View Full Version : [ubuntu] Share Desktop (or vnc?) as a webcam

August 20th, 2009, 08:43 PM

Does anyone know of a way of viewing a desktop as a video device? (possibly via vnc?)

I'm basically trying to create a simple screen sharing solution on top of an IM/VoIP/video call system. Many of these currently support sending live video images, but not sharing a desktop. If there is any way of creating a fake video device that mirrors the desktop, the IM system could then be setup to use this device as it's webcam. This would give an easy way to share a desktop in many tools.

Skype 4.1 on windows seems to work in this manner. When a windows user shares their desktop, it can be seen by other skype users (including skype for linux) in the same was as a webcam would be seen.

Any ideas?