If a Horizon administrator has configured the Real-Time Audio-Video feature, and if you use the VMware Blast display protocol or the PCoIP display protocol, a webcam that is built-in or connected to the local client computer can be used on a remote desktop. You can use the webcam in conferencing applications such as Skype, Webex, or Google Hangouts.

During the setup of an application such as Skype, Webex, or Google Hangouts on the remote desktop, you can choose input and output devices from menus in the application. For virtual machine desktops, you can choose VMware Virtual Microphone and VMware Virtual Webcam. For published desktops, you can choose Remote Audio Device and VMware Virtual Webcam.

With many applications, however, this feature will just work, and selecting an input device is not necessary.

If the webcam is currently being used by the local client computer, it can be used by the remote desktop simultaneously. Also, if the webcam is being used by the remote desktop, it can be used by the local client computer at the same time.


If you are using a USB webcam, do not connect it from the Connection > USB menu in Horizon Client. To do so routes the device through USB redirection and the performance will be unusable for video chat.

If more than one webcam is connected to the local client computer, you can configure a preferred webcam to use on remote desktops.