Taking Video with your Laptop’s Camera

This week’s tip is way cool!  And, it’s so easy. We have so much capability in our laptop computers these days – like that little video camera built right in to the lid. You should see it staring at you when you’re using your computer.


But … how do you use it? Picasa makes it OH-SO-EASY, just click one button and you can start talking into the camera. Click another button to stop it, then a third to upload it to youtube. Watch the free 2 minute video below to see exactly how its done.


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Chris is a teacher. Although she comes as close to an expert as possible in many areas of computer usage, she can still remember what it's like not to know these things! That means she can communicate with students in a way that teaches and doesn't demean. She really enjoys teaching one-on-one and for groups of people, but she reaches a worldwide audience with her tutorial videos on the GeeksOnTour.com website. She currently travels the country in an RV with her husband, Jim. As Geeks on Tour, they present computer seminars at RV rallies, computer clubs, and Senior Centers all over the US.

9 thoughts on “Taking Video with your Laptop’s Camera”

  1. I just ran across your tutorial on webcams and Picasa. I am using a Mac Book Pro, 10.6.8 and I don’t see the webcam icon on Picasa. Does Picasa recognize built in webcams or is this a Mac issue.
    My webcam is functioning with Youtube and Photo Booth.
    Any ideas


    1. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work on a Mac, but I don’t have one available to test. Do you have the latest version of Picasa?


  2. well… i din’t have a laptop,its a netbook will it work on my netbook to record direct from my pc..
    any sugesstions plz…!


  3. Why can’t I upload my video to Youtube? You have recommended Youtube upload, but I don’t. I don’t have Windows 7. Can that be the problem?


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