Background Removal without Chroma Screen on the road map?

Hi Team,

I was really excited the join the manycam family here, but unfortunately, I realised that one very important feature is missing for me: removal (or at least blurring) of background WITHOUT the use of any chroma key screen.

It would be a game changer.

To illustrate what I mean: the following apps have that included:

  1. zoom https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/210707503-Virtual-Background
  2. xsplit vcam: https://www.xsplit.com/vcam
  3. Chromacam: https://www.chromacam.me/

Will this be supported any time soon?
I would happily volunteer as a beta tester :slight_smile:

Best, Maik

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Hey @Maik

Thanks for joining the ManyCam community!

We’re actually working on completely revamping Chroma Key at the moment and background blur without a green screen is one of the things we’re working on adding.

I’ll check with the team how close we are to a demo-able version and see if I can get you a .gif or something of how it will work!

wow, that’s AWESOME. I am so glad to hear it. makes my recent manycam purchase much more valuable :slight_smile: Look forward to the good news soon.

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Here with the follow up!

It’s just a screenshot but in general there are a couple changes I can’t mention just yet, but as you see below Chroma Key, we have “Blur Background” where you can set the blur radius.

This is kind of the alpha for background blur so we might change some things in the near future!

That is really great and covers a big use case for me.

I would like to share a bit about my other use case. I used apps like Xsplit on windows to replace my background with custom pictures that carry information, words, bullet points etc relevant in that moment of the webinar.

There is just no such software on MAC and I just switched to it.

So if manycam could offer a way not just to blur but also replace the background easily it would be sooo useful. Bonus would be if I could predefined a number of background pictures that I could switch to easily via hotkey but I am dreaming here :slight_smile:

Thank you so much for the effort and the quick response.

I feel I made the right choice with this platform!

Best, Maik

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Hey @maik

For background replacement do you mean without a green screen?
Because our current Chroma Key allows for background replacement with custom images and our revamp will allow videos.

Yes, correct. All that without chroma screen.

This is where the market of similar apps seems to be going…

As I see it chroma key with Green Screen has much better performance (and quality) than the version without it.
At least this is what zoom shows on my PC when I try to turn it on:
zoom

At the same time green screen version works good in zoom on the same machine.

Indeed…unfortunately, this message means your computer is not ready to pull off the magic that zoom can do by removing your background while you don’t have a chroma screen.

I have compared the two…I get a lot of artefacts when I use the normal function and have my green screen background…the function that works without it is much better. I use a recent Macbook Pro, so guess this does need a bit of CPU-firepower with Zoom…it is impressive, when you see it!

@Christopher, I was wondering if you have a beta version of the revamped chroma key and are looking for testers? Even with a green screen (or blue screen), the existing chroma key doesn’t work very well and it’s nearly impossible to get rid of the color-bleed from the edges. I’d be happy to test a new version and provide feedback.

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Hey @MagellanTX!

We’re actually rolling out the ManyCam 7 Beta in a couple of weeks so soon it will be public for you to test!
This beta will have a lot of new things to play around with and will be available to all current subscribers.

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