SplitCam – Share Your Webcam

April 8, 2009 by
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Webcams have become one of the most popular computer devices. Webcams can be used for a video chat, taking pictures and even to record videos.

There is a wide range of webcams and most laptops have integrated webcams nowadays. Resolutions and recording speed vary, but a webcam is available for all purposes. Any computer with a USB port can connect and use a webcam.

But this variety of webcams creates new problems in itself, software compatibility. Windows will generally support most webcams with standard drivers, but exotic webcams will need additional drivers and software. Before you can select and use your webcam in your favorite chat program, the right webcam drivers and software needs to be installed for Windows to recognize and control the webcam.

A separate problem is that the webcam can only be used by one application. In general this is not a big deal, since you would only want to use the webcam for one purpose at the time. But what if a program is using the webcam device without you knowing it? Or what if you have friends on different chat programs and want to use video chat with them at the same time?

SplitCam, split your webcam and use it in more than one application

SplitCam is a handy little application that allows you to share your webcam across applications. You can download SplitCam from the dedicated website. The executable installer is about 3.5 MB. Once you run the installer and follow the steps in the installation wizard, you will have a SplitCam icon on the desktop.

Running SplitCam will show you the main screen.

SplitCam main window

As you will see the program is free, but is using advertisements to compensate for costs. Not a problem, since you can limit the program usage to setting up the webcam.

The first thing to do is to check the video source setup. In the File menu, select Video source and in the submenu, select your webcam. If you have multiple video sources in our computer, make sure to select the webcam that you want to use.

Select video source in SplitCam

Next, you can press the play button in the small video screen on the right-hand side of the SplitCam window. Your webcam image should appear, and you can take snapshots and see it full screen.

But the main purpose of using SplitCam will be to select SplitCam as the video source in other applications. Let’s take a look at Skype, where we now have the choice to select the original webcam as well as the SplitCam Capture.

Wecam use in Skype

When we select the SplitCam Capture video source, the webcam image will show. At the same time we can still use the same video source in another application, like Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger.

You do need to keep SplitCam running when using it as the video source, but it can be minimized to the system tray and it only uses 2 MB of memory in that state, so not really a problem.

Other SplitCam Benefits

Sharing your webcam across applications is nice, but using SplitCam can actually solve quite a few common webcam problems. SplitCam is compatible with all Windows versions, from Windows 98 to Windows Vista (I will try Windows 7 as well!). The only requirement is DirectX 9. The advantage is that SplitCam will support many more webcams than a lot of other applications. As a result you can select and use your webcam where you could not before.

Problems like no webcam image, a black or white screen, no device found errors, can often be solved by installing and using SplitCam.

SplitCam can also be used as a video player and image viewer, but there are better programs for that.

If you are interested in recording your webcam chats from instant messaging programs, check out EatCam. And if you want to record video with your webcam, have a look at our review of Debut Video Capture.

Update: Windows 64-bit support

One of the major drawbacks of SplitCam is the limited support of the 64-bit operating system. The drivers are not signed, so Windows 7 will not install the drivers without disabling the driver signing requirement. If you press F8 in 64-bit Windows versions, you can select an option to Disable Driver Signature Enforcement, which allows you to install unsigned drivers, including the beta version of SplitCam.

But now there is a version that has signed drivers that will install directly on Windows Vista 64-bit and Windows 7 64-bit. The software is still in beta, and it can be downloaded from the SplitCam forum. Since it is still a beta version keep in mind that it can still contain bugs, but if you are keen on testing and using it, you can try it.

Update:

In case you are looking for an alternative webcam sharing application for 64-bit Windows versions, you can also try the ArcSoft Webcam Sharing Manager. I could not find a download link to it on the ArcSoft website, but HP has a software package containing the ArcSoft webcam sharing software available for download. I have not tried it on any non-HP systems, but knowing the ArcSoft solutions, it should work on other manufacturer’s systems as well.

Update: SplitCam version 5.4.3

Like most software, SplitCam undergoes changes as well. In the latest version, the GUI has been updated, and some more features have been added. Like with ManyCam, SplitCam now also offers all kinds of effects that you can use with your webcam.

Webcam effects in SplitCam

With version 5, SplitCam is fully Vista and Windows 7 compatible, including the 64-bit versions.
Further additions are the ability to record video from the webcam, like Debut Video Capture, and to directly upload videos to YouTube.

A not so nice change is the automatic installation of the Alot toolbar. Even when you uncheck all related checkboxes in the installation process, it still is installed. Luckily it can easily be uninstalled separately from the Control Panel, but I personally am really not in favor of these forced, bundles installations. You can easily end up with a dozen toolbars in IE this way.

Tip: Use DriverFinder to download & update webcam drivers!

