How to Use OBS as a Webcam

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As I learn more about streaming video games on Twitch and continue broadcasting the Script & Style Show, I've become skilled in the art of Open Broadcasting Software (OBS).  OBS is a bit like PhotoShop for video, wherein you can layer effects like video, audio, imagery, app windows, and even webpages onto a canvas and OBS streams all of those visuals -- it's truly incredible software.

OBS streams directly to YouTube, Twitch, and a variety of other services but doesn't act as a traditional webcam, so you can't use your stream effects and layers outside of streaming.  After a bit of searching, I found an awesome extension for OBS, OBS-VirtualCam, which allows you to use OBS as a webcam, allowing you to use your effects in any medium that uses webcams like Google Hangouts!

Start by downloading OBS-VirtualCam.  With OBS-VirtualCam installed, you can now go to Tools > VirtualCam.  You'll see the following screen:

OBS Virtual Cam

You can configure a few settings, and if you want to use OBS-VirtualCam often, you'll probably want to check the AutoStart option.  Click the Start button and now OBS-VirtualCam will display in your video/webcam list throughout your computer system.  Now you can use OBS for Google Hangouts and any other video meeting or output application!

OBS for Google Hangouts

OBS-VirtualCam is really easy to use and I'm so happy I can now use OBS in Google Hangouts and other company meetings!

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Discussion

  1. roc

    Hello. Thank you for sharing your experience.

    But the result you mentioned:
    “Click the Start button and now OBS-VirtualCam will display in your video/webcam list throughout your computer system.”
    is not true in my windows 8.1 pro system.

    Nothing changes after VirtualCam started.

  2. Hi!

    It it sad that OBS-VirtualCam only exist on Windows :/ I wish I had a way to do this on Linux too!

  3. Thanks for sharing! I also find this to be one of the most beneficial plugins for OBS. I use it all the time. In my experience, it seems that very few people are using this on YT and other platforms. I was just wondering if I could pick your brain on some of the ways you use this plugin and other ways you might use OBS. I am just looking for someone on a similar level as me to bounce ideas off of and help each other grow as content creators.

  4. Windows only, that sucks :(

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