Fujifilm X Webcam 2

Fujifilm X Webcam 2 is a free software application that enables the use of select Fujifilm cameras as a device for video conferencing, live video streaming, etc. Versions of the software are available for both macOS and Windows.

X Webcam is compatible with my Fujifilm X-T3 mirrorless digital camera; it isn’t compatible with my Fujifilm X-T1. An older camera — one that is used less than the newer model — would be perfect to repurpose as a Webcam. <Heavy sigh!>

How it works (when it looks like it doesn’t).

Connect the camera to a computer via a USB cable. A small green LED on the back of my Fujifilm X-T3 indicates the camera/computer connection is active. Next launch Fujifilm X Webcam 2 on your computer. Notice the window that appears on-screen is grayed-out, suggesting the application isn’t working. But it is!

In order to look like it’s working, Fujifilm X Webcam 2 must be connected to some sort of videoconferencing application such as Google Meet, Open Broadcaster Software (OBS Studio), Zoom, etc.

Nothing happened after I started OBS Studio, that is, until a “Video Capture Device” was added. At that point, the X Webcam 2 window was active. Notice my camera was recognized by X Webcam 2, as indicated by the following Screencapture.

The bigger picture shows both Fujifilm X Webcam 2 and OBS Studio are working. My X-T3 digital camera is listed as “Video Capture Device” in the OBS “Sources” panel. The audio output from the built-in microphone on my laptop computer is shown in the OBS “Audio Mixer” panel. (Audio isn’t included in the feed from X Webcam 2.)

At this point, OBS Studio could be used to either stream or record the output from my X-T3 and laptop microphone. More “Sources” can be added to the main window, but for the purpose of this blog post all I wanted to do is demonstrate that Fujifilm X Webcam 2 can be interfaced with OBS Studio via a USB cable.

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