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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.

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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.

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

Cheers!

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