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ManyCam Virtual Webcam

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Say you use both ICQ and Camfrog for video chat, and you'd like to keep both open at the same time. That doesn't sound like an unreasonable request, but your Webcam may feel differently about it. Don't argue with it; download ManyCam. This free app replicates your camera signal and feeds it to any and all of your video chat apps simultaneously. It starts automatically with your Webcam when you start your chat app, and it feeds streams to new apps as you open them. No more conflicts, at least with your Webcam (your cranky uncle is your problem). ManyCam works with most clients.

ManyCam is mostly automatic in setup; we knew the program was configured when we saw our Webcam feed in ManyCam's Live Studio Mode display. ManyCam's user interface is anchored by a Firefox-style start button that opens an extensive main menu (including Help file) plus a tabbed toolbar with entries for Video, Audio, and more. Under the Audio and Video tabs we found submenus for configuring Effects and Sources as well as extras such as playlists, text over video, draw over video, and camera and screen effects. ManyCam does more than replicate your video stream: it also includes lots of great audio and video effects that you can apply, such as ridiculously addictive cartoon eyes in the Face Accessories as well as Objects, Filters, and Background Effects like flames. A series of thumbnail previews help you choose effects. ManyCam's integrated Image Settings use sliders to adjust color balance.

We clicked Sources to configure ManyCam with our chat apps. The program correctly identified our camera's specs, but we could change it to other sources, such as Movies, Still Images, and even our Desktop. Changing sources is easy; for example, we quickly browsed to an image file and selected it as our source display -- a handy feature for voice chat since you can display a logo, playlist, and more when you can't use video (or prefer not to). Best of all, we could keep multiple chat apps up and running with our current feed. ManyCam handled it all and then some.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.3 stars

    out of 677 votes

    • 5 star: 227
    • 4 star: 135
    • 3 star: 91
    • 2 star: 60
    • 1 star: 164
  • Current version:

    4.2 stars

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Incredible, yet laggy"

    May 3, 2009  |   By Duke Rusty

    Version: ManyCam Virtual Webcam 2.4.30

    Pros

    Incredible features, should be worth $300 yet it's absolutely FREE!$! Great for capturing How-To videos using your desktop. Gives you the features of a pro! It's also great for broadcasting video of your desktop... to a certain point. Best I've seen!

    Cons

    Horrible lag. I've tried to broadcast a live stream of the game Halo CE, and at first i thought it was the stream, now i find that it was ManyCam. It would be good for simple desktop shots, but it was died on gaming. Could be much better on that.

    Summary

    After using this product for a multiple hour broadcast of multiplayer Halo CE, i have found that it is horrible on the latency. Other than that, it is amazing that there is an application as great as this available for free. Any improvement suggestions would be to reduce lag by, ALOT, and to have the abillity to select one program, and use THAT as the stream, instead of just certain sections of that screen. Another suggestion would be to include special key-commands so that, when playing a game, you can enter a certain key-command and make it display "Be Right Back" on the screen and/or any extra stuff. Also, be able to send it to a blank image, that would be nice. Bottom line: Just get it, it's free, and it's worth it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great product + Fun to use"

    April 26, 2009  |   By MothaRussia

    Version: ManyCam Virtual Webcam 2.4.30

    Pros

    Great fetures, works with my webcam

    Cons

    Didnt understand how to use the background feture

    Summary

    Good download :)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great easy to use and versatile cam utility"

    April 24, 2009  |   By billyBtall

    Version: ManyCam Virtual Webcam 2.4.30

    Pros

    Easily controls any webcam on your system. Has fun and easy to use add ons. Allows you to use your webcam with multiple programs simultaneously.

    Cons

    None that I've seen yet.

    Summary

    Get it!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "conflict with my software"

    April 24, 2009  |   By mchrmr80

    Version: ManyCam Virtual Webcam 2.4.30

    Pros

    free.... i like it. i install many virtural software so it confict

    Cons

    I don't want uninstall orther virtrual software

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Its great software"

    April 22, 2009  |   By iceman2755

    Version: ManyCam Virtual Webcam 2.4.30

    Pros

    It has a lot of specail Effects that you get from there website.

    Cons

    None At all

    Summary

    If you have a webcam that has very little Special Effects or none at all this is one download you must have.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Only part of the features work."

    April 17, 2009  |   By lcalaway

    Version: ManyCam Virtual Webcam 2.4.30

    Pros

    The background choices were fun. The avatars are interesting.

    Cons

    Could not get it to load backgrounds downloaded from the website. Whenever I clicked on a chosen background, it would only let me take a picture of the background behind me. It is useless as my webcam does same. Didn't need another program running.

    Summary

    I uninstalled it as it didn't work as stated.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "great effects"

    April 16, 2009  |   By rebels13

    Version: ManyCam Virtual Webcam 2.4.30

    Pros

    the ease of using it

    Cons

    i can only use a couple of the features. the rest dont work

    Summary

    i cant get all of the features to work.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very, very nice!!!"

    April 15, 2009  |   By joj123

    Version: ManyCam Virtual Webcam 2.4.30

    Pros

    I really liked the effects and the options it has. You can use different sources, not just the webcam. Very impressive.

    Cons

    Didn't work with Windows Movie Maker and Microsoft Amcap, but it did with most other programs.

    Summary

    Very nice program.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Quite simply...It Rocks!!!"

    April 11, 2009  |   By iLeonidus

    Version: ManyCam Virtual Webcam 2.4.30

    Pros

    Really easy to use, heaps of downloads from the ManyCam site, you can even add your own backgrounds and effects. And all round fun and useful progam.

    Cons

    None at all except maybe a voice cloaker would be a good addition to the program, If kids are going to use it for gaming (just a suggestion) :)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works great and it's free, what more could you want?"

    April 1, 2009  |   By nambinhvu

    Version: ManyCam Virtual Webcam 2.4.30

    Pros

    Adds a lot more features to my webcam. You can zoom in and out, change the resolution, you could also use it to show your desktop, or put up a picture or video. If combined with a webcam capturing software it can be used to capture video.

    Cons

    It sometimes freezes, though rare, it can be fixed by exiting manycam and restarting it. This could also be considered a pro, because if the webcam froze, you can't just close the webcam and start it up again.

    Summary

    If you want to add a bunch of features to your webcam, this is the perfect thing. It can be used to cover your face if you don't want people to know what you look like and you can customize it a lot.

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