How to Use any Network Stream as a Web Camera

Often times you need a webcam for a reason, maybe your PC did not come with an inbuilt one or the quality of the image does not satisfy you. The built-in camera quality is actually poor for everyday tasks and might not be useful unless set up a custom HQ Cam for your needs. The solution I put forward is to use a network camera as a webcam and in this post I will guide you through the same.

Now, the problem is that Windows 10 does not have an inbuilt support for using a network cameras as a webcam. We will need a separate application for this purpose. The best thing is there are plenty of software applications for this purpose. In this post, you will learn about some of the popular and user-friendly applications that will help you connect any network stream as a web camera.

After reading this post, you will learn:

  1. How to use a smartphone as a webcam for your PC?
  2. How to use any network cameras as a webcam replacement?

There already are many solutions available as third party software but most of them are either paid or too overloaded. Here are a few worth looking. I have listed them here as I have personally been using them and feel satisfied enough.

Turn Your Smartphone/Android Device into a webcam

This is a two step process, first you need an app that streams you camera capture over network. Then you need to capture that stream and transform it to webcam feed output. Now, lets see how to proceed.

There are lots of video streaming apps available for android that capture camera feed and stream it over a network such as WiFi. First you need to install any of those. I recommend trying IP Webcam for android. Its the most popular, the simplest and the complete app for this task. It supports encryption, and also captures various physical sensors data. It also has lot of camera effects, filters and recordings built in.

Now, once you get into the app, you need to start it and then note down the IP address and Port number. eg. 192.168.1.99:8080

In order to access the network stream make sure all your devices are on the same local network.

Capturing Network Streams as Webcam

Now, here comes the real thing, you can pipe any network stream to webcam output using the application called IPCameraAdapter for windows. Once you install and run the application, you’ll be able to fill the ip address of the network camera feed. You can then check there’s incoming stream and apply it. You can now access the stream through a virtual web camera driver.

IP Camera Adapter Interface

This application pairs nicely with with IP Camera app for android. You can obviously use this application with any network stream. You can fill in the username and password if its requires authorization and you can even set the dimension of the feed. Once complete you would see a Webcam named “MJPEG Camera”, select that and you’re good to go.

Conclusion

There are well a lot many apps that may do the same thing as done by these mentioned here, let us know in the comments below and ask any questions you might have.

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