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How to screen share over FaceTime using Windows on a PC.

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Improved notification handling, Focus modes, and redesigned apps like Weather and Maps are among the significant changes in iOS 15. The redesigned FaceTime experience, which now includes screen sharing, Windows and Android access, and more, is perhaps the most significant update in iOS 15.

FaceTime calls now have Spatial Audio and Portrait mode, thanks to Apple. Users may now watch TV shows and movies or listen to music together using the new SharePlay features. You may also share a live view of your screen with the call using SharePlay. These are great features for iOS and macOS users, and with FaceTime links adding web support, Apple users won’t be the only ones making FaceTime calls.

While an Android app has long been requested, iOS users may create a link to a FaceTime call that can be accessed using a standard web browser on a mobile or desktop device. The web app doesn’t have all of the features that iOS 15 brought to FaceTime, but it can share your screen with an extra piece of software.

Screen sharing to FaceTime from Windows with OBS

OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) is an open source piece program that was created for video recording and live-streaming from a variety of devices to almost any platform. The plugin “VirtualCam” was created to allow the software to appear through other applications as a normal webcam, and recently this plug-in was integrated into the main build of OBS. With OBS we can share our screen on a Windows device to a FaceTime call.

To start, just download OBS and install it on your computer.

When you open OBS for the first time, you will be presented with an Auto-Configuration Wizard. OBS is a powerful piece of software and it looks complicated, but running it as a virtual camera is simple. Just select “I will only be using the virtual camera”. OBS will then automatically recommend the quality settings for your computer so just click next.

To start capturing your display, select the “+” under sources and select Display Capture. You will then be shown the “Create Source” window. Just click OK to create a new display capture.

This will open a new window. If you have multiple displays connected to your computer, you will need to select the display you wish to capture under the “Display” selection then click okay.

Based on the resolution of your display, you may need to adjust the size of the display capture to fit the window. Just click and drag on the red corners to make it fit, then click “Start Virtual Camera” toward the bottom right corner.

Selecting the screen capture in FaceTime

After joining a FaceTime call from a link on a Windows computer, click on the three dots in the lower left hand corner to open the settings. Under camera select “OBS Virtual Camera” to start sharing your screen.

FaceTime automatically takes the non-square video, and crops it to a square before sending it across FaceTime. You can scale down the screen capture in OBS further to show the whole screen, but then you’re adding black bars on top and below your video, so it’s a personal preference based on what you would like to share.

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