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Intensely Magic

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At some point on one of our online sessions, JoynnyNY introduced many of us to  software which allowed switching views using multiple web cameras. It's called ManyCam.

They are running a New Year special which brings a lifetime license down to $44.

Actually, it appears the free version might be adequate. It has a few limitations and a watermark.

It has some very cool features and integrates with a phone app.

If you haven't got a cool setup like Mike Powers, this might be worth consideration.

It's at https://manycam.com/. For a hundred bucks, or so, you can get 2 adequate web cams and the software. Not bad.

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Intensely Magic — Hello to you and all TMF members. Thanks for remembering (and mentioning) the setup that I use (ManyCam). I have “no skin in that game” but the deal you mention with ManyCam does appear to be a very good bargain. I’ve been using the setup for quite some time and it seems to work very well. I purchased a lifetime license (installable on TWO different devices and allowing up to 4 cameras without a watermark) for $25. ManyCam then unfortunately switched to monthly fees for new users (ouch!), but based on your information, $45 for a lifetime license appears to be a reasonably good bargain today. The free version maintains a watermark and does not let you easily position multiple screen views, whereas a purchased version does (there is a higher fee for up to nine cameras, but I can’t imagine anyone other than possibly Steven Spielberg who would want that!). You can also set up any microphone system to function with the software (which I find very helpful since microphone quality varies with cameras and placement). It is DEFINITELY not as good as the setup used by TMF’s “resident expert” Mike Powers, but it is a good solution. Unfortunately, videos recorded with Many Cam (using multiple screen views) seem a little “choppy” and I prefer using a single view with Windows 10 Camera software for formal recordings that you may want to post or share with others. On the other hand, ManyCam is TERRIFIC for sessioning with other guys as you can smoothly switch from one view to another, and needless to say, it is EXTREMLY helpful for practice as you can see exactly what you want to and in a variety of simultaneous views — up close AND as a spectator would see if sitting across from you at a table, for example. I use two cameras, but I can see a value for using three cameras (maybe sometime in the future for me but for now I seem to spend my cash on magic books!). All that being said, the best way to go is the path of our TMF founder RUDY — perform your magic in front of real spectators as much as possible and in as many live venues as available! Intensely magic, I’m sure other members appreciate the information you’ve shared — I thought my experience with ManyCam may also be of help for other interested members! Thanks again — johnny
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Johnny,

Thanks for your input. (I can spell your name, but by the time I caught it, it was too late).

This is good software. When I inquired about the version, they directed me to the standard version and then said try the free version as It may be adequate. I like that approach.

The current version allows you to use a mobile device as a third video source. I played with my IPhone for a while and it's pretty cool. Not sure how practical, though, for me.

Again thanks for your advice. 

i/m

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Even though I have a serious rig for multicam recording and online sessions, I picked up ManyCam lifetime for $45. It's a quick and easy set up and is portable using a laptop with cam and second webcam or iPhone. That's mighty handy and well worth the small price. I've gotten pretty good at setting up my "big rig" quickly. But I can't move it around easily. And with ManyCam I can take my Surface and a webcam and have two camera angles. You can get a clamp that has a goose neck with a cam mount too.

Thanks for pointing out this bargain. I never would have found it.

Mike
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