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Choosing the right webcam for your needs can be tricky, but what about selecting the right webcam software? If you’ve invested in an external webcam, then you’ll want powerful, user-friendly webcam software to go along with it.

What should you look for in good webcam software?

The UI should be accessible, and it should integrate seamlessly with your webcam. Good webcam software will also allow you to record at high speeds, without crashing. It should also be able to handle several types of video file formats. Some webcam software is free, while others have either a monthly subscription or a one-time fee. You’ll have to decide what works best for your budget.

With these characteristics in mind, let’s look at the best webcam software for recording, editing, and live streaming.

1. Restream Studio

Restream Studio is an ultimate live streaming solution for professionals, content creators, and anyone in between. You don’t have to download or install anything to use Restream Studio; all you need is a Restream account, webcam, and microphone.

Features:

  • Go live or record videos directly from your web browser
  • Add animations, transitions, lower-third graphics, and overlays all from the same tab
  • Screen sharing
  • Animated backgrounds
  • Copyright-free background music on an infinite loop
  • Play local video files
  • Broadcast simultaneously to more than thirty platforms including YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook
  • Invite remote guests or co-hosts
  • Split-track recordings for each participant
  • Manage the live chats from each platform in one tab
  • Save recordings of your live streams

All of Restream Studio’s features are available for both live streaming and recording video.

🤓 Pro tip: You can also connect other webcam software, like Snap Camera, to Restream Studio to enhance your videos further

Works with: Web browsers

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2. Snap Camera

Snap Camera

Wouldn’t it be great if you could use Snapchat’s filters, but on your computer? With Snap Camera, you can. Snap Camera also connects to Restream Studio; all you have to do is download Snap Camera, then select it as a source in Restream Studio.

Features:

  • Compatible with most apps that also use a webcam
  • Add fun filters to your video
  • Branded Snap Lenses from popular video games
  • Also has virtual backgrounds

Works with: PC and Mac

➕ Pros:

  • Easy to install and use
  • Works with most webcam software

➖ Cons:

  • Issues with the program running in the background or uninstalling
  • Occasional glitches when running at the same time as other webcam software

3. EpocCam

EpocCam

EpocCam from Elgato lets you turn your smartphone into a webcam. You install the software on your computer and the app on your smartphone. Then, the software recognizes your phone as a webcam with apps like Zoom, OBS Studio, and Restream Studio.

Features:

  • Phone connects to PC over Wi-Fi or USB cable
  • Manual focus
  • Wide-angle camera support
  • 1080p quality
  • Virtual green screen

Works with: PC and Mac; Android and iOS

➕ Pros:

  • Lets you easily add another camera angle to your video
  • Use the forward-facing or outward-facing cameras on your phone
  • Utilizes phone flashlight for extra lighting if needed

➖ Cons:

  • Free version only offers 480p resolution
  • Tends to work better on iOS than on Android

4. Logitech Capture

Logitech Capture

It’s only natural that one of the leading brands for webcams would have their own webcam software. Logitech Capture is simple, powerful, and intuitive.

Features:

  • Only works with Logitech webcams
  • Connects to major platforms without needing an encoder
  • Record from multiple sources, but the software only allows a single audio input

Works with: Windows 10 and macOS 10.14, 10.15, and 11

➕ Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Create videos in vertical 16:9 format
  • Free from Logitech

➖ Cons:

  • Single audio input is not ideal for gamers
  • Requires a Logitech webcam

5. ManyCam

ManyCam

ManyCam is built for delivering better videos. A wide variety of features lets you do any kind of video, including presentations, webinars, classes, interviews, launch parties, giveaways, and more.

Features:

  • Live whiteboard to draw or scribble notes like a real classroom
  • Switch between multiple video sources when giving a presentation
  • Add overlays and lower third graphics to make your video more professional.

Works with: Windows 7 and above and macOS 10.11 or higher

➕ Pros:

  • Live stream in 4k (with paid versions)
  • Easy UI with drag and drop effects
  • Integrates with major live streaming and video conferencing applications

➖ Cons:

  • No light enhancement feature

6. SplitCam

SplitCam

SplitCam’s biggest selling point is using your webcam for several applications at once, or “splitting.”

