Online Video Camera Tools: All You Need To Know

In this article we look at the benefits of online video camera tools, why you need them and how to utilize them to create videos that communicate faster.

Zight | April 27, 2023 | 8 min read time

Online Video Camera Tools: All You Need To Know

Video is one of the most engaging forms of content. It’s no surprise that companies, creatives, and professionals use online video camera tools for just about everything. Whether you’re creating a tutorial, expressing a complex idea, or promoting a product, video provides that perfect blend of visual and auditory information to let you communicate clearly.

Some people feel intimidated by the thought of creating online videos because they think it requires fancy hardware, lots of planning, complicated video editing software, and a spark of artistic talent. Sound familiar?

Luckily, some online video cameras make the process more accessible than it sounds. While your video might not win an Oscar, tools like Zight (formerly CloudApp) can help you produce quality, professional videos in no time, even if you’re not a professional video creator.


What Is An Online Video Camera?

An online video camera allows you to record videos of yourself. You can also include audio of yourself speaking if you have a microphone.

Today, many laptops include a webcam and microphone, but hardware without software is like a puppet without strings. You’ll also need reliable online video camera software to start creating content.

If your computer came with a webcam, it likely includes native software that lets you use your online video camera. Native software gets the job done for basic projects. But if you use your video camera professionally or plan to record many videos, you should consider a more robust third-party tool like Zight.

Zight allows you to record video, add audio, edit it, and share it with your audience, employees, and clients. Bring life to your messages by adding a face and voice to the virtual name and email. All you need is a webcam, computer, and stable internet connection. That’s right–you don’t even need a subscription! Zight is free.


How Do You Share a Video Online?

More than likely, you’re creating a video intending to share it. Once you use your online video camera to create a video you’re happy with, it’s time to send it out!

This is where things can get tricky. Video files tend to be quite large. They’re difficult to send through email or instant messaging systems. Some email clients will degrade the quality, making your video look choppy and pixelated.

One option is to upload your video to a video-sharing site like YouTube. You can also upload it to an online storage space like Google Drive or DropBox.

If you use Zight, sharing is simple. We can host the video on our private, and secure server. All you need to do is share the link with your friends, clients, or co-workers.


General Use of Online Video Cameras

Virtual communication can be a powerful catalyst for success in education, business, and personal use. Here are just a few areas where you can incorporate an online video camera tool into your life.

1. HR training, situational role-play, or conflict de-escalation

An online video camera is handy for training employees. You and your employees don’t need to travel. You can train them by sending an informative video with a complete training lecture or demonstration, which they can easily watch and rewatch at home.

According to Forrester Research, employees are 75% more likely to watch a video than to read text like emails, web articles, or documents. Online videos open the door for you to be creative and create something fun and memorable!

Once you create the video, you can use it repeatedly in employee onboarding. This cuts down both the time and cost that goes into employee training. Even if you have to update the video occasionally as your processes change, it’s still a much easier task than repeatedly giving the same in-person lecture.

2. Filming an online course

Make learning fun and engaging with a recorded online course. Including your face and voice breathes new life into the video and makes students feel as if you’re teaching them in person.

Compared to a printed-out lecture that requires hours of tedious reading, listening to an online course is far more engaging–especially if you develop something creative and interactive.

Students or customers can watch and listen as you demonstrate complex topics or walk through them step by step. If the viewer is still confused, they can simply pause and rewatch the video.

3. Content creation on social media

Video is one of the most powerful and influential forms of content on the internet. According to Google, 60% of American consumers would rather watch a video than live TV.

Books, blogs, and other written content forms still hold much value. However, videos are becoming more relevant every passing year. 

Our online video recorder will allow you to create an impressive video, engage with your audience, and convey your message in the best possible way. 


How Do I use Zight’s Online Video Camera?

Zight’s online video camera tool is compatible with iOS, Chrome, Windows, and Mac. To record a webcam video on any of the operating systems, follow these steps:

  1. Download Zight to your computer.
  2. Click the Zight file in your download folder to open the installer.
  3. Install Zight on your computer.
  4. Create a Zight account or sign in to an existing account when prompted.
  5. From the main home page, tap the triple dot icon on the top of the Zight.
  6. Click the second option from the drop-down menu, “Record Webcam.”
  7. Select the options “Video recorder full screen” and “video only.” 