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Comments

103 Comments on SplitCam – Share Your Webcam

  1. Anthony on Mon, 13th Apr 2009 9:35 am
  2. SplitCam indeed works on Windows 7 as well!

  3. Brinnie on Tue, 4th Aug 2009 3:37 am
  4. Holy crap thankyou Anthony!
    Got a cheap webcam from Hanoi, wasn’t working for Skype but was for msn, and then I discovered this..
    You’re the man!
    Thanks heaps.

  5. JACK TIMPANO on Thu, 17th Sep 2009 2:45 am
  6. i tried instaling split cam but my computer responded by telling me that if i did do this it will disrupt my programs, is it safe to proceed after that.

    Jack.

  7. Anthony on Thu, 17th Sep 2009 6:36 am
  8. @JACK TIMPANO – SplitCam is perfectly safe, I have used in on both an XP and a Vista computer for quite some time already.

  9. Danny on Mon, 5th Oct 2009 6:59 am
  10. not working on windows 7 x64 :(
    any updates regarding it?

  11. Anthony on Mon, 5th Oct 2009 9:19 am
  12. @Danny – I have not tried it on a 64 bit system yet, but one other option you could try is ManyCam.

  13. Kevin on Mon, 12th Oct 2009 12:37 am
  14. when i try to use my webcam (its an older, logitech quickcam) it pops up with an error that says something like “its not supported” what can i do?

  15. Anthony on Mon, 12th Oct 2009 8:53 am
  16. @Kevin – SplitCam supports a lot of webcams, and often even works with webcams that are not supported directly by other programs, so if your webcam is reported as not supported there might be no other choice than to get a new one.
    What Windows version are you using? Sometimes older webcams are not supported in Vista because of driver availability. You can still used it in an XP configuration though.

  17. Kevin on Mon, 12th Oct 2009 5:45 pm
  18. im using windows xp, and i have installed the proper driver for it, when i try to use the webcam without Splitcam, it says its in use by another application, but i do not know which process to ‘end’ in my task manager to successfully use my camera! i was hoping Splitcam would fix this, but i suppose it could just be the webcam itself

  19. Anthony on Tue, 13th Oct 2009 10:02 pm
  20. @Kevin – Could be. One last option is that the sharing setting in the webcam is not set properly. Not all webcams have this, but some do. Should be in the driver properties or the webcam program.
    You do not have a TV card installed in the PC by any chance?

  21. amanda on Mon, 2nd Nov 2009 7:30 pm
  22. my webcam was working just fine in skype then all of a sudden i got the same error message, saying it was already being used by another program. so i downloaded splitcam and opted to use it as my video in skype but the screen just stays black. i know my webcam isnt the issue, as it worked fine prior to me adjusting the sound in skype. any advice on what could be the issue here? i do not have a tv card

  23. Anthony on Tue, 3rd Nov 2009 1:12 am
  24. @amanda – Do you see yourself in the SplitCam window? Make sure you select your webcam as the input video device in SplitCam itself first. Once that works, Skype should also work they way you tried it.
    Other options are reinstalling Skype or downloading and installing DirectX (again).

  25. Danny on Tue, 3rd Nov 2009 1:42 am
  26. the same problem as amanda here. I tried both SplitCam and ManyCam but with no success. I tried to contact camera manufacturer but it seems they have no idea what’s going on. I guess I would have to reinstall the whole system to make it work. I am sure that this problem is caused by some kind of software/driver/service conflict because after installing OS the camera worked fine but I have no Idea what causes this problem.

  27. alex on Sat, 21st Nov 2009 7:29 am
  28. @Anthony
    Can you pls tell me how you made the splitcam work on win 7?
    Ive just downloaded the .exe and when i try to open splitcam it says the driver is not compatible or something.I also have this problem with Winfast driver and application for my tv tunner. I get a message from windows saying the driver was blocked due to incopatibility. Can you help me with this.?
    Thank you

  29. Kyle on Sat, 21st Nov 2009 12:39 pm
  30. @alex – If you have a TV Tuner card in your PC, that can often be a problem in combination with a webcam, as both can be used as video input sources.
    I just installed SplitCam on Windows 7, nothing special.
    Try disabling your TV card/tuner in the Device Manager and run SplitCam again.

  31. alex on Sat, 21st Nov 2009 2:14 pm
  32. @ kyle , icant disable tv tunner, i need it. I need to make splitcam work with the video capture from tv tunner.I tryed manycam also,installed it but when i tryed to open the capture, it sayd i have to select other video capture.Not the one from tv tunner.
    And splitcam , i was able to install it.But when trying to open , same error.Driver not compatible or something.Which is confusing, because i have win 7 that works both with x64 and x86.Since the driver of splitcam isnt x64 and is the old x32(x86) still not working.

