Make Webcam From IP Camera For Video Conferences
In Zoom, Skype, Teams, Meet – Universal Method
This time we are turning IP-cameras / home Wifi cameras into the Virtual webcams for a computer, if you have a video conference or a video call upcoming, and you don’t have a webcam or it’s awful, but you have a home security network camera. We’ve got different cams’ types, shapes and manufacturers to showcase it the best way possible. Hikvision 4mp. DS-2CD2443G0-I cube, IMOU, Ezviz regular home Wifi cams and Ezviz Pan-tilt C6CN camera. BUT! This is applicable to literally every network camera. Pipl Systems store, my name’s Daniel.
1. Tools & Preparation
On the web I found several ways to do that – a driver for windows on GitHub, the OBS streaming software plug-in, older IP Camera Adapter that I couldn’t get to work whatsoever, then I found ManyCam tool that can do that, but I ran into some restrictions there.. And Finally! Somehow I came across a SplitCam software and Boom! It works just great! it’s plug and play, easy to work with, has windows and MAC OS versions, and is completely free – the choice is made. Go to SplitCam.com → download → install → and launch.
2. Creating the RTSP-link
The 2nd part is about creating the RTSP-link – the address of that live video stream from the camera that allows you to view the camera from your phone in live mode. Normally you go search the web with a question that sound like “How to make RTSP link with Axis / Reolink / Dahua / Hikvision / Vivotek / Lorex and etc. camera”.
Unfortunately, I am physically unable to provide all RTSP-links’ formulas for every single cams’ manufacturer due to that they’re atypical and there’s hundreds of manufacturers. Seriously, go ask Google to give you the RTSP-link formula for your camera’ manufacturer. BUT! I will provide formulas for a few popular cams’ manufacturers.
: @ :554/Streaming/Channels/1 (or 101 / 02 – depending on how your channel was set up)
: @ :554/Streaming/Channels/1 (depending on how your channel was set up)
: @ /onvif-media/media.amp
: @ :554/axis-media/media.amp
: @ :554/cam/realmonitor?channel=1&subtype=1
: @ :554//h264Preview_01_main
P.s: usually, default user name is Admin
– fields you have to fill with your user data
3. Set-up & Launch
Alright, after you got the formula It’s assumed that you already have your camera up and running (in case you didn’t know, wow that’s rude, sorry).
- From that moment – all you do is: create new media source in the SplitCam and select IP-camera as a source;
- You’ll only a single field → paste that link in there → ready to go;
- Head to Skype / Zoom / Meet / Teams and get to video settings
- Select “Splitcam Driver” as a source for video input and we’re done.
4. Demo: Skype & Zoom
5. A lil Back-end
Also let me tell a bit about a back-end – we’ve got an RTSP-protocol stream incoming from the camera. The Splitcam software and similar tools act here as a decoder. What they do is that they convert that incoming from a camera unique RTSP-stream into the wide-supported RTMP-stream, used by all major streaming services like Youtube, Twitch, Facebook and et cetera. And also this tool emulates that we have a web camera connected to PC via common usb-cable, making the system able to recognize it like a regular web camera. And this how we can call with a video from our network camera using Skype, Zoom, google hangouts and cetera.