I’m always looking for ways to use technology to help me improve how I teach guitar students to play guitar, especially on the Internet. So I was really excited to come across a webcam software product called Webcam Max, thanks to a fellow guitar teacher Storm. Storm is using it in his video guitar lessons, but he also did a live streaming video group guitar lesson where he added diagrams and videos on the fly right into the video stream.
This is great because I can now put diagrams, software or other videos up on the screen as I teach via my webcam or do YouTube videos. In fact I just did a lesson where I had myself on webcam video along with a fretboard diagram of the fretboard that was changing on the fly as the chord changed. This was by using a screen view of my desktop combined with the webcam video stream.
This is better than having the student looking at separate diagrams, or having to download and print out a diagram. Not only that you can have the diagram relate to what it being taught at the time so it’s right there on the screen. I’ve seen Storm scrolling tab along with someone playing guitar so you can see both on the screen at the same time. Now that is awesome! Using the picture in picture feature of Webcam Max, I can have my desktop or software program with fretboard diagrams showing at the same time as the students see me on webcam video, for a picture in picture effect.
You can feed videos, pictures or your desktop into the video feed. So you could replay previous videos, or have a live show on ustream.tv that is actually a pre-recorded! You can also write text on the screen. I’m also thinking about using two webcams in the future, where one is zoomed out showing me and another that would zoom in on the guitar. That would be pretty cool as well.
If you want to have a bit of fun you can add a moustache, hat, glasses and many other effects to your face. Webcam Max will actually track your movements so that it stays in place. You can also set the background behind you to a nice scene instead of your bedroom!
Go here to get Webcam Max. I downloaded a free 30 day trial. You can see my first new YouTube video guitar lesson below for an example of what it can do.
I’m super pumped about the possibilities. Thanks Webcam Max!