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There is no good multi-platform free and open source tool for modifying and creating camera feeds, so we have started our own, called ucanvcam. The ucanvcam virtual webcam lets you take your webcam feed and transform it in many ways. The result then shows up as another camera, a virtual camera, which can be selected as input in programs like skype. Choose your download:
(Mac user? Sorry, not ready for you yet, try CamTwist). With ucanvcam, you can sample many of the effects of EffecTV, a free and open-source “real-time video effector” and use them in combination with network streaming.
It is no webcammax (Windows) or camtwist but it is free and open, and works on Linux. Since it is free software, it can potentially interoperate in future with other projects such as gephex, an option not available to the closed applications.
You can also now take a picture mixer design and combine it with your video stream; see the Silent Grainy Happy Lizard Demo for some examples.