  33. Kev on Fri, 27th Nov 2009 4:11 am
  34. Anyone able to make splitcam work on windows 7 (64 bits)? i just bought a new cam because my old one was not supported on win 7 anymore and now that i have a new cam, i intalled splitcam and when i try to open it, i get the message : Error installing driver for the virtual SplitCam capture device. Please restart your computer…

    Is there any other software doing the same job, other than manycam which obviously from other users here doesn’t seem to work on win 7 either? :+(

  35. alex on Fri, 27th Nov 2009 6:39 am
  36. Nope, i dont think so …i tryed splitcaam,trackercam, manycam.Manycam has a version compatible and recognized by microsoft for windows 7.But it still doesnt work.
    I see only one guy here sayd splitcam works, but after all the things i tryed to make it work, i think its just bullshit. Obviously he doesnt have anything to do, just make people fry theyr brains to make splitcam work because he sayd it works on Win7.

  37. Anthony on Fri, 27th Nov 2009 12:07 pm
  38. @alex – Not sure why you feel the need to express yourself in such words despite your frustration. Actually Kyle was right, SplitCam does work fine on Window 7, but indeed only on the 32 bit version.
    Even on Windows Vista 64 bit it does not work, which must be a driver architecture issue. I have tried to run it as an administrator as well as in XP SP2 compatibility mode and it does not work.
    Let’s hope the manufacturer’s come out with an updated version soon!

    @Kev – This answers your question as well. So far I also have not found another tool that works for 64-bit Windows versions :(

  39. Kev on Sat, 28th Nov 2009 1:28 am
  40. Hi! i just found something to replace Splitcam for users of Windows 7( 64 bits). It’s ScreenCamera 1.9.6.00
    Virtual Camera for your Desktop and Webcam Splitter
    Shareware | $29.95
    Ok, i know it’s a shareware that you need to purchase but hey, what we want is something that can do the job and i think i will pay for it, unless someone can advise me quickly of another software that would be free… So waiting for your other solutions until my trial expires.

    Hope this is useful for someone else too!

  41. alex on Sat, 28th Nov 2009 9:19 am
  42. @Kev
    This thing acctualy works, the only impediment would be that you get the publicity bar on the image capture with “screen camera trail version:” .Tryed to get it off but i dont think it can be removed.
    Thxs a lot Kev.Its better than nothing.

  43. Graham on Sun, 29th Nov 2009 4:56 pm
  44. Well after converting Vista to Win 7 with splitcam already installed I couldn’t start splitcam until I had un-installed splitcam and then re-installed it.
    I can get cam picture on splitcam screen but splitcam isn’t shown in Live Messenger pull down list for selecting camera. Shut down splitcam and I can get camera on Live messenger
    Trying to get splitcam on Irfanview selecting twain source, splitcam is not shown. However using Irfanview I can get the splitcam image by just clicking Aquire/Batch scanning so its recognised that way.

    On XP these show OK

  45. kimi on Wed, 2nd Dec 2009 11:16 am
  46. my split cam was working fine for about a week, now i get the error message ‘
    the device is not supported.
    set device: Render stream() failed with error code 0x80070057.

    what does it mean, i restarted my computer and it didnt solve the problem, nowwhen i try to start the webcam on its own ots says ‘camera busy’ but the camera isnt running, not even in the task mamager!!.
    what to do, i have uninstalled and re-installed split cam, but this didnt work either. i’m at my wits end.

  47. Anthony on Wed, 2nd Dec 2009 2:06 pm
  48. @kimi – I am not familiar with that error in combination with SplitCam. Chances are that something was installed that causes the error, maybe a Windows update or some other software.
    Try using system restore to restore the system configuration from a week ago and see if that restores the functionality.
    Another possibility is to reinstall the webcam driver if you have the driver installation files.

  49. Rachel on Thu, 17th Dec 2009 6:24 pm
  50. i tried to DL splitcam but i always get an error message. how can i get the software to work properly?

  51. Anthony on Thu, 17th Dec 2009 11:35 pm
  52. @Rachel – Are you getting an error downloading the installer or executing the installer? And what is the error exactly?

  53. David on Sat, 26th Dec 2009 12:09 pm
  54. I have Windows 7 & can not get Split cam to work on here now. I use to have Xp & it worked fine. please help

  55. Anthony on Sat, 26th Dec 2009 1:05 pm
  56. @David – SplitCam is not compatible with the 64-bit versions of Windows, so if you are using Windows 7 65-bit, it will not work. You could try SplitVideo, which claims to be 64-bit compatible. If you are using Windows 7 32-bit, please let me know what error you are getting.

