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ManyCam v6.5 – A Free Webcam Software and Video Switcher

ManyCam v.6.5 | by Visicom Media, Inc. | Free - $59 ($49) - $149($97) - $799($599) Enterprise

Visicom has made a lot of improvements to their software over the years, still has a reputation of being a bit buggy, and recently added many long awaited features directed more toward live streamers rather than just Skype callers.  This still doesn’t change my love-hate relationship with this software. It has been around many years, has garnished many followers and I expect it to be around for many years to come. Did you see what I did there?

"Let's Make ManyCam Great Again!"

ManyCam is software I would classify as wonderfully fun and socially engaging. It’s really of no less professional quality than the rest of the bunch, but there always seems to be a few bugs under the hood that disrupt the flow. The new beta interface was recently deployed, so we’ll have to do some more testing to see if this one can hold it’s position like it has for the many years it’s has already.  According to the website, they have received many awards from various entities, inluding CNET!

ManyCam’s latest software offering broadcasts to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Ustream, Livestream, and a host of others. Multiple video sources, green screen, IP cameras, multiple channel broadcasting, PnP, fun effects and a mobile app, so you won’t be lacking in any department if you make this your software of choice. The free version output is watermarked and lacks.

The company recently changed its pricing structure from a one-time fee over to a subscription plan. Many are OK with it, and Many others are NOT. It’s my honest opinion that software of this nature should be licensed for use indefinitely, and not over-capitalized upon as a pay-as-you-go-kinda-service-thing, that's best saved for streaming websites.

UPDATE: Manycam users must have made a stink over at Visicom, cuz I see in there latest release that they have reinstated the lifetime license model!  Yay!  For a the last year I had stopped promoting ManyCam at all when it went over to the annual subscriptions.  I'm happy to see the one-time pricing is still available.

Manycam has made many improvements, just to version 6 alone, improvements such as:

Version 6.5.0 (08/01/2018)

    • Driver improvements:

    • Added Metro App support.
    • Added YUV color space support.
    • Improved scaling quality.
    • Improved cropping logic.
    • Added a few more resolutions (2K, 4K).
    • Improved visibility for business applications.

Client improvements:

  • Added free Picture-in-Picture mode.
  • Added Sync Offset feature for web camera source.
  • Added ability to rename default video driver.
  • Added QSV decoder for IP cameras.
  • Resolved several crashes.
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements.

Version 6.4.1 (06/04/2018)

  • Fixed effects removal issue.
  • Fixed playlist delay settings.
  • Fixed playlist shuffle.
  • Fixed effects disabling issue.
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements.

Version 6.4.0 (05/11/2018)

  • Added 4K support for video recording & streaming (Studio and Enterprise only).
  • Added new Web Source URL feature.
  • Improved desktop capture performance (improved FPS, added hardware acceleration support, added the ability to capture overlapping and off-screen windows).
  • Added OpenH264 encoder support.
  • Added Sync Offset feature for audio sources.
  • Added webcam source settings (now you can adjust webcam video format, FPS and resolution).
  • Resolved several crashes.
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements.

Version 6.3.2 (03/22/2018)

  • Fixed issue with missing Lower Third options.
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements.

Version 6.3.1 (03/19/2018)

  • Brand new Game Capture module.
  • Added new overlay feature (assigned to Ctrl+Shift+O by default).
  • Added Twitch.tv to predefined social media streaming services.
  • Added hotkeys for starting/stopping broadcasting and recording.
  • Improved effect management UI panel.
  • Fixed CBR encoding mode.

Version 6.2.0 (12/08/2017)

  • Improved GPU-based Hardware Acceleration (experimental feature)
  • Improved multimedia processing time (upgraded to SIMD)
  • Improved FPS and smoothness for YouTube and movie sources
  • Improved Game Capture compatibility
  • Added AMD H.264 Hardware Encoder support
  • Added new Playlist features and interface changes
  • Implemented new video preset management approach

Version 6.1.0 (10/26/2017)

  • Added ability to pause/resume video recording.
  • Added hardware encoder support for video recording. (Intel QSV & NVIDIA NVENC)
  • Improved settings for predefined social media streaming (Facebook – added stream title, description, and privacy settings, and ability to select group, event, or page as streaming destination. YouTube – added stream title and privacy settings).
  • Fixed artifacts when RTMP streaming using the software encoder.
  • Revamped the RTMP and connect tab.
  • Added new Halloween Face Masks.
  • Updated translations for all supported languages.

Version 6.0.2 (09/27/2017)

  • Added Hotkeys feature.
  • Added 12 additional video presets for ManyCam Enterprise Subscription.
  • Added Pause/Resume option for RTMP & driver streams.

Version 6.0.1 (08/16/2017)

  • Brand new and even more flexible UI design with customizable widgets.
  • New Favorites panel for your favorite features.
  • Free HD resolution.
  • New realistic Face Masks.
  • GPU-based optimizations (experimental).
  • RTMP streaming with extended support for hardware encoders (Intel Quick Sync Video, Nvidia NVENC).
  • Improved performance (new enhanced JPEG decoder, optimized RTMP streaming pipeline).
  • Advanced audio management (customizable audio sources for video presets and Picture-in-Picture layers).

Note: Even at this stage, the software developers are still working out bugs regularly, I know this is acceptable for many, but not for someone like me who relies heavily on a stable and reliable live stream.  This is the full update log, pay particular attention to all the "bug fixes" like I mentioned.

If you’re a ManyCam user at heart, please stop by my book’s Facebook page (yes, my book has its own page!), and let me know what you love best about it!

ManyCam Studio v6.4

49.00
8.6

Ease of Use

7.5/10

Stability

8.0/10

Features

9.0/10

Price

9.5/10

Upgrades

9.0/10

Pros

  • Free Demo/Limited Version
  • Various Affordable Pricing Tiers
  • Multiple Activations per License
  • Features + Customizations
  • RTMP Streaming

Cons

  • Continuously Updating
  • Reputation of Being Buggy
  • Watermark in Free (No Preview)
  • Newbies Could Get Easily Lost
  • Subscription Model

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