How do I use Manycam with Cam4?

If you wish to use ManyCam with Cam4 please do the following:-

  • Right click where the video should be and take settings from the menu that appears,
  • Click the small cam icon and make sure the dropdown list for the cam source is set to ManyCam Virtual Webcam” or “ManyCam Video Source“.
  • Click the small microphone icon and make sure that ManyCam Virtual Microphone” is selected as the source

Why does my video stop and start?

This can happen for a number of reasons including:

  • A lot of people moving around on cam
  • Flashing lights
  • Picking up your cam and moving the view to show something in the room to your viewers
  • Poor wifi or ethernet connection
  • Poor cell phone connection (if using the C4 Broadcaster app or similar
  • Excessive background animations
  • Incorrect OBS Studio configuration

Why does it happen?

To make the video flow smoothly, only those pixels that change are transmitted with each frame. There is no reason to keep transmitting static pixels (those displaying the wall behind you for example), this keeps the amount of data being resent with each frame to a minimum and the video is smooth. If you have multiple people moving around a lot of flashing lights then there are more changes, meaning more pixels that need to be transmitted with each frame.

If you have an 8 Megapixel camera (8 million pixels) that runs at 30 frames per second, that works out to 240 million pixels per second that need to be transmitted in order to keep up with the movement. The result of this is a jerky video.

Two things to remember!

  1. When you are looking at your own video, this is displayed locally on your computer. So it will run more smoothly than for those watching your broadcast elsewhere
  2. If you move your cam to give your viewers a “quick look” at something, they are unlikely to see what you are trying to show as your cam will start dropping frames as it struggles to keep up with the changes.

Choosing the Best Webcam

A good cam does not have to be expensive unless you opt for high-end quality. Below are some links with the current top cameras at various price points. You can decide which one is best for you.

*Cam4 is not affiliated with any of the merchants below. Links are provided as examples only.

Logitech C925E

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1370830-REG/logitech_960_001075_c925e_webcam.html

Logitech C922 Pro

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1374480-REG/logitech_960_001087_c922_pro_stream_webcam.html

Logitech C930E

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1604031-REG/logitech_960_000971_c930e_business_webcam.html

Logitech StreamCam

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1547008-REG/logitech_960_001280_stream_camera_plus_graphite.html

Logitech BCC950 (with remote)

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/877890-REG/Logitech_960_000866_BCC950_ConferenceCam_Video_Conferencing.html

HuddleCamHD 3X Digital Zoom USB 3 HDMI

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1495842-REG/huddlecamhd_hc_eptz_usb_3x_digital_zoom_usb.html/DFF/d10-v21-t1-x979218/SID/EZ

Panasonic Lumic DMC-G7 Mirrorless Camera

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1208931-REG/panasonic_lumix_dmc_g7_mirrorless_micro.html

Canon EOS-M50 Mirrorless Camera

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1393461-REG/canon_2680c011_eos_m50_mirrorless_digital.html

How To Buy The Best Webcam

https://www.pcmag.com/picks/how-to-buy-the-best-webcam

How do I get a gold or silver star?

Gold and Silver stars are awarded to winners of our Cam of the Day and Cam of the Month competitions. A Silver Star shows a winner of the Cam of the Day Competition, a Gold Star shows winners of the Cam of the Month competition.

Cam of the Day

This is awarded to the top four cams in the male, male group, female, female group, male-female group and transgender categories each day. The award is given to those broadcasters with the highest number of viewers in a single show.

A list of previous winners can be found at http://www.cam4.com/contest/


Cam of the Month

The award winners for cam of the day are given points for their win as detailed below

  • 1st place – 4 points
  • 2nd place – 3 points
  • 3rd place – 2 points
  • 4th place – 1 point

At the end of the month these points are added up, the 4 broadcasters  in each category with the most points win the prizes below

  • 1st place – $2000
  • 2nd place – $1000
  • 3rd place – $500
  • 4th place – $250

A list of previous winners can be found at http://www.cam4.com/contest/month/

The competition rules can be found at http://www.cam4.com/contest/rules/

Cam2Cam – Broadcaster FAQ

Do I earn more tokens by using Cam2Cam?

Cam2Cam is a free feature – there is no added token cost for enabling Cam2Cam.

