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AlterCam

By Bolide Software Free to try Editors' Rating

Key Details of AlterCam

  • Add live video effects to Webcam chats, record Webcam video, and broadcast any content via Webcam
  • Last updated on 01/28/21
  • There has been 1 update within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Dec 7, 2014

AlterCam adds all kinds of borders, overlays, and effects to your webcam feed, including cool new animated effects. It can distribute your webcam feed to as many programs as you like without error messages or conflicts. AlterCam works with your other video capture devices and feeds, too, and it even records desktop video. Updates in Version 1.8 include animated GIF compatibility, new animated overlays, and three "experimental" functions.

Pros

Driverless: AlterCam doesn't replace your webcam's drivers or add its own since it doesn't have any, so there's no rebooting, resetting, or driver conflicts.

Experimental features: The Tricks tab offers three beta features: Transparency by Color, ChromaKey, and Transparency by Background.

Previews: We could preview effects in before-and-after views that also let us change colors and set effects thresholds.

Animated overlays: Penguins, frogs, Santas, and more can add motion and activity to static feeds, or just make ordinary feeds more fun.

Cons

Bells and whistles: Webcam enhancements are fun but can get out of hand, and programs like AlterCam sometimes make it too easy to "overfeed" your feeds with resource-gobbling animations.

Beta bugs: The experimental features were occasionally difficult to turn off or reset, and some seemed to cause the program to balk, especially in previews.

Bottom Line

AlterCam is easy to use and has a nice mix of fun resources and effects. Freeware with similar capabilities is available, but you can try AlterCam before committing.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of AlterCam 2.0 build 110.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.5

added ability to set and change settings for overlays-webcams.
added displaying the resolution of the selected desktop source in the status bar.
added information about the number of programs currently connected to the virtual camera in the status bar.
when the type of broadcasting of the desktop is changed, the scale is automatically adapted (if it can fit at 100% scale, then the layer is centered, if not, then it is reduced accordingly).
fixed webcam rotation by settings.
fixed updating the number of active overlays when deleting an active overlay.
fixed the bug: turning on the wrong camera when switching scenes.
fixed resetting of effect settings to 0 (and not to default) and their positions in the list when canceling loading of the last session after a failure in the previous session.

General

Release January 28, 2021
Date Added January 28, 2021
Version 5.5

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 20,944
Downloads Last Week 4
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Developer's Description

With AlterCam you can add 50+ effects to your live video stream, add overlay images/text/video/webcam and change the background. Moreover, AlterCam will split your webcam video to as many programs as you want, so you will never see those "webcam busy" error again.
You can add text comments and logotype images to your webcam stream. Starting with v2.1 you can change your voice in real time for the voice chats. Record your webcam video with AlterCam. The program will compress the video on-the-fly, so it will not occupy much space on your hard drive. With AlterCam you can broadast anything you want to the virtual web camera (and to the world). You can broadcast pre-recorded video, your desktop, images, any content.