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How to record videos with your computer’s webcam
How to record videos with your computer’s webcam

You can use your webcam to record some video projects.

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Written by Valeriya Golovina
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Your Syllabus tab lists out your assignments some of which require a single shot introductory video or a recording of your pitch for a project or a screenplay.

You can use the applications included within the modern operating systems to record videos whether you have a computer/laptop with an integrated camera or a webcam that plugs in via USB.

Mac OS X

You can use the “Photo Booth” application on a Mac. To open it, type “Photo Booth” in spotlight search, and press Enter OR you can also open Launchpad and click the “Photo Booth” icon.

Use the icons at the bottom-left corner of photo booth to choose either a grid of four photo taken successively, a single photo, or a video (you will only need to use video most of the times). You can then click the red button in the middle of the Photo Booth window to take photos or record videos. Video you take will be stored in your Photo Booth Library, and you can also right-click (or Command-click) them in the Photo Booth window to export them and save them elsewhere. You can also drag the video from Photo Booth to your desktop. The application automatically creates an .mov file which is supported by Smashcut.

Windows 10

Windows 10 has a "Camera" app. Tap the Windows key to open the Start menu, search for “Camera”, and launch it. You’ll also find it under the list of All Apps.

The camera app allows you to take photos and record videos. It also provides a timer feature and other options, although it’s still a fairly simple application. Photos you take will be stored in the “Camera Roll” folder in your user account’s “Pictures” folder.

Most of the time you'll be uploading and submitting your assignments in your Syllabus tab or in your Crew hubs. Sometimes your instructor may ask you to upload to your My Files tab!

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