10. SparkoCam v.2.6.2| by Sparkosoft | FREE Trial, $39-$179 (license varies)
This little gem crossed my desk the other day as a link that was dropped inside the Vidpresso Facebook group this year. This software is literally a virtual camera in a dialogue box, that’s it. But it’s probably more powerful in ability than I’d say 1/2 of the other software and sites out there today! Sound too incredible to be true? Hardly.. check this out:
SparkoCam is an easy to use webcam and video effects software for broadcasting and applying live webcam effects to video broadcasts, VoIP chats and archive recordings.
I want you to take just a minute and allow this interface to sink into your cerebellum. Canon, Nikon, webcam, desktop share, video playback, picture slides, blank image, custom overlay effects, audio streaming, image gallery all inside one window with a few buttons… say WHAT?
The first time I used this software, it froze up on me. I wasn’t going to let a little bug deter me from finding out just how powerful this software was. Well, for starters, having a portable version (doesn’t require installation) would be the cat’s pajamas, but that might be asking to much considering the other stuff that’s already included. Having the DSLR support alone is something most applications are reluctant to dive into.
This is one of those tools you would pair up with the likes of BeLive.tv or a webinar platform for a killer presentation!
Why? Because SparkoCam allows you to stream from various sources: you can use a regular USB web camera or Canon DSLR or Nikon DSLR cameras, stream your desktop as webcam or import videos and photos from your computer and broadcast them like webcam feeds.
After providing a video source, this software grants you the ability to add customized real-time effects and graphics to the video output. You can add face “masks” like eyeglasses, hats, hair or party favors. These accessories will be automatically placed in appropriate places on the video using the software’s internal face tracking capability.
It’s simple to add fun, animated objects or even create your own custom flare by importing PNG or GIF images. You can even use the built-in chromakey feature (commonly known as “green screen”) to replace your background with custom image or watch through anaglyph glasses and enjoy stereoscopic 3D effect. There are also funny distortion effects, frames and scenes where you can place your live video inside an image with outdoor screen or billboard on it.
Enjoy customizing your broadcasts with SparkoCam and add a new level of webcam functionality to your live streams!
- One Time Fee
- 12 Months Free Upgrades
- Features + Customization
- Chromakey ("Green Screen")
- DSLR Support
- Initial Software is Buggy
- Complicated Licensing Options
- Relies on Local Resources
- Chromakey Lacking
- Limited Customer Support