Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple How to Record on Webcam on Your PC or Mac Use your built-in laptop camera to make movies by Patrick Shawn Hearn Writer Patrick Hearn has been a freelance technology writer for 6+ years. He has written for CBSi, GameSpot, Xfinity, and many others. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Patrick Shawn Hearn Updated on June 03, 2020 Apple Macs iPad Tweet Share Email Online video is the lifeblood of the internet. Advances in webcam technology and the built-in webcams on almost every computer make it easy to record your own video on your PC or Mac. Information in this article applies to Windows 10 PCs and Macs running macOS Catalina (10.15) through OS X El Capitan (10.11). Getty Images/Smith Collection There are several programs for the Mac that you can use to record video straight from your webcam. iMovie, Photo Booth, and QuickTime Player are the main three. On a PC, the Camera app in Windows 10 is the way to go. How to Record Video in iMovie If you don't already have iMovie, download it from the Mac App Store. It is free to all Mac users. Then, to record from your Mac webcam directly into iMovie: Launch the iMovie app on a Mac and select File > New Movie from the iMovie menu bar or Create New in the iMovie projects screen. Click the down-facing Import arrow at the top of the iMovie screen. Select FaceTime HD Camera in the Cameras section at the left side of the screen. If this is the first time you've selected the FaceTime camera in iMovie, you are asked to grant the app access to the Mac's microphone and camera. Click the drop-down menu next to Import to at the top of the iMovie screen and select the project you are working on. Click the circular Record button at the bottom of the screen to begin recording. Click it again to stop recording. Press Close at the bottom of the screen to close the recording window. Click Projects in the top left corner of the iMovie window to save the recording and return to the main iMovie projects menu. How to Record Video in Photo Booth Photo Booth is a built-in application on most Mac computers and one of the easiest ways to record video. Here's how. Open the Photo Booth app by clicking its icon in the Mac Dock or by choosing it in the Applications folder. At the bottom left side of the screen, click the icon that looks like a film reel. When you hover your cursor over it, it says "Record a movie clip." To record, press the red Record button in the center of the screen. Press it again to stop recording. Under the main image is a row of thumbnail image for the videos or photos you have taken with Photo Booth. Select the one you want to export. The one you just recorded is on the far right. Click the Share icon in the bottom right corner of the window and choose a sharing method from the pop-up menu. How to Record Video in QuickTime Player QuickTime Player is a free, easy download that most people already have available on their Mac. In addition to being an excellent tool for recording video, it can also play a huge variety of video formats. Here's how to record a movie of your own with it. Open Quicktime Player in the Applications folder. In the menu bar, go to File > New Movie Recording. By default, this option opens the front-facing camera on the Mac. Press the red Record button in the center of the screen to begin recording. Press it a second time to stop recording. Select File > Save from the menu bar to save the recording or press the red circle in the top left corner of the QuickTime Player screen to exit the screen. You are prompted to give the recording a name and location to save it. How to Record Video on Your PC Webcam The built-in webcam on your PC can also record video, although it is not as high-quality as a dedicated camera. Here's how to record video on Windows 10. Open the Camera app from the Start menu, or search for "Camera" in the search bar. Press the video camera icon to select the recording option. Press the video camera icon to start recording. Click the Stop button to stop the recording. Use the Pause button to temporarily stop the camera and then restart it later. The default location for photos and videos you take using Camera is This PC > Pictures > Camera Roll. There are dozens of applications you can use to record video on Windows, but the built-in Camera app is the most easily accessible. If you do not have Windows 10, you may need to find a third-party application that allows you to record. VLC Media Player and FonePaw are both good options for Windows users.