Chameleon Player is a revolutionary tool to help multitaskers reclaim their computer monitors. Play video files and stream shows fullscreen, transparently atop your desktop with full control of the operating system beneath. Perfect for steam gaming while you twitch, or watching your favorite movies and TV shows simultaneously as you play.
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Apr 5, 2018

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October 26, 2018

Linux Version Now Live!

The linux version of the app is now live along with several fixes. Thank you for your patience and keep on multitasking!
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Streaming Support

Streaming support is now live with Chameleon 2.0.1! Twitch TV, YouTube HBO Go, TBS, TNT, ESPN, CNN, USA, Vudu, NBC, PBS, ABC, edX, TED and Coursera ** are all officially supported, although any streaming site that is not "Widevine based"* should function fine. Now, when opening the app, you will then be prompted with a window that allows you to choose a file/folder of video files or several streaming services along with a custom browser window to try others that are not yet officially supported.

About This Software

Chameleon Media Player is non-profit utility software that helps multitaskers reclaim their computer screen space and increase productivity. Windows and Mac users can play video files or stream with their favorite services fullscreen, transparently atop their desktop with full control of the apps beneath. Ideal for gaming on Steam while watching Twitch TV, or simultaneously binging your favorite movies and TV shows while you play.

Chameleon Player loads video files (mkv, mov, mp4, avi) or one of several supported streaming sites, (YouTube, Twitch TV, HBO GO, ABC, NBC, TBS, TNT, ESPN and others*) and displays playback in a fullscreen window over your desktop. By making this window semi-opaque and controllably transparent, your desktop is visible and fully interactable beneath. Since Chameleon is a tray application, all mouse and keyboard events can be passed on to all background programs or Steam games on your computer while playing your favorite videos, youtube videos or streaming shows in the foreground.

I created the software for myself initially and found it to be such a useful tool that I wanted to share it with others. It's completely changed the way I work -- I’ve fit an extra Coursera course into my monthly routine and was able to catch up on the latest season of Rick and Morty with little drop in my work productivity. I also play games on Steam (of course) and being able to watch Twitch and YouTube in the background while gaming is just awesome. I would often mute these games and listen to WNYC or other educational podcasts, but opening this up to videos as well changes everything.

Give the free demo of Chameleon a try and see what I mean! All proceeds help our non-profit, Cinq-Mars Media, to continue its mission of educational research and technology. Originally devised as an educational tool to help busybodies aborb online classes while multitasking and practice learned concepts while watching lecutres, Chameleon can also function as an entertainment app.

** Cinq-Mars Media does not endorse or provide any of the aforementioned streaming services. These may require paid subscriptions and are not included in the purchase of Chameleon Video Player.

* Widevine is a DRM plugin some popular streaming services like Netflix and Hulu use, and while Google offers a path for companies to license the plugin, repeated attempts to reach out have gone ignored. Certified letters, phone calls, emails, you name it, but rest assured we haven't given up as all the code is already baked in, awaiting certification from Widevine.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) 64-bit (x64) processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • OS: El Capitan or later
    • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • OS: High Sierra
    • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) 64-bit (x64) processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space

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