Shoot - Pro Webcam for Mac & PC Last Updated 22 September 2022 by Michael Forrest
Shoot gives you a rock-solid connection to your iOS device’s camera with no overlays, letting you use your phone’s fantastic camera for meetings and live streams.
Already using Shoot? Check out the Shoot Guides
Shoot is used thousands of times every month for everything from live music, DJ sets, podcasts, gaming and webinars, to church services, in classrooms, for sports, art, crafting, and even bingo, magic shows, puppet shows and drag shows.
This means that no scenario has slipped through the cracks - whatever you’re shooting live, we’ve got you covered.
Who likes Shoot?
- MacBreak Weekly pick 16th Feb 2022 by Alex Lindsay (Office Hours Global, 090 Media, Industrial Light and Magic, Star Wars character)
- Loved by Alexandra Botez - @botezlive (chess streamer with 1 million followers)
- Recommended by Ecamm Live - macOS streaming software (try it)
Easy to set up
Lightning to USB (Mac Only)
If you’re using a Mac, just plug in over USB and you’ll have a Video Capture Device available to Ecamm, OBS and QuickTime.
IMPORTANT: Do Not Disturb is essential when connecting over USB on a Mac if you don’t want people to see your text messages!2
Or you could connect wirelessly over via AirPlay.
In fact, with a £15 desktop app you can connect multiple cameras wirelessly and even switch between them automatically!
Why is Shoot’s Connection So Reliable?
With native Screen Mirroring your device’s operating-system (OS) is responsible for keeping Shoot‘s video connection strong and stable.
Streaming high-definition video is a resource-intensive activity and without the special privileges apps that don’t use native Screen Mirroring have the odds stacked against them!
This is why apps that create their own USB connection to an OBS plugin, or broadcast over NDI are inherently prone to instability, high latency, freezes, crashes, lost connections and other random problems.
That’s why Shoot just lets the OS do what it does best and then gets out of the way.
And as a bonus this means that Shoot lets you use any old iOS devices5 you might have kicking around, since they all do Screen Mirroring really well!
Not to mention that you’re not roped-into using only desktop apps with a plugin available. So you can use it with Ecamm!
Shoot vs others
When would you use Shoot vs Epoccam, Camo or Filmic Pro?
Shoot vs Epoccam Epoccam is free but it doesn’t use the Apple native screen mirroring connection and hence is less reliable.
Shoot vs Filmic Pro Filmic is designed for filming things. Streaming support was bolted-on later and hence is hidden in a menu somewhere. Shoot is designed for streaming and doesn’t include unnecessary to live broadcasting, and the user interface is much clearer as a result.
Shoot vs Camo Even if you have Camo you might still use Shoot to add a wireless or HDMI camera for another device. Shoot doesn’t require any additional desktop software. Shoot is useful without a computer - for example when streaming video to an Apple TV in a classroom or to projector as part of a live music show.
Tweets and Reviews
@michaelforrest thank you for your camera app, it’s amazing.— Alexandra Botez (@alexandravbotez) August 3, 2021
#livestreaming peeps ! Get on this #iPhone #app. I use the Shoot Clean Camera app for all my #twitch livestreams. It turns the iPhone into a clean-feed, HD web-cam, far superior than a standard webcam, and comparable to the quality of a decent DSLR/Lens https://t.co/y2EDIXrS7g— paul dakeyne (@paul_dakeyne) August 19, 2021
Here's a hack for those using Zoom for #MessyChurch or making craft. An cheap app will turn your plugged-in iPhone into a clean camera feed which you can share in Zoom just like you'd share a screen. No need to hold bits up to the webcam. I use Shoot https://t.co/hwHkudlhr7 pic.twitter.com/A56CluwvjL— Jon J Marlow (@jjmarlow) May 24, 2020
I met Michael through using his incredible iPhone camera app for streaming. He's incredibly talented and motivated, makes incredible music and is always working on something new.— Jof! (@Jofamo) August 5, 2021
I was absolutely honoured when he asked me to do a wee interview about my experiences on Twitch! https://t.co/ZrRlzYxHK2
ついに見つけた…！画面にカメラ映像だけが出るアプリ！！！ズームもできれば最強だが致し方ない◎— fumi𓁿(FumiyaMurakami) (@fumi_238) November 12, 2016
Good To Hear「Shoot - Clean Camera Feed for Mirroring」 https://t.co/8Od6YklucQ
1/2 Streamingtips! Om ni inte visste det, så funkar det absolut att använda sin iPhone eller iPad som extra kamera rakt in i Wirecast, Ecamm Live eller liknande. För att få en ren bild utan en massa fokusrutor och liknande köpte jag en app som heter "Shoot - Clean Camera Feed" pic.twitter.com/zAuhC53pgh— Micke Kring (@MickeKring) December 1, 2020
There are also some pretty good reviews in the App Store.
