Disable webcam when not in use

Some_OBS_User

New Member
I usually keep OBS always running, and the problem is it's always using the webcam (the webcam indicator goes green all the time and the webcam becomes warm), even when the source is hidden or I've switched to another scene. The only way to disable the webcam is to remove the source or the scene completely (but then I lose the settings and filters) or close OBS. I'm afraid that constantly being on is bad for the webcam and also it's just strange that it's running all the day while the computer is on. In one thread (https://obsproject.com/forum/threads/camera-not-in-use-but-on.65263/) I saw an option "Deactivate when not showing" in the source's (webcam's) properties. But I cannot find it, I don't have this option in the webcam's preferences. I have OBS Studio 26.1.1 and Linux Mint 20. Thank you for the help
 

Lesschamps

New Member
I am looking for info about Deactivate when not showing as well. I am assuming this is no longer a feature in new OBS versions. I have a Logitech webcam that keeps going out whenever i try to use to OBS virtual camera in Zoom. I can see the camera in OBS but when i start Zoom it goes out. Any help would be great.
 

ansorensen

New Member
I'm running into this issue, too. I'm trying to stream an application that uses my webcam (in chrome)... but chrome can't access the webcam because OBS is using the webcam even though it's not a source in this scene. I even turned off the webcam in another scene that I'm not using, but still, the webcam is being used by OBS.
 

ansorensen

New Member
Okay, when I delete any scene using the webcam (even when all webcam sources were turned off), I was able to reload chrome and see the video pop up in the chrome stream.

I'd like to be able to leave other scenes using the webcam in tact, and not have to recreate them every time another application needs the webcam at the same time as I'm running OBS.
 

stefanreich

New Member
I second this request. It is quite annoying having to close OBS just to use the webcam in another program. Please fix.
 
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