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How to Virtualize Your Webcam

How to add graphics, blur your background, and share media through a virtualized webcam.

Updated over a week ago

Virtualizing your webcam through other software allows you to easily share media or add backgrounds and graphics to your livestream. Many choose to virtualize their webcam in order to create a blurred background. Your virtualized camera can be selected as the source of your webcam in your Crowdcast events just like a physical webcam. This is useful if you need to set up media or graphics that aren’t natively supported by Crowdcast’s built-in Studio.

Virtualizing your webcam is a simple process that can be done with just a few steps.

  1. Install a virtual webcam tool: The first step to virtualize your webcam is to download your preferred tool. There are several options available for free or for purchase, including ManyCam, OBS, or YouCam. Simply choose the software that best fits your needs and download it onto your computer. Different tools are available for different needs. For example, ManyCam, OBS, and vMix are great for sharing pre-recorded content and media. Other apps like mmhmm, YouCam, and LogiCapture are designed to alter your video stream with graphics, effects, and backgrounds.

  2. Configure your virtual webcam: After downloading, open the tool you’ve downloaded and configure it to use the background, graphics, or media you wish to display while streaming.

  3. Select the virtual webcam as your camera choice within Crowdcast: When you’re getting ready to go live, you’ll setup your camera and mic inputs from the AV controls in Crowdcast. Select the virtual webcam software as the source for your webcam.

  4. Test your setup: You can test your virtual webcam setup in the greenroom of your Crowdcast event.

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