Free Video/DV Capture and Recording Software
Programs to capture and record your video / DV
Free Video Capture and Recording Software
The software listed on this page allow you to record video from your capture card, video cameras (videocams), webcam, or other video capture devices. The video can then be saved on your computer as a video file. Some of the software here can automatically operate your camcorder, record for specified durations, broadcast (video cast) your video to webcam chat programs, burn your recording directly to DVD, etc. Most, if not all, of these software will be able to use the free video codecs installed on your system to create good quality compressed video files.
Note that if you are looking for a tool to record TV broadcasts from your TV tuner, you may be better off using one of the specialized tools on the Free TV PVR (Personal Video Recorder) and TV Recording Software page.
Free Video Recording and Capture Tools
- VirtualVCR (Windows)
This program allows you to capture from devices like TV Tuners and capture cards that have WDM drivers. It saves your videos in the AVI format, supports an arbitrary resolution setting, allows you to set up audio and video compression codecs and use installed DirectShow filters, you can crop the video before capturing, schedule a capture at preset times, etc. This is a Windows program.
- CaptureFlux (Windows)
CaptureFlux can capture from devices connected through a firewire (including DV camcorders) or USB link (such as a USB webcam) as well as video acquisition cards. You can also capture audio only or video only if you wish. Supported file formats include the native format of the device, WMV, AVI, WAV, DivX, etc. The software is a Windows program and is for personal use only.
- Virtualdub - Video Capture and Editing (Windows)
Virtualdub is a well-known video capture, processing and editing software that allows you to capture video from an input source and perform simple video editing. It features fractional frame rates (eg a frame rate of 29.97 is possible), the ability to create AVI2 (OpenDML) files to break the AVI 2 GB file size limit (as well as the FAT32 4 GB file size limit), integrated volume meter and histogram (input level monitoring), real-time downsizing, noise reduction and field swapping, lots of keyboard and mouse shortcuts, optimized disk access, etc. It also has a basic video editor useful for simple cut and trim operations. This is a Windows program.
- Video DVD Maker Free (Windows)
While Video DVD Maker Free is primarily a DVD authoring tool, it also has the ability to capture and record video directly from TV tuners, webcams, DV cameras, or from video files. Video formats supported include AVI, DivX, XVid, MP4, MPG, WMV, ASF, MOV, etc. You can burn the DVD you created to CD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD DL, etc. It can create DVD video, Video CD (VCD), and Super Video CD (SVCD). This is a Windows program. (Note: you may have to scroll down to locate the free version.)
- Exsate DV Capture Live (Windows)
Exsate DV Capture Live allows you to capture DV video from Firewire (IEEE-1394) camcorders. It can automatically operate your camcorder by rewinding it, capture any timecode interval, etc. The software is able to recompress, in realtime, your recording using any DirectShow codec to the AVI or WMV video formats. It has scene detection and is able to write them to a single file or a different scene to a separate file.
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