Ecamm was one of our top live streaming apps for Mac last year, but is it still the best live streaming software for Mac in 2018? Here’s our updated Ecamm review!
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-- Ecamm Live: Best Live Streaming Software for Mac? --
Ecamm live is an incredibly well-priced option in the Mac live stream software landscape. It packs in a ton of awesome functionality, but there are a LOT of other options out there as well - so how does it stack up?
In this video we dive into a review of Ecamm Live’s latest software in 2018, including the big updates since last year, and everything that's great - as well as the not-so-great... basically all the stuff you need to know to decide if it's the right option for your mac livestream setup!
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Hi Justin. Great video as usual. I want to stream to YouTube and FB at the same time. I'm assuming I'll have to use Restream. Where will I need to go to see comments? Restream or Ecamm. And is there a way to schedule LIVE on both FB and YT and still work through Ecamm and YouTube? I haven't figured that one out yet. Thanks for your help.
I have been using Ecamm Live for a while now. I don't like how when I add new elements such as putting a chat message on screen, it changes the keyboard shortcuts of what I had already set. The addition of chroma Key is pretty cool! I'm running the current release of the software, and I can't find how to bring up the "camera effects" window, where can I find this?
+Justin Brown - Primal Video Thanks for the reply. I realized after I posted my comment, and visiting the Facebook group that it was probably the beta. I figured the hotkeys changing was just how it worked, didn't know it was potentially a bug. I'll try it again, as multiple non beta versions have been released since.Thanks for the video, and for the info on the Facebook group.
Green screen is in the beta release, so you'll need to join the facebook group to get access to that. I haven't experienced the same issue with the shortcuts changing, but definitely let them know and i'm sure they'll fix it
Hey Justin, great video. After watching one of your reviews on Screenflow for the Mac, I purchased it and was ups and running in not time. Would Ecamm provide features similar to Screenflow plus all those specific features for liviestreaming? Would I use one (Screenflow) or the other (Ecamm) or both?
for screen recording, ScreenFlow does give you a lot more control as it records webcams, computer screens and microphones separately - meaning you can swap and change things around afterwards in your editing. Ecamm will just record everything as it was when you recorded it. so to swap back and forth between webcam and screen recording afterwards is not possible if it wasn't done at the time of recording.
Way too many variables to give you an approximate answer.. How much footage you provide, how many mistakes you make, quality/type/ and bitrate of files you're providing and many more will all play a part. but the idea is at that rate, if your editor had to spend an extra hour or 2 it should still be well worth it!
Wow that looks just incredible! Definitely going to take it on a trial run. It's between this and OBS, but certainly this is a lot easier to use. That ability to grab a comment from your screen is incredible :)
I use ManyCam, OBS Studio (before OSX Mojave) on Mac and Streamlabs OBS on iOS. I run ManyCam on iOS to give me a second camera on the Mac. ecamm live seems VERY expensive for a retired guy at $79. I am not monetised in any way. That Skype feature is handy.
For what it is ecamm live is up there with much more expensive software like vmix and wirecast.. and in comparison then the $79 is crazy cheap and a one time fee.. if you havent tried it yet might be worth the trial version and seeing how if fits for you before you purchase
Great video, thank you! I’ve used Wirecast but this seems even better, so might have to switch to this. Do you have any suggestions on live-streaming video games on a Mac to YouTube? I have an Elgato Game Capture HD60 and I use my late 2013 MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM, and I just got Gigabit internet. With the Game Capture software from Elgato, I stream at 720p 30 FPS and I still always have some sort of technical issue. Whether it’s lag, the audio cutting out or my Game Capture software freezing mid-stream... I just can’t find a solution. I’m thinking it’s my MacBook maybe, but I was wondering if you had any insight into streaming games with a Mac.
You mentioned that green screen was included with the latest version, but I don't see it. I also cannot find anything on their website that mentions it as a feature. I have version 2.3.7 (If you can, please share a link to that version. Thanks
TOTALLY agree that Ecamm is FAN-TAS-TIC and does so much more than most people need to create wonderful livestreams AND to just record videos and to re-purpose - saving lots of time. And comments being brought onto the page makes your audience feel special. Simply put Ecamm is "da bomb"
Zoom would only be better IMO if you're wanting more than 5 people on live with you OR you have a really old mac. In my experience the quality is always much better on Ecamm Live and the recordings are much better too..
+Justin Brown - Primal Video Thanks, Justin. I've contacted Ecamm about three times over the past year over this, and each time they said that it was still in beta and would come out in their next major update. You are spot on about the advantages/disadvantages compared to the others, especially OBS. I keep going back and forth between the two, but prefer the stability of Ecamm; on the other hand, not having a chroma key is a killer.
Great details here on Ecamm! Can you tell me what you would consider to be the closest comparable product for Windows? Also, do you see tools like Ecamm eating into the market of the Screenflow type solution - what can’t you do with Ecamm? I’m thinking that if you plan livestream recording to have many elements in there, you minimize work in post as well.
