Free CyberLink YouCam 3! [Limited time offer]

Software Description

The following is a description of CyberLink YouCam 3, as per the developer:

  • Split Mode

Apply webcam effects to other open webcam applications using split mode.

  • User Interface

An all new slick user interface, which includes the ability to instantly change the skin color of the CyberLink YouCam interface

Use touch screen gestures with touch-enabled devices to scroll through and resize media, and more.

  • Face Tracking

Face tracking technology that enhances avatars, enables auto-zoom, enables the use of gadgets, and more.

  • Gadgets

Adds fun accessory items to your webcam image, such as hats, masks, and more.

  • Scenes

Places your webcam image in different locations, such as poster boards, video walls, and movie theater screens.

  • Desktop Capture

Takes a screen capture video of your movements on your desktop. You can create a custom desktop capture video or share your movements in webcam chat.

  • Recording

Automatically e-mail captured timed surveillance video recordings once they have finished recording.

Capture high definition video and photo snapshots.

  • Freehand Drawing

Add a color board to use as a background when creating a drawing on the webcam image.

  • Sharing

Upload videos and photos captured with CyberLink Youcam, directly to your Facebook page.

Share your captured video’s effect information with other users on DirectorZone.

  • Video Image and Preview

Support for high definition webcams with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

View webcam video at full screen.

Enhance your webcam video image using the auto-lighting and video noise reduction features.

dotTech Advice

YouCam 3 is an interesting software. It isn’t aimed at productivity but rather is for fun: It allows users to add effects to webcam feeds. There are dozens (hundreds?) of effects that come with the program itself and users can download over 245,000 free effects. (Note: All 245k+ effects may not work with YouCam 3 — YouCam 3 is about two years old and the latest version if Youcam 5.) These effects range from “gadgets” (which are objects that go on your face, such as masks), “avatars”, “scenes”, “frames”, “distortions”, “filters”, and “effects”. I was pleasantly surprised as to the quality of the effects and the number of effects available for free download.

YouCam 3 works like a virtual camera intermediary (your webcam passes through YouCam 3 and YouCam 3 presents itself to your computer as a real camera), so it works with any program that accepts webcam inputs.

The cool part about YouCam 3 is it has face-tracking technology. So if you apply an effect that goes on your face, such as a mask, YouCam 3 will automatically find your face and place the mask on you, even as you move around. The face-tracking also allows from an optional auto-zoom that zooms in on the face automatically. The face-tracking technology isn’t perfect – especially if there is strong back light – but it works very well, generally speaking.

Aside from webcam effects, other interesting YouCam features are:

  • The ability to show your desktop through your webcam feed, either full screen, a fixed area, or following your mouse.
  • The ability to record webcam or desktop feeds.
    • Records videos are stored in WMV or AVI format.
  • The ability to draw on/annotate your webcam feed.
  • The ability to take still snapshots of your webcam feed.
    • Snapshots are stored in JPG, BMP, or PNG format.
  • The ability to conduct “video surveillance”, either continually capturing video during a user-defined period of time, capturing snapshots every X seconds, or capturing video based on movement (i.e. motion detection).
  • A “YouCam Mirror” which apparently looks to serve as your own personal mirror using your webcam.

Note the video surveillance feature is cool but it isn’t very “secure” — the program stays on in Windows taskbar (so anyone can see it) and cannot be password protected (so anyone can close it).

I definitely recommend YouCam 3 to anyone looking for an enjoyable way to pass time with friends or family. You won’t solve world hunger with YouCam 3 but you may just make someone important laugh.

That said, though, if you have an older/slower machine you should probably steer clear of YouCam 3. The minimum CPU and GPU requirements for YouCam 3 aren’t very high: Intel Pentium D 3.0 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 3200+ or above (CPU) and Intel 945 or above (GPU). However, in practice, running YouCam 3 and a live webcam/desktop feed is taxing on a computer. If you have a slower/older computer, you will lag — you will lag a lot.

Freebie Detail

CyberLink YouCam 3 is being given away in a promotion run by CHIP. There is no information on if it is time limited offer nor is there information on if you can install/reinstall at a later date. My guess, however, is this is a time limited offer, hence why I marked this as a limited time offer in the title. So grab this while you can, if you want it. The program is in English even though this is a German promotion.

