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A black screen is displayed when I activate my camera

Christian1
Listener

I have a particular problem. I used to participate in meetings on Zoom and I could display my video without having a personal zoom account. A few months ago, I opened a zoom account and created a meeting. By mistake, I checked the "Stop my video when joining a meeting" box in the camera settings. After that, when I activated my camera during a meeting, the camera was considered activated but only displayed a black screen. In Windows 10, in the camera privacy settings, my camera (an integrated webcam) was seen as currently being used by the Zoom app.The problem remained after of course unchecking "Stop my video when joining a meeting" in the camera settings, restarting the computer, downloading the latest version of Zoom, stopping my Zoom account. I have left the problem alone by joining Zoom meetings with a black screen as video while the video works using other applications like Teams.

 

Has anyone experienced the same problem? I would appreciate any help.

Christian

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ManvithVanga
Listener

to make video not look black you have allow access to camera to zoom if not allowed it will look black if not it won't

Hello, sorry for my late reply. In fact, the access to the camera is allowed to Zoom in the privacy settings of the camera. Even, the last access through Zoom is noted. When I attend a Zoom meeting, the camera is turned on as if it were working... but only a black screen is visible in the camera window.

 

me too

 

How do you do that? How do you allow access to Zoom with an integrated webcam?

Christian1
Listener

Hello, sorry for my late reply. In fact, the access to the camera is allowed to Zoom in the privacy settings of the camera. Even, the last access through Zoom is noted. When I attend a Zoom meeting, the camera is turned on as if it were working... but only a black screen is visible in the camera window.

I have the same problem, everybody can see me, but I can only see a black screen for myself, and every other participant. The video camera is active. 

My problem is my camera light on my laptop is turned on and video is too turned on (not muted) in Zoom and all I see is black screen on my part. I can see other people but they cannot see me. It is just black. 

Have you resolved this issue?

WRichter
Listener

Same here iMac2020. Light is green video black. All other apps and browsers work as expected.

Gues we have to move on. I have the impression the native zoom client gets worse with every release. Crashes while screen-sharing are also very common. Not cool if you have 100 physicians only.

Guess we have to move on to something else.

I have the same issue for the last 2 months at least. Used to work fine prior to that and I have not changed settings or added any apps/programs that could have a compatibility problem. My guess is that it's an incompatibility between the latest and even more degraded Zoom client and the the latest/next and more degraded Microsoft system updates that either company doesn't want to address given how few people complain about it. Not a problem with the phone app, which is why I think it is a Zoom/desktop operating system irreconcilable difference. 

 

I think you are right. I upgraded my desktop and now the Zoom doesn't work. Not cool. Now what? Does anyone have any idea how to resolve this?

 

HH57
Listener

Help ! My video screen is black, fine yesterday. I have everything ticked. Presentation tomorrow!!

 

Sherrin_Larson
Listener

As of the last windows update, I believe, my laptop camera comes on but it shows a camera with a slash through it and no one else can see me. I've checked everything and done everything including looking for updates for drivers. I've uninstalled, reinstalled, restarted etc.

Ronsanders
Listener

I have spent hours on this same problem. I have downloaded new drivers, etc.  Can anyone give some guidance

 

DebraFoxx
Listener

I am having the same problem now. I am stumped as to what to do at this point. 

HenryG
Listener

Sorry, I cannot help. But I will note that I have the same problem but only on one particular WiFi network.  The problem does not occur on my home network.  While on that network, the camera will work in other apps, but no longer works in Zoom. 

RenaGroot
Listener

The screen is black on my desktop but not on my laptop. I need the desktop for my Zoom meetings because I have to show course materials that are only on my desktop. Any idea why the screen is black? So weird. Also, it's not cool we can't contact anyone for help at Zoom.

 

 

 

RenaGroot
Listener

Have you figured it out? I have the same issue...

 

Mark9
Listener

The same issue over here. We are using a Fujitsu Lifebook U Series built in Video Camera (FJ Camera).
Video is black with Zoom Client Version 5.11.11, but Camera light is on.
Any other Client (Skype, Teams, GotoMeeting, WebEx) works as expected. Just a Zoom problem.

Workaround: Join the meeting via Webbrowser (Firefox).

Meyyappan
Listener

@Christian1 wrote:

I have a particular problem. I used to participate in meetings on Zoom and I could display my video without having a personal zoom account. A few months ago, I opened a zoom account and created a meeting. By mistake, I checked the "Stop my video when joining a meeting" box in the camera settings. After that, when I activated my camera during a meeting, the camera was considered activated but only displayed a black screen. In Windows 10, in the camera privacy settings, my camera (an integrated webcam) was seen as currently being used by the Zoom app.The problem remained after of course unchecking "Stop my video when joining a meeting" in the camera settings, restarting the computer, downloading the latest version of Zoom, stopping my Zoom account. I have left the problem alone by joining Zoom meetings with a black screen as video while the video works using other applications like Teams.

 

Has anyone experienced the same problem? I would appreciate any help.

Christian


Hi christian I too had the same problem but when I checked antivirus permission, in my case k7 total security the webcam permission is denied. So I disabled it permanently and it worked 

rahmati
Listener

Same issue here. Logitech webcam on an Apple Mac Mini with M1 chip.

The camera light turns on. I can see myself in other applications, including Logitech's own LogiTune app, but Zoom shows my video as completely black.

 

Interestingly, uninstalling and reinstalling Zoom seems to resolve it for a short period, but then it fails again. 

keith000
Listener

I have got the same problem.

 

Problem was resolved after I switched off zoom virtual background since the one I was using no longer exists. 

I don't use a virtual background and I have this issue.  Camera on...but black box showing in place of my video.