  57. alex on Sat, 26th Dec 2009 6:12 pm
  58. I changed my OS with windows xp sp3. Splitcam isnt working…i can open the application, the video source is already selected (my tv tunner) but when i try to press play it sayd Device is not supported. Render stream eror, and a number something like 0x800700552 …any ideea what is wrong with it? Do i have to make any other settings???

  59. micutz on Wed, 6th Jan 2010 10:15 am
  60. does not work on 64 bit windows… works on xp to 7 but only 32 bit versions

  61. Elma on Mon, 25th Jan 2010 4:34 pm
  62. I wounder why i cant open splitcam when it was sucessfull downloded on my computer ? it comes up some error telling me to restart my computer and let it try again , but still dosnt work ?

  63. Anthony on Mon, 25th Jan 2010 5:58 pm
  64. @Elma – What is your Windows version? And can you give the exact error message?

  65. Fred on Tue, 26th Jan 2010 12:15 pm
  66. Anthony. Similar to 31-32. Running Window 7. The exact error message is “Error Installing driver for virtual Splitcam capture device. Please restart your computer and try running the application again. If the problem persists contact the software developer.” I have restarted my computer several times and the same message appears. I re-ran the set-up icon in modify mode and repair mode to no avail. Even though the software installation appears successful, I keep getting the above error message. The laptop is new and this is my first time trying to get spltcam to function on this laptop. Please help.

  67. Anthony on Tue, 26th Jan 2010 1:34 pm
  68. @Fred – Are you running the 32 bit version of Windows 7?

  69. Adam on Tue, 26th Jan 2010 6:21 pm
  70. I am running the 32bit version of Windows 7 and have just tried to install and then launch SplitCam and I also get the message about being unable to install the virtual SplitCam capture device.

  71. Adam on Tue, 26th Jan 2010 6:27 pm
  72. However, now I have just tried to run splitcam in compatibility mode (right-clicked on the program and selected ‘Troubleshoot Compatibility’ and got it to run as Windows XP SP2. When the program launched it went ahead and installed the driver (although it prompted it was not signed).

    After this is works fine for me.

  73. mario rizzototo on Fri, 29th Jan 2010 10:10 pm
  74. Reference to Split Cam running in Windows7, it just WONT!! Microsoft or someone in authority needs to fix whatever. I go to buy a brand new computer and find that the old works better. This Windows 7 sucks anyway, why do they keep up or downgrading their stuff. Money, I suppose…Get with it Gates…

  75. Jeray on Sat, 13th Feb 2010 12:41 am
  76. For Windows 7 64 bit try:
    http://www.manycam.com/

    Thats what I use and it works fine for me..

  77. ayezza gonzalez on Sat, 6th Mar 2010 6:52 am
  78. i want to know how do i have a splitcam in my desktop?

  79. ayezza gonzalez on Sat, 6th Mar 2010 6:53 am
  80. i want to know how do i have a splitcam in my computer desktop?

  81. Anthony on Sat, 6th Mar 2010 3:23 pm
  82. @ayezza gonzalez – SplitCam will simply show in the Windows Add/Remove programs list in the Control Panel. On the desktop, you would see it….

  83. Vesku on Mon, 29th Mar 2010 4:09 pm
  84. I have Windows 7, 32-bit, and after I ran SplitCam as admisntrator it works fine, thanks.

  85. emilyn on Wed, 21st Apr 2010 4:56 am
  86. please help me how to download splitcam in window 7,, it said if i instaliing.. it always said is: “Error Installing driver for virtual Splitcam capture device. Please restart your computer and try running the application again. If the problem persists contact the software developer.” I have restarted my computer several times and the same message appears. pleased help me..ty

  87. Anthony on Wed, 21st Apr 2010 11:20 am
  88. @emilyn – First please check that you are running Windows 7 in the 32-bit version, as we know SplitCam does not work on the 64-bit version.
    Other than that, the error you are experiencing can really only happen if your user account does not have administrator privileges. Installing a virtual device will require admin rights.

  89. alex on Thu, 29th Apr 2010 4:54 am
  90. any alternatives for splitcam for win7 on 64 bits? have tried everything. nothing worked. please help!
    thanks in advance :)

  91. Anthony on Thu, 29th Apr 2010 1:37 pm
  92. @alex – Have a look at ManyCam.

  93. Patrick J. on Thu, 6th May 2010 2:53 pm
  94. I was running Splitcam on XP with two Firewire cams running in my studio and it was great. Now running Win 7 (32 bit) and it says my cam is unsupported and generally won’t play with me at all.
    Great shame as it was proving to be a killer app in the video world.

