Document Cameras in Zoom
How to Replicate a Document Camera in a Zoom Meeting
As in classroom presentations, it can be beneficial to use a document camera or second camera in a Zoom meeting. It can replicate the classroom methods of teaching and transitioning easily between teacher view, a document camera and other apps such as Powerpoint.
There are several methods of accomplishing this in a Zoom meeting.
- Join the Zoom meeting as a guest from your phone, and share your phone’s screen. Then you can use the phone’s camera as a document camera and share that.
- As host, connect your phone to your computer with a cable, and share your phone’s screen. Again, you can use the phone’s camera as a document camera.
- As host, connect a second camera to your computer, share it in a Zoom meeting, and use it as a document camera. It can be a webcam, a video camera, or an actual document camera, if available.
Method 1: Use Phone as Guest in a Zoom Meeting
- Install Zoom app on phone.
- Open Zoom app.
- Join Zoom meeting as guest.
a. Join with Zoom meeting number
b. Do not join audio
- Tap Share Content on Zoom app.
- Use phone’s camera as document camera.
- Or share anything on your phone’s screen.
Tip: Before sharing your phone’s screen, turn off notifications:
- Settings > Notifications
- Do Not Disturb >
Method 2: Sharing Phone Connected to Computer as Document Camera
If an iOS device is connected with a cable to a Mac computer, you can share content from that device when you share your screen during a meeting.
To share an iOS device that is connected by a cable to a Mac:
- Start or join a meeting.
- Click the Share Screen control.
- Click iPhone/iPad via Cable, then click Share Screen.
- If you do not have a device connected, a message displays instructions to connect
- When your device is connected and trusted, and the iOS device screen is on, the screen
is shared in the meeting. The phone’s camera can function as a document camera.
Method 3: Sharing a Second Camera
Screen sharing a camera input allows for sharing a camera connected to your computer.
This will allow using two cameras at once during a Zoom meeting. This is commonly
used when needing to share a document camera. You can use a second camera such as
a webcam or actual document camera (if available) connected to your computer.
- In a Zoom meeting, select Share Screen.
- Click the Advanced tab.
- Click Content from 2nd Camera.
- Click Share.
- If you need to choose a different camera, choose Switch Camera at the top left of the window.
- It’s useful to have a smartphone stand, such as this Aduro Solid Grip 360 Adjustable
Universal Gooseneck Smartphone Stand for Desk:
- The SJSU IT IMS has a variety of equipment available for checkout, including cameras, phone holders, stand and tripods. The IMS Equipment Loaning Service is located in IRC 112. Browse available equipment on their website.