Do you find that the quality of the videos that you record via your PC webcam can be spotty at best? Often it may not be a problem with the webcam itself, but there may be other factors that are affecting the quality of the video.
If you’d like to start to record better quality video from a PC webcam, there are a few steps that you should take:
Record at higher resolutions
Increasing the resolution that your webcam is recording at will increase the clarity of your video and make its image look more well-defined. As far as possible try to record at 1080p Full HD if your webcam supports it – or higher.
Increase the frame rate
A higher frame rate will help ensure your video looks more fluid, especially when there is a lot of movement in the frame. At a minimum, you should try to have it set to 30 frames per second, but 60 is much better.
Make sure there’s something white in the frame
If there isn’t anything white in the frame, your webcam will latch onto the brightest object that is around and adjust the white balance based on it. Needless to say, that will affect the color of your webcam recording, and give it a strange tint – or cause its tint to shift a lot.
One of the easy ways to fix this is to wear a white shirt. Alternatively, you could record against a white background.
Improve the lighting
As with any video recording, the lighting has a big part to play in the video quality. If the only light source when you’re recording videos is your monitor you shouldn’t be surprised if the video is grainy and has a strange cast that is caused by the screen’s reflection.
Ideally, you should make sure the room you’re recording in has plenty of soft light. If there’s a large window nearby you can use it to let in sunlight, but if you want a more reliable solution you could try a ring light or use three point lighting.
Adjust the webcam position
Before you start recording take a moment to adjust the position of your webcam. If it is too low your head will look bulbous, whereas if it is too high it will make your head look pointy. Try placing your webcam at eye-level if that is possible, and be aware of what is in the background as well.
In tandem with these tips you should get your hands on a video editor (ie, Movavi Video Suite) so you can tidy up your webcam footage if you’re creating video content using it. For example, you could use Movavi Video Editor and learn how to trim video, join them, and improve them. It also comes with a screen recording tool that captures wonderful quality videos of what you are doing on your computer (great for gamers, instructional material, and more).
All in all, if you follow these tips you should be able to record videos that have a much higher quality using your webcam. At very least you should be able to know for sure whether the problem is your webcam – or one of these other factors.