mintCast 342.5 – Droidcam Can!


We would like to welcome Owen Peery to the team. He’s our new editor!

1:27 Linux Innards
21:44 Vibrations from the Ether
43:17 Check This Out
48:10 Outro

In our Innards section, how we use droidcam!

And finally, the feedback and a few suggestions



  • Joe
    • Tested out Droidcam.  The setup on the phone is simple and the instructions on make it really simple to make it visible to the system. The video quality was good but not as good as it could have been but the latency over wifi was non existent. It looked like it was real time.
    • Also set up ip webcam because it is something that I have used in the distant past that is similar.  The video quality was much better than droidcam which applies some paywall limits to its quality and the latency was also very good.  But the setup to use it as a computer webcam is a bit more difficult than that of Droidcam. Just follow the directions online to set up an ip cam as a computer webcam.  
    • But seeing the two side by side you can really see the difference in video quality using the Note 10 Plus
  • Leo
    • Been using Droidcam for 6 months now as a USB webcam
    • I’ve used it mostly for Zoom, but I’ve given it a run with Cheese and VLC for testing over USB. The quality is actually quite good, but defaulted to 640×480. To crank it up to 720p, you need to reload the module
cd /tmp/


echo "73db3a4c0f52a285b6ac1f8c43d5b4c7" | md5sum -c --

unzip -d droidcam && cd droidcam

sudo ./install

sudo insmod /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/media/video/v4l2loopback-dc.ko width=1024 height=720
    • This is special for me. For some reason, 1280×720 stretches me out. 1024×720 gives me a higher resolution, without stretching.
    • Overall it’s great in VLC, Cheese and Zoom.
    • Such a good option if webcams are not affordable.
  • Tony W
    • Found this app since Covid-19, while investigating live streaming
    • My son has been using DroidCam every day for school.  Remote learning with Zoom meetings
    • Android version wired capability does require USB debugging enabled, which in turn requires turning on Developer options (not difficult but not n00b friendly either)
      • Developer mode needs to be allowed in Google Family Link, so one more hurdle for devices with parental controls
    • Wireless was actually really good but wired is rock solid
    • Why do you need this?
      • Have a computer without a webcam?
      • Even if you do have a webcam, is your phone’s camera better? (will require paid version of app to get full HD resolution)
      • OK, maybe you already have one video source – but do you want more?  How about multiple video angles for OBS Studio? 
  • Tony H


  • Jeff

DISPLAY=:0.0 google-chrome-stable --new-window https://website.example/ &

sleep 5

export win_dow=xdotool getactivewindow

echo $win_dow

DISPLAY=:0.0 xdotool mousemove --window $win_dow 200 400

# DISPLAY=:0.0 xdotool click 1

DISPLAY=:0.0 obs --scene "CNNNews" --startrecording &
  • Stan Reichardt
  • Londoner

  • Sia
  • John Wallis SAGA

One thing that Lynis has brought to my attention is that of security

issues with the following services:

Running ‘systemd-analyze security’

         – ModemManager.service:                               [ MEDIUM ]

         – NetworkManager.service:                             [ EXPOSED ]

         – accounts-daemon.service:                            [ UNSAFE ]

         – acpid.service:                                      [ UNSAFE ]

[truncated for length]

Consider hardening system services [BOOT-5264]

     – Details  : Run ‘/usr/bin/systemd-analyze security SERVICE’ for

each service

  • John’s Followup
  • John Wallis Saga – A Family Affair
  • spike bookbinder
  • Larry Murphy
    [truncated for length]


  • Moss
    • Linux Handbook is an ethical web portal from the same team behind It’s FOSS, the web’s favorite Linux and Open-Source portal.

While It’s FOSS focuses on Open Source, Linux news and desktop Linux, Linux Handbook focuses on the server side of Linux.


Our next episode will be September 6, 2020 at 2 pm Central US Time, 7 pm UTC, 8 pm British Summer Time –

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  • Londoner for his suggestion to use
  • Hobstar for his work on the new logo
  • Josh for all his work on the website
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  • for hosting our audio files
  • The Linux Mint development team for the fine distro we love to talk about.

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