Using Streamlabs OBS with Zoom

Streamlabs OBS is a great way to turbo-charge your Zoom calls, allowing you to display overlays on your content. This article outlines the easy approach to connect Streamlabs to OBS.

Understanding Virtual webcam

The way that you connect Streamlabs OBS with Zoom (or any other video conferencing software) is via a ‘virtual webcam’. Essentially, Streamlabs is able to output the video feed as a webcam stream, allowing you to directly connect the video into your video call. 

Connecting Streamlabs OBS to Zoom

Step 1: Enable the virtual webcam in Streamlabs OBS

To enable the virtual webcam in Streamlabs:

  1. First select Streamlabs settings from the bottom left of the page
  2. Next, select Virtual Cabcam from the settings menu
  3. Click ‘Start Virtual Webcam’
  4. Finally, click the done button in the bottom right of the page.
Enabling a virtual camera in Streamlabs OBS

Step 2: Select Streamlabs virtual camera from within Zoom

In Zoom the virtual camera that you have crated can be selected just like any other webcam – click the arrow next to the video symbol and select ‘Streamlabs OBS Virtual Webcam’. 

Step 3: Disable Video Mirroring in Zoom (optional)

If part of the reason that you are using Streamlabs OBS is to overlay text on your video stream, once you have connected Strealabs OBS into Zoom, you may consider disabling Zoom’s mirroring function. This avoids all of the text been displayed as a mirror image on your video preview. 

Summary

The built-in virtual camera is a great feature of Streamlabs OBS, allowing you to vastly increase the professionalism of your video conference calls. If you run into issues such as a gray screen or Zoom not allowing the virtual camera to be connected, see our guide to troubleshooting Streamlabs Virtual Camera

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