ManyCam offers two similar features that provide similar results but work in a different way – those are ‘Backgrounds’ effects and the Chroma key feature.
Backgrounds is a free feature available in all subscription plans including the Free version of ManyCam. It’s not recommended for professional use as it does not provide outstanding quality (compared to Chroma key). There are a few built-in backgrounds available in ManyCam. You can also create your own Backgrounds Effects or get the rest of them from the ManyCam’s effect catalog, which are also free options.
Chroma key is a paid feature available in ManyCam Studio or higher. It is superior to Backgrounds in many aspects:
- It provides better quality and offers more settings to adjust,
- Enables you to use any PNG or JPG picture of your choice as a backdrop,
- In combination with ManyCam’s Picture in Picture mode, Chroma key enables you to use video files as a background,
- It can be applied per layer (when used with Picture in Picture mode). Each layer can have its own unique background (even transparent).
For more information about Chroma key, please refer to this guide.