Tuesday 1 November 2011

Kinect as Webcam on your PC [SOLVED]

So you want to use your Kinect as a webcam, uh?
Yes, it is possible to do that... And it is quite straightforward.

Follow those steps:

  • Download and install latest Kinect for Windows SDK beta
  • Download and install latest MS Visual Studio 2010 Runtimes (you can choose x86 or x64)
    • [Update] It is working with latest Beta 2 release, updated link below
  • Reboot your PC
  • Download KinectCam.ax file and store it in a path you're not going to touch anything for next 10 years (e.g. %WINDIR%)
  • Execute command line as Administrator (Right click on Cmd.exe and Run as administrator)
  • Enter the following command: regsvr32.exe "path of KinectCam.ax file"
  • Feel free to use your expensive webcam on Skype, Google Talk or whatever you want
For some troubleshooting or use openKinect package instead of official Kinect SDK, feel free to follow this link. More info about the creator of the DirectX VideoCapture Filter are there.

Obviously, on Linux, it is supported out of the box thanks to Linux Kernel.

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