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Can I stream to a window (as compared to a monitor)?

Is there any way to stream the output to a window rather than an entire monitor?

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  • Wirecast sends the video. How you view that may depend on the setup of you're viewing computer. You can open a browser tab with a player for example or open a player that can see the stream. 

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  • Hi Craig. Thanks, but can you be more explicit? I am trying to share wirecast output in the spatial.chat conferencing software. Spatial chat can capture the camera, but it puts a cropped image into a little round icon, so I can't use the wirecast virtual-camera output. Spatial.chat does let me share a screen or a window, however. I've tried to use multi-viewer to display the output on a spare monitor, but it seems to change the form factor to match the monitor, which effectively squashes everything (maybe there's a way inside wirecast to not get it to use the full screen?). I can feed the virtual camera into zoom and then run it full screen on a spare monitor and share that monitor, but that seems like an awful lot of overhead. Are you saying that there's a local player that I can feed the virtual camera into that doesn't have the overhead of zoom? Can you suggest one for the mac? (Facetime won't do it.) Thanks again for your help!

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      • CraigS
      • 5 mths ago
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      Allen Holub It sounds like the issue is with spatial chat. You may need to send Wirecast to another monitor as you suggest with Zoom and then capture that. You can stream Wirecast to a server and run the video in VLC or, more simply, use Wirecast's virtual camera in VLC.

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    • Craig, that screenshot you posted is exactly what I want to do. How did you do it? It's just not obvious to me.

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    • I just noticed that your screenshot is using VLC, but I've tried to capture in VLC using file→Open_capture_device→video and the results are less than stellar. The image freezes for as long as 10 seconds, then updates a single frame, then freezes again and so on. It's unusable. Is there some sort of configuration that's causing the problem?

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  • Allen Holub said:
    Spatial.chat does let me share a screen or a window,

     Then streaming to a window isn't going to help. It seems spatial chat simply can't do what you want. If you can't share a window or a screen then you're out of options. I'm not sure how Zoom  or anything else would help either since you still have to share to screen.

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    • CraigS I said "does". You seen to have misread as "does not." It does let me share a window. It's just a matter of getting the worecast output into a window to share. I'm gathering from our conversation that wirecast has no way to do that other that the virtual camera output. VLC doesn't really work, at least not on a Mac running Monterey. I can feed the virtual camera into zoom and then capture the zoom window in spatial chat, but that’s an awful lot of video going over the network for nothing. I was hoping you could suggest an alternative.

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  • Allen Holub said:
    t's just a matter of getting the worecast output into a window to share.

    Frame rate looks low in VLC coming from Wirecast Virtual Camera.

    I tested Wirecast Virtual Camera in CamTwist and it looks much better. 
    CamTwist has a Preview window which you may be able to use.

     

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  • Thanks Craig, It's, unfortunately, too-low resolution. You'd think this would be an easy problem to solve. i guess not 😄 

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      • CraigSModerator
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      • 5 mths ago
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      Allen Holub Sending a virtual camera to a player isn't common. It would only make sense if the receiver was for recording or conferencing. You may need to build your own. What you're trying to do doesn't seem common as there doesn't seem to be an easy (or widely known) commercial or open-source solution to this.

      You can try Manycam but it'll likely be the same as CamTwist.

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      • 5 mths ago
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      Allen Holub Another workaround Wirecast Pro NDI Out (only Pro has NDI out) to NewTek NDI Video Monitor which would give you a window.

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    • CraigS thanks! That's exactly what I needed.

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      Allen Holub Wirecast NDI Out is a Pro only feature so it's important to mention you have that version of Wirecast. Good to hear there's a way to make this work.

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