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How to webcam record online

Updated February 22, 2023
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Want to record a webcam video online securely? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you need to create professional tutorials or sales content, Clipchamp’s free online webcam recorder can help. Our safe and easy tool records high-quality webcam footage, and you can also choose to record your screen simultaneously. It’s perfect for work or play–just trim out mistakes and add special effects easily.

This guide shows you how to set up the recorder in your browser and gives you tips to help you achieve studio-like effects on your video recording in Clipchamp’s online video editor.

How to webcam record online for free

To use our online webcam recorder, sign in or create an account with Clipchamp. Our camera recording feature works on all Windows 10, Chromebook, and Mac devices. 

Step 1. Click on the camera tab

Click on the record & create tab on the toolbar, then click on the camera tab.

An image of a user clicking on the record and create tab, then the camera recording feature.

Step 2. Allow access and check settings

A popup window will appear with permissions. Allow Clipchamp access to your camera and microphone if you haven't used our webcam recorder before.

You will now see your webcam. Before recording, check your microphone settings and select camera settings. Record using your built-in webcam or apps like Camo and external webcam plugins.

An image of a user editing microphone and camera settings.

Step 3. Record your video

Click on the big red record button to start recording.  A three-second countdown will appear before the webcam recording commences. Click on the red stop button to stop your recording.

Either click retake recording if you would like to redo your video or click save and edit to return to the editor.

An image of a webcam video ready to save.

Your camera recording will automatically appear on your timeline and in your media tab. The recording also saves to your device.

If you want to exit your webcam recording without saving, click on the X button in the top right corner, then click the exit button.

Expert tips for webcam recording like a pro

Color correction at your fingertips

Adjust colors, contrast, and add filters to enhance your video in the editor. Edit your video if it’s too dark, bright, faded, or even make your footage black and white.

Versatile green screen stock backgrounds

Say goodbye to boring webcam video backgrounds if you have a green screen, blue or red backdrop. Record your videos with a green screen, then replace your background using our professional green screen stock.

Resize and crop for any platform

Webcam videos automatically record in a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. But if this video size doesn’t suit the platform you’d like to share on, easily edit it. Resize your videos with our aspect ratio presets, or use the freehand crop tool to adjust the size of your video with no limits.

Polish videos in a few clicks 

Made a mistake in your video? There’s no need to retake your recording. Cut out awkward pauses and errors in a few clicks with the trim tool. You can even trim your video’s audio separately and edit the speed if it’s too fast or too slow.

Add fun overlays and stickers

Build up the mood of your video with unique border overlays and stickers. Turn your regular camera recording into a vintage film, add seasonal borders, and even fun GIPHY stickers. With a few overlays, you can change the entire feel of your video.

Frequently asked questions

What format can I save my webcam videos in?

Save your webcam recording in 480p, 720p, 1080p MP4 files, and even as a 15-second GIF.

Can I share my webcam recording straight from the editor?

Yes. You can send or save your video with any of Clipchamp’s sharing integrations like YouTube, Pinterest, Whatsapp, and Messenger. You can also share videos using the embed code, shareable link, or directly to your smartphone.

How do I enable my laptop’s webcam for the Clipchamp recorder?

If you’re creating a webcam video with Clipchamp for the first time, make sure to enable your webcam and microphone. A notification popup will appear on your web browser, asking permission to allow Clipchamp to access your camera and microphone.

Our webcam recording tool makes it effortless to create a video. Try it out to optimize your day by turning a meeting into a quick video or making a virtual connection with an outreach video. With the expert tips you have now, you can even use your webcam to make fun YouTube reaction videos and GIFs.

Securely record your webcam like a pro today with Clipchamp.

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