Share an Android tablet during a Skype video call
People know that video calling, instant messaging and file sharing is easy to do with Skype. Many people in business also use Skype to conduct online meetings and often need to share a a device other than their webcam during the video call. Using Epiphan’s video grabbers, you can share nearly any device including a tablet, smart phone, external camera, ultrasound display or nearly any other device with a video-out port. Learn how to stream or broadcast a VGA, DVI, or HDMI™ video source signal to video call participants on Skype in this tutorial.
- A Skype account (and knowledge of how to host or join a Skype video call)
- Download and install the Skype for your desktop.
The Skype App (metro) version included with Windows 8 does NOT currently support screen sharing, you will need the full Skype application for that.
- Any Epiphan video grabber, such as our DVI2USB 3.0 and the latest software / driver updates from our web site.
- A device that has a video source you want to capture. The device must have a video-out port (e.g. HDMI, DVI, VGA, Component, etc) or a cable that converts to video out (e.g. an Apple Video adapter).
For this particular example:
- Asus Transformer Pad TF300T running Android 4.2.1
- A micro-HDMI to HDMI cable
- An Epiphan DVI2USB 3.0 video grabber and the included HDMI to DVI adapter
How to connect your Android tablet for use in a Skype video call
- Install (if required) the Epiphan drivers and software on your computer.
- Start the Epiphan Capture Tool (called VGA2USB on a Mac).
- Connect a micro-HDMI to HDMI cable from your Asus Tablet.
- Add the provided HDMI to DVI adapter to your HDMI cable
- Connect the adapter to the DVI2USB 3.0.
- Use the provided USB 3.0 cable to connect your DVI2USB 3.0 to a USB port on your computer.
For best performance, use a USB 3.0 port. If no USB 3.0 port is available, a USB 2.0 port can be used.
- Verify that you see your tablet’s display in the Epiphan Capture Tool on your computer.
- Open up and/or sign into Skype
How to share your Tablet screen in a Skype Video Call
There are two methods for sharing a tablet in a Skype video call or meeting.
The first method uses “Share Screens” to share the Epiphan Capture Tool with your Skype video call participant(s). Generally the Skype video call meeting uses a lower frame rate for desktop sharing. This method is good for showing low frame rate devices or applications like presentations.
The second method uses your webcam, but requires configuration through Skype Options and Video Settings to grab the video from the device connected to the DVI2USB 3.0 video grabber. Skype video calls tend to allocate higher bandwidth for video sharing, so this may be a better alternative if you want to show animations or movement during your video call. (The bandwidth allocation for video is set by your Skype automatically, depending on several factors, including computing power, bandwidth and network conditions.)