However, like all features on Cam4, you may decide on your own token price in the form of a tip or Cam4 Gift as a cost to accept Cam2Cam requests from viewers.

Cam2Cam may also earn you more tokens by keeping viewers engaged in your Private Shows, which earn you tokens per minute.

How do I enable Cam2Cam for my Private Shows?

Cam2Cam requests are enabled by default in your Private Show Settings.

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To disable or re-enable Cam2Cam, uncheck the box in Private Show Settings.

What can spies see during a Cam2Cam Private Show?

During a Cam2Cam Private Show, your spies can still see your video, but cannot see the video of your Cam2Cam viewer.

Spies cannot hear audio for either you or your viewer.

How do I accept Cam2Cam requests?

If you have Cam2Cam enabled, viewers will be able to make Cam2Cam Private Show Requests in the same way normal Private Show Requests are made.

Pending Request

The pop up for the Private Show Request will specify whether Cam2Cam has been requested.

Cam2Cam Popup

 

 Viewers may also request Cam2Cam mode during a regular Private Show. You will receive a new request notification in this case.

Cam2Cam Request

After clicking accept, Cam2Cam mode will begin.

Can I use Cam2Cam in Private Cam Mode?

Cam2Cam is restricted to Private Shows currently, but will be expanded to Private Cam Mode in the future!

What Is Cam4 Twitter Connect?

CAM4’s Twitter Connect feature allows broadcasters to live-tweet while they broadcast, making promoting their shows and getting more viewers easier than ever!

After integrating your Twitter account into Twitter Connect, you can tweet right from the broadcast window during a show – promoting your show to all of your fans and followers. 

Connect your Twitter to Cam4 today and make sure none of your followers are missing out! 

Do I need a Twitter account for Twitter Connect?

 Yes. In order to use Cam4 Twitter Connect, you will need an existing Twitter Account. You may sign up for a new account here https://twitter.com/signup

Is there a limit to how many tweets I can send while performing?

 There is no limit to the number of tweets you can send while performing, but a tweet may only be sent once every 10 seconds.

 Does Cam4 keep my Twitter password?

 No. Twitter Connect lets you sign in on a secure window that connects directly to Twitter, without risking your account.

 How do I set up Twitter Connect?

 You can set up Twitter Connect from your account options or directly from the broadcast window.

 1. Account Options

First, sign in to your Cam4 account in the top right corner of the site.

 Click on My Account.

 In the Menu on the left, select Social Networks.

 Under Social Sharing, click Connect your Twitter account

 

Sign into Twitter with your Twitter username and password in the secure window that opens.

You’re connected!

2. Broadcast Window

 

From the Broadcast Window, click the tweet link above your goal box

Sign into Twitter with your Twitter username and password in the secure window that opens.

You’re connected!

Switching Cams

If you are a laptop user who wishes to use an external cam instead of the built-in cam, or if you wish to use two cams to change view during your show please do the following:

  • Right-click where the video appears.
  • Click “Settings” on the menu that appears.
  • Click the “webcam” icon.
  • Select the cam you wish to use from the drop-down list.

How Do I Broadcast On Cam4?

First, sign into your Cam4 account with your username and password at the top of the page. If you don’t already have a free Cam4 account, Click Here to create one.

Click Start Broadcast in the Top Menu.

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In the Broadcast Window pop-up, click Allow on the Adobe Flash Player settings

Write a status update or room title describing your broadcast. This will appear above your thumbnail in the directory.

Choose the type of show you will be broadcasting. The options will vary based on your gender. Options include Solo, Male Group, Female Group and Male-Female Group.

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In the Accessibility menu, your Cam Mode is displayed. Gold Members may choose Private Cam Mode options, including assigning a password for the room.
Click Start Broadcast to begin!

How Can I Get My Cam On The Trending Page?

There are many different factors that will automatically place you on the Trending Page.  Some of them are (but not limited to) your webcam stream quality and resolution. Also, your time spent performing online.

How can I get better stream quality and resolution?

  • Use an ethernet internet connection rather than Wi-Fi.
  • Stream with a quality webcam, Mirrorless or DSLR camera that offers a minimum resolution of 720p (1080p preferred)

What length of time is generally standard for live broadcasts?

  • When possible, spend a minimum time of 3 hours online for each webcam broadcast (scheduled consistently throughout each week)