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Greenscreen (aka chroma key) effect with a webcam?

I've been using Skype since its inception and think it's the greatest of tools, however I have a challenge I need guidance with at this time. I have an international seafood trading and brokerage business, and we use Skype video whether we've at home, in a hotel room, the bedroom, the bathroom, the office, in a restaurant, or at picking up the kids at day school and this doesn't lend itself for a very professional background. I need help and suggestions for a virtual background which we can use successfully with Skype video regardless of where we are and keep a very professional look - nothing funny or silly ike you see with iPhoto. This needs to be incorporated whereby, when signing on Skype video, the background might show our logo or a harbor scene with our logo, etc.

If anyone has any ideas of how we can simply incorporate a virtual, not physical, background we can use when video conferencing with customers, suppliers, co-brokers, logistics providers, bankers, etc, this would be a huge help.

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marked as duplicate by Dave M, Shinrai, MaQleod, Diogo, Indrek Oct 4 '12 at 6:27

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Sharing personal contact info is not a great idea. Also, please do not use ALL CAPS when posting. Not considered polite. –  Dave M Oct 3 '12 at 22:32
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I decapsfyied this so it would actually be readable. As far as your specific problem, it can be done but depending on the lighting and background conditions I don't think there is a foolproof way to do it...have you considered that maybe video conferencing isn't right for your use? –  Shinrai Oct 3 '12 at 22:36
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The following thread should help you: Greenscreen (aka chroma key) effect with a webcam? –  Karan Oct 3 '12 at 22:39
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@Karan Looks like a duplicate Nice catch! (sorry) –  Dave M Oct 3 '12 at 22:48

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Specifically for Skype, there's Magic Camera under Skype Apps on their "extras" page.

Within the main features list, I've highlighted the relevant feature you're looking for:

  • Languages: English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, ChineseSimplified, ChineseTraditional, Danish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish
  • Add pre-recorded video, photo albums, animations and desktop screens to your Skype calls.
  • Record Skype video calls.
  • Create amazing video effects with just one click.
  • Funny photo frames and fantastic video transforming effects available.
  • Face tracking and mask effects available.
  • Type or paint pictures directly on your video calls.
  • Webcam video overlay.
  • Picture in picture.
  • Real-time video backgrounds replacement.
  • Free webcam effect packages available online.
  • Make your webcam avaliable in multiple applications in the same time.
  • New, easy to use design.

App screenshot

They have a free trial, and if it solves your issue, it costs $19.95.

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