February 3, 2023

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How to turn your phone into a webcam (2022): Mac, Windows, iPhone, Android

In most video conferencing apps like Zoom, you can turn on HD mode to improve video quality. If you tap Control Center on the taskbar, you will see a video effects button. Tap that and you’ll be given options to turn on Center Stage, which pans the camera to make sure you’re always in the frame. Portrait, blurring the background; and Studio Light, which will enchant you with studio-like lighting. The same goes for Desk View mode, which uses the ultrawide camera on the iPhone to show what’s on your desk (er, crumbs, really).

Belkin has a mount for MacBooks ($30) and Macs ($40) that sticks to the back of your iPhone with the MagSafe magnetic connection. This allows you to place the iPhone on your computer so you don’t have to hold it or use a tripod. It works really well, but for MacBooks, make sure the screen is almost at a 90-degree angle to prevent the phone from falling. This is the best way to use your iPhone as a webcam with a MacBook.

Another alternative for iPhone and Mac (Intel).

Photo: NeuralCam

I recommend using Camo or Apple’s Continuity Camera, but if you can’t use those options, NeuralCam Live is a good alternative. It’s a free app that only works with macOS and iOS/iPadOS. It’s from the makers of a popular low light camera app. Unfortunately, it doesn’t yet work with newer Macs powered by Apple’s M1 or M2 processors (any Mac from November 2020 or newer) – only Intel-powered ones. The company has another app that you can use to enhance the existing webcam on M1 and M2 powered Macs using machine learning algorithms.

Steps to set up NeuralCam Live:

Download the NeuralCam Live app from the iOS App Store (requires iOS 13 and later). Open the app and allow access to the camera and microphone. You need to download a plug-in to your Mac. In the Phone app, you’ll see an option to AirDrop the plugin file to your Mac, or you can email it to yourself. You can also download it by clicking this link. Open the file on your Mac and follow the installation steps. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac using a cable.

You should now be able to see NeuralCam Live as a camera option in your video conferencing apps. To see the option, you may need to exit your video calling desktop app if it’s open. If that doesn’t work, restart your computer. A subscription is available for NeuralCam Live Plus but is not required. It removes ads, unlocks some additional filters, and adds a low-light mode.

Note: NeuralCam Live, like most virtual webcam services, does not work in Apple’s Safari web browser. So if you’re using a browser-based video calling service like Google Meet, you’ll need to use a different browser like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. NeuralCam Live uses several machine learning algorithms to improve your video quality, and you should take advantage of some nifty features including Gesture Guard, which blurs your image when you touch your face (e.g. when you sneeze) or when the app detects a Accident recognizes nudity.

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