Features:

  • 3D masks
  • Choose multiple video stream sources
  • Show a presentation, your desktop, or your video feed
  • Share to your favorite social channels live

Works with: Windows 10 and macOS Catalina or higher

➕ Pros:

  • Video splitting
  • 4k streaming available
  • Free

➖ Cons:

  • Difficult to uninstall on Mac
  • Doesn’t work as well with older PCs and processors

7. YouCam 9

YouCam 9

YouCam 9, by Cyberlink, is intuitive webcam software packed with features.

Features:

  • Increase the quality of your video through effects, including AR makeup and skin smoothing
  • Easy integration with Twitch, Facebook Live, YouTube Live, OBS Studio, XSplit, and Wirecast
  • Add customizable titles, filters, and animated emojis over your feed
  • Face-recognition login, so you don’t have to worry about your webcam getting hacked

Works with: Windows 7 and above

➕ Pros:

  • Tons of augmented-reality, sound, and title effects
  • Accessible UI
  • Face-recognition login

➖ Cons:

  • Features are limited with free version

8. Debut Video Capture

Debut Video Capture

Debut Video Capture is free, but unlike other free webcam software, it offers decent features.

Features:

  • No watermark
  • No restrictions on features or special effects
  • Plenty of export options
  • Capture footage from your webcam, computer screen, or other sources without having to pay for a premium plan
  • Schedule recordings to set pre-recorded content to go live
  • Combine the screen recorder on your PC with the webcam feed to create an overlay

Works with: Windows Vista and above and macOS X 10.5 or above

➕ Pros:

  • All the features of paid webcam software for free
  • Schedule pre-recorded content
  • Screen recorder

➖ Cons:

  • UI looks dated
  • Not designed for recording games

9. Windows Camera

Windows Camera

Windows Camera is the default webcam app that comes with Windows 10. While its features and functions might be basic, Windows Camera will still get the job done for live streaming, video conferencing, and recording videos.

Features:

  • Windows default; it’s free and you don’t have to install or download anything
  • Simplicity places it among the easiest webcam software to use
  • Use it to take photos and record videos in addition to capturing live video

Works with: PCs and tablets with Windows 10, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

➕ Pros:

  • Super simple to use
  • Great for beginners who want no-hassle webcam software

➖ Cons:

  • Lacks special effects and other features

10. GoPlay

GoPlay

The GoPlay recorder and video editor are simple to use, with accessible options that gamers and other content creators will love.

Features:

  • Quick editing with a full library of video effects
  • Set a custom range for screen recording
  • 4k resolution and 60 fps
  • Direct subtitle editing
  • Export to social media platforms
  • Record games, webinars, presentations, and more

Works with: Windows, Android, iOS

➕ Pros:

  • Subtitling feature
  • Picture in Picture recording

➖ Cons:

  • No free version available, free trial only

11. iGlasses

iGlasses

iGlasses by Ecamm is well-known for its virtual reality capabilities, allowing you to add real-time filters over your video feed.

Features:

  • Works on macOS and Google Chrome
  • Add filters, effects, and other adjustments when you’re streaming or recording
  • Stream on Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Google Meet, or other web-based applications

Works with: macOS 10.12 or newer

➕ Pros:

  • Fun filters and 3D effects
  • Simple controls for digital pan, tilt, and zoom

➖ Cons:

  • Only available on macOS
  • Compatibility issues with Skype, FaceTime, and Photo Booth
  • No free version

12. Wondershare Filmora

Wondershare Filmora

Wondershare Filmora is consumer-level video editing and webcam software that delivers professional-looking results. With advanced editing features usually reserved for filmmakers, this software will make your videos look high-quality — and it’s easy to use.

Features:

  • Custom animations
  • Color correction settings
  • Speed control
  • Audio ducking
  • Split-screen effects
  • Geared toward creatives

Works with: Windows 7 and above and macOS 10.12 and above

➕ Pros:

  • Powerful film editing
  • Accessible UI
  • Supports most major file types

➖ Cons:

  • Runs a bit slow at times

Let’s wrap up

To create high-quality live videos, you need webcam software that keeps up with your needs. Any one of the options on this list is a good choice for live streaming, recording, and editing, but you’ll have to consider which features you want before choosing. Finding your perfect webcam software will help you create amazing content!