Video grabbers let you use HDMI cameras with Microsoft Lync
Microsoft® Lync® streams live video scaling to hundreds of participants along with sharing content from applications, desktops and PowerPoint presentations. It supports HD video streaming based on the H.264 SVC standard. The service is delivered to a variety of platforms including Windows, Mac and mobile operating systems like Windows Phone, iOS and Android. Lync is a part of MS Office 365 suite of services and can interoperate with all Office applications, Exchange Online and SharePoint Online. It is an extensible platform with documented APIs based on industry-standard technology. In this tutorial, learn how to make any HDMI™ camera look like a webcam within a Microsoft Lync conversation using our Epiphan DVI2USB 3.0 video grabber.
- A Microsoft Lync account (and basic knowledge of how to host or join a meeting)
- An Epiphan DVI2USB 3.0 video grabber (or another Epiphan frame grabber)
- 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) or a cable that converts to video out (e.g. an Apple Video adapter)
The DVI2USB 3.0 uses power from the computer’s USB port and does not require any other power source or adapter.
For this particular example:
- A Sony AVCHD Progressive HDR-CX 220 Camera
- A mini-HDMI to HDMI cable for the camera
- HDMI to DVI converter
- An Epiphan DVI2USB 3.0 video grabber
How to connect your camera for use in a Microsoft Lync conversation
- Install (if required) the Epiphan DVI2USB 3.0 capture tool on your computer.
- Start the Epiphan Capture Tool (called VGA2USB on a Mac).
- Connect the mini-HDMI to HDMI cable to the camera’s mini-HDMI Out port.
- Connect the HDMI connection to HDMI cable to the HDMI to DVI converter.
- Connect your HDMI to DVI converter to the DVI port on the DVI2USB 3.0.
- Use the provided USB 3.0 cable to connect your DVI2USB 3.0 to a USB port on your computer.NOTE: 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 camera’s screen display in the Epiphan Capture Tool on your computer.
- Launch and login to Microsoft Lync (as a host or an attendee) from your computer.
Setting up a Conversation on Microsoft Lync
You can share your HDMI camera in a Lync conversation in two ways; as a webcam or as the shared desktop.
NOTE: Be sure that the Epiphan Capture Tool is still running and your camera is connected to your computer.
- Start a conversation within Lync:
- Launch Microsoft Lync and login via your personal account information.
- Click the Camera icon located at the bottom of main the window to start a video conversation.
- After your conversation has started, your webcam is automatically activated at the top of the new conversation window.
- Now that the conversation is set up, you may share your HDMI camera as the desktop or as a webcam.
Choose this option when higher frame rates are more important than resolution or details on the screen. This option is also useful in training situations when you want to share both a presentation and your HDMI camera simultaneously.
- With Lync open, find Preferences on the application toolbar.
- From Preferences, choose Video.
- Select the DVI2USB 3.0 as your webcam (the DVI2USB 3.0 when attached to your computer and your HDMI camera will show up in Microsoft Lync as a webcam).
- Close the preferences window when finished.
- You are now sharing your HDMI camera to your meeting participants.
You can also choose to share a presentation at the same time as your webcam (HDMI camera).
- In order to share a presentation AND your HDMI Camera (currently acting as your webcam), select the “Screen” icon located at the top of the conversation window, and then the “Desktop” option.
- Open any document, presentation or browser to share on your desktop. You are now sharing your desktop and your HDMI source within your conversation.
Choose this option when higher resolution and screen detail are more important than frame rates. This option also has the benefit of sharing your webcam video at the same time you are sharing your HDMI camera video; so your participants can see you and the images/video captured by the camera.
- To set up your HDMI camera to share with others, select the Screen icon located at the top of the conversation window; click the Desktop option.
- At the dialog box, click “OK” to allow Lync to share your desktop.
- Now, your desktop is shared with others who have joined your conversation on Lync.
- In order to share your HDMI camera, ensure that the Epiphan Capture Tool is open and displaying the source on your desktop. You may choose full screen, to maximize the size of your image.
- Switch back to the Lync conversation window, now you see your HDMI camera video shared with other participants in the conversation.