Using your smartphone as a webcam

The purpose of this article is to help people use their smartphones as a webcam so they can use it with their computer for meetings and other video purposes.

Objective

To allow staff/faculty to use their smartphones as webcams for their computers at home.

Environment

Procedure

Configuring DroidCam to use an Android as a webcam on Windows

When launching the DroidCam application on your phone, a help screen will display. Make note of the information if you wish, and press “GOT IT.”

  1. Go to www.dev47apps.com on your PC.
  2. Click “Download Windows Client,” and install. You will need administrator permissions to do this.
    1. If the Client does not appear in your start menu, the application, DroidCamApp.exe, can be found by default in “C:\Program Files (x86)\DroidCam\”
    2. Optional: For quick access, you can right click on DroidCamApp.exe and click “Pin to Start.” It will now appear in your Windows start menu.
  3. Connect via Wi-Fi (recommended; proceed to Step 4 if you wish to connect via USB):
    1. Make sure your computer and webcam are connected on the same network. Note the IP Address and DroidCam Port on the phone application.
    2. Enter the information into the appropriate fields in the Windows Client, and click “Start.”
    3. You should now see video feedback from your phone on your PC.
    4. Go to Step 5.
  4. Connect via USB Cable (results may vary; skip this step if you followed Step 3):
    1. Connect your phone to your PC with a USB cable. If prompted on your phone, select “Allow Data and Power” to allow data to transfer from your phone’s camera to your PC.
    2. Enter the DroidCam port number noted in the phone application and click “Start.”
    3. You should now see video feedback from your phone on your PC.
  5. You can now use your phone’s camera as a webcam in applications such as Zoom. Select “DroidCam Source 2” or “DroidCam Source 3” as the camera device.
 Note
If you see an orange or blue screen instead of camera feed in Zoom or other application, check the configuration on the Droidcam PC Client, and correct any errors.

Using your iPhone as a WebCam with a Mac

This document will walk you through the process of downloading and installing the software needed to use your iPhone’s built in camera as a WebCam on a Mac.

To use Camo, you'll need to install it on your mobile device and on your computer.

Installing Camo on your iOS device

Camo is available in the App Store. If you don't see it, please search for "Reincubate Camo".

Installing Camo Studio on your Mac

  1. Download and unzip Camo Studio from here; that’ll show you the Camo Studio app.
  2. Double-click on Camo Studio to run it.
  3. When you first run Camo Studio on your Mac, it'll prompt you for permission to install (it'll move itself to “Applications”, and install a plugin to let video conferencing apps see it).

Camo Studio asking for permission to install
Figure 1 Camo Studio asking for permission to install

Once that's done, Camo Studio will open on your computer. When Camo Studio runs for the first time, it'll ask if you want it to automatically check for updates.

Camo Studio asking whether to check for updates
Figure 2 Camo Studio asking whether to check for updates

Pairing Camo

Pairing in Camo is automatic — just plug your device in. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac with a standard lightning USB cable, and after a few seconds, you should see yourself in Camo Studio on macOS.

You can now use your iPhone as a camera with Zoom, BlueJeans, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, GoToMeeting, WebEx Teams, Slack and more.

Using your iPhone as a webcam on a Windows PC

This will walk you through downloading the software to your iPhone and computer so you can use your iPhone as a webcam for your Windows PC.

On your iPhone

  1. Go to the app store.
  2. Search for EpocCam.
  3. Install the free app.
  4. Once it is installed open it up. You will be greeted with instructions which are mirrored here.

On your PC

  1. Open up Google Chrome.
  2. Navigate to the kinoni web site (http://www.kinoni.com).
  3. Download the EpocCam drivers to your PC.

Once you install the drivers your phone will automatically connect to your PC and begin working when the app is open.

Internal notes

Tested and written by LSA TS East Hall

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Article ID: 3235
Created
Thu 7/30/20 2:18 PM
Modified
Fri 7/31/20 6:23 AM