Chatroulette is a website that allows users to chat with random people using a webcam. The site does not offer any built-in webcam effects because it aims to provide users the actual view of the other person. Webcam effects let you change your on-screen appearance. Users who want to add webcam effects must use third-party software applications, such as WebcamMax, Manycam, Splitcamera and CamTwist.
Warning: Chatroulette's age limit restricts it to those 16 and older. Parents should prohibit children's use as inappropriate content may be sent by users due to lack of filtering on Chatroulette.
WebcamMax is a third-party software application that you install to add effects to your webcam. As of May 2011, the application costs £32.40. Once it's installed, you can use the software to add effects that will change your on-screen appearance. "Augmented Reality," one of the features of the application, allows you to add anything to your face, including a moustache or hairstyle. The software automatically recognises your face and "attaches" the effects in real time, allowing you to alter your face when interacting in Chatroulette.
ManyCam is a free application you can use to add effects to your live webcam. Once it's installed, you can choose from a variety of preinstalled effects, like animations and text, or download additional effects for free from its official website. When you have your desired effect, go to Chatroulette and activate your video. Once the video window activates, right-click on the screen and choose "Adobe Flash Player Settings." On the "Camera" menu, choose the "ManyCam Virtual webcam" to add effects to your live video.
Splitcamera is another free application you can download to add effects to your Chatroulette video. Once it's installed, you just need to open the application and add whatever effects you desire. Some effects allow you change your background or add animation and text on your live feed. Once you've chosen your effects, just go to Chatroulette and choose "Splitcamera webcam" on the "Camera" options.
As with the other applications, just download and install the free version of CamTwist to start adding webcam effects to Chatroulette. Once it's installed, open the application and choose "Preferences" on the main menu. Look for the "Video Sources" menu and select the "webcam" option. Then choose from the effects included in the application. To use CamTwist, just go to Chatroulette and change your "Camera" option to "CamTwist webcam."
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