** UPDATE ** Support for FaceTime, iChat/Messages on macs added!
** YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A69c4HHok3U
** IMPORTANT ** Please turn off Bluetooth on the device (Settings->General->Bluetooth) before using PocketCam. Otherwise, you may experience frame drops/freeze.
Why paying for an expensive webcam when you can use your awesome iOS device for video conference? Better yet, your iOS webcam is wireless! Now you can use your iOS device to show around your house/apartment on your favorite webcam applications such as FaceTime, iChat/Messages, Windows Live or Skype.
PocketCam lets you use your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad as a wireless webcam for your Windows-based computer or Mac (OS X 10.7 or above). PocketCam automatically forwards video captured by your iOS camera, which can then be used as if they come from a virtual webcam.
PocketCam works with any Windows-based webcam or video conferencing applications, including instant message applications such as MSN Live Messenger, Skype, AIM, etc. For Mac users, PocketCam works with any Mac applications such as FaceTime, iChat/Messages, GTalk, Skype and aMSN.
You can even record the live video from your iOS cam using a webcam recorder such as QuickTime Pro.
1. If you have not already done so, download and install the PocketControl for Windows or Mac software from our website: http://www.senstic.com/iPhone/PocketCam/PocketCam.aspx
2. On Windows, run PocketControl for Windows and make sure the PocketCam service is running on your computer. On Mac, run PocketControl, and run any application that uses webcam and select PocketCam as your preferred webcam.
3. Start PocketCam on iOS device, and the app will automatically connect to your computer. The bottom of your iOS screen should display "Connected to your_computer_name:port."
4. Start any program on your computer that uses webcam, and select "PocketCam" as your virtual webcam.
Enjoy live feed from your iOS camera as your webcam source!
Step-by-step instructions can be found at http://www.senstic.com/iphone/pocketcam/Support.aspx
1. Currently, PocketCam supports Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) or above.
2. There is a half second delay before the images are shown up on the computer.
3. PocketCam Lite (free version) is limited to monochrome feed. Audio is not supported.
Support newer devices.
Ratings and Reviews
Do they HATE us?
Aside from issuing new versions to hide all poor reviews from past versions, the company seems to have gotten scores of people to write bogus positive reviews saying how well the app works. Well, it does not. The one thing that may have worked is their underhanded technique of skewing that average rating upward by dishonest means. Yikes!
Does Senstic hate us, or just have no respect for us?
Do yourself a favor and read a few reviews written by some of the two hundred-plus unhappy folks who took the time to warn the rest of us.
If you want to be greeted with a message that instructs you to purchase the five dollar full app before it lets you use its dumbed-down sister, or if you want to spend long periods re-configuring, de-configuring and generally jiggering about your computer to make it do the bidding of this innocent-seeming app, go ahead and download this malign little wolf in sheep's clothing.
What I cannot figure out is why the company does not just work a little harder at producing a functional, easy-to-use app, rather than spend so much time on damage control.
I don't plan to spend $4.99 just to buy the right to warn folks about the paid version of this lame product, but I have given this review five stars so Senstic's monitoring bots do not try to combat or purge my message.
Save yourself before it is too late! Don't be a victim of PocketCam's hate!
I downloaded this app to try and avoid buying and waiting for an actual webcam. But when I followed the instructions on how to download and install to use on my pc, it required me to download more applications that are both useless and irrelevant, like bonjour printing wizard. After much irritation, finding out that there is no audio, or color, or even connection to anything I would use a camera for I tried to seek help and use the "contact for support" only have the app close on me like I'm a door to door morman. Not worth my time, not worth my effort, not worth my money. I am uninstalling and using the five dollars to by an actual cam on eBay. Zero stars, if I could, but like this app, you can't do anything.
This is an excellent app for those that do not have a webcam on their computer and want to save money and like to skype..... the problem however is that there is no audio transmitted so the other person cannot hear you, if you add audio this will be the hottest app out and I will buy the full version. Also there needs to be a way to make the video brodcast in Portrait view, landscape can be a hassle....Thanks
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.