Setting up your Virtual Camera in OBS Studio on Linux Mint
Published on March 26, 2021
My hope is that you have found this article after having found a half dozen or so other tutorials on how to get your Virtual Camera running in OBS Studio 26 or higher on a Linux Mint 20.1 Cinnamon machine, and after following the (often conflicting) instructions on each, you still don't have your Virtual Camera running in OBS.
I won't rehash all of the steps that those other tutorials suggested, and I also won't say that they didn't work for the person who wrote them at the time they were published. Nor will I attempt to convince you that I am an expert in either Linux or OBS Studio; I'm not. All I will say is: this is how I got my Virtual Camera running, it was very easy, and I hope it works for you.
- Install v4l2loopback-dkms
sudo apt update && sudo apt install v4l2loopback-dkms
- Load the v4l2loopback module
sudo modprobe v4l2loopback exclusive_caps=1
- Install obs-studio using snap
sudo snap install obs-studio
- Run obs-studio
- The setup wizard should open and you should see an option to optimize your configuration for using the Virtual Camera. If you see that option, select it; once you get to the main OBS Studio screen, you should now see a button in the bottom right, "Start Virtual Camera". (If you don't see that option, continue searching for tutorials; I hope that I didn't waste too much of your time with this one.)
That's it! Virtual Camera should now be available in OBS. Happy streaming!
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