Webcams can be used for a variety of purposes. From video conferencing over monitoring a room for security purposes to connecting them to the Internet to make it available publicly.
WebCamImageSave is a new application by Nirsoft for the Windows operating system that can capture periodic webcam images. This can be handy for documentation purposes, the creation of art (e.g. time lapse movies) or as a personal log.
The program is portable and can be started right after it has been downloaded and unpacked on the computer system. It can be used with any webcam that is compatible with Video For Windows, which should be the majority of available webcams.
The program displays a configuration window on startup. Here it is possible to change the file name format and other settings. The software supports variables for the file name, for instance to add the date and time to it.
The interval in which captures of the webcam are taken and the jpg quality, in case jpg is selected as the image format, can be selected in the options as well. The program supports png and bmp next to jpg, the file name determines the image format.
A custom label can be added to captures. This includes date and time as well as custom label text. This is optional and can be disabled in the settings. The position, text color and shade color can be configured in the options.
The software will start taking captures of the webcam automatically once the options window has been closed. It is optionally possible to disable the automatic capturing and take stills manually with the F8 key.
Advanced users find command line options at their disposal to capture and save webcam stills from the command line or batch files.
Users who run into troubles or configuration issues should read the known problems and limitations section over at the Nirsoft website for troubleshooting help.
WebCamImageSave is compatible with recent 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.Advertisement
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