This is not the blue screen of death I am speaking of, but the process called bluescreening (also known as green screen, or Chroma Key).
It removes a particular colored background from an image so that it can be superimposed on some other video/still picture. If you have ever seen the weatherman stand in front of the map, then you have seen someone doing a blue screen technique.
I would like to be able to
capture video from my webcam
send that video to a bluescreen / greenscreen / chroma key program
have that program replace the color in the background with a background of my own choosing
Once the image is superimposed, pipe it into Skype for video conferencing.
I can get a greenscreen effect with Adobe Visual Communicator 3 most reliably -- it has pro level chroma keying that actually works, unlike the other toy software out there. I tried 3 or 4, none of them even really worked.
However, I cannot figure out any way to pipe this excellent greenscreen in real time through Skype.
The ManyCam suggested by tgbarnett does work through Skype (and is free!), but it's primitive. I can barely get the chroma keying to work, even with a real green screen, and there are no settings at all to tweak to make it better. Darn!
Many Cam allows you to add backgrounds / borders / overlays to the feed from your web camera - and it runs under windows. There is a free version too. The free version does NOT include the green screen functionality.
NOTE: You will need to change your Skype (or whatever other application) settings and select ManyCam as the webcam for Skype (or whatever other application)
One of the things that used to cost an
arm and a leg and comes included with
BoinxTV is the chroma keying. With it,
you can remove a uniform colored
background and replace it with a
picture of a studio. In Broadcasting,
this is called a "virtual studio" and
saves you lots of money building a
set. It is also very easy to set up
and take down again.
a stripped down "Home" version for ~50$
and the full version for ~500$
Both seem to feature greenscreening and are available in the Mac AppStore.
I use Roborealm software (all platform) its cheap (50$) and does a lot more than Chroma Key.
You can use it to interface the capture source (webcam), Application that can use webcam will see the modified output of the capture input... No need to point a webcam to a screen that process a webcam (Frankenstein stuff)
There's a free trial version available on their web site (just google Roborealm)