Originally Posted by NightSky
Great responses, thank you menches. I would like to use the least expensive most efficient webcam to make youtube like tutorials, as go about learning howto do things myself. How do microphones work with webcams? Can webcam video be edited, what open source apps are simple to use for such projects?
Some webcams have a built in microphone that is often good enough. If not, then you can use any decent microphone. The ones I have here are a $25US Plantronics headset with mic plugged into my Soundblaster Audigy card. Also have a Yeti Blue USB http://www.bluemic.com/yeti/
that works real well for recording live music and podcasts.
The Apps (just a sampling of what I use):
Audacity for audio recording and editing
Kino for video editing (not maintained)
wxcam | guvcview (record from webcam) Note: wxcam no audio and guvcview needs portaudio
kdenlive (nonlinear video editor and record audio and video)
openshot (nonlinear video editor)
You can record the audio with audacity and the video with another and then combine to transcode with kdeblive, for example.
You can also use ffmpeg and mplayer via bash scripts, but heck...I seem to misplace those...too tired to look up all the CLI options.