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Add Real Time Video Effects (for PC Users)

PC users can purchase WebcamMax to add videos, screens, pictures, flash and video effects to virtual or real webcam broadcasts:

  • Add real-time video effects to your live Livestream broadcasts, including fire, water, mosaic, distorting mirrors, camera zoom, do-it-yourself, and magic mask effects that move automatically with your head.
  • Substitute videos, movies, flash, desktop screen, pictures, and floating text to create “virtual” webcam feeds.
  • Record webcam videos or snapshots.
  • Inset separate video streams for a picture-in-picture (PIP) display.
  • Access more than 1800 free effects online.


WebcamMax is compatible with Windows 2000, XP and Vista 32-bit OS. It runs with all instant messenger programs, no matter if you have a real webcam or if you want to use the virtual webcam feature. (There’s a fast switch between virtual and real webcam.) To download Webcam Max go here.

Add Real Time Video Effects (for Mac OS X users)


CamTwist is Mac freeware that lets you:

  • Add real-time effects to your live video broadcasts, including RSS tickers, spotlights, halos, zooms, or countdowns.
  • Stream still images or animated gifs.
  • Stage an effect chain and preview it before pushing it live.
  • Move objects around using fine-grained controls.
  • Inset separate video streams for a picture-in-picture (PIP) display.
  • Use multiple video chat programs or multiple video screens at the same time, with easy camera selection. (Note that CamTwist does not work with iChat.)


Using CamTwist with Livestream is incredibly easy. Follow these quick steps:

1. Download and install CamTwist, you can find it here.

2. Open CamTwist. You'll see three separate sections within the application. First, select the video source you would like to stream to your Livestream Channel.

  • Webcam: Stream your traditional webcam, or add additional effects to your stream.
  • Desktop: This feature will allow you to stream your desktop to your Livestream Channel. The default setting will stream your entire desktop, but you can enable a capture area and resize the selection to stream specific areas.
  • Movie: Although Livestream allows you to mix video files in real time, you can also stream video files within CamTwist. Please note, you will only be streaming video when selecting this option.
  • Slideshow: Stream pictures to your Livestream channel by dragging them from your desktop or iPhoto.
  • Flickr: A feature similar to a Slideshow, but will broadcast your Flickr Feed.

3. Select an effect for use with your video source. Please note that this feature is optional. Double click on an effect to add it to your broadcast. One notable feature includes a Picture In Picture feature, allowing you to add a separate source to be placed within your stream.

4. Log in to your Livestream Studio. Within the "Sources" section of the "Broadcast Live" tab, you'll notice a camera drop down option.


Select the "CamTwist" video source.

5. Cue your camera and you're done! You can select and stream different sources with alternate effects in real time by changing the options within the CamTwist application.

Please note: CamTwist runs on Mac OS X 10.4 (Intel or PPC). It can be quite resource intensive, so the more CPU processing power the better. The more interesting effects also require Quartz Extreme support. (To find out if your Mac supports Quartz Extreme, go to this article.)


(From Wesley Clouden, Mobile Media Content Producer)

CamCamX is a 6x2 video mixer you can use to create live TV webcasts using only your Mac, iSight, pictures and movie files.

  • Virtualizes the webcam (iSight camera) in your Mac so you can use all your favorite webcam applications at the same time. CamCamX also makes non-Apple webcams iSight compatible (via emulation).
  • Works with DotMatrix, Skype, Yahoo! Messenger, PhotoBooth, QuickTime Pro, Stickam, Flash Chat-enabled web sites, iRecord, and many more...
  • Record live video mixes directly with iRecord or QuickTime Pro, or VJ live out over Yahoo Messenger, webchat or Skype.
  • Adjust the incoming camera picture for very low light environments, so you can chat in almost total darkness.
  • Spice up your webcam broadcasts by sending movie clips or still pictures.
  • Pause your camera feed when you step away.

To download CamCamX, go here.

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