USE YOUR DSLR CAMERA AS A WEBCAM:

Do you want to look better than any of the “streamers”?

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With this new format for my blog, it gets really interesting. If you have stuck with me for a while, this will seem different for sure, but we need to cover EVERYTHING photo related, then this definitely falls into place.

More and more people are streaming videos today. And their favorite camera: the cell phone. Now it is well known that the cell phones keep improving over time, but so does the DSLR or MIRRORLESS cameras. Every time a new cell phone comes out and it has higher resolution, you will see that the DSLR or MIRRORLESS cameras keep way, way ahead of cell phones. So, if you want to improve your streaming service image, then why not upgrade your system to the following items:

  • THE DSLR CAMERA: obviously, if you want extremely good image quality, do it right with the right camera. When I mention the DSLR camera, that is something that seems to be fading out in place of the new MIRRORLESS cameras. They look the same, just that you look at a screen now with the image, rather than look through a viewfinder like the DSLR has. If you have either one you can create some amazing videos that people will notice. If you think the big boys, who have millions of subscribers use their cell phones, you have to think again. They probably have a full studio with lighting all over the place to look good. But, you can improve your recordings by just upgrading your camera from a phone to a camera.
The Panasonic Mirrorless camera was built just for doing video recording, although it still takes great still photos as well.
  • HDMI CAPTURE CARDS:

If you don’t have the right software, the other option comes in the form of HDMI capture cards. Devices like Elgatos cam link 4K allow you to make use of your camera’s HDMI output to convert that view into something your PC can use. 

Quite simply, you plug an HDMI cable into your camera, then the other end of that into the Cam Link 4K capture card. That, in turn, plugs into a USB port on your PC or Mac and then you can use the camera in place of a webcam. 

The Cam Link 4K works with not only DSLR cameras but all manner of other cameras including camcorders and action cameras too. You can check whether it’s compatible here, but what we’ve found is it works with more cameras than the official manufacturer software. 

There are a few other things to think about, like how you’re going to mount your camera or what tripod to use but otherwise, it works perfectly. The Cam Link 4K is recognized by your computer as a USB webcam, so you can simply switch to it within your software and get it to work (more on that in a bit). 

  • A DIFFERNT POWER SOURCE THAN BATTERIES: If you’re planning on using the camera a lot, it’s worth thinking about buying a live power adapter so you don’t need to replace the batteries constantly.

These are battery converters you can purchase that swap out your standard rechargeable battery with one that can be connected directly to the mains so you don’t run out of juice mid-video call. They are different depending on your camera, but as an example, this is the one we use with the Panasonic Lumix GH4. 

STREAMING WITH YOUR DSLR:

We just mentioned the right kind of camera and the Elgato Cam Link 4K is certainly a worthy addition to that list if you’re looking to improve your efforts live streaming on Twitch, Facebook or YouTube. 

The good news is, it’s really easy to use the Cam Link 4K with your favorite software. Whether you’re using OBS Studio, OBS Stream labs or other, you can simply select the Cam Link 4K as your video source and add it into your stream. 

In OBS Studio, for example, click the plus button under sources. Then click video capture device and create a new source. From that menu, you can then select the Cam Link 4K as your chosen camera. 

Then you’re free to adjust the position and size of your camera’s view as you normally would with any source in OBS. Whether that’s full size for just chatting scenes or snug in a corner for a game overlay with a greenscreen filter. 

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CAMERA SETTINGS:

It’s worth bearing in mind a few things when using your camera this way. Because you’re using your camera’s HDMI feed, you might find that some of the data you’d usually see on your live display might appear on your live camera feed in the apps as well. 

So, things like levels, histograms and grid markings may appear over your face, which is not ideal. The best thing to do is dive into your camera’s settings and turn these things off manually. 

You will also find that tweaks to the live camera settings can usually only be done on camera, rather than within the software. This includes simple things like adjusting brightness, ISO and focus. However, the end result is much better than you’d find with webcams. 

LIGHTING CONSIDERATIONS:

Those who follow this website knows that one of the most important things you can do to improve your photos, or videos, is to have good lighting. Most people that do home recording for streaming use a “Ring Light”. Why a Ring Lite? Why not use a stand with just a light bulb in the socket? A ring light is something that usually goes around the camera and illuminates everything so smoothly, it just comes out perfect. They actually make Ring Light’s for standard DSLR or Mirrorless cameras, and is mostly used for macro work. And the reason they use a light like that is because it just illuminates everything perfectly.

This Ring light is the perfect addition to your new DSLR setup and a wonderful piece of soft, aesthetically pleasing lighting that’s ideal for whatever you’re doing. Whether that’s running a beauty blog, making lifestyle videos or simply taking part in regular Zoom calls where you need to look your best.

A good setup with “Ring Light”

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