There’s probably no new laptop that doesn’t come with an integrated webcam. Moreover, some PCs have all components built-in, as well as a camera. You can do just about anything, given the quality meets your demands, but for more activities or options, you might want to install some specialized applications like DawnArk WebCam Recorder Pro.

If your camera is properly installed and configured, then immediately after you launch the application you are able to see whatever the webcam is pointed at. Content is displayed in the camera’s default resolution settings, but this can either be changed by dragging the main window edges, or accessing the options menu to configure quality and recording options.

All controls you get to work with are found in the lower part of the main window. These let you start a recording session of anything the camera sees, or simply take a picture that is automatically saved to a default location. What’s more, recording is not limited to video, with audio layer grabbed as well, so you need to make sure your microphone also works.

When in the options menu, you gain access to two major areas, such as general settings or output. Devices used are selected from dedicated drop-down menus, with options for cameras, audio input, as well as the resolution to display. Snapshot settings let you choose what type of image file to create, with options like JPG, BMP, and PNG, as well as corresponding quality and resolution.

If you don’t want to make a recording too long, there’s the possibility to have videos automatically split after a certain number of minutes that range from 5 to 1440 and infinite. Switching to the output tab unveils several quality options, with video formats like AVI, FLV, MP4, 3GP, ASF, and WMV. Destination folders can be set, with additional options to go through quality options such as framerate, bitrate, aspect, audio channels, audio bitrate, and sample.

Sadly, this is as far as the set of feature stretches. There aren’t any kind of effects to apply, or possibility to have image distorted, neither for recording or snapshots. There isn’t even a method to configure or quickly bring up system webcam settings, not to mention the possibility to schedule recording sessions.

On an ending note, DawnArk WebCam Recorder Pro is a straightforward approach on video recording from a connected webcam. With no built-in scheduler, or any kind of effects or enhancements to apply, you also need some post-processing video tools. However, for simple recording of funny moments, or simple surveillance tasks, it will have to do.