How to Set a Webcam as a Background

Updated February 21, 2017

Setting a webcam feed as a desktop background can make the desktop more entertaining. A special desktop webcam software will be necessary to facilitate this. This software can capture the feed from an external webcam, from the top of the Empire State Building or from the computer's webcam. A dynamic webcam desktop will result in more system resources being consumed but should not noticeably impede system performance.

Download and install VLC Media Player. This program offers a user-friendly method for setting a webcam feed as the desktop image. There is no native Windows software that can do this.

Locate the link for the webcam feed. Every webcam hosted online has its own unique link for the feed. Even a local webcam will have its own internal link, which can be located through the webcam's software. The link will likely be in the form of an IP, or Internet Protocol, address.

Copy the link for the webcam.

Open VLC.

Click "File," then "Open Network Stream." Paste the link to the webcam into the text box. Click "OK." The webcam feed will begin being played in VLC after a few moments.

Click "Video," then select "Direct3D Desktop Mode." VLC will minimise and the webcam stream will play on the desktop as the background image.

Things You'll Need

  • Webcam software
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