  95. Anthony on Thu, 6th May 2010 4:30 pm
  96. @Patrick J. – Pity indeed, but it is part of the problems with Windows 7 at this stage, a lot of (older) hardware is not supported and may never be.
    On the other hand it seems SplitCam can also use some improvements, particularly the 64-bit support.
    Btw, have you tried ManyCam on Windows 7 with your firewire cams?

  97. Patrick J. on Thu, 6th May 2010 5:28 pm
  98. Hi Anthony, I tried ManyCam but it seemed to come with some rather suspect looking bits. Even trying to uninstall it produced some nasty processes wanting to install executables. Why people have to do that I don’t know. Anyway it couldn’t find use my cams so had to come out. I can understand free program developers having to use advertising but that type of intrusion is bad for everyone. The residue in the registry is hard to clean up too.
    I think my solution is to use USB capture devices for the cams to hook into with RGB or component as that will show up as a USB webcam. I have know people reporting out in the field use Splitcam for reports straight from their laptops with Firewire cams that have appeared on international news channels through Skype.
    If Splitcam can sort it and charge for a version without ads I’d buy it.

  99. christopher jatico on Thu, 20th May 2010 5:58 am
  100. I wonder why i cant open splitcam when it was sucessfully downloded on my computer ? it comes up some error telling me to restart my computer and let it try again , but still dosnt work ? im using core2quad processor thats why i decided to use 64bit vista os, theirs other option or driver that i can install to support splitcam by my 64bit vista os?

  101. Anthony on Thu, 20th May 2010 10:07 am
  102. @christopher jatico – SplitCam indeed has a problem with 64-bit versions of Windows. I have not tried it on XP 64-bit, but on noth Vista and Windows 7 it has a problem with the driver on the 64-bit version.
    You could have a look at ManyCam to share the webcam across applications.

  103. ayesha on Mon, 24th May 2010 3:06 pm
  104. how can i run splitcam i had successfully downloaded it im using windows7.

  105. Anthony on Mon, 24th May 2010 10:07 pm
  106. @ayesha – As mentioned in earlier comments, Windows 7 will only work if you are running the 32-bit version (right-click My Computer in the Start menu and select Properties to see if it is 32 or 64 bit).
    But make sure you right-click the SplitCam installer and select Run as administrator in the popup menu.

  107. Patrick J. on Mon, 24th May 2010 10:47 pm
  108. Thanks Anthony..but it still doesn’t work. I’ve been trying various compatibility modes too but to no avail..Win7 doesn’t seem to like it. I also have a few colleagues who were running it and they can’t get it to go either. Not unless there’s something amiss with the Firewire driver bus etc..

  109. Anthony on Tue, 25th May 2010 5:03 pm
  110. @Patrick J. – Well, if the webcam does not work with any software, it could indeed be the firewire driver. But if you get an install error on SplitCam, it obviously has nothing to do with the webcam or the firewire bus.

  111. PierluigiMartini on Mon, 7th Jun 2010 3:49 am
  112. I have also tried to run (as Administrator) on Windows7 (32 bit mode), and it doesn’t work. I get a “dah-ding” sound, but nothing pops up on the screen.

    Disappointing!

    Anybody have an idea how to get it to work?
    Thanks!

  113. Someguy on Thu, 10th Jun 2010 4:02 pm
  114. In order to install on any 64 bit operating system you first NEED to disable the Driver Signing in windows.
    A simple google search for
    Disable Driver Signing windows x64
    will provide you with an abundant resource of tutorials.
    Happy camwhoring!

  115. E_Shen on Sat, 19th Jun 2010 9:48 am
  116. Hi All,
    I tried to install SplitCam on my Win 7 64bit and I couldn’t, then I pop into this thread and I tried ManyCam.
    With ManyCam the installation went OK but it won’t recognize my Samsung Camcorder that connected to my FireWire port.
    Other software do recognized the cam when ManyCam doesn’t.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks

  117. Anthony on Mon, 21st Jun 2010 8:32 am
  118. @E_Shen – Please check the updated article, SplitCam has a beta version for 64-bit Windows version which might do the trick for you.

  119. ebtsama on Thu, 5th Aug 2010 3:56 pm
  120. dosnt work on win 7

  121. fmp on Fri, 20th Aug 2010 2:24 pm
  122. @E_Shen

    yes you have to have an encoding hardware / encoder to bridge the digital camcorder with usb port and splitcam.

    fmp

  123. franuk on Sat, 4th Dec 2010 9:25 pm
  124. also on windows 7 been trying for hours cant get it to work

  125. Gil on Wed, 12th Jan 2011 8:30 pm
  126. Doesn’t work on Windows 7, no matter what I’ve tried

  127. ubab on Sun, 6th Feb 2011 12:56 am
  128. Does anyone know how to record a video using splitcam?
    TIA

  129. Kyle on Mon, 7th Feb 2011 2:50 am
  130. @ubab – For video recording, there are better programs. Have a look at Debut Video Capture (free), or Webcam Companion.

