News How to Use Raspberry Pi as a PC Webcam

Apr 12, 2020
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Are there any extra steps to get the camera recognized by Google Hangouts or Jitsi Meet? I'm able to see the camera working at http://raspberrypi:8080/?action=stream, and IP Camera Adapter autodetects successfully, but I'm unable to actually use it in either of the apps I need it for. FWIW, the Windows 10 'Camera' app also does not recognize the camera at all. Any help is appreciated!
 

daglesj

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Alternatively just use one of the other 12 devices you have to hand with a webcam already built in and ready to go.

Looking round my living room alone I count 9!
 
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graysoniv

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Hey there after this step
mjpg_streamer -i “input_raspicam.so” -o output_http

I get this error

ERROR: could not find output plugin output_http

Any ideas? think im missing a plugin but dont know how to install it.
 
Apr 16, 2020
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I think he forgot the .so after -o output_http.so

Also mistype in the step regarding the usb gadget...it should not be cmdline.text but cmdline.txt

-if you use what is written there it will create a new file and won't make sense.
 
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May 1, 2020
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Do you think it is possible to connect 3 external USB cameras and generate 3 distinct streams?
thanks
 
May 31, 2020
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So in case of Direct USB connection between Pi Zero W and PC, how does this setup take advantage of that direct connection, if video stream goes through WiFi anyway ?

I guess the intention was to stream through Ethernet over USB network, but PC and Pi are not able to communicate over that network in my case. Did I miss anything ?
 
Jun 15, 2020
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Thank you that was a big Help considering I had this Pi B+ and Pi cam for years and I didn't have a webcam I had a web conference the next day I didn't know what to do but I knew this was possible and even better then I was thinking how it was gonna work now Im ready to do more with my pi and possibly get the pi 4 and build an intrusive robot wife to come over to remind me of my web appointments as well as turn on its cam automatically whether Im ready for it or not.
 
Jun 6, 2021
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Just found your procedure and it worked, despite that typo where you the .so off of output_http.
I tried a few other how-tos and they didn't work or left something out.
Thank you so much!
 

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