“The best app to turn your iPhone into a webcam by far!” - Talks Of Our Time Podcast
“Fantastische Software! Die Software und vor allen die Wissensdatenbank dahinter ist richtig klasse! Wenn man sein iPhone als professionelle Webcam einsetzen will ist das der Hammer! Unbedingt das Tutorial mit der kostenlosen OBS Software ausprobieren! Damit eröffnen sich ungeahnte Möglichkeiten. Jeden Cent wert! Vielen Dank an den Enwickler!” (Translation) - Zahn–Rat
“Essential app for educators - Best app for my use case, streaming a clean HDMI feed from my iPad Pro into a Blackmagic Design Atem Mini as a webcam in zoom meetings. Only app that can also turn off the display while streaming video through the USB port to save battery. Developer is super responsive and friendly!” - 0301chris
“I love this app - Fantastic app, with very clear guidance and instructions. The developer is super responsive - clearly this app is getting continued love!” - streamstress
“I looked everywhere for a clean feed to mirror for streaming to Mac, TV, etc.. This is everything I needed and it is so simple and so hard to find! Thanks.” - Longslide13
“Essential app! - I’ve been using Shoot off and on for the past year for live-streaming but it wasn’t until the developer added the option to output the camera feed via clean HDMI that I was completely sold. Special props to the developer for fixing an issue I had with output within a matter of a couple days. Now that is what I call costumer support! Highly recommended.“ - RudyCaseres
Gestures allow focus locking, zooming without triggering overlays
Overlays disappear so you can mirror the camera on your device’s screen
Full manual control of ISO, Shutter Speed, EV± Exposure Bias, Manual Focus, White Balance Lock and Color Temperature so you can tweak the picture to your liking
Guides to help you get set up on Mac and PC
Supports older devices - iOS 12 and newer
Battery-saving mode when mirroring over HDMI or AirPlay so your phone doesn’t get hot
60fps, vertical video - whatever you need is probably in Settings
Disable image stabilisation if your kick drum is causing the camera to judder
Apple Watch App for switching cameras, controlling zoom, exposure, focus and white balance so you can adjust the picture from where you’re sitting or standing
Virtual Green Screen creates a chroma-key based on your camera’s depth sensor so you don’t need a real-life green screen
Portrait Effect gives you a bit of fake depth-of-field
Shoot Pro Subscription
For additional features you can subscribe for “Premium Updates”. Features that were created up until the end of your subscription will be unlocked forever.
PSST: Don’t tell anyone I said this but this means if there’s a feature you like the look of, you can subscribe to unlock it, immediately cancel your subscription, and keep that feature forever!
Here’s what we’ve got so far.
Premium Update: Drawing
When I heard that Shoot was being used for live workshops and in classrooms, I thought it might be cool to be able to draw over the video to point things out and do little sketches.
Premium Update: Pause
Sometimes you want to pause the video before you start drawing on it.
Or you might be building a guide and want to take freeze-frames along the way without all your stream overlays covering things up.
Or something else I haven’t thought of!
Premium Update: Grids
A grid overlay is a simple but effective way to make your footage look more professional. It’s just easier to line everything up.
Shout Out To Ecamm Academy
Adrian Salisbury has been a vocal proponent of Shoot and as a result of his recommendation, I have been able to work on it full time and pull out all the stops to make it the best streaming camera app out there.
If you need help getting started with your first live stream, Adrian might have just what you need.
Don’t be a nervous wreck on-stream
An unreliable camera means you’ll be on-edge when you’re live. If your camera keeps crashing you’ll lose viewers. You’ll be grumpy so new viewers won’t stick around.
Shoot helps you create a high quality, reliable stream, so you can be in high spirits, entertaining a quickly-growing audience.
Don’t keep your colleagues waiting
When you have a work call, you don’t want to be fiddling around with unreliable connections, starting late after technical difficulties, crashing and disappearing halfway through a sentence. You want the best possible connection so you’ll look great and get a promotion.
Don’t let your stream get boring
Even if you’re using top-of-the-line broadcast AV equipment, Shoot lets you easily add extra camera angles.
Ready to get started?
It’s pretty cheap - you can try OBS for free, get Shoot in the App Store, and then you just need some sort of microphone and you’re ready to go!
Here’s the app store link, right here!
About Squares TV
This website is a place to get into the technical nitty gritty behind the scenes of live streaming, audio and video production.
Stay tuned for interviews with creators like Jofamo who had some great tips for building an audience on Twitch. I recently spoke to DJ Dakeyne about his spectacular high-production Friday night DJ streams, and where Shoot fits into that.
There will be loads more interview on Squares TV with people who use Shoot for all sorts of different things, so stay tuned by joining the mailing list.
Shoot used to be called “Shoot - Clean Camera Feed”
If you are using a Mac, you can plug in via USB and apps like Ecamm and OBS will be able to see your device as a Video Capture Device. However, on Windows you’ll need to connect over HDMI via a capture device or via AirPlay with an app like AirServer.↩
It’s not possible for Shoot to enable Do Not Disturb automatically, or even to tell you that it’s not switched on. This is because there would be privacy implications to allowing third-party apps to access this information, according to a commenter on this thread↩
Of course, even with a native connection things can sometimes go awry (like I said, video streaming is hard!) but usually a quick restart or system update will fix the problem.↩
Devices that support iOS 12 and newer are supported: everything after the iPhone 5S, iPad Air 1st Gen, iPad 5th Generation.↩