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Magic Camera

CNET Editors' review

Shining Morning's Magic Camera is shareware that adds a variety of effects and overlays to your Webcam feed, screen capture window, or saved videos and pictures. It's free to try, but the free version places a watermark and includes a nag screen. It's easy to use, but the effects it adds are run of the mill, and many are poorly rendered. Recent updates include Windows 8 compatibility. We tried Magic Camera in Windows 7.

Magic Camera's user interface is colorful and simple enough, but it's not especially attractive or intuitive, and the optional skin (for a total of two) barely changed the look. The icons and buttons are rendered at a lower resolution than we're accustomed to seeing in graphics-related shareware. The main window features a Webcam display above a panel for displaying files and an awkwardly phrased Help/FAQ feature, plus a couple of buttons that we couldn't quite figure out. There's an attached panel the height of the main window (but with a different style of interface) but it only contains a Webcam selector. We could also show our desktop with a draggable selector tool or load a still image or video clip to enhance and project over our Webcam feed. Clicking the Effects button opened the Effects panel. Magic Camera offers 12 categories of effects: Frame, Distort, Filter, Scene, PiP, Text, Flash, Emotion, Mask, Background, Animation, and Paint. Most offered a menu of preview examples. We merely had to click on an effect to add it to our image or remove it from the effects list.

While Magic Camera offers plenty of effects, the effects themselves range from average to lame, especially when compared with free tools that do much the same or more. Many of the effects had a greeting card look that's too cute by half. Several effects raised eyebrows: Bill Gates and Vladimir Putin are public figures, but Tigger and Shrek aren't. We saw both with no attribution or acknowledgement; worse, the Shrek images looks like some text has been obscured, and the Tigger images are actually animated. Better apps are available for less money -- even for free.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Magic Camera 8.0.

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    out of 49 votes

    • 5 star: 33
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 7
  • Current version:

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Software, a lot of Fun"

    December 26, 2012  |   By belljoshua

    Version: Magic Camera 8.0

    Pros

    This webcam software has many useful functions. It is able to add video effects on both my HD webcam and my TV capture cards. The most effects I like is the 'distort' effects, so cool and many video parameters to adjust. I also use Magic Camera to record webcam videos.

    Cons

    NO cons...

    Summary

    Better than other similar software. I enjoy it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do not buy it"

    December 8, 2012  |   By Truthbeout

    Version: Magic Camera 8.0

    Pros

    None. I never was able to use the software.

    Cons

    The quality of the image was far too low for me to use. The customers service was poor. They would not return my money AND they sign you up for a RECURRING charge. I had to go into paypal to shut it down.

    I strongly advise staying away from these people and this software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great product, Does everything I need"

    November 28, 2012  |   By StevenMQ

    Version: Magic Camera 8.0

    Pros

    I had downloaded and tried several similar webcam software from CNet, MagicCamera is the one that I choose to keep at last. Easy to use and amused me a lot.

    Creative product. A good way for killing time with chatting and effects.

    Cons

    no problems till now.

    Summary

    I'm considering paying it because I want to play long time with this software.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't buy this product from money hungry developers!"

    October 23, 2012  |   By yecyi

    Version: Magic Camera 8.0

    Pros

    Absolutely none!

    Cons

    Their support is nonexistent. The software lacks polish. A big problem is, where is the option for resizing the webcam feed to the display's aspect ratio?

    Summary

    Any other webcam software is better, even freeware like Manycam!

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