How to Use a Webcam Recorder to Add Personality to Your Videos

Using a webcam recorder to add webcam footage to a video is a simple way to increase engagement and help viewers connect with your content. Whether you’re trying to add webcam footage to the corner of a training video or you want to start a video with a live introduction, this post will walk you through the steps to add webcam footage to a video. For the example below, we’ll use Camtasia, since it is both a webcam recorder and video editor. If you don’t have it, you can download a trial here.

Step 1: Start a new project

Open Camtasia and choose New Project.
*If you haven’t already installed Camtasia, download a trial here.

Start a new project

Step 2: Bring on the video

To start working with video and webcam footage, import them into Camtasia by choosing File > Import > Media. Then, select the video and webcam footage and choose open. Camtasia adds the videos to the media bin, where they’re now ready to use in the project. If you haven’t already recorded your webcam footage, you can do that using the Camtasia recorder.

Record webcam videos

Step 3: Position Your Media

Now you need to make a decision.  Do you want your webcam footage to appear at the beginning of your video, or do you want it to appear over top of your video, like picture-in-picture?

Webcam First, Video Second

Start by dragging your webcam footage from the media bin to the timeline.  Then, drag the other video files to the timeline and make sure they’re positioned directly after the webcam footage. When Camtasia produces the video, the videos will appear in the order shown on the timeline. It’s important to note that Camtasia will only produce videos that are on the timeline.

Add webcam videos

Picture-in-Picture

To create that cool picture-in-picture effect, start by dragging the video to the timeline.  Then, drag the webcam footage to the track above the video. Think of these tracks as pictures in a stack. The top most track is on top of the pile and anything underneath can be covered up by what’s on top.

Adding Webcam Videos

After adding the webcam footage, resize and position the preview on the canvas to make yourself look good.

If you’d like to do more video editing in Camtasia and you’re not certain how, check out our video tutorials.

Step 4: Save your video

Once your webcam footage is set, export your video by clicking on the green share button. This produces your video and allows you to choose the format and where you’d like to save it.

Save your project or share it to social media

Boom! Done!  Great job adding your webcam footage to your video! If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below.

Want to take things a step further?

Jazz up your video by adding animations and effects to zoom in on important details or make text dance across the screen. Check out the tutorials below!

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Learn about Animations & Effects

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