  131. Miss. Andrea Borman on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 7:17 pm
  132. I find Split Cam fun to use. And it does work on Windows 7 but you need to download the full package which includes the driver installation. So it can run on Windows 7. There are many different download sites for Split cam but the short installation will install a toolbar and autocomple which I did not want. The best download link is from here click here http://download.cnet.com/Split-Video-from-CAM-or-Video-FILE/3000-2348_4-10488365.html as this will do a full installation including drivers without the toolbar. And yes I found I could use my webcam both on You Tube and Dailymotion site at the same time(I have a built in webcam) where I could not before. So it does work and it takes photos of your computer desktop too,close up. So Split Cam will does work on Windows 7 and if you have any problems,just run it in compatibility mode for Windows Xp. But Split Cam is free to use you do not have to pay for it. so you cannot grumble. Andrea Borman.

  133. Miss. Andrea Borman. on Sat, 12th Mar 2011 5:11 am
  134. Lorraine,this is a comments page about the blog post on Splitcam. I don’t think it is appropiate for you to advertise for office workeres for your company here on this page.There are other sites for this. Andrea

  135. Kyle on Sat, 12th Mar 2011 10:26 am
  136. @Miss. Andrea Borman – Thanks for trying to help protect the integrity and content of the blog post with comments. But we do moderate comments, so yasir’s comment has obviously been deleted as it is considered spam.
    In addition, the originating IP for that comment has also been blocked.

  137. Miss.Andrea Borman on Sat, 12th Mar 2011 3:24 pm
  138. Thank you for your email Kyle. A short while ago I found that I was unable to get onto your site I got a 403 error message and it also said access was forbidden.

    I think the problem was because in blocking that user who made that inappropriate comment, it also stopped a lot of other people getting onto this site. Because in England a lot of people,including me have got BT as their Internet service provider.

    So in blocking that person you also blocked every body else with that Internet service provider. But thankfully now the problem is resolved and I am back on your site reading it.

    I emailed you earlier to tell you about the problem and I am glad you have resolved it. The best way to avoid unwanted comments is to always have comment moderation.

    So that no comments go onto your blog,unless you approve them. I host on blogger and I have enabled comment moderation and also I do not allow anonomus comments.

    They have to provide their open ID or their email address to comment. This helps to stop spam and bad comments,as most spammers do not want to be identified.

    This is a far better course of action than blocking the IP address as doing this stops other people with the same Internet service provider from getting onto the site.

    Anyway,I am glad to see you have resolved this error problem and I am now back on the site and reading new posts. Andrea Borman.

  139. Kyle on Mon, 21st Mar 2011 9:10 pm
  140. @Miss.Andrea Borman – Interestingly I have not changed anything, the IP is still blocked, so your access issues were not related to it.
    And I definitely prefer IP blocking over moderating every comment, this is a deliberate choice. Also helps in blocking a lot of spam comments. But you are right, I need to make sure to only block the end-user IP and not an ISP IP.

  141. Miss. Andrea Borman. on Mon, 21st Mar 2011 9:40 pm
  142. Kyle-Thank you for your reply. I still think that comment moderation is the best way to stop unwanted comments from getting onto your blog. And I also have a video channel on You Tube and on there it is essential. As I do get a lot of nasty comments on there. So comment moderation means that I can stop them from ever getting onto my site, and shown in public. And I think it is a must have for any website too.After all if somebody puts on a nasty or spam comment everyone is going to read it.But comment moderation means that only you see the comment and decide if or not to publish. And it always stops unwanted ones from getting on the site. Andrea Borman.

  143. jhay68 on Tue, 29th Mar 2011 8:23 am
  144. wat kind of video format and wat video size is compatible for splitcam

  145. Kyle on Wed, 30th Mar 2011 8:16 am
  146. @jhay68 – Are you asking about the output video size and format? Because from what I have seen, SplitCam simply supports the resolution (or video size) that the webcam supports.
    For the output format I am not too sure, there is not a lot of info on that. But why are you asking, do you have a problem in using SplitCam as the video input source for a specific program?

  147. Nickh03 on Thu, 7th Apr 2011 10:42 am
  148. @Kyle – Just came across the thread looking for info on Splitcam and saw the posts about IP blocking. The other thing you need to be aware of Kyle is that 99% of UK Internet hosting is done on the cheap with DHCP provided IP addresses. Very few users have a fixed IP so blocking by IP may well stop them for this one session but not the next.

  149. Kyle on Thu, 7th Apr 2011 4:24 pm
  150. @Nickh03 – Thanks for your comment, and I am quite aware of that. But actually, even though DHCP is used, in many cases the same IP is used by the same connection as a result of the IP lease period.
    But in general we use the IP blocking mainly to block IPs of spam comments, so repetitive messages.

