ManyCam

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ManyCam
Developer(s) Visicom Media Inc.
Initial release March 22, 2006; 11 years ago (2006-03-22)[1][2][3]
Stable release
5.5 (Windows),[4]
November 2, 2016; 6 months ago (2016-11-02)
3.1.3 (macOS)[5]
November 2, 2016; 6 months ago (2016-11-02)
Development status Active
Written in C++
Operating system Windows, macOS
Available in English, Japanese, German, French
Type Webcam
License Proprietary
Website www.manycam.com

ManyCam is a freeware program that allows users to use their webcam with multiple chat applications simultaneously, such as Skype, Omegle, Chatroulette, MSN, or YouTube.[6] Users can also add live CGI graphics inside any webcam application, such as changing the appearance of their face, eyes, hair, background and more. ManyCam Pro is a paid upgrade, it provides users with a professional quality live video production studio.[7]

There is also a simple module for creating effects included on the website, which mainly consists of adding image files, videos, and converts them to a ManyCam friendly format. Face effects and backgrounds can also be created. The ManyCam website has a database of more than 9,500 webcam video effects, most of which were contributed by users.[8]

ManyCam uses a webcam or video camera as input for the software itself and then replicates itself as an alternative source of input. Because of this, ManyCam works well with nearly all chat software such as Windows Live Messenger that can use alternative video sources.

On October 2, 2013, ManyCam LLC was acquired by Visicom Media Inc. Visicom Media Inc. was established in 1996 and is a leading developer and pioneer of Internet application technologies.[9]

On December 12, 2013, version 4.0 for Windows was released.[10] This version of the software was a big improvement from previous versions and includes several new features and a new user interface. More recent minor versions of ManyCam included more broadcasting capabilities such as a new Game Capture feature,[11] the ability to stream and broadcast YouTube videos and live events,[12] as well as a new RTMP feature that allows users to broadcast directly to sites like Twitch.tv, Ustream and YouTube Live Events. ManyCam also has a mobile app for Android,[13] which allows users to use their mobile camera as a video source in ManyCam.

On August 24, 2015, version 5.0.3 for Windows was released.[14] This version of the software also refreshed its user interface to a more up-to-date theme and includes several new features. Among them: Windows 10 support and Chroma Key and Motion detection features (paid versions only).[14][15]

On November 2, 2016, version 5.5 was released.[16] This version has added YouTube Live Streaming alongside the previous Facebook Live Streaming.

ManyCam is also available for Mac.[17][18] ManyCam 3.0 for Mac was released on September 24, 2014. This version includes several new features that resemble the Windows software.[19]

ManyCam also has a mobile app which is available for iOS and Android, which allows users to live stream to multiple streaming services which include Facebook Live and YouTube Live ( Which are natively supported. )[20]

Features of ManyCam 5 - Windows[edit]

Releases by version and date[edit]

Version and Date Features and Additions
Version 5.5.0 (11/02/2016)
  • Direct live streaming to YouTube.
  • Login process simplified.
  • Various bug fixes and improvements.
Version 5.4.1 (09/13/2016)
  • Translations added.
  • RTMP Authorization fixed
Version 5.4.0 (09/08/2016)
  • Major RTMP streaming improvements (authorization, RTMPS, RTMPE and RTMPT).
  • New UI to make streaming even easier!
  • Direct live streaming to Facebook.
  • ManyCam Mobile [ BETA ] support.
  • Play/Pause for local media file and YouTube sources.
  • Click on the video source to play and pause.
  • HTML notification fix.
  • Standard users can now enjoy 1 custom watermark and rename their virtual camera.
  • Various bug fixes and improvements.
Version 5.3.2 (08/30/2016)
  • Fixed a driver signature issue for new Windows 10 installations (version 1607).
Version 5.3.1 (08/10/2016)
  • Fixed a driver compatibility issue with Windows 10 Anniversary.
Version 5.3.0 (05/23/2016)
  • Major IP Camera improvements.
  • Added MJPEG support for webcams with HD or Full HD resolutions to improve FPS.
  • Various bug fixes, stability & performance improvements.
Version 5.2.0 (04/12/2016)
  • New Custom Watermarks feature (for Studio and Enterprise only).
  • New Custom Lower Third feature.
  • Various bug fixes, stability & performance improvements.
Version 5.1.0 (12/21/2015)
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements including:
  • Game capture feature bugs resolved
  • Issues with consistency of H264 camera usage resolved
  • Automated software update process introduced
  • Added in-app flexible notification system
  • Website login and password now linked to software login
Version 5.0.5 (09/24/2015)
  • Fixed bug with Object effects created by users (wrong scale).
  • Fixed bug with IP cameras when using network proxy settings.
  • Fixed bug with IP cameras authorization.
  • Fixed bug with playlist scheduler.
  • Added ability to drag zoomed picture (in picture in picture mode).
  • Various bug fixes, stability and performance improvements.
Version 5.0.4 (09/01/2015)
  • H.264 bug fix for ManyCam Studio.
Version 5.0.3 (08/24/15)
  • New and more flexible UI design with support for HiDPI displays.
  • New Chroma Key feature(Studio and Enterprise only).
  • New Motion Detection feature (Studio and Enterprise only).
  • Windows 10 support.
  • More accessible options with Standard, Studio, and Enterprise editions.
  • Use up to 12 video sources (Studio and Enterprise only).
  • Improved Draw tab (history, transparency).
  • New Noise Suppression feature.
  • New Save Effects Presets feature.
  • Removable watermark (Standard, Studio, Enterprise only).
  • Added Custom duration for each item in playlist.
  • Various bug fixes, stability & performance improvements.

