How can I take a picture with my webcam in Windows 7?

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2014-04
  • Svish

    I know it existed as sort of a folder in Windows Explorer in at least Windows XP, but I just can't seem to find it in Windows 7...

    How can I take a picture with my webcam in Windows 7 without using any 3rd party tools?

  • Answers
  • screener

    Answer I wrote from another similar question.

    Technically it isn't built in, but it is by Microsoft - so hope that doesn't count as third party in your books.


    I find the best and quickest program to be Microsoft AMcap.

    It works via native DirectX functions and is very lightweight.

    It is a free utility available through the DirectX SDK - and here is a direct link to Amcap.exe.

  • mems

    You can do that easily with an free online flash app: http://blog.chrometaphore.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/WebcamSnapshot.swf

    (it's an example but you can found a lot)

  • user224313

    I have setup this site a while back to make it easier for users who would rather use an online service to take pictures online: http://www.takepictureonline.com

  • nik

    For Lenovo users, there's the Web Conferencing tool that comes with your ThinkPad that allows you to save camera snapshots. I know it's not an answer to the original question, but I arrived here via a Google search for a quick way to take a snapshot with my built in webcam so I guess more people will.

  • Dave

    Windows 7, start Menu -> Run, type "webcam" or "camera" and you should see camera related software that came with your PC. Click on the software and that will allow you to take a pic.

  • iljau

    The most straightforward way it to install Picasa ..: http://picasa.google.com/

    .. click on icon for "Capture photos and videos from a webcam or other video device" ..:

    Take webcam picture

    .. and then take picture or record video:

    enter image description here


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  • Edward Tanguay

    I used to use Microsoft Movie Maker to record video from my webcam.

    Now I have Win7 and just downloaded the latest version of movie maker (14.0.8091.0730), the one that has the Office-10-like Ribbon on the top.

    But in this version I find no way to capture video as in the older versions.

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    How can I capture video from my webcam with this newest version of Movie Maker?

    you can't, but this one's still got all the goodies:

    Windows Movie Maker is a free Microsoft utility for Windows that lets you create and edit video files. But for some reason, the most recent versions of Movie Maker for Windows Vista and 7 don't have all the features and transitions you can find on earlier builds.

    So one developer decided to take matters into his own hands and create a portable version of Windows Movie Maker based on Movie Maker 2.1. You can run Portable Windows Movie Maker on any computer with Windows XP, Vista, or 7. And since it's portable, you can run it from a USB flash drive or a folder on your hard drive without installing it.