The process involves streaming video from your Smartphone to a particular PC and having a PC driver software capture it and provide it as webcam video to any application that needs webcam access.
Now the question arise on How-to-do stuff? Isn’t it? Well, there are certain right apps that would provide you with a satisfying interface and make worth it.
1. Use your android phone as webcam using Wifi.
Here, you phone video will be streamed and made available to your PC applications via WiFi. This is the easiest and most flexible way to do it.
Requirement – both your computer and your android phone should be connected to the same network with android connected via WiFi. That means you can connect both your phone and computer to the Internet using a wireless router.
Once your phone is connected to the same PC network via wifi, follow these steps –
☺ From Google Play Store in your phone,Search and Install IP Webcam .
☺ Open the app and you will get the configuration screen where you can set the options for port, sound, video quality and username/password.
☺ The default options are good enough, so scroll down and click on he “Start server” option.
☺ Ip Webcam will now open your camera and start streaming the video, You will get some thing like “http://18.104.22.168:8080 ” (ip address may vary ).
☺ Note this address down and type it in your PC web browser.Start Your browser on PC and enter URL you got in step 4
☺ In the Browser, you will see many options to configure stream video quality, camera options, etc.
☺ Then Start Recording Clicking on Red Button.
?NOTE: You may be ask to install webcam driver
Windows – For windows, the driver comes as an easy installer.
Linux – For Linux, it comes as a script which you need to run in a terminal as root. Before running, change the value of the variable “WIFI_IP=” to the ip address from IP Webcam in the script. Make sure the computer is connected to the Internet when you run the script the first time. It will try to download and install additional files if your linux doesn’t already have them. You need to run this script every time you want to use your android as webcam.
That’s it. Now open Skype, Google+ hangout or any other video call application and for the video section, choose the webcam driver you just installed and start it.
2. Use your android phone as webcam using USB.
You can use your android as webcam even without wifi by connecting it to your PC via USB. But doing this requires extra work because android can communicate with PC via USB only in debugging mode by using adb.
Also, for USB mode, we need another app called DroidCam. Although the earlier IP Webcam app is more popular, it is more or less limited to WiFi connections especially for windows. So lets see how to configure your android as a webcam via USB –
? Setup your phone in debugging mode (Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging).
? Connect the phone to your computer via USB (don’t select storage mode if the phone asks while connecting USB).
? Download DroidCam from Google Play Store, install it and open it on your phone. It will show a “Starting server” message.
? Start the DroidCam client( for windows PC) and choose the “USB” option or button.
? That’s it. DroidCam will now open the camera on your phone and you can use it as webcam on your PC.
? Just configure the video settings of your video call application to use “DroidCam” driver.
?NOTE: For Linux, you can use the IP Webcam app as well. Just connect your phone via USB in debugging mode to your computer and start the driver script. It will detect and use adb to initiate a connection using USB automatically.