Sometimes when I’m in a Zoom meeting I am a little far from my camera and wish that I could zoom in closer to my face without having to move the computer. I haven’t found a way to zoom or pan the built-in MacBook camera when you are using it as a camera in the Zoom meeting app. There are no settings in Zoom itself to control the level of zoom on your MacBook built-in camera. The good news is that there is a way to do it. You can zoom your camera by using a ‘virtual camera’. Here’s how.
The trick is to send your camera output to a different app that can zoom and pan. This app then needs to become a ‘virtual camera’ that you can select as an input in Zoom.
One piece of software that does this is ‘Ecamm Live.’ A cheaper and simpler solution is iGlasses. A free equivalent is OBS.
- Open the app that allows a ‘virtual cam’ and select your computer camera as the source camera.
- Enable ‘virtual cam’ so that this video signal is made available to Zoom.
- In Zoom select the virtual cam as the camera input.
You can see this in the video below.
I compared iGlasses to Ecamm live and while iGlasses was easier to setup, Ecamm has a better quality picture.