  151. dino nath on Mon, 16th May 2011 11:45 am
  152. @ miss andra,,
    i am able to download the splitcam but not able to run the cam i dont know why? its show that ” error installind driver for the virtual split cam capture devi ce. please restart your computer and try running the application again. if the problem persists contact the software developer ” pls help me with this problem if u can..

    pls any one can help me if they can.

    thank you

  153. Miss.Andrea Borman. on Mon, 16th May 2011 12:05 pm
  154. Well,Dino,I have tried the new version of Splitcam,Splitcam 5, brought out in February 2011. But I too find it a big disapoinment. As it records webcam videos but without sound.And they have not fixed this problem,despite releasing 2 more versions of Splitcam 5.So I myself will not use the new version,instead,I use Splitcam 4 or 3,the old version.The old version does not record videos but it is better and nicer than the new and current version(Splitcam5)I have got Windows 7 and the old version-Splitcam 4 works on there.You can download Splitcam 4 the old version from here http://download.cnet.com/Split-Video-from-CAM-or-Video-FILE/3000-2348_4-10488364.html Andrea Borman.

  155. Grigoriu Roxana on Sat, 28th May 2011 7:25 pm
  156. Can you tell me what version of Splitcam is the first screenshot on this page.I want this version but i don’t know it’s name.Thank you

  157. Miss. Andrea Borman. on Sat, 28th May 2011 7:34 pm
  158. Hi,Grigoriu Roxana,
    The first screenshot or photo at the top of the page is the old version of Splitcam. Splitcam 4 which can be downloaded from the C.Net website at the above link on my above comment post. But there is also a new and more recent version,Splitcam 5,which are shown in the next 2 screen shots. But Splitcam 5 is not working properly,that is it records videos but without sound. So I am using the old version, Splitcam 4 instead.Which although it does not record videos at all,it can play video files and is much better than the new version.Andrea Borman.

  159. Grigoriu Roxana on Sun, 29th May 2011 2:06 am
  160. Thank you Andreea for your answer, I know about Splicam 5, but like you i prefer the older version.
    Thx a lot

  161. Miss. Andrea Borman. on Sun, 29th May 2011 4:12 pm
  162. Grigoriu Roxana-
    Here is the download link to download the old version of Splitcam,Splitcam 4,from the C Net website. this version also installs the drivers needed to run it on Windows 7. It also works on Windows XP and Windows Vista of course. Andrea Borman. Click here for the C.Net download http://download.cnet.com/Split-Video-from-CAM-or-Video-FILE/3000-2348_4-10488364.html

  163. Ian Mayor on Sun, 5th Jun 2011 7:20 pm
  164. I have a windows 7 64 bit system and I tried to install the ArcSoft Webcam Sharing Manager onto a non HP computer. Just to let you know it will not install. It errors saying it cannot install on a non HP computer. I’m intend using splitcam version 4 which I use to use on an XP machine.
    I have just installed V4 and it came up with an error about the installation and is asking to restart the computer.

  165. Kyle on Sun, 5th Jun 2011 9:27 pm
  166. @Ian Mayor – Did you use an HP installer for ArcSoft webcam sharing manager, or a download from the arcsoft website? And this is the ArcSoft webcam companion software, right? I should work on all systems actually…
    In any case, SplitCam will work, and you can also try ManyCam.

  167. CHRIS on Wed, 15th Jun 2011 1:26 pm
  168. hi i just wnana ask if the old version of splitcam still available? thank u much

  169. Miss.Andrea Borman. on Wed, 15th Jun 2011 1:50 pm
  170. Yes,Chris,you can still get the old version of Splitcam,from that download link I posted in my previous comment. It links to the C.Net website where you can download it direct from there. I hope this solves your problem. Andrea Borman.

  171. rcho on Thu, 28th Jul 2011 8:02 pm
  172. Hello,
    wWhen I use Splitcam with a video chat software, the image on my webcam is narrow than normal, it seems that Splitcam change the resolution. When I don’t use splitcam, the image is normal. Does anyone has this problem, can be fixed?

  173. joshua on Mon, 22nd Aug 2011 3:34 am
  174. helllo i have windows7 32 bit i have downloaded splitcam its not working tell whats wrong please i only see black when i open splitcam. give me link of splitcam compatible in windows7 32bit plz help me

  175. Kyle on Mon, 22nd Aug 2011 5:37 pm
  176. @joshua – SplitCam works on Windows 7 32-bit without problems. Does the webcam work without SplitCam with the software that came with the computer (or any other program)?
    Also check that you have the right video input source selected. In case your computer has a TV tuner card for example, that might be the default video input source.

