How-to Broadcast Screen with Virtual Webcam

Now that you're familiar with how to manage Live webcam effects, let's take a closer look at what's involved with broadcasting your screen. AlterCam provides users with a couple different options when it comes to displaying screens during a real-time chat. Perhaps you'd like to show your audience something that you have on your computer. Maybe you don't have access to a webcam but you'd still like to present certain visual elements while chatting. Either way, AlterCam offers a unique set of solutions to both of these challenges.

How-to Broadcast Desktop Screen with Virtual Webcam

Using Screen as Background for the Virtual Webcam Video

With AlterCam you can display anything that's showing on your desktop by altering the size and position of your webcast window.

first step

Under the Background tab, you'll notice an option for Screen. Click this to reduce your webcam display to a small picture-in-picture inside of the larger frame.


second step

The slider bar to the right lets you control the size that information on your desktop will appear in relation to the overall window. Sliding the bar to the right reduces size; to the left enlarges.


third step

Drag the screen icon within the larger box to adjust which part of the desktop is currently shown on screen.


AlterCam: broadcasting the desktop screen AND your webcam in a single video feed
fourth step

Adjust and move the chat window (in which you appear) by grabbing onto it with your cursor. Hold and reposition by dragging it to the desired position.

fifth step

Resize, hover the mouse cursor over one of edges of the chat window, click, hold and drag.


Using Screen as Stand-Alone Video Source

What if you don't have webcam access? What if you do not want to display a video subject during the broadcast? We have answers for that too!

first step

To specify that you'd like to display your screen without any webcam interaction, locate the Source Camera dropdown menu just underneath the toolbar at the top left of your AlterCam window.


second step

Click the arrow on the right to reveal your options. From this menu select Screen to indicate that all you want displayed is a view of your screen.


AlterCam: broadcasting the desktop screen ONLY. No real webcam required.

Your AlterCam display now mirrors exactly what appears on your screen. This broadcast type does not require real webcam connected.

When you're finished and you'd like to return AlterCam to its default settings you can either click the Off button under the Background tab, or click Reset at the top of the options frame. If you selected Screen as your video source, you may need to select your webcam in the Sources list.