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ManyCam Backgrounds and Chroma key

ManyCam offers two similar features that provide similar results but work in a different way – those are ‘Backgrounds’ effects and the Chroma key feature.

IMPORTANT

These features will not work without a green (or blue) screen placed behind a person or an object in the frame. Green and blue backgrounds are more commonly used because they differ most distinctly in hue from all human skin colors and therefore you will have less interference when keying a person on screen. We suggest using a sole-colored cloth / screen or a painted wall as a background behind you so that you can replace it with ManyCam’s Backgrounds or apply Chroma key to it. For best quality avoid wearing anything green and make sure you are far enough from the screen to avoid shadows.

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).
Note

Chroma key can’t use and doesn’t support Background images stored in ManyCam’s Effects tab -> Backgrounds.

For more information about Chroma key, please refer to this guide.

Updated on July 5, 2019

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