WebcamMax allows you to add special effects to your webcam, and also use screenshots and video footage as the webcam's output. While your webcam usually only works with a single application at a time, WebcamMax allows the device to receive effects and then stream them to a second program. This lets you use Skype's video chat feature in conjunction with WebcamMax's special effects, or show your Skype contacts a live image of your computer screen.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Download and install both WebcamMax and Skype if they are not already on your system. Skype's software downloads for free, and WebcamMax has a free trial version with limited features.
Open WebcamMax. Click the "Live webcam," then "Play Media," then "Capture Screen" or "Picture in Picture" button to select the type of media you want to send to Skype.
Add any additional video options. Click "Add Effects" to place pre-made elements onscreen or click "Doodling" to draw custom overlays.
Open Skype while you leave WebcamMax running. Sign in using your Skype Name and password.
Click the "Tools" menu and select "Options" from the list. Click the "Video Settings" tab.
Click the "Select webcam" drop down menu and choose "WebcamMax Capture Fast" from the list of devices. This will switch Skype's settings to use the input from WebcamMax. Click "Save."
Start a video chat by right clicking on a contact and selecting "Video Call." Your contact will receive video from WebcamMax. You can change or add to the effects in WebcamMax while chatting for updates in real-time.
Tips and warnings
- Skype will remember your webcam choice next time you sign in, and start the service itself. This means you only need to perform the WebcamMax set-up once, and Skype will start the software automatically on subsequent uses.
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