Here’s what the triple dot looks like:

Zight can record your entire screen or only a region, depending on what you want to do. 

If you’ve used Zight before, it will remember your past state. It may still be set to another recording option, such as the region feature. If so, choose “Fullscreen” to access the “Cam only” option.

When you select “Cam only,” a screen will display your webcam’s output.

While the audio feature is enabled by default, you must confirm before starting the recording. A green mic indicates the audio feature is active. The green background will fluctuate vertically according to your audio input level. 

Zight will detect any other input devices created in your MIDI settings.

Once you’re ready to start, simply click “start recording.”

Why Record Video Online with Zight?

Zight brings life back to digital communication by adding a face or voice to the virtual name and email. 

Here are a few reasons why over 3 million industry leaders use Zight to communicate faster and more effectively.

1. Improve engagement

Convey information quickly and efficiently–without losing the personal touch. 

Our online video camera captures your face and voice and helps you build genuine relationships with clients, coworkers, and partners.

2. Full-screen screen recording

Record your screen, face, and voice individually or simultaneously. Capture your entire screen or choose a target region. No matter what you want to create, Zight makes it easy.

3. Easy to use

Zight’s online video camera software does not require a guidebook or tutorial. There is no learning curve. Our intuitive software allows you to record your webcam videos in seconds. Just download and go!

4. Flexible to your setup

The Zight online video camera is fully compatible with iOS, Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome. Download from the Apple Store for Mac and iOS, from the Microsoft Windows Store for a PC, or the Chrome Web Store to add the extension to Chrome.

Plus, whether you’re using internal or external tools, Zight is compatible. Use USB webcams, standalone microphones, or built-in hardware as your video and audio input source.

5. Free forever

Zight is available for free with no hidden charges. You can access all the basic features without paying a single penny. You only need a computer with a webcam and a stable internet connection.


What Are Zight’s Online Video Camera Features?

Connect with your audience with our unbeatable Zight webcam online video camera. Here are some of its features:

1. Refine your video with built-in tools and settings

Record your video just how you want it! Alter the quality, switch on mirror mode, or make it full screen. For audio, adjust the volume and decrease the echo effect with ease. Once you’ve captured your video, edit it inside Zight by adding annotations or trimming unwanted parts.

2. Share in seconds

You don’t need to download or upload your video to different platforms to share it. Zight will automatically generate a shareable link and copy it to your clipboard. From there, simply paste the link anywhere to share your video with your audience, clients, or employees.

3. Create high-resolution captures

Record videos at resolutions of 720p, 1080p, or 4k. Webcams can sometimes compromise the resolution quality, but tools like Zight make it possible to record video online at a higher quality.

4. Store your online video in the cloud

Zight’s webcam recorder knows how important it is to keep files secure. 

Our multi-layered security keeps your data safe! Zight is GDPR compliant, and our AES-256 encryption and Amazon AWS data centers adhere to the highest enterprise-level standards. 

All stored webcam videos are monitored 24/7. Record and share your webcam video with confidence!


Online Video Camera FAQs

a) What is the difference between a screen recorder and an online video camera? 

A screen recording is a soundless video of your screen that captures all of the clicks, scrolls, and movements occurring on-screen during the recording.

In contrast, a webcam recording is a screen recording that simultaneously uses the webcam to produce a video that features you and your voice. The webcam recording will be a screen recording with video and sound.

b) How do I share the recorded video?

Zight will automatically create a shareable link for your video once you finish editing and copy it to your clipboard. You can paste that link to any chat, email, Slack, Facebook, or Skype conversation.

c) How do I edit the expiration date of my created content? 

To do it through the app:

  • Open Zight and click on the lock icon, or you can tap on the three dots next to your content and click on ‘secure item.’
  • Tap on the box below ‘when does this link expire’ and choose the duration according to your preference.

To do it from your web dashboard:

  • Open your web dashboard.
  • Click on the ‘eye’ icon for the content you wish to edit.
  • Click on the ‘share’ button on the viewer page and click ‘edit.’
  • Tap on the box below ‘when does this link expire’ and choose the duration according to your preference. 

Here at Zight, we help users create online videos using the Zight Camera. Try it for free today or get a demo to see how Zight’s online video camera tool can help you create and share videos faster.

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