And an update from August 2014: Multi Cam user Kev Lawrence tells me that version is now working with Multi Cam. What other software has features similar to Multi Cam's? Does Multi Cam work with other video chat programs?

Many thanks to Kev for this useful information.) Why has support for Multi Cam been discontinued? Multi Cam tells me "This program is running with administrator privileges, and Skype will therefore refuse to connect to it." How can I fix this problem?

The primary reason is that the code requires substantial maintenance to keep up with changes in Windows and Skype, and the resources to continue this maintenance are not available. Multi Cam is a free and open-source software program that lets you easily use multiple cameras during a Skype video chat.

Obviously, at least one of the parties should be using multiple cameras—otherwise, there's nothing for Multi Cam to do. For example, Multi Cam is definitely useful when one end of the conversation isn't even using video, provided the other end has multiple cameras.

Similarly, Multi Cam is again useful when one end of the conversation has two or more cameras, and the other end has only one.

Thanks to all Multi Cam users for their support and feedback! In addition, it can be useful to have a camera surveying the whole room, as in the 3-camera setup on the right, where a camera on top of the TV screen performs this role.

Although it has not happened yet, I still hope that the existence of Multi Cam and similar utilities will persuade video chat vendors to provide more flexible built-in multi-camera support. The people on the other end of the chat in this particular 3-camera setup can opt to see all three camera views simultaneously, as in the following screenshot: But the participants in the Skype chat don't have to watch all the cameras at once.

Certainly, Multi Cam has succeeded in proving that certain niche applications (such as online music lessons and other types of online tutoring) can benefit greatly from flexible viewpoint control at both ends of the conversation. With a keystroke or mouse click, they can switch between each of the individual camera views, and/or the tiled view of all cameras.

A particularly interesting aspect of Multi Cam is that the participants at either end of the conversation can switch between cameras at either end.

This page will remain intact to enable legacy uses of Multi Cam to continue, especially for research purposes.

However, the Multi Cam software is increasingly likely to be incompatible with newer software, such as Windows 8 and recent versions of Skype.

You will see the entry on your chat credit history as "Revenue Share The chat app provides an excellent use of screen area for the many functionalities.

You may choose to view in portrait or landscape mode.

Likewise, the member profile personal room link will also be the same chat room as the embedded chat rooms.