How to use a single webcam for multiple IM programs

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On Skype, you’re chatting with Jatin, and now your girlfriend Rhea wants to chat with you on Facebook.

What’ll you do, how to use the same webcam for 2 different IMs?

One of the following softwares can help you in sharing a single webcam with multiple programs.


A freeware program, SplitCam allows you to simultaneously chat on multiple programs with a single webcam.

It basically generates a clone of the webcam video and supplies to different VoIP programs your using. This means, you can now use Skype, Google, iChat and others to simultaneously chat with your buddies.

The negative points of the software are: Sometimes it gets confusing to communicate between different IM programs, and set-up could be a bit lengthy affair.


ManyCam comes with some additional features rather than just allowing the use of single webcam with more than one program.

It allow users to add text to webcam video in real-time, an option to add cool animations to the video like fire, snowfall and others. It also shows date and time within the webcam window.

The biggest advantage of ManyCam is its support to most IM chat programs, which includes Skype, Google+ hangout, Facebook video chat, iCq etc.

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