- Getting Started
Snap Camera lets you apply Lenses to your face while using your computer's webcam. Utilize Snap Camera in your favorite third party live streaming or video chat applications by selecting Snap Camera as your webcam device.
For Twitch streamers, Snap Camera also has a powerful Twitch Extension that works hand-in-hand with the Snap Camera application. The Snap Camera Twitch Extension allows your audience to unlock the Lenses you use in your stream and activate special Lenses when viewers subscribe to your channel.
Download Snap Camera
To start using Snap Lenses on your desktop computer, first Download Snap Camera!
Once downloaded, on Windows, double click the
.exe to install. On MacOS, double click the
.pkg to install.
- Operating System: Windows 10 (64 bit); MacOS 10.11+
- Hardware: Minimum of Intel Core i3 2.5Ghz or AMD Phenom II 2.6Ghz with 4 GB RAM; Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Nvidia GeForce 710 / AMD Radeon HD 6450; screen resolution of 1280x768 or higher
Select a Lens
With Snap Camera opened, you'll see a preview of your computer's physical webcam. To apply a Lens to the input video, simply select a Lens from the
Scroll down in the Lens selection section to select from the
Top Community Lenses. These are Lenses created by the community using Lens Studio, the tool for building Snapchat Lenses.
Using Snap Camera as Webcam
Snap Camera creates a virtual webcam on your computer. When Snap Camera is open, it takes the input of a physical webcam and then augments it with the selected Lens. This augmented video is then output to the Snap Camera virtual webcam. In your application that supports webcam input, select
Snap Camera from the list of webcams to utilize the augmented video.
Restart Webcam Enabled Application
If your webcam enabled application was running prior to opening Snap Camera, you have to restart the application for it to recognize Snap Camera the first time you use it. For example, if you are using OBS, close and reopen OBS to see Snap Camera as a selectable camera.
If you don't see Snap Camera as a selectable webcam, restart the application you are using
Browsers like Google Chrome need to be restarted as well before web applications like Google Hangouts can utilize Snap Camera
Selecting Snap Camera in OBS Studio
As an example, we'll walk through how to select Snap Camera in OBS Studio, a widely used broadcast software for live streaming.
In OBS Studio, we'll add a new input source by clicking the
Add button under
Sources. Then, we'll select
Video Capture Device.
When configuring the new device, select
Snap Camera from the
Device drop down.
OBS Studio will now be using the Snap Camera virtual webcam in the same way it utilizes a physical webcam.
For more information on streaming with Snap Camera, visit the Streaming guide.
You can favorite Lenses which allows you to easily select them later. To favorite a Lens, click the
Star button in the top left corner of a Lens.
To select from your favorites, click the
Star button in the top left corner of Snap Camera. Then, select from your favorite Lenses.
Hotkeys can be assigned to favorited Lenses. For more information on assigning hotkeys, refer to the Settings guide.
Searching for Lenses
To unlock a Lens by name in Snap Camera, click the
Search Lenses search bar. Then search for Lenses by name or creator name.
All Lenses that can be used in Snap Camera can also be used and shared in Snapchat. Lenses can be shared to your viewers through the following methods.
If you are utilizing Snap Camera while streaming on Twitch, the best way to share Lenses back to your viewer is to use the Snap Camera Twitch Extension. To setup the Snap Camera Twitch Extension, follow the Twitch Extension guide.
For other video chat or streaming platforms, you can also show the active Lens Snapcode by enabling
Show Snapcode Overlay in Snap Camera's Settings. Your viewers will be able to scan this Snapcode to unlock the Lens for themselves using Snapchat.
All Lenses have a Snapcode URL which can be shared anywhere you can share a clickable link. For example, you can paste this link to your stream's chat for your viewers to unlock the Lens. To get the Snapcode URL, click the Lens Snapcode to the right of the camera preview. Once expanded, click the
Copy Lens Link button. This will copy the URL to your clipboard for sharing.
For additional Snap Camera support, please visit the Snap Camera Support page.
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