Camo Update lets you overlay images and text when using your phone as a webcam


Camo, an app that lets you use an iOS, Android or iPadOS device as a webcam for your computer, introduces a new feature that could be of great interest to streamers and those who take every Zoom meeting very seriously. The app now offers the ability to create overlays and add them to your video stream, allowing you to include information such as your social media handles or name and pronouns wherever your video appears.

Camo adds overlays at a very interesting moment – Apple just announced a feature called Continuity Camera, which also lets you use your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac without installing any additional software.

Reincubate, the company behind Camo, says the feature is part of Thursday’s 1.7 update. Using the desktop app (which also manages to pull the video from your phone to your computer and adjust settings), you can choose from 17 template overlays, which you can edit to suit your needs. You can also create your own overlays and add text and images with a drag and drop interface.

The company says you can switch between different overlays via keyboard shortcuts, which can be useful for people who do a lot of presentations or streaming and don’t have Stream Deck-like hardware added to their setup. Camo users can also export and import overlays, which can be useful for groups who all want their video feeds to look the same (such as in a company or collective that streams games).

Adding overlays to your webcam images isn’t a brand new idea; programs like Open Broadcaster Software (commonly known as OBS) and StreamElements have been letting you do that for a while now. But setting that up to work with other programs like Zoom, Teams, or Discord can be a bit of a challenge. Camo, on the other hand, claims that using its software with most video conferencing apps is as simple as changing the camera input.

Camo’s press release is quick to point out some of the benefits of his solution, even without adding overlays. The company says its app “goes way beyond Apple’s unreleased Continuity Camera functionality, with support for iPad, Windows, Android, overlays, lens selection, granular image controls, AR effects, enterprise support, greater iOS and iPhone compatibility, a powerful SDK, and many other features.”

But what it doesn’t mention is that some of those features, like the ability to choose which lens your phone uses, portrait mode support, and image adjustments, require the $40 a year Camo Pro subscription if you want to use them with your iPhone or iPad (the company does say its Android app “currently offers all available features for free”). It also doesn’t mention the convenience factor; Continuity camera works wirelessly while Camo needs to connect your phone to your computer with a cable.

That said, that little bit of effort (and possibly money spent) will give you a lot more functionality and flexibility than what Apple promises. And the overlay editor will be part of the free version of the app, according to an email to The edge from Reincubate’s head of marketing, Dean Maskell, which certainly helps with Camo’s case.

While many people who own both iPhone and Mac will likely opt for the free, built-in Continuity Camera, with this update it looks like the Camo team is committed to filling the niche of people who appreciate the app’s additional features. better to serve. To me, that certainly seems like the right move.


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