  177. paula on Wed, 24th Aug 2011 7:52 am
  178. why i cant download the old version of splitcam…i like to down load the old version splitcam v4.2 i cant down load it

  179. jeah on Wed, 24th Aug 2011 8:05 am
  180. i cant download the old version ” error installing driver for the virtual split cam capture device. please restart your computer and try running the application again. if the problem persists contact the software developer ” pls help me with this problem if u can..

  181. jeah on Wed, 24th Aug 2011 8:15 am
  182. i have windows7 32 bit laptop i tried to download old version splitcam and it only says ” error installing driver for the virtual split cam capture device. please restart your computer and try running the application again. if the problem persists contact the software developer. please help me with it.. thanks

  183. Kyle on Wed, 24th Aug 2011 9:46 pm
  184. @paula – One of the earlier comments has a link to the older versions of SplitCam. You can also do a search or check CNET downloads.

    @jeah – All the latest versions of SplitCam should work with Windows 7. Are you certain your user account has administrator privileges?

  185. kiesha on Mon, 12th Sep 2011 7:34 am
  186. i read about their problems about for installing the splitcam it is downloaded, but the problem it says “error installing driver for the virtual split cam capture device. please restart your computer and try running the application again. if the problem persists contact the software developer ” there’s a lot of same situation just like me .. i like to use the old version than to use the new .. please help me how to fix the same problem with them .. thanks a lot ..

  187. Kyle on Mon, 12th Sep 2011 10:27 am
  188. @kiesha – A common cause of the problem that you are facing is the lack of user rights. Installing a virtual device driver, like SplitCam is doing, requires administrator privileges. So make sure your user account has admin rights.
    If you are using Vista, it could also be the User Account Control (UAC).
    What Version and edition (32/64 bit) of Windows are you using?

  189. Shyam on Sun, 18th Sep 2011 4:51 pm
  190. I am using splitcam v5.4.3, when i use desktop as the source of video, my friend can see my desktop but they can’t read any letters. It’s appear so blur and zigzag way. Is there a way to fix this problem?

  191. Kyle on Mon, 19th Sep 2011 9:02 am
  192. @Shyam – The recorded resolution for the desktop will be good, but the fact that it is send to your friend through a webcam sharing option might reduce the quality and not make it readable.
    You can try a different program to communicate with your friend and share the webcam, but there are also programs that allow you to share the desktop directly, why don’t you use those? Skype can share the desktop while on a call, just select the Call menu and click Share Your Screen.

  193. toby on Sat, 24th Sep 2011 2:33 pm
  194. i can not download splitcam 4.2 old version on my window 7. pls help send me any link that will help me download that version of your product to my system. that is the only version i can understand better. i will be so greatful if my request is granted.

  195. pai on Fri, 28th Oct 2011 7:31 pm
  196. hi, my friend just changed a setting on v4.2 looks like maybe colour or saturation, i was wondering if you can tell me if there is a restore default setting and the location of the restore please, thank you

  197. Kyle on Mon, 31st Oct 2011 10:13 am
  198. @pai – For version 4.2 I am not sure if there is a restore option for the default settings. In version 5.4.3 of SplitCam there is a Default button in the options to restore the picture/color settings. So if that is not there in version 4.2, you might need to uninstall and reinstall it.
    If the settings are maintained in the registry and are not cleared in the uninstall, you might need to use a registry cleaner after the uninstall to remove those settings.

  199. pai on Mon, 31st Oct 2011 5:33 pm
  200. ok, thanks..

    i tryed installing 5.4.3 and found the location on there before i posted this, but have had lots of trouble trying to install 4.2 on win7.
    we have however managed to get it back close to it was before :). think it may be best just to leave it as it is now heheheh

    thanks for taking the time to reply and offer advice

    pai

  201. Jitka on Tue, 20th Dec 2011 7:00 pm
  202. Hello i have problem with my old version of splitcam 4.2 it is saying to instal new one, if i click on cancel program exit. I tried to instal new version but my video is jerking. I use windows 7 32bit and i have video card AverMedia bda analog capture and sony evi d31. Pls could u advice me compatible version for my pc?

  203. Anthony on Fri, 23rd Dec 2011 1:56 pm
  204. @Jitka – The latest version should be compatible, but make sure you select the right video input source.
    If things remain problematic, try disabling one of the video capture devices in the Device Manager when you use the other. Conflicts or incompatibility between the devices can cause performance issues with the video capture.

  205. xonom ngalam on Wed, 15th Aug 2012 2:12 am
  206. I really do not believe it, an official product does not have software built, thanks to those who have this blog, I am really very helpful at all.
    Salam_Satu_Jiwa “- From Indonesia

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