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I would like to use Teams to conduct some distance learning classes.  To provide a more professional experience, I am using OBS (Open Broadcast Software) to enhance the presentation and be able to switch among vdifferent sources seamlessly.  I am using the Virtual Camera plugin for OBS and I am able pick that as a source in Teams but the quality of the feed is terrible,

 

When I look at the same feed in Zoom - the quality is MUCH better.  And when I look at the feed using the webcamtest.com website, the feed looks perfect.

 

Does Teams downgrade the video signal for some reason?  The quality of the Powerpoint capture is so low it is unusable.

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How have you tested this? I ask, because if you're turning the camera on without Share and seeing this, you may just be seeing what is really the thumbnail in the tile where your picture is normally. 

 

I'm using a different virtual cam and broadcasting software, but I suspect this is your problem as I was briefly fooled by this. You'll probably need to use Teams Share to send the screen that OBS is controlling.

@Tmadel 

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@Tmadel Looks like you are not the only one. There are a number of issues on the OBS forums as well. 

 

On my side, I've been trying OBS + Virtual Camera Plugin on Teams in 2 different setups with my surface pro 6:


a) with a Logitech C920HD
b) with a elgato camlink 4K

I have the same issue in both setups, while the latency is passable for live calls and webinars (way better than my SlingStudio system), the video quality is almost unusable with virtual cam :(

 

I'll do a few tests with other computers that are more powerful and/or dedicated to the video editing part and report back to you if it works. Let me know if you find a solution.

 

Cheers!

 

K

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Hello @Tmadel,

 

I´ve open a idea in Teams Uservoice.

 

If you want please vote for me?

 

TeamsUservoice 

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Can you confirm that screen sharing via Teams (sharing the video output screen of OBS or similar encoder software app like WIrecast) results in better image quality than virtual camera.Also when there are are 40+ participants in a meeting? @Al_Gray 

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Hello @erimo,

 

no. We had cases with max. 15 persons.

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Thanks. @Bernd Hermelingmeier 

I meant: is sharing the screen the screen in Teams (fullscreen of OBS or other encoder software) is better quality than virtual camera output?