Wired HDMI Screen Sharing with a capture device

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Wired HDMI screen sharing is a one-plug method to share content from a laptop or mobile device to a Zoom Room. This method uses an HDMI-USB capture card peripheral connected to the Zoom Room to capture HDMI output from another device, such as a laptop. The capture card accepts HDMI on its input, and outputs to the Zoom Room using USB. The laptop OS can use mirror or extend display mode to output to the capture card. The Zoom Room can also accept audio, if supported by the capture card, which generally requires the laptop OS to be configured to output audio via its HDMI output. Alternatively, you can also use wireless direct sharing, share.zoom.us, or Airplay to share content from your laptop or mobile device to a Zoom Room.

Note: Annotation is not available when sharing content through HDMI. Please consider using direct sharing when annotation is needed. 

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Prerequisites for wired HDMI screen sharing with a capture device

  • Magewell USB-HDMIMagewell DVI PlusInogeni 4k2USB3* or Logitech Screen Share
    • Note: Other capture cards such as the Inogeni 4KXUSB3Share2U and Osprey Capture are not recognized as camera card peripherals - they are treated as USB camera sources only. 
  • Magewell GEN1 firmware upgraded for 16:9 capture (default is 16:10)
  • Zoom Rooms for Windows version 4.0 or higher

  • Zoom Rooms for macOS version 4.0 or higher

    • Note: Zoom Rooms do not support the connection/use of more than one (1) USB-HDMI capture card peripheral at a time. If two or more capture cards are used in the same Zoom Room, they may act in an unpredictable manner, and the peripheral treated as a capture card may vary across system reboots. If you wish to have additional USB-HDMI peripherals presented as cameras (not a capture card), use an alternative device that is not one of the listed capture cards.

  • (Optional) Kramer TP-580T and TP-580R for HDMI extension over Cat cabling
  macOS Windows
Magewell Content or Camera Content or Camera
Inogeni Content or Camera Content or Camera
Logitech Content or Camera Content or Camera
Others Camera Camera

*Note: The maximum resolution with this device for a Zoom Room display is 1080p.

How to use automatic HDMI sharing

Wired HDMI sharing is automatic upon plugging in your laptop to the video capture device connected to the Zoom Room.

  1. Connect the HDMI cable to the sharing device's video output.
  2. Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the capture device.
  3. Connect the USB end of the capture device into the Zoom Room computer. The active video signal will automatically screen share your desktop to the output of the Zoom Room
  4. Unplug the video cable to stop screen sharing. 

How to enable manual HDMI sharing 

You can disable automatic detection for HDMI sharing by selecting the manual HDMI sharing option for Zoom Rooms. This may be useful when a device is always connected, such as a dedicated/fixed content computer.

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal as a role with access to Zoom Rooms. 
  2. Click Room Management then Zoom Rooms.
  3. Find the Zoom Room you want to change and click Edit.
  4. Click the Meeting tab.
  5. Click the Start HDMI content share manually on controller toggle  to enable the setting. 

How to use manual HDMI sharing

  1. Start a Zoom Room meeting or tap Share Content on your Zoom Room controller. 
  2. Plug the capture device into your Zoom Room and the HDMI cable into HDMI port of the device you are sharing from. This will start the screen share from your desktop to the Zoom TV display
  3. Unplug the HDMI cable to stop HDMI screen sharing. 

How to use HDMI sharing with 60fps (frames per second)

Enabling HDMI sharing with 60fps

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal as a role with access to Zoom Rooms. 
  2. Click Room Management then Zoom Rooms.
  3. Click Account Settings to enable this settings for all rooms. You can also use the location hierarchy  to enable to enable the feature for specific rooms or groups of rooms. 
  4. Click the Meeting tab, then click the toggle next to Allow users to enable 60fps HDMI sharing.
  5. (Optional) Click the checkbox next to Enable 60fps HDMI sharing by default if you want this feature to be automatically activated for every meeting in the Zoom Room. 

Using HDMI sharing with 60fps in a Zoom Rooms meeting

  1. Start a Zoom Room meeting or tap Share Content on your Zoom Room controller. 
  2. Plug in your devices for manual or automatic HDMI sharing.
  3. In the Share Content window, tap the settings icon on your Zoom Room controller.
  4. Tap the toggle for Optimize Full-screen Video Sharing, then tap the toggle for 60fps HDMI Sharing.

Note: The maximum resolution available for this feature is 720p. 

How to change the HDMI label

In some instances, it may be best to change the label the Zoom Room uses to refer to the input from the capture device. Follow these steps if you want to change the default "HDMI" label for wired HDMI sharing:

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal as a role with access to Zoom Rooms. 
  2. Click Room Management then Zoom Rooms.
  3. You can use location hierarchy to change this setting for a specific room or location. Click Account Settings to change it for the entire account. 
  4. Find the Customize HDMI sharing label section and click the pencil icon .
  5. Enter a replacement label and click Save

How to setup Magewell HDMI Capture USB

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