Free Video Capture Software

Bandicam is one of the best video capture software programs which allows you to record videos of tutorials and webcams.

Do you want to capture a VCR, Camcorder, DVD, or Set-Top Box on your PC?

If you have a capture card or TV tuner card (hardware) and video capture program, you can capture the VCR, DVD, or Set-Top Box and save it as a video file (*.mp4, *.avi) like the digital video recorder (DVR) does.

These days, video capture software allows users to capture not only external video devices but also computer screens, video tutorials, online academic lessons, lectures, webinars, PowerPoint presentations, Skype video calls and CCTV on their PCs.

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Why Bandicam for video capture?

Video capture programs have been around for a long time, and each of them come with their own strengths. That being said, while some are feature-rich, they are also hard to use, and as such, the end-user ends up passing on them. But wouldn't it be great if there was a feature-rich and extensive screen recording software that was also easy to use? Well, that’s where Bandicam Screen Recorder comes in.

Bandicam is a free video capture program that lets you record video from games, desktop or external sources. It has been designed for people who need robust functionality, and ease of use. It is recommended for businesses and professionals aiming to produce short videos especially tutorial videos for their YouTube Channel or Social Media department or team. » Bandicam Reviews

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How to capture an external video device such as a webcam, VCR, Camcorder, DVD, Set-Top Box, Xbox, or smartphone.

If you have a webcam device, you can record the webcam screen without the capture device (hardware) through the 'Device Recording' mode of Bandicam. However, if you want to capture a VCR, Camcorder, DVD, Set-Top Box, Xbox/PlayStation, Apple TV/HDTV or smartphone, you need a capture card (hardware).

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To capture an external video device, please connect the external device to your capture card and follow the steps below:

How to record a video capture device

  • Step 1: Download/install Bandicam and choose "Device Recording" mode.
  • Step 2: Select the device you want to record.
  • Step 3: Select the video size, FPS, and color space.
  • Step 4: If you can see the device screen, click the [ REC ] to start the recording.
  • To record an external video and audio, please refer to » How to record capture card video and audio.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

If you see an error message that says "Failed to initialize the video capture device,"

If you have a USB capture device,

  • Please plug the device into a USB 3.0 slot.
  • A PCI/PCI-E capture card is usually better than a USB capture card.

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