Kinect Cam as a Webcam in Windows 10

Hey friends! I just wanted to share with you a practical tutorial on how to use your old Kinect 360 Cam as a webcam in Windows 10 for Skype and other Video Conferencing programs.  This is actually an older method, but I was shocked to learn it actually worked on Windows 10!  I was previously using a method on Windows 7 by Piotr Sowa right here (http://codingbytodesign.net/2013/03/17/kinect-for-pc-and-skype-means-kinectcam/), but it stopped working for me with Windows 10.  After much frustration I discovered a method that actually worked with Windows 10 and so I’m sharing and hosting the files with you that I know work on my website before they disappear off the internet.  The other reason I want to share this with you is because we have a huge problem in this world that is called “Planned Obsolescence” (See video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdh7_PA8GZU) and that is Corporations build things to break and to be replaced within a short time frame to boost profits.  And what happens to all that plastic? Well currently they are dumping it in 3rd world countries at alarming rates.  These kind of practices have to stop for all products and we should get updated drivers for everything ever made from Printers to Webcams if we wish to save the Oceans and this planet!

It’s true the problems have a lot to do with the way we see the world.  It’s important for everyone to discover what “Soul Vision” means I believe and that’s why I invite everybody to open up and share their own stories as this is one of the methods towards getting everybody connected.  I have boldly and bravely laid out my own personal stories on this voyage for all to see right here. Why not take a peak at how this process evolved in me.  Here’s a link to my stories:

“James’ Soul Stories”

 

And here’s the links required for using the Kinect 360 Camera as web cam in Windows 10:

Note right click the links and choose “Save Target As” to somewhere on your computer.

1. KinectCam.ax

2. KinectSDK v1.0 Beta2 64 bit

3. Note:  Only If you have the problem with the “failed to register” and “missing Dll file dependencies” error message, then download these two files and place them in the same location. (C:)  Then try the same command: regsvr32 C:KinectCam.ax (in the Admin Command Prompt).

File 1: KINECTSQM.DLL

File 2: MSRKINECTNUI.DLL

Note: This method is for Windows 10 64 bit.  If you are running a 32 bit version (denoted with x86) of windows I recommend the other version of the SDK file found here:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/download/details.aspx?id=27876

Note: If everything works, be sure to give a Facebook and Youtube Thumbs Up!! Thanks!

29 Replies to “Kinect Cam as a Webcam in Windows 10”

  1. Uh…
    My Kinect works as a mic but skype says “No device found.” Please help, I don’t want to spend money on a actual webcam.

      1. I was able to get it to work by following the tutorial, then reboot, then run the Beta2 installer again and select “Repair Installation”. I performed all these steps with the camera attached. The only issue I have now is the video is reversed left-to-right, but the camera can be found in Skype and video is displayed.

    1. Sorry for the false alarm on .ax !
      However, following the tutorial didnt help me make the Kinect 360 run.
      I cant see it in my Skype video option. 🙁
      Any suggestions?

    1. Same issue here, not sure if windows build 1909 or something else is missing from older versions. I tried several ours in testing by try and error. Last state: no camera in skye is recognized as well in camera App, but sdk is showing pictures and the driver is found in devices. Maybe someone can get a new working step by step solution,… still trying

  2. My Skype latest version does not recieve the signal. The cmd command is successful but won’t receive an image in Skype.

  3. hey, thanks so much for all this helpful content!

    the green light is blinking on my Kinect the mic works but no cam?
    any thoughts?

    thanks a bunch

  4. I am having the same issue and I am about to have online schooling and I don’t know if I need a webcam or not, but I would like to have this working by the time online schooling is happening in case I do have to use a webcam would be great if someone could help me to get this working!

    1. Well I will tell you this camera used to work amazing with Windows 7 64 bit. I used it for a long time. Big problem now is Microsoft is controlling all the updates automatically. You pretty much need to hack windows to stop their updates. If I happen to find another way to make it work I will surely post it.

  5. Hi James;
    I have done the exact instruction on my win 10 64 bits. The video screen in skype shows black screen. No video. Please help here. I was thinking if that could be a problem with the USB hub drivers, where if I disconnect the Kinnect, the result is the same.

    1. I wish I had the answer my friend. I am surprised a new solution hasn’t come along since posting that video. A world of never ending plastic. Hoping this pandemic will encourage a change of thinking. If I find something new I’ll be sure to post it. I haven’t used the Skype Cam for a few years myself. It worked the best of all on Windows 7 64 bit, which I miss.

  6. i have a workaround. i wanted to use the kinect as second camera (i’m on a laptop with built in hd webcam) to show my students some of the gear in my studio.
    unluckily i had no luck in getting applications to like the kinect (zoom shows the kinectcam but no picture and crashes when trying to tweak settings).
    anyway i can use some of the tools in the sdk to show the kinect stream on screen, then i just share the screen with zoom and i can use it as second camera. not elegant, but a solution nonetheless. i think you can do it even if you don’t have any other cam installed: just share screen and use the apps contained in the Kinect developer toolkit to show the stream!

    1. Worked with Skype, chrome, Discord,

      but trying to make work with OBS and Streamlabs OBS.
      having a issue, the webcam is being showed as a Gray noise only in this app. any Iddea?

      can i have the source code to work on this?

      this is the error im getting

      failed to connect pins (0x80040207): the owner sid on a per-user subscription doesn’t exist

    1. Hi.
      Run the install.bat as administator
      Be sure to have the Kinect SDK 1.8 install.
      Be sure to have the .net framework install.
      “c:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319”
      you could also change the install.bat to point tho the good version of the .net framework
      Hope this help…

      1. Hi Eric, unfortunately your solution isn’t working for me:

        I have the correct .net install
        1.8 SDK
        1.8 toolkit
        No issues running install.bat from CMD.

        It does work in Zoom but not Skype or MS Teams. Any ideas?

        Thanks!

  7. Look like only the 32 bits version has register.

    add these line to the install.bat
    c:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\ngen.exe install BaseClassesNET.dll
    c:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\ngen.exe install KinectCam.dll
    c:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\RegAsm.exe /nologo BaseClassesNET.dll
    c:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\RegAsm.exe KinectCam.dll /nologo /codebase /tlb: KinectCam.tlb

    it should (I hope) work.

  8. Can we do anything with the camera resolution?
    my Kinect cam looking like I’m 30 feet away when only 10 feet away.

  9. I just wanted to reply and say that SparkoCam solved all my problems. The software sees the Kinect and I can select Sparko as a camera through Teams, Skype, Zoom and even Windows 10 Camera app. I’d recommend it!

  10. yo no pude instalarlo en cmd
    no encontre la carpeta kinectcam
    cree una y me dice que el binario no se encuentra en la ruta especiicada. podrian pasare los comandos correctos para yo poder copiar y pegarlos

  11. Trying to make work with OBS and Streamlabs OBS.
    having a issue, the webcam is being showed as a Gray noise only in this app. any Iddea?

    can i have the source code to work on this?

    this is the error im getting

    failed to connect pins (0x80040207): the owner sid on a per-user subscription doesn’t exist

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