Does anyone know of software that is recognized as a webcam/video device in Windows and lets you pick an image (JPEG, etc) or video (MPEG/AVI) as the video source?

Idea being that you could do something like a Skype call and instead of having your webcam video you could broadcast an image or prerecorded video instead.


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SplitCamera should work for what you need - Free alternative of ManyCam.

  • 4
    Other possibilities: fakewebcam.com, altercam
    – Bill Hoag
    Apr 3, 2018 at 13:07
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    SplitCamera worked for me when I needed to use Facebook Messenger Rooms but I didn't have a webcam to connect to. Aug 9, 2020 at 3:53
  • The link is not currently working and when I search for it I only get a "SplitCam" which doesn't look like a driver but as a streaming app like OBS. Is this it? Was it renamed?
    – ecv
    Dec 18, 2023 at 9:26

Came across this and thought I would contribute the solution that suited my needs.

Open Broadcaster Studio allows you to stream and record many sources layed out in a virtual canvas: you can define sources such as :

  • Images, Video, Your Live Desktop, your microphone, Audio Files, your speaker output, ...

Additionally you will Require a plugin To be able to create a Virtual WebCam:

  • OBS-VirtualCam provides a directshow Output as a virtual webcam of the virtual canvas which you have defined from the selected sources.
    • The plugin works on Windows.
    • For Linux, you can use the Video4Linux sink plugin for OBS Studio.

Once installed, setup and running: select the OBS-camera source from the webcams available from within the software of your choice.


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