If you want to add a little something special to your webcam sessions then maybe you should check out CyberLink YouCam 5.0. This software will work on any Windows system, from XP to 7, and it allows you to not only manage your webcams but you can also add in cool effects, avatars and so on.
They have a pretty sleek-looking installation interface that oddly enough had to update itself before it could install the program. So, that was a bit of an unneeded step, but the installation process is somewhat quick, once it finishes the download for the new installation process. But, as you'll soon find out, you only have 15 days to test it out for free, after which you will be required to pay $35 for the full version.
And even though you're using the free trial, they still try to get you to register the software. That seems to me like they just want your information for marketing reasons, since you're not really a paying customer of theirs yet. But after skipping that step, and waiting a minute or so for it to open, you're presented with a pretty decent-looking interface.
They give you a lot of different backgrounds, effects, masks and other options to use. And their masks snap to your face pretty nicely, compared to other webcam software, and I like how it has a way to do screen captures, do PowerPoint presentations, use your webcam as a zooming mirror, use your face to login and use your webcam as a surveillance camera.
So, even if you're not that into special webcam effects, you might want to use it for surveillance or for screen captures and presentations. I mean, this squeezes a lot of different tasks into one piece of software, so I can see why they are charging for the full version. But if you just want special effects, then I'm sure your webcam came with plenty of them and this software won't interest you that much. On the other hand, if the extra options seem appealing to you, then it's probably worth getting the full version.
- Camera Shooting Mode: Capture photos in HDR , panorama and burst mode
- Creative Photo Editing: Photo crop/rotate, paint tool, photo frames and photo preset
- Calendar View: Manage your media library in calendar view
- Face Tag: Organize your photos with FaceMe face tagging technology
- Touch-Friendly:Touch-optimized interface for your Windows PCs with touch screen.