AMcap Alternatives

    AMcap is described as 'AMCap is a small yet fully functional video capture and preview application compatible with Microsoft DirectShow (formerly ActiveMovie, hence the name). It is based on the sample AMCap source code from the Microsoft DirectX 9 SDK' and is an app in the Video & Movies category. There are more than 25 alternatives to AMcap for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is VirtualDub, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like AMcap are Webcamoid (Free, Open Source), Cheese (Free, Open Source), Debut (Freemium) and Shinobi (Free Personal, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Feb 18, 2021

    1. VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms (98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Vista/7), licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).


      The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version,, released on October 27, 2013, can be still downloaded from SourceForge

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    2. Webcamoid is a full web camera suite. You can take photos and record videos with funny effects. Features - Take pictures and record videos with the webcam. - Manages multiple webcams. - Written in C++/Qt. - Custom controls for each webcam.
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    3. Cheese uses your webcam to take photos and videos, applies fancy special effects and lets you share the fun with others. It was written as part of Googles 2007 Summer of Code lead by Daniel G. Siegel and mentored by Raphaël Slinckx.
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      Cheese vs AMcap opinions
      Most users think Cheese is a great alternative to AMcap.
      AMcap is capable of capture from other types of video devices. Cheese only captures from webcam.
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

    4. Debut is a screen capture and video recording software that records videos from your screen, webcam or other video devices. Capture your entire desktop or a selected portion and save the recorded videos as avi, flv, wmv or other video file formats.
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      Most users think Debut is a great alternative to AMcap.
    5. Shinobi is an Open Source CCTV software written in Node.JS. Streams are img tags, but not MJPEG. Images are transferred through WebSocket. Files are saved in WebM videos, not JPEGs.
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    6. ZoneMinder is a free video camera security application suite, designed for low cost DIY video security including commercial or home CCTV, theft prevention and child or family member monitoring including nanny cam applications.
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    7. iSpy uses your USB webcams, IP cams, capture cards, desktops and microphones to detect and record movement or sound and provides security, surveillance, monitoring and alerting services. Media is recorded directly to H264 mp4 files or AVI files.
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    8. motionEyeOS is a Linux distribution that turns a single-board computer into a video surveillance system. The OS is based on BuildRoot and uses motion as a backend and motionEye for the frontend.
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    9. Kamoso is a simple and friendly program to use your camera.
    10. guvcview is a video viewer and capture software for the linux UVC driver. It is based in luvcview (, but all controls are done with GTK, allowing for a more user friendly GUI.
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