ManyCam Review For Teachers – is ManyCam Worth it in 2023?

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Want smooth live-stream video calls? As an ESL teacher, I found that using ManyCam was a great way to conduct lessons online.

In this ManyCam review, I talk about what I like about ManyCam, what to watch out for, and how to get the most out of its features.

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Teaching Online? Try Manycam

I use ManyCam to support me when teaching English to students online. For example, I use it when drawing pictures for Shark Attack, to explain topics, and to award students.

What is ManyCam?

ManyCam is downloadable software suitable for live-streaming conferencing, teaching, and consulting. You can share files, add video effects and share your screen for an amazing online experience.

For teachers, it offers a unique way to teach online. It is a professional way to enhance the student learning experience so you can produce quality ESL lessons, therefore putting yourself ahead of the teaching competition.

Is ManyCam Legit?

The short answer is YES; ManyCam is legit. It has been downloaded over 80 million times worldwide and has acquired 12 interface languages. ManyCam is one of the most popular live-streaming software available.

What can you use ManyCam for?

There are over 10,000 effects and digital assets available on ManyCam. It may take a little preparation to adjust to the new features. If you are an online teacher, you can use these instead of props. Try adding some of these features:

1. Color Adjustment

You can change the brightness, contrast, and saturation of your webcam.

You can also change the color balance for reds, greens, and blues.

This allows you to add more light when it is dark inside or less light if you should feel the need.

Because I sit beside the window and I look quite pale, I have to adjust the brightness to look better on screen during class time.

Webcam Color Adjustment

2. Add Awesome Effects

One of the main benefits for ESL teachers is that they can add cool effects to their webcam live stream, photos, and videos.

ManyCam adds real-time effects that can make the class even more enjoyable for the student. You can find pictures for almost every topic, from emojis to animals, to gifs. These effects can be used to elicit understanding, expand on a topic or make the students laugh.

You can add some of the built-in effects, or you can find new effects to add to the classroom.  You can find any picture effect in an instant by simply using the search bar.

Gifs and Pictures

You can pull up pictures and moving gifs using the effects feature. Simply search for what you are looking for or click into the individual folders.

I uploaded a picture of myself from the Bitmoji app. I got the other pictures from a simple search.

Adding pictures like this is useful when you are trying to explain something or keep the little kids’ attention. That being said, it can also be used for adults. You can find all kinds of picture effects.

Virtual Gifs and Pictures

Face Masks

I know there is a debate in the ESL world about entertaining versus teaching students online. Some argue that as teachers, they shouldn’t have to entertain students.

While I agree that you should teach with your own style, I think there are ways to make the class even more fun without much effort at all. The face masks add an entertaining factor to the class.

Even if you were the unfunniest person in the world, I guarantee you, even YOU can make the students laugh by using these face masks.

You can use it to teach vocabulary or add suspense and spontaneity.

Virtual Face Masks

Face Accessories

Like face masks, the face accessories add an entertainment factor. Dress up for an important event, show off your style, and play around.

You don’t have to over-utilize these effects in class, but they can be used to add some drama. Maybe today, you are role-playing as Ms. Williams in the pink hat.

Virtual Accessories for Webcam

Download More Effects

You can find virtually everything you need from the ManyCam library.

  • Click the download button, the downward arrow in the picture below.
  • A new window will pop up that will allow you to search for whatever you are looking for.
  • This can be done quite quickly, even in the middle of class. Hover over the image you want and click download.
  • The image will automatically be added to your camera.
  • The plus (+) button is used to add files from your computer. Favorite your best pictures, so you can easily find them.
  • They can be found by clicking the heart, which is found to the right of the magic wand.
Manycam Most Popular Effects

3. Add Backgrounds

You can download various backgrounds and use them in class. This is good for showing students a picture you may want to ask questions about.

You can also create your own backgrounds and upload them.

You may like to have a goodbye slide or standby slide before your class begins. You can easily switch between slides using the slider marked in red below.

Fun tip: Sometimes, if I need to take a break, I will switch to another slide and offer them a reward for their good work. That way, I have a moment to myself where they cannot see me, and I can take a bit of food, a sip of water, or blow my nose if I need!

Manycam Background

3. Add More Media

Time to get very creative! If you right-click the slides below, you have the option to add media files and URLs or share your screen. Maybe you want to pull up homework or review an old slide. Or you are independent of companies, and you want to create unique lessons for your students. This is certainly one way to do it!

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Teaching Online? Try Manycam

I use ManyCam to support me when teaching English to students online. For example, I use it when drawing pictures for Shark Attack, to explain topics, and to award students.

4. Drawing

Using ManyCam’s drawing feature, you can draw on your screen. Choose the size and color of your drawing tool. You can basically use your ManyCam as a whiteboard. Add effects or whatever you like to your virtual whiteboard.

Manycam Drawing

5. Text

You can also add text. Simply turn on the text tool and select the size and color. Add effects to the text, such as having the text flash on your screen or scroll from left to right.

If it helps, you can blur your screen before you add text so you can see it a little better. You could also paint the background white so that you can write more easily.

Manycam Text

6. Green Screen Feature

The chroma key, or green screen feature, can be applied to any background. You can check out there ManyCam’s help and support to find out more about this feature.

Some teachers add custom green screen features, such as a classroom or fun beach background. This may be helpful in matching the theme of the lesson or provide a good way of catching the kids’ attention!

Manycam Green Screen

It will save you from buying expensive video equipment if you do enjoy making this kind of content. ManyCam is much more affordable.

