I looked up this subject on Google and the answer seemed simple enough, but it didn't work.
I have an older web camera with a 4 1/2 foot cord that plugs into a USB port, and I wanted to put it in a window as a security camera because I have a neighbor who has been stealing things out of my backyard but I'm never able to catch them. I thought maybe I could use the webcam and my laptop as a makeshift security camera to do the job.
What I was shown to do is to open VLC player, click Media, then open capture device. In the next window, select Direct Show as capture mode. As for recording method, I was told that I'd have the option of Live Feed or Direct Save. Mine only showed Live Feed, so I chose that. Then I am to click "Play", supposedly to start recording. At that point, my laptop's screen shows me what my webcam is pointed at, and there is a timer at the beginning of the progress bar that counts upward. When I click Record, nothing new happens. Then when I click Stop, the screen goes blank except for VLC Player's orange traffic cone icon in the middle. I'm not given the option to save what I had supposedly recorded. Also, I've looked around in all my locations and don't see a recording having been saved anywhere.
Can someone please help me with this? I just want to be able to record while I'm gone and then see if anything's missing from my yard. If there's not, then no need to save the recording. If there is, then I can go back and review the recording to see what happened, and then use the recording to show the police. I just need to be able to actually record what the webcam sees.
Edited by Toshiba2015, 19 June 2018 - 02:06 PM.