Features of ManyCam 4 - Mac OS[edit]

Releases by version and date[edit]

Version and Date Features and Additions
Version 4.2.3 (10/25/16)
  • Fixed few issues related to macOS Sierra.
  • Various bug fixes, stability and performance improvements.
Version 4.2.1 (09/16/16)
  • New Chroma Key feature (Studio and Enterprise only).
  • ManyCam Mobile [ BETA ] support.
  • New YouTube Video Source allows you to stream and broadcast videos found on YouTube.
  • Various bug fixes, stability and performance improvements.
Version 4.1.0 (06/03/16)
  • Added IP camera support. Add an IP/Web-based cameras as a ManyCam video source.
  • Added H264 support for IP cameras (Studio and Enterprise only).
  • Fixed bug with desktop capture for 2 monitors.
  • Various bug fixes, stability and performance improvements.
Version 4.0.5 (03/21/16)
  • New and more flexible UI design with support for HiDPI displays.
  • Playlist scheduler.
  • Transition between elements in playlist.
  • Draw tab improvement (Undo/Redo added).
  • Usage up to 12 video sources (Studio and Enterprise only).
  • New Save Effects Presets feature.
  • Connect tab added.
  • Saving snapshots and recordings to multiple locations.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ManyCam.com WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools". WHOIS. Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  2. ^ "Webcam software getting started - ManyCam". ManyCam.com. Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  3. ^ "Windows webcam software changes - ManyCam". download.manycam.com. Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-01. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-17. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  6. ^ "Using ManyCam with all Software & Websites". ManyCam.com. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-25. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-23. Retrieved 2015-04-28. 
  9. ^ "Visicom Media Inc. Acquires Manycam LLC". Prweb.com. 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  10. ^ "News & Updates:ManyCam 4.0 for Windows available now|ManyCam Blog ManyCam Blog". Blog.manycam.com. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  11. ^ [1] Archived March 19, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-19. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  13. ^ "ManyCam Mobile Source - Android Apps on Google Play". Play.google.com. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  14. ^ a b "ManyCam 5.0 is now available!". ManyCam Blog. 
  15. ^ "ManyCam 5.0.3.15 - Change Log". Filehorse.com. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  16. ^ "Windows webcam software changes |ManyCam". download.manycam.com. Retrieved 2016-11-11. 
  17. ^ Shadovitz, Deborah (2009-06-03). "ManyCam lets your iSight work with multiple applications at once". Macworld.com. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  18. ^ Adam Pash. "ManyCam Adds iChat-like Backgrounds to Video Chat". Lifehacker.com. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  19. ^ "News & Updates: ManyCam Mac 3.0 is Now Available! | ManyCam Blog ManyCam Blog". Blog.manycam.com. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  20. ^ "Video switcher & live streaming app for iOS/Android |ManyCam". manycam.com. Retrieved 2016-11-11. 

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