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7. The Time Feature

The time feature is suitable if you have bored students and want to create a game or race.

Simply add the time, turn the timer on, and start the countdown! I like to use this when I am getting students to summarize a story they’ve learned and add some fun. There is also a stopwatch and clock, so if you want, you can use these too.

Manycam Time

8. Lower-Thirds

The lower thirds display your credentials, such as your name and title, on the bottom of the screen in real-time. This may not be feature teachers need, but still worth knowing about. 

Manycam Lower Thirds

9. Recording

Manycam Video Sources

ManyCam has a huge list of supported video sources for broadcasting in comparison to similar apps:

  • Webcam
  • Game
  • IP Camera
  • Mobile Apps
  • Media Files
  • YouTube URL
  • Web source URL
  • RTMP
  • Desktop
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Recording Modes

There are 5 recording modes for the desktop app:

  • Fullscreen
  • Area under cursor
  • App window
  • App area
  • Custom area (unavailable in the free version)
Manycam Desktop Settings

You can add some effects to the desktop screening, such as animated mouse clicks. There are also options to select a color and draw over the desktop screen when you purchase ManyCam Pro. The hardware acceleration feature allows you to reduce CPU load during recording.

10. Connect to Your Mobile

If you want to set up an additional camera, you can do it!

ManyCam has a helpful app that turns your phone into a webcam, making it easier for teachers to improve their video calls and live streams with various features such as transitions and extra video sources without needing expensive gadgets.

ManyCam Pricing

You can start with the free version and see if ManyCam is for you before you consider upgrading.

A new version of ManyCam has just been released. The pricing figures are updated as follows:

Note: ManyCam no longer offers a lifetime subscription

Individuals (Annual)$0$49$99$199
Individuals (Lifetime)XXXX
Picture in picture YesYesYesYes
Desktop captureYesYesYesYes
ManyCam watermarksYesNoNoNo
Video recordingYesYesYesYes
Mobile app includedYesYesYesYes
NDI SupportYesYesYesYes
Add custom watermarkNoYesYesYes
RTMP Stream11UnlimitedUnlimited
MJPEG IP CameraNoNoYesYes
Chroma KeyNoNoYesYes
Priority supportNoNoNoYes
ManyCam LiteNoNoYesYes

How do I use ManyCam?

You don’t need another monitor to use ManyCam; I just pull it up while I’m speaking to students on the same laptop. It may take some time to get used to it, so I suggest learning a little bit each day to get the hang of it.

To avoid tech issues and stop my laptop from slowing down, I set my ManyCam to 25fps and 1080p. Play around with these settings if you are having trouble.

To be honest, I am not much good at advising you on the technical side of ManyCam, so best to reach out to support if you are having trouble. They have always been very responsive to any issues I am facing.

Find out more information about how to use ManyCam here: ManyCam for Online Teaching.

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Why should I use ManyCam?

A lot of teachers may not feel they need this extra tool, but it really does make a difference in your teaching.

Any time you have students resistant to learning, ManyCam is a godsend. It helps you stand out from other teachers, and you don’t have to rely on physical props- the props are essentially built into ManyCam itself!

  • Students Want to Learn: It encourages students to learn, even students resistant to learning
  • No More Boring Lessons: It creates a more spontaneous lesson, even when you have poor lesson material
  • Rewards System: You can use it as a rewards system. Award them with emojis, virtual ice cream, and more
  • No more Props: It replaces props; you no longer have to lug around printed props and realia!
  • Perfect for Travelling: more professional-looking background, so you don’t have to prepare your physical background!
  • Entertaining: Students are more engaged and have fun
  • Unique Teaching Style: Students are more likely to remember you and your unique teaching style
  • Get More Students: Can provide teachers with a competitive edge
  • Makes Teaching Easier: useful and efficient for every class
  • Teaching Platforms: compatible with most teaching platforms, including, but not limited to, Cambly, iTutor, Dada, SayABC, VIPKid etc.

How to install

After installing, ManyCam will automatically detect your available audio devices and webcams.

Some additional technical guidelines: How Do I Use ManyCam

ManyCam Review

I highly recommend ManyCam if you are an online teacher. Make sure that your computer has at least an i5 processor and 8GB RAM. You can start by downloading the free version and then upgrading to remove the ManyCam logo and get access to the additional features.

If you are serious about succeeding as an online English teacher, I don’t know why you wouldn’t get this. It makes my job much easier, and it was one of the great investments I’ve made as a teacher.

I’d give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars because it can take some time to get used to, and it’s a struggle finding picture effects without using the search tab to find exactly what you’re looking for. It also slows down my computer sometimes when I am trying to load too many things at once.

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Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.

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Manycam Review – is Manycam Worth it in 2022?

Posted: May 16, 2020 by Caitriona Maria


1 year ago

Great blog! But one important thing has been left out that should be included. Buyers beware. It seems that with this new update to Manycam (ver. the makers of Manycam have let dollars outweigh ethics. I purchased a Lifetime studio subscription a couple of years ago, which the new update will not recognize. I purchased the lifetime subscription simply because I don’t like paying for something again and again. The message I receive says that my subscription is not valid for versions 8 and above. Hmmm, doesn’t lifetime mean LIFETIME? It seems that greed has overtaken integrity. Oh, and don’t try sending a message to tech support or the sales department on the Manycam website. You can enter your information and complaint, but conveniently, the send button is disabled.

11 months ago

im another disgruntles customer having paid for a lifetime licence which as it turns out is no longer lifetime as they have gone back on thier word! Have to pay for version 8, well they wont get any more of my money!

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