With the Real-Time Audio-Video feature, you can use your local computer's webcam or microphone on your remote desktop. Real-Time Audio-Video is compatible with standard conferencing applications and browser-based video applications, and supports standard webcams, audio USB devices, and analog audio input.

End users can run Skype, Webex, Google Hangouts, and other online conferencing applications on their virtual desktops. This feature redirects video and audio data to the remote desktop with a significantly lower bandwidth than can be achieved by using USB redirection. With Real-Time Audio-Video, webcam images and audio input are encoded on the client and then sent to the remote desktop. On the remote desktop the stream is decoded and played by a virtual webcam and virtual microphone, which can be used by the third-party application.

No special configuration is necessary, although administrators can set GPOs and registry keys for the remote desktop to configure frame rate and image resolution, or to turn the feature off altogether. By default the resolution is 320 by 240 pixels at 15 frames per second. Administrators can also use client-side configuration settings to set a preferred webcam or audio device if needed.


This feature is available only on some types of clients. To find out whether this feature is supported on a particular type of client, see the feature support matrix included in the "Using VMware Horizon Client" document for the specific type of desktop or mobile client device. Go to https://www.vmware.com/support/viewclients/doc/viewclients_pubs.html.