DeskCamera streams desktop as ONVIF Ip camera

DeskCamera is a virtual ONVIF IP camera which allows one to easily include PC workstations in the surveillance system of an organization. The software captures computer screens and webcams, then streams them as real-time live video feeds from a virtual IP camera. 

DeskCamera is a software-only, easily integrated solution for any organization that needs to monitor PC operator activities with their existing surveillance environment. 

Using ONVIF standard means that DeskCamera is compatible with many Video Management Systems (VMS) or Network Video Recorders (NVR). It can be easily integrated into existing CCTV setups and used side by side with other IP cameras. 

The software can perform in cash terminals, banks, supermarkets, exam/certification centers, SCADA terminals, and any industry that uses a Windows PC as a point of service or information.


DeskCamera captures and streams multiple computer desktops simultaneously.

Along with a PC-embedded webcam, DeskCamera supports USB-connected webcams. It allows one to connect many webcams to the same DeskCamera and stream them simultaneously.

DeskCamera allows to define screen area for streaming. User can select multiple areas of the same or different desktops. DeskCamera converts each defined area to a ONVIF camera.

Any Microphone which available in the system could be configured to use with any Video input. There is also an option to configure Windows Default Microphone for using. DeskCamera produces audio feed along with video. Audio is provided in G.711 (PCMU) encoding format

Hardware acceleration via Intel® Quick Sync technology could be enabled to boost the encoding performance and decrease CPU usage. The list of CPUs which support Intel® Quick Sync

DeskCamera can automatically rotate output video stream. There are several rotation modes:
– Auto – Default mode. In this mode DeskCamera will transform Portrait oriented screens to Landscape oriented video stream. The same way how most of hardware ONVIF encoders do. Landscape screens will be streamed without a change.
– None. No rotation changes in output stream. Portrait screens are streamed as Portrait video stream, Landscape screens are streamed as Landscape video stream.
– R90. Rotate output stream by 90 degree to the right.
– L90. Rotate output stream by 90 degree to the left.
– FlipH. Flip the output stream horizontally
– FlipV. Flip the output stream vertically

This mode forces DeskCamera to produce one virtual ONVIF IP Camera with multiple video channels – one channel for each video input (screen or webcam). (Example – if there are 2 monitors connected and 1 webcam, the DeskCamera will appear as 1 ONVIF device with 3 video outputs/channels.)

This mode allows one to create a new virtual ONVIF IP Camera for each video input. This mode could be useful if NVR/VMS does not support ONVIF multichannel devices. In this case, DeskCamera will produce a new dedicated IP camera for each video input. All cameras will share the same IP address, but will have a different port. (Example – if there are 2 monitors connected and 1 webcam, the DeskCamera will appear as 3 ONVIF devices running on ports 8090, 8091, and 8092. Each device will have 1 video channel.)

DeskCamera allows for managing of the following parameters directly from VMS/NVR:

  1. Camera reboot / reset

  2. Video profile (software ships with 2 profiles for each video channel – MainStream and SubStream; NVR can create own profile if needed)

  3. Video Encoding format

  4. Device Scopes

  5. Video resolution (software can resize original desktop resolution)**

  6. FPS (range from 3 till 30 is supported)

  7. GOP size***

  8. Bitrate***

UI part of DeskCamera can be protected by password.

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* – DeskCamera supports most of the ONVIF Profile S functionality, only configuring network and setting users are not supported
** – Fps could be managed for Screen input sources. WebCam input source will always produce web camera original fps.
*** – “Auto mode” checkbox on “Video & Audio Settings” tab must be unchecked to allow managing GOP value and bitrate from a ONVIF client. The recommended option to keep “Auto mode” checked and let DeskCamera control GOP and bitrate automatically.