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Topic # 204527 5-Oct-2016 17:40
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I bought a logitech c930e web cam yesterday. Really nice device.
I hooked it up to my pc - a dumb desktop - and it worked great with Ms movie maker (windows 7).
I have had no luck at all getting it working properly on 3 different win 7 laptops. If I get the software installed at all its deciding the camera is 4:3 rather than 16:9 - looks to be a common screw up in ms movie maker.
Movie maker also doesn't let you change any video resolution settings either....

Can anyone suggest a very basic video recording program that will let me record from this external usb Webcam?
The target users will not be very technical so apart from perhaps selecting the device and maybe recording rate it doesn't need any frills at all. The simpler the better. But I do want it to record in wmv or Mp4 format to keep the file size down.

Any suggestions appreciated.

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  Reply # 1646097 5-Oct-2016 18:54
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how about OBS? select the webcam as a video source and set the output to write to file in the settings.

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  Reply # 1646098 5-Oct-2016 18:59
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how about OBS? select the webcam as a video source and set the output to write to file in the settings.

I actually downloaded and installed that and took fright at it.
I selected the classic. Maybe the studio version is better?

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  Reply # 1646225 5-Oct-2016 22:00
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I used this a long time ago. At the time it was simple. From memory I set some default options and it stayed like that for basic recording.

At the time the trial was enough for me, but better compression options were available with purchase.

Doing the same now, I would take a look at VLC. It has a simple interface mode with a record button and tons of command line functionality. I'm not saying it would work, but def take a good look. Turn off the update checking to avoid user confusion ; ).

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