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Camo update lets you overlay graphics and text when using your phone as a webcam - The Verge

Camo update lets you overlay graphics and text when using your phone as a webcam - The Verge

The app will let you create information overlays and graphics to put on top of your phone’s footage to help show information while you’re streaming or in a meeting.

Camo, an app that lets you use an iOS, Android, or iPadOS device as a webcam for your computer, is introducing a new feature that could be very interesting for streamers and those who take every Zoom meeting very seriously. The app now includes the ability to create overlays and add them to your video stream, letting you include info such as your social media handles or name and pronouns anywhere your video appears.

Camo’s adding overlays at a very interesting time — Apple just announced a feature called Continuity Camera, which will also let you use your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac without having to install any extra software.

Reincubate, the company behind Camo, says that the feature is a part of Thursday’s 1.7 update. Using the desktop app (which also manages pulling the video from your phone to your computer and adjusting settings), you’ll be able to select from 17 template overlays, which you can edit to fit your needs. You can also build your own overlays, adding text and graphics with a drag-and-drop interface.

The company says you’ll be able to switch between different overlays via keyboard shortcuts, which could be handy for people who do a lot of presentations or streaming and haven’t added any Stream Deck-like hardware to their setup. Camo users will also be able to export and import overlays, which could be handy for groups that all want their video feeds to look the same (like in a business or game-streaming collective).

Adding overlays to your webcam footage isn’t a brand-new idea; programs like Open Broadcaster Software (commonly known as OBS) and StreamElements have let you do that for quite a while. But setting that up to work with other programs like Zoom, Teams, or Discord could be a bit of a challenge. Camo, on the other hand, boasts that using its software with most videoconferencing apps is as easy as changing the camera input.

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