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How to broadcast your Ubuntu Desktop (and more) on UStream, Justin.Tv, etc


Ever wanted to live-cast your Ubuntu desktop, slide show or even your webcam with some snazzy effects to UStream and similar live-broadcast sites? WebCamStudio for Linux makes it a snap.

The JAVA-based application allows you to create a ‘virtual webcam’ made up from several sources,  including: -
  • Webcams
  • Desktop
  • DV
  • Images
  • Free text
  • IRC
  • Animation
  • Movies
  • YouTube
  • Widgets
The resulting output can then be used for live broadcasting over Bambuser, UStream, Stickam or similar services.

WebCamStudio also allows for live manipulation of some of these – type text on screen, apply wild effects and filters to your webcam and even distort sound! The resulting streams’ resolution, frame-rate and quality are, like much of the application, all configurable.

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As with any video application WebCamStudio requires some muscle in order to work with diligence; this application isn’t best suited to a netbook, for example. It’s also a Java application meaning you will need to have this installed prior-to launching the app or you’ll just end up looking confused when nothing happens.

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Thanks to Wayne Merricks