Hey Gord! It has replaced the screen recording element of screenflow for me when I want to create something once with no (or just basic) editing - like course content.
If I wanted to record with separate video layers for more advanced editing I'd use screenflow to split out the video, screen and audio recording into different tracks.
Unfortunately there's no real competitors on Windows.. OBS or Vmix would probably come closest but also totally different at the same time.
+1 for Ecamm Live - I use it weekly live streams to YouTube . Most of the time I’m running the beta version to test out new features that always seem to be coming down the pipeline. Very happy with it on my aging 2012 MacBook Air ;)
Hey Justin, I wanted to just raise one issue here. Andit’s just out of my own experience. I love Ecamm and purchased + used it, and I support the awesome developers behind it. but I found Zoom to be way more stable. As someone who live streams 1-2 times a week, I with I could use eCamm for this, but Zoom is more stable and delivers (somehow) better quality video to the stream (I use the HD Logitech 920). I’m waiting till ecamm gets better than Zoom, unfortunately I didn’t find them better as of 3 months ago when I made a full switch to Zoom (which are annoyingly adding their logo on every one of my lives but I prefer compromising branding-on-screen over quality of stream)
Justin Brown - Primal Video that’s great that you managed to do that with ecamm. Zoom is great for as many guests as you want btw, I use it in my live podcast interview recordings. You just put it in Gallery View and it can stream multiple guests. Following this video I’ll try to give Ecamm some more testing, and will update here in my findings :)
We use both for different things. If you want to have more than 5 people on, Zoom is the solution. If you have a low spec computer then zoom might also be the best option IF you're going to be putting your system under a lot with a heap of skype guests etc. Zoom doesn't offer much control or chat or anything like that and also in my experience the quality is not as sharp as Ecamm.. Not sure why this is the opposite for you.. we've tried with a lot of webcams and Ecamm wins for quality over Zoom hands down.. even with HD enabled in Zoom.
Appreciate you sharing your experiences with both!
I love this edgy look! I was so excited that her hair, even as short as it is now, was still able to be put into the fun and trendy dutch pigtail braids! Instead of braiding to the ends, I ended them in close together pigtails at the nape of her neck. After I finished braiding, I tugged on the outsides of the braid gently to loosen them and make them a little messy and fun! Since she doesn’t have enough hair to tie around the elastics, I made sure to use elastics that matched her hair so they blend in as much as possible. You could also cover them with clips or bows! A view from the back of her Dutch pigtail braids! A great braid for short hair is a micro accent braid! My biggest tip for braiding short hair would be to add in small slices of hair rather than big ones. I did a small (micro) braid along a slightly curved deep part for anther cute and edgy look! You could also do another one next to it if you wanted a little more to the look, but I really liked how simple this one was. You can see how the part curves a little better from this view of the back. I ended the braid close to the head with an elastic that matched her hair. For our fourth style, we did a 3/4 french braid! Super simple but also super cute! You could do any type braid! It would also look cute using a Dutch braid or a fishtail braid! I loved the side view of this braid! I will for sure be doing this one next time she goes to gymnastics or swimming, whichever comes first! Our last braid is two four dutch lace braids into two loops in the back. Start off by parting the hair down the middle. On each side of the part, do a dutch lace braid, adding hair in from only the section closest to the part as you braid. Tie the braids together in the back with a small elastic and before you pull the hair all the way through to make a ponytail, leave it in a cute little loop! If the hair is a little bit longer, you could do a tiny bun. Repeat this directly under the braid you just did so you have two rows and two loops.
We will have to be coming up with lots more short hair braids in the future, so be sure to give us a follow over at our newly redesigned blog Abella’s Braids to see more as we do them!
Thanks for reading! See you again this time next month!
love these ideas! My daughter recently cut about 8 inches off her hair and is loving her shorter hair, but I’ve mostly been at a loss of what to do with it! Thanks!
Abella has been begging me for at least a year, probably closer to two years, to cut her hair. I posted a photo on Instagram with a question in the caption. “Abella has been begging me to cut her hair short, do you think I should let her do it?” Almost everyone said “YES!” So thanks to all of the good advice from my followers, we did it…and we haven’t regretted it for a second! I think she looks so cute and it really fits her personality! It’s for sure a lot harder to come up with braids but it’s pushed me to step out of my comfort zone! We wanted to show you that even if you have short hair, there are lots of cute braids you can still do!
This first braid (above) is three ladder braids. Start out with a part deep to one side. On the side with less hair, start out by doing a waterfall braid along the part. Under that one, do another waterfall braid, but incorporate the waterfall pieces from the one above it as you braid. Under that one, do a french braid. Incorporate the waterfall pieces from the second braid as you go. We braided each one to the ends and used elastics that matched her hair to tie them off.