Companies like Twitter and Shopify allow their employees to work from home forever. When working from home, you need to organize digital meetings and participate in conferences. We can use the default webcam of a laptop (which is of average quality), go with dedicated webcams (which are either 2x / 3x the original price or out of stock), or opt for applications like EpocCam and iVCam to transform your phone into a webcam on PC or Mac.
Speaking of MacBooks, Apple offers a terrible 720p webcam on MacBooks. Instead, you can still use the front or rear camera of your iPhone or Android phone as a webcam on the Mac.
The App Store and Google Play Store are packed with these apps to convert your phone to a webcam on Mac. Among these applications, EpocCam is perhaps one of the best offers from Kinoni (its parent company). It is available on all platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows and Mac. EpocCam is easy to configure and the basic functions are free.
You can use EpocCam as the default webcam on a video calling app like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype and Google Meet. So if you have a smartphone lying around, you can convert it to a webcam and impress participants with higher camera quality.
In this article, we will explain how to configure and use EpocCam as a webcam on these video calling applications.
Before using EpocCam with video calling applications on Mac, you must download and configure the service on mobile and Mac.
First, download the EpocCam app on an Android, iOS or iPadOS device. Yes, it also works with the iPad. You would need an iPhone running iOS 10.3 or later or an Android device with at least Android 4.0 or later.
Now go to Mac and open the App Store. Download the EpocCam viewer app.
The EpocCam viewer only allows you to view the live video stream from phone to Mac. To use the service with video calling applications, you must download compatible drivers from the EpocCam website.
Go to Kinoni.com, scroll down and download the required macOS drivers. Install the macOS drivers on your Mac. EpocCam pilots will activate the application in software such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype and Google Meet.
Now open the EpocCam app on your phone. It will try to detect a similar application on the Mac. Go to your MacBook and open the EpocCam viewer application on Mac. Make sure your phone and Mac are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. You can also use the phone’s hotspot to connect the two devices. Users can also opt for a USB data cable for a successful connection.
A successful connection here means that the configuration is complete. You can now see the live video stream from the front camera of the phone to the EpocCam viewer application on Mac. The application is ready for use in video calling applications.
Use EpocCam with Zoom
Zoom recently took an important step in the assessment and is one of the most popular video calling applications. Follow the steps below to use EpocCam as the default camera / microphone on Zoom.
Step 1: Open the Zoom app on the Mac.
2nd step: Tap the Settings icon at the top.
Step 3: Go to the video section and change the default camera from FaceTime HD to EpocCam.
Step 4: Go to audio and set the default microphone to EpocCam.
After that, each time you join a meeting on Zoom, the software uses EpocCam and displays the flow of the phone’s front camera during meetings.
My experience with EpocCam on Zoom has been mixed. While working well with a live video stream, I noticed some problems during long calls. Most MacBooks already come with a good quality microphone. So I used the default MacBook microphone in the audio section.
Using EpocCam with Skype on Mac
Skype is one of the oldest video calling solutions. Open Skype and tap the three-dot menu at the top. Select Settings> Audio & Video> Camera and select EpocCam Camera from the menu.
To use EpocCam as a microphone on Skype, go to Settings> Audio & video> Microphone and select Kinoni audio source from the menu.
I use Skype on Mac and use EpocCam with my secondary Pixel XL as a webcam on Mac. So far, my experience has been flawless with service.
Use EpocCam with Microsoft teams
The Microsoft teams have proven to be a surprise success for the software giant. To use EpocCam with Microsoft Teams, open the Teams app on the Mac and tap the profile icon at the top and go to Settings.
Go to the Devices menu and select Kinoni Audio Services from the microphone menu. In the same menu, select EpocCam as the default video camera on Microsoft Teams.
Use EpocCam with Google Meet
Google recently made the Google Meet service free for everyone. Yes, you can also use EpocCam with Google Meet.
Go to Google Meet on the web. From the Home screen, tap the settings icon at the top. From the Audio menu, select Kinoni Audio Source as the default microphone. From the Video menu, select EpocCam Camera as the default video camera on Google Meet.
I used EpocCam with Google Meet on Mac for a week. So far, I have had mixed experience with service. Sometimes it freezes the video stream when you attend long meetings.
The EpocCam app is free, but the free version has some limitations. The basic version is limited to 640 x 480 video resolution output. The free app also comes with ads and watermarks. To remove them, you can buy the paid version at $ 8, which increases the video output in Full HD, allowing you to use the phone as a microphone.
Use EpocCam like a pro
Although it is advisable to use EpocCam on Mac with Zoom, Teams and Google Meet, you should use a tripod or support for better stabilization. Streaming will quickly drain the phone’s battery. Keep your phone connected to the power source. Share your experience using EpocCam with these video calling apps with us in the comments section below.
You can also use EpocCam with Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet on Windows. Click the following link for how to use it on a Windows PC.
Last updated on June 3, 2020
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