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WebcamMax

CNET Editors' review

WebcamMax is a program that works with your webcam to add new effects and features whenever you video chat or record videos. Although the sound quality could use some work, we liked this flexible little program.

WebcamMax's colorful interface is a bit busy but it's well-organized and easy to use with just a little practice. In fact, a lot of the work is done during installation, when you can choose which programs you want it to be the default Webcam source for. It supports Yahoo! Messenger, Skype, ICQ and other numerous other programs. There are so many special effects on offer that you might not have time to try them all, but they are fun to play around with and it won't take you long to find some favorites. While you video chat, you can add accessories, draw on the screen, and add animation and special frames, just to name a few. We did find that it was easy to get carried away with the special effects, but that just added to the fun. You can also alter the visual appearance of the images picked up from your webcam and add frames, or use your previously recorded videos and images and dress them up as you please. Our microphone volume seemed to be very low in every recording we made, even when it was right next to us, but we'll admit we don't have the highest quality mic.

If you're looking for a tool to jazz up your videos or images, WebcamMax is a feature-rich option that's easy enough for anyone to use.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Webcammax 7.6.6.6. The trial version has watermark on output.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 369 votes

    • 5 star: 240
    • 4 star: 53
    • 3 star: 25
    • 2 star: 17
    • 1 star: 34
  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Desktop Sharing Doesn't Work & Customer Service is Poor"

    January 9, 2009  |   By msorice

    Version: WebcamMax 5.0.5.8

    Pros

    Good interface, easy to use, intuitive

    Cons

    Desktop sharing feature freezes up and crashes your computer.
    The only-email customer service is terrible, even if you're a paying customer

    Summary

    This is a good product if you just want to use the free portion. I purchased a license so I could use the desktop sharing feature. However, this feature sucks up 98%-100% of your computer resources effectively shutting you down. In the help forums, the company's response is to berate customers and tell them to upgrade their computer. However, those of use with adequate computers still have the problem. I emailed customer service about it and never got a response. When I inquired, they said they had forwarded the email to the tech people and they would fix it in the next version. Huh?! I had a presentation on Friday...I couldn't wait for the next version. Because of the passive email-only customer service system, I had a difficult time obtaining a refund.
    Bottom line: Use it for the free portion. Don't pay for a license. If you do get a license, don't expect any customer service.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "whats up everyone"

    December 23, 2008  |   By butterfly_kisses29

    Version: WebcamMax 5.0.5.8

    Pros

    i dont know i see everyone using it so i thought i would try it

    Cons

    there is nothing that i dont like about it

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  • 4.0 stars

    "buying and keeping this product i dont know"

    December 19, 2008  |   By specelpaul

    Version: WebcamMax 5.0.5.8

    Pros

    its ok. work fine in some ways crash ur browzer at times, if you turn on the cam when your going to a chat page that used the camara play soe vids ok tooo they try to inprove all the while

    Cons

    well well well read the summary

    Summary

    i dont understand yeah , i buy two copies of this program over a year a go, yes,since this Christmas ive seen pop up comming up saying have a serial key, upgrade to a life time serial ,whats that all about, is it a money making thing or what ? or they just trying to bleed our pocket of what we got, ive got letter from them in the from of email saying once you buy this product its urs for a life time ,so can anyone tell me what this a bout, have anyone recive this spamming on there pc from webcammax? plz reply

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  • 1.0 stars

    "not useful"

    November 10, 2008  |   By toro_2020

    Version: WebcamMax 5.0.5.8

    Pros

    can't work good

    Cons

    Not perfect yet,...need to repair to make it better. Keep ahard work on it,....

    Summary

    ssssssssssssssss

    Updated on Nov 25, 2008

    can't do anything with it

    Updated on Feb 19, 2009

    too bad. It's not working with windows vista

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Definitely helpful!"

    October 27, 2008  |   By rncarl

    Version: WebcamMax 5.0.5.8

    Pros

    I'd like to talk about is the ability to instantly switch between your camera, a live view of your desktop either following the mouse, using selected pixels, or just your entire screen, and displaying of videos.

    Cons

    Satisfied so far.

    Summary

    Great webcam-based application.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Make creative side of you to shine!"

    October 22, 2008  |   By kellynagar

    Version: WebcamMax 5.0.5.8

    Pros

    There is many desktop recording software out there but non-like this. WebCamMax is crammed full of features that anyone could use for any purpose.

    Cons

    about the watermark on the camera, it's only on free version, so what do you expect!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This program is great and awesome to use"

    October 19, 2008  |   By DwlKing

    Version: WebcamMax 5.0.5.8

    Pros

    Every one should try Webmax and see how they like it and i do and i love it .

    Cons

    it depends how u see it i think it is cool

    Summary

    I heard from so many people that WebMax is cool and u can do allotte awesome things with it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Change the way your webcam works!"

    October 17, 2008  |   By kevinok

    Version: WebcamMax 5.0.5.8

    Pros

    I love software that allows you to replicate other things and allows you to do all kinds of cool things. WebcamMax is the best piece of software for windows to allow you to replicate a real webcam, or change the way your webcam works.

    Cons

    Currently no MAC version available

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Amazed with all that it can do!"

    October 15, 2008  |   By jessicammy

    Version: WebcamMax 5.0.5.8

    Pros

    Exactly what i was hoping. It works as a virtual webcam with little to no lag at all when showing movies or desktop, and one of the most important features for me was the Picture in Picture allowing me to broadcast different sources at the same time.

    Cons

    The trial lasts for 30 days. Enough to lose nothing!

    Summary

    another feature i enjoyed in webcammax was the doodling it allowed me to draw on my video so every single one of my viewers(you guys) can see my artistic skills(lol) so all in all webcammax was exactly what i was searching for and im glad i checked it out.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Does not improve webcam picture"

    October 12, 2008  |   By billdorsey

    Version: WebcamMax 5.0.5.8

    Pros

    no cost - it is free to download it

    Cons

    it does not improve the webcam performance

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