How to Capture Video on PC or Mac
Want to capture video from an AVCHD camera? Or save a TV show to watch on your computer? Maybe you’d like to record video from your webcam or capture your computer screen? To do any of these, all you need to do is download one piece of multi-functional video capture software for Windows or Mac – Movavi Screen Capture Studio! It’s an easy yet powerful tool that will help you easily digitize VHS tapes, save your favorite TV show on your computer, capture the video from an AVCHD camera, and even record the screen of your PC or Mac.
Just download the Movavi video capturing software and follow the simple instructions below.
Step 1: Install Movavi Screen Capture Studio
Open the downloaded file and follow the on-screen installation instructions.
Step 2: Capture Your Video
Importing Video from AVCHD Cameras
Plug your device into the desktop or laptop computer and wait until it is recognized by your operating system. Then start Screen Capture Studio and select Edit Video in the launcher window. In the video editing module, choose Record Video to open the dedicated video capture application. Your AVCHD camera will be recognized automatically, and you’ll see the list of all your recordings in the preview window on the left. Select the files you want to transfer to your PC or Mac, configure the export settings, and hit Export Files to save them on your hard drive. Once the process is complete, you can choose Back to editing to add the files to the program and edit your footage right away.
Capturing Video from Webcams, TV Tuners and VHS Players
Plug your device into the computer and wait until it is recognized by your operating system. Then start Screen Capture Studio and select Edit Video in the launcher window. In the video editing module, choose Record Video to open the dedicated application. Choose your webcam, TV tuner, or VHS player from the Video capture device list and click Start Capture. You can stop the capture at any time by clicking the Stop Capture button. All the recorded videos will be automatically saved in the output folder you specify. After capturing all the footage you need, you can choose Back to editing to add the recordings to the timeline and edit them right away.
Capturing Videos from Screen
To capture online video or any other screen activity, select Capture Screen in the Screen Capture Studio launcher window. Manually adjust the capture frame to fit the dimensions of the video on your screen, or open the Select Capture Area list to choose an appropriate preset size. If you’re recording a tutorial video and need to capture all the activity from your desktop, it’s best to choose Fullscreen. For more information, check our guide on how to record from your computer screen.
When you’re ready, click the REC button to start recording after the 5-second countdown. Use the Cancel, Pause, and Stop buttons to control the recording process. You can also use hotkeys. If you use Windows, press F9 to pause/resume the recording and F10 to stop capturing. If you are a Mac user, press ⌥ ⌘ 1 and ⌥ ⌘ 2 respectively.
Step 3 (Optional): Edit the Recordings
The program includes a full-featured video editor that will help you to perfect your videos. Hit Back to editing after saving your video footage in the Video Capture module to add it to the Video Editor for montage, or click the Edit button if you’ve been capturing video from your screen.
The recorded video is automatically added to the Timeline. Now you can choose from the many available editing options: open the Tools tab to apply color corrections and use other options to improve video quality, use the Scissors button to cut out unwanted segments, click Effects to apply special effects, switch to the Fades and Titles tabs to add animated transitions and captions – there are so many ways to express your creativity!
Step 4: Save Your Video
Videos recorded in the Video Capture application will be automatically saved to the folder you specify.
Save screen recordings that don’t require further editing by choosing the desired format or device preset from the Save as list in the preview window of the Screen Capture module. Then hit Save to export your video clip.
If you chose to edit the recorded video in the Video Editor first, hit the green Export button in the lower right corner of the Video Editor interface to open the export options. Here, you can choose to save your project as video, optimize it for iOS, Android or other mobile device, or prepare for uploading to the web. Once you’ve chosen an export preset, click Start to save your movie.
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Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Capture Studio does not allow the capture of copy-protected video and audio.
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