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Use your Smart Phone as WebCAM.

Download the EpocCam app from the app store (I’m using the free version, which puts a watermark on the image and restricts you to 640×480 resolution; the $7.99 HD version lets you go up to 1080p and show a full 16:9 widescreen perspective). The app lets you do a wireless or USB-tethered connection. Download and install the EpocCam driver for your computer (OSX 10.12+ or Windows 7+). IMPORTANT: Restart your computer. The camera streaming function doesn’t work until you open a streaming video app (Important note: Zoom’s latest security update has broken its compatibility with EpocCam, so this will only work on Zoom if you have an old version installed, or when they fix this issue). It works fine on my old installation of Zoom on my personal laptop, Hangouts, and on Jitsi. Open the EpocCam app on your phone. You’ll have to leave it running to keep the stream going.

I learned a few other things along the way:

-For the iPhone, minimum requirements are iOS 10.3+ and an iPhone 5s or newer (I mistakenly had thought my phone was an iPhone 5 when I published this. Apologies to anyone that tried it but couldn’t install.)

-If you have any troubles, try restarting your app. Worse than that, reboot the phone and computer.

-WiFi actually seems to work better in my tests, but you may want to play with this.

-I ended up paying for the HD version but mostly am only able to get it to connect at 720p. I’ll update if I figure out how to force it to do 1080p. Still, 720p is pretty good for a 2nd overhead camera.

-If you have an old Zoom installation and can use this, you can switch cameras pretty quickly on a Mac by pressing Command-Shift-N

-There’s an Android version available (WiFi only); I tried it with a very cheap, old Motorola and it took numerous tries to connect, then was a bit laggy. Not sure if it’s the phone’s fault, or the app.


Siana Alcorn August 27, 2021
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