To get CyberLink YouCam 3 for free, follow these simple directions:

Version being given out for free: v3.1

Free updates: No

Free technical support: Unknown

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win7

Download size: 87.4 MB

  • After the download has finished, install YouCam 3.
  • Take note during installation you will reach a window where you must enter a Serial Number to register YouCam 3. Enter the serial number given below:

Serial Number: YD7J321981532392

  • Finish installing.
  • Enjoy!
  • Note: When you run YouCam 3 you will be prompted to register with CyberLink. You are not required to perform that registration — entering the serial number during installation was enough to ensure you have a fully functional YouCam 3. You can close the window that pops up.

If you have trouble getting CyberLink YouCam 3 for free, post below and other dotTechies or I will try to help.

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13 comments

  1. fejten sorca

    the contents of this file cannot be unpacked.the executable you are attempting to run has been corrupted. Please obtain another copy of the file, verify its integrity and try again…..

    i tried four times but same content has been displaying….please help me…thank you..

  2. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Ruchir: You are welcome. :-)

    @Jason Carver: Thanks for the tip on the registration screen!

    @John C: Yeah, I’ve posted about most them already. See http://dottech.org/freebies-page.

    @PThakkar: I don’t think you can if they are the same program. At least no way I can think of off the top of my head.

    @Paulo Leme: Are you sure you downloaded the right program? Or maybe you are looking at the wrong thing. The download I linked to definitely is YouCam 3 not PowerDVD 9.

    Maybe if you show me a screen I can help further.

  3. Jason Carver

    @PThakkar:

    Sounds like Cyberlink manufactures OEM solutions for other computer builders as well. If allowed to install, it would install all the Youcam files but media smart would be corrupted. Sorry , I don’t know a way around this one.

  4. PThakkar

    I have HP Media Smart on my laptop – and while installing YouCam 3, it wants me to uninstall HP Media Smart before installation continues. I am reluctant to do that – any way to keep both of them on my laptop? (Some set up tweaks, I guess.)

    Thanks.

  5. Jason Carver

    Unfortunately, I had a little bit of a conflict uninstalling Acer Crystal Webcam which is a bare bones stripped down version of YouCam branded for Acer with basic features only. When trying to install Youcam, it told me that Crystal Eye Cam was detected to uninstall first- I tried yes to uninstall it and it kept looping the same dialog and opening multiple instances of the uninstaller. So I tried to remove it via Control Panel and it did the same thing. Eventually I got fed up and I had to remove Crystal Eye Webcam manually through Revo Uninstaller in order to be able to install the software, finally it installed after 5 tries. This is a mess. But its a fun program, that works well I might add.

  6. John C

    Just a quick heads-up, the majority of the other CHIP.de Advent giveaways are still available for download. Click on the banner which reads “DOWNLOAD ADVENTSKALENDER 2011″, and you’ll be taken to a page showing a Christmas tree with a bunch of numbered presents beneath it. Click on each of the presents (upto the current day) and you’ll be sent to a page where you can download that offer (as with the current offer, click on the “Zum Download” button).

    A few of the offers were only available for 24h, e.g. day 1 – Nik Color Efex Pro Stand Alone – but the majority of the other links still work.

    Seasons greetings, and happy downloading :-)

    John

  7. Jason Carver

    If you hate the registration nags – go to the OLRSubmission folder in the program folder and rename it to Submission and that should stop the nags to register a Cyberlink Acct.

    Also, this program conflicts with Acer Crystal Eye Webcam and Gateway’s webcam / eMachines webcam utility and needs to be removed before installing this as their webcam progs are also made by Cyberlink

  8. Ruchir

    As always simple and lucid.Thx.I do not close the site even after reading and implementing everything as stated.So helpful,clean the site is.The tab remains open even if I don’t read it becoz read it already.As regards version 3,skeptical since version 5 is current.I am wary of old apps since the concept has changed and now apps are different.Like I will choose PDF Xchange pro latest version than the great Acrobat 8 Pro.I am sure overall it will beat Acrobat.