RightBooth 5 (and 6) differs from previous versions in the way it offers webcam mirroring. This article explains all.
What is webcam mirroring?
This is the ability to flip the webcam's camera view in the horizontal direction, so that when you stand in front of the camera you will see a flipped reflection of yourself on screen.
These two images show a mirrored webcam and a non mirrored webcam:
Why is webcam mirroring useful?
Webcam mirroring helps when you want to position yourself within the camera view, so if you move to the left, your reflection on screen also moves to the left, and vice versa.
By default RightBooth 5 will show all webcam views mirrored on all screens in the event.
Is there a downside to webcam mirroring?
Webcam mirroring replicates what happens when you stand in front of a real mirror. Everything is flipped including written words you might hold up in front of the camera. And obviously, on the screen you don't look like others see you in real life, you're flipped !
What about the recorded videos and photos. Are they also flipped?
Webcam mirroring only happens on screen. The actual recorded videos and photos captured by RightBooth will always be saved the correct way round, in other words they are captured exactly as the webcam's camera 'sees' you. And any words held up to the camera will be readable in the recorded files.
I've turned mirroring off but the webcam is still mirrored on other screens
Each webcam item has it's own Flip X property. The reason is that you might want to have selective mirroring only on webcam items on particular screens in the event. For example, on the screens leading up to the start of a video recording you may want to turn on mirroring to help users with positioning. But during the actual recording you may want users to see a true reflection of themselves and their surroundings on screen. So the choice is yours.
On the properties panel you may have noticed that you can also Flip the webcam in the Y direction. Why might that be useful? We will cover that in another Blog article soon.
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