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How to Record Your Face and Computer Screen at the Same Time

author Carrie Murray
date Monday, December 13, 2021

To make a tutorial or gameplay video, it is essential to find a professional screen recorder that comes with the ability to record both facecam and screen activity at the same time. This post covers a detailed facecam recorder review and a comprehensive guide.

Commonly, videos with Facecam attract more followers especially when live streaming since showing faces can increase interaction with the audience and make the video more plausible. Finding a suitable tool that can record face and screen at the same time may take you much time and energy. The Facecam recorder introduced in this article can definitely ensure a high-quality recording. You can take advantage of this tool to record facecam and gameplay at the same time or create a reaction video or a lecture video that is more approachable to your audience.

Before Recording Facecam and Screen

What is a Facecam?

If you are a gamer, you must have seen many “Let's Play” videos or tutorial videos on YouTube or other game streaming platforms. YouTubers often put their own faces with a frame in the corner of the screen. This is known as a Facecam (or face cam). Facecam videos usually include audio narration as well. This may also be the reason why online lectures and tutorial video will contain a Facecam to explain specifically.

How to do a Facecam?

If you want to know the way to record your face while recording the screen of a video game, all you just need is a Facecam recorder that can record your screen and show your face with an overlay at a specific corner. Then much of your troubles can be saved!

Facecam Video

How to Record Facecam with Audio While Gaming

As it is well-known that your Windows and Mac computer are designed with a built-in screen recording feature, they can be the ideal option to record your facecam. But when it comes to recording gaming highlights, third-party software may outweights the default screen recording option because third-party options are more flexible and provide various customization settings.

FonePaw Screen Recorder is the recommended choice here. It is a simple screen recording program that can record your face and screen at the same time or just record one of the two only. The powerful and versatile screen recorder also allows you to record narration audio via a microphone while recording facecam or screen. Its upgraded Game Recorder can conveniently show your face and record on the recording while you are making a gaming video.

  • Record audio from the system and volume control is available during recording.
  • Customize selected recording area, set frame rates, transparency, brightness, and contrast and etc.
  • Capture screenshots and record your facecam.
  • Draw or add texts, arrows to the recording/screenshot.
  • H.265 codec supported to ensure high picture quality.
  • Different screen capture modes to fit with high-end or low-end computers.
  • Export your video as MP4, WMV, MOV, F4V, AVI, TS, GIF…so that you can upload them to most social media including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more.
  • Add a watermark to your screen recording video.

Record Facecam and Gameplay

To record facecam while gaming, the steps are simple.

Step 1. Before you begin the game, open FonePaw Screen Recorder.

FonePaw Screen Recorder

Step 2. Click to open Video Recorder. And then select a video source and customize the specific region that you want to record. You can also choose to record the full game interface.

Choose Video Recorder

tips Note
  • You can also select Game Recorder and choose from the Select the game drop-down menu, which gives you the option to record from a specific program window.

Step 3. Toggle on the Webcam button.

Set up Facecam

Don't forget to turn on the system sound and microphone sound as well. You can check the audio quality by the Sound Check feature. And then adjust the facecam frame size and drag the box to a corner on your computer screen. Besides, you can either choose to fix the webcam window at a specific area or set it as movable.

Step 4. Click REC before you start the game.

You can review the recording and click Save to save the video, or click Re-record to record again (but the original file will not be saved.) The handy FonePaw Screen Recorder even supports saving a backup automatically to avoid unexpected shut-downs. Therefore, if you accidentally exit the recording process, launch the program again, and FonePaw will prompt you the option to recover the previous recording.

Preview Gameplay Recording

Record Facecam only

If you want to record your face from the webcam only, follow the steps.

Step 1. Open Video Recorder.

Choose Video Recorder

Step 2. From the webcam section (webcam icon), click the arrow down button next to the icon and select a webcam. In this menu, you can click Manage to preview your webcam and adjust its resolution, position, transparency and more. Click OK to save the adjustment and go back.

Video Recorder

Manage Facecam Configuration

Step 3. Toggle on the button of the webcam to activate facecam. Enable System Sound and Microphone if you need it. When you are ready, click the REC button on the right-hand side to start the recording.

Toggle on Facecam

Step 4. During the recording, you can volume up or down your voice or the system audio to adjust the background music. Click Stop to end the recording. If you need it to schedule a recording task or want to automatically stop recording, click the button with the clock icon and set up the duration of the facecam videos.

Record Facecam Video

Now you can preview your facecam video then share it to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo, and more in one click.

How do You Get a Facecam on the Phone

If you play mobile games, you may want to record facecam video on your phone, that is to say, to record both your face and the gameplay in the video. Unfortunately, no screen recorder comes with a facecam feature designed for a mobile phone specially. Neither your android smartphone nor iPhone has direct access to record facecam video.

Fortunately, you can still make a similar "Let's Play" the video by capturing activities on your phone with facecam included. You may try out these two easy ways:

  1. Project the phone screen onto your computer, then use the FonePaw Screen Recorder to simultaneously record your phone's screen and facecam.

Record iPhone Screen with Facecam

  1. As shown in some YouTube videos, you can use two mobile phones, one to record your face with its front camera, and the other to record the gameplay. Then the two videos can be combined with video editing software such as iMovie.

But both the methods may not support recording mobile phone's facecam and screen simultaneously.

Final Words

All the above are the three feasible solutions to record facecam, or say, record your face and screen at the same time to make a "Let's Play" video. Desktop utilities such as FonePaw Screen Recorder are more applicable as it not only serves as a facecam recorder but also bundles with editing tools to enhance your video recording. Give it a try and create a facecam.

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