edit webcam recording. Now, check out the main features of this software.
- Webcam: Using this section, you can view and record the webcam feed. Before starting the webcam feed recording, you can adjust recording parameters like recording frame rate, video scale, etc.
- Recorder: It allows you to record the whole screen or a part of the screen. Plus, options to adjust the recording parameters namely recording resolution and frame rates are offered by it.
- Editor: It offers many video editing tools through which you can cut video, edit individual frames of video, add effects over the video, add transition effect over video, crop video, resize video, and more.
- Board: This section lets you create and record tutorials by offering a whiteboard over which you can write and draw.
- This software does not record audio, unlike most other similar software.
It is a feature-rich open source webcam software through which you can record and edit both the screen and webcam feeds.
VirtualDub is a free video capture and processing utility that can also be used as an open source webcam software. It works on Windows. Using it, you can capture and edit webcam feed, screen feed, and video file emulation feeds. It is also capable to record audio with the webcam and video emulation feeds. After recording a feed, you can preview it on its internal player. Now, check out the main features of this software.
- Capture AVI: It is the primary webcam, screen, and video emulation recording feature of this software. It lets you select and record one type of feed at a time. Before starting the recording, you can adjust video and audio parameters using Video and Audio tabs. Some of the adjustments features that you get are Video Cropping, Video Compression, Filter Chain, Enable/Disable Audio, and Audio Input. After making the necessary adjustments to audio and video parameters, you can start the webcam recording by going to the Capture tab. Once the video gets completed, you can save it in the AVI video format.
- Main Editor: Using its editor, you can preview and edit recorded as well as other standard videos. Using this editor, you can cut video portion, apply filters over video, adjust color depth, compress video, adjust volume, and more. However, in my testing, this editor is failed to open the majority of videos.
- Hex Editor: Using it, you can view, analyze, and edit hexadecimal data.
- Plugins Support: It allows you to introduce more features to this webcam software by importing plugins.
It is another capable open software webcam recorder through which you can also record screen, audio, and video simulation.
Dorgem is yet another free open source webcam software for Windows. It is a dedicated webcam capture utility through which you can record and take snapshots of the webcam feed. Plus, it can also be used as a remote webcam recording and transmitting program as it can be connected with a web server.
- Camera Selection: From this section, you can select the webcam feed source device, feed resolution, feed compression type (YUY2, and MJPG). In addition to that, you can adjust source feed parameters such as brightness, saturation sharpness, gamma, zoom ratio, etc.
- AVI: By default, this software only captures the snapshot of the webcam feed. To enable the AVI video recording, you need to enable the Use AVI archive feature by going to the Options > AVI tab.
- Capture: Using it, you can initiate the webcam recording and also take snapshots.
- Motion Detection: This feature lets this software automatically start the webcam recording if it detects motion.
- Caption: Use it to manually add a caption to the camera feed in the form of a Text and BMP image file formats.
It is an easy to use open source webcam software through which you can record and take snapshots of a webcam feed.
ScreenFaceCam is one more free open source webcam software for Windows. Through this webcam software, you can record both the webcam feed and screen at the same time. According to your requirements, you can change the location of the facecam or webcam feed to any of the four corners of the video. However, it does not let you increase or decrease the webcam and screen feed areas. It also captures the audio with the webcam feed which is another handy feature of this webcam software. Now, check out the main features of this open source webcam software.
- Start and Stop Tab: Using this tab, you can initiate or stop the webcam and screen feed recording. Before initiating the recording, you can adjust the Video Resolution and Video Quality (highest, high, medium, and lowest) from Recording Size and Area tab. As soon as you stop the recording, this software will save it in the WMV video format.
- Cam and Mic: Through this tab, you can configure the audio device and disable the webcam if you only want to record the screen feed.
- Options and Preview: From here you can specify the webcam position (top left, top right, bottom left, and bottom right) and preview the screen and webcam feed before starting the recording process.
It is another useful open source webcam software through which you can record both the screen and webcam feeds at a time.
CamDesk is the next free open source webcam software for Windows, macOS, and Linux. It is mainly developed for home surveillance to track and view home and its surrounding activities. By using additional streaming services with it, you can use it to view live pictures of a remote place, home, office, etc. Besides this, you can also use it locally record and capture the webcam feed. Now, check out the main features of this open source webcam software.
- Record: Use it to start or stop the webcam video feed recording. Before starting the recording, you can use its Preferences options to adjust the video quality (SD and HD), opacity range, and resolution. This software saves the recorded video in the AVI video format.
- Snapshot: As its name suggests, it is used to capture a still shot from the webcam feed.
- Chroma Key: Through this feature, you can replace the background color of the webcam feed.
It is a straightforward open source webcam software that lets you record and take snapshots of the webcam feed.
UniCam is another free open source webcam software for Windows. You can also use it in other operating systems that support Java as it is a Java-based webcam software. It is another easy to use webcam software that lets you view and take snapshots of the webcam feed. However, unlike other similar webcam software, it does not let you record the webcam feed. Let’s take a look at the primary features of this software.
- Snapshot: Use it to take a snapshot of the webcam feed. To adjust the snapshot resolution and quality, use the Preferences section that lets you manually set a custom webcam feed resolution. It saves the snapshot in the PNG image format.
- Mirror: This mode turns the webcam into a virtual mirror to take the webcam feed snapshot in the mirror mode.
- Detect Resolution: This feature detects the correct camera resolution and adjusts the webcam feed according to that.
- The inability of this software to record video through the webcam feed is its main limitation.
It is another straightforward open source webcam software through which you can take snapshots from the webcam feed.
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