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Virtual camera not working on Mac

If the OBS Virtual Camera is not appearing in Chrome or your browser after installing OBS on MacOS, you may need to enable screen recording permissions
If using OBS Virtual Camera or other virtual camera on MacOS (Apple) system, please note that there are a list of applications that are not supported.

Apps that will not work

  • Bluejeans Events
  • Safari
  • Tencent Meeting
  • FaceTime
  • Photo Booth
Please see the follow official guide for more details on these and other problematic apps.

General tips to using the Virtual Camera

If using Windows or if you have just installed OBS, please restart your browser fully or restart the computer first, to ensure its properly loaded and available to all applications. The Google Chrome usually works with most virtual cameras. If you are having problems with it, you can also try another browser. Please also be sure to START the virtual camera before selecting or opening it in VDO.Ninja. If you open it in VDO.Ninja before starting it, the resolution and/or frame rate may be wrong.

Enabling permissions for Virtual Camera on MacOS

If the OBS Virtual Camera is not appearing in Chrome or your browser after installing OBS on MacOS, you may need to enable screen recording permissions.
  1. 1.
    Open your System Preferences; you can find this via the Apple logo in the top left corner of your desktop.
  2. 2.
    Click Privacy & Security and then Screen Recording.
  3. 3.
    For OBS, enable the permission. If OBS isn't listed, click the + button, enter your system's password, and navigate to OBS in the Application settings. Select it and enable.
  4. 4.
    Quit and relaunch OBS.
    If OBS isn't listed, press the + button, navigate to it, and select it