If you work online, have conferences online, play online, teach online, or just use your webcam for fun, this article is for you. Which of the ManyCam options are right for you?
Just in case you aren’t familiar with ManyCam, please check out the introductory article by clicking the image below:
It has so many awesome features that make using your webcam go from mundane to super exciting and fun. ManyCam is webcam software and a video switcher that allows you to enhance your video chats and create amazing live streams on multiple platforms at the same time.
Also, you can easily add 3-D masks, graphics, draw/text, use a green screen, picture in picture and much more.
But, there are different subscriptions options. Which subscription option is best for you?
ManyCam Free Version
It is a good place to start to give it a test run and see how it integrates with your purposes. But, just keep in mind, that it is going to provide limited functionality and you are not going to get very far with it, because you will just have two video sources.
Given the daily online type of work I do, teaching students, I like to have lots of video sources!
Multiple video sources, with ManyCam, keeps me from manually rebuilding materials that I use in my lessons every time I teach a class. With multiple video sources I can pull them down, add them for the lesson, and put them away until I need them again.
Click the image below for my post on how I use ManyCam for my online teaching game, ‘Star Bomb!':
ManyCam Standard Version
After the free option, you can choose ManyCam Standard, which costs $20 – $30 dollars per year. ManyCam does run discounted offers, so keep a look out for those…as well as your 10% off by using the code – DigiNo.
With ManyCam Standard you'll get four video sources, which is fantastic. I did use this version for a while, but ultimately proved too limited for me.
However, this is a low cost fantastic entry point for any webcam user.
In my four video source slots, I had my DaDaABC screensaver, the Super Mario game, and the StarBomb game (both of which I regularly used to help my students). But, as time went by, I wanted to add additional teaching materials (like “Where’s the Cat” and “High 20”), so I had to upgrade. The transitions between video sources is smooth and easy.
Click the image below to purchase ManyCam Standard (affiliate link):
ManyCam Studio Version
When I upgraded to ManyCam Studio, I could do so much more. ManyCam Studio is offered at $60 -$70 per year, but, again, watch for regular discount offers. I bought mine on a Black Friday deal at ½ off.
ManyCam Studio offers 12 video sources, and you can activate it on two different sources.
With the additional video opportunities, I could play videos with my students while having my picture on screen. I added the very popular Pokemon game. You can find all of the videos of how I have used ManyCam in online teaching over on my YouTube channel.
Note, if you have already purchased ManyCam Standard and want to upgrade to ManyCam Studio (like I did), I called the company and left a message asking, “Hey, can I get a refund?” They gave me a partial refund, but it was most of it.
With ManyCam Studio, I think I finally found perfection for my needs. Well…. at least for now. I get so excited creating teaching materials and games for my students, I may need to address this again in the future.
Click the image below to purchase ManyCam Studio (affiliate link):
ManyCam Enterprise Version
There is one additional option for those with SUPER needs! If you are in need of 24 video sources and up to 10 different activations, check out ManyCam Enterprise.
Yes, it is costly coming in at about $250 per year, but if you are a large group of teachers or a company, it may be exactly what you need.
And, on a side note, each level of subscription offers a “lifetime” payment option. For ManyCam Standard, lifetime will run you about $60 – $80; for ManyCam Studio the lifetime fee will be around $140 – $180; and for the ManyCam Enterprise you have to make a phone call to find out.
If you are thinking about these options, make sure to ask the company how you switch your lifetime subscription between devices, since we all know how fast technology changes and how frequently we tend to upgrade our equipment.
If you wish to share the cost of the ManyCam Enterprise subscription with other teachers, you can join Facebook groups like DigiNo – Online Teacher Paradise, and connect with your fellow teacher.
Then split the cost 10 ways with other willing teachers.
Check out ManyCam Enterprise by clicking the image below:
In my personal opinion, ManyCam Studio is the best and has the broadest array of options.
ManyCam Studio should be more than enough for the professional user. With ManyCam Studio I feel like I have the resources I need without having to make difficult choices because of limited video sources.
But, if your needs are more minimal, you can be very happy with ManyCam Standard.
Using any of the ManyCam options is heaps of fun and easy as pie. If you simply aren’t sure, then try out the free version and have fun experimenting!
Click the image below to check out my collection of ManyCam Games for online teaching: