If you have an indoor event, you will definitely want to have professional cameras as your broadcasting tool but you’ve probably noticed that the webcam on your PC or laptop is, well, only to a certain quality. It is sometimes blurry, pixelated, and has unflattering viewing angles. Not to worry on that anymore. Now you can use your DSLR camera as a webcam and stream live with a professional and high quality via ViuLive.

Since ViuLive is compatible with multiple camera types, this will be helpful for users to stream high quality videos using their DSLR as a webcam.

DSLR as a webcam
Using DSLR camera for live streaming.

Depending on your camera and your computer, this can be as simple as installing a piece of software and just using a USB cable to hook your camera to your computer. If you have a relatively modern Canon camera and a Windows PC, there’s an app now available that lets you hook up the camera to your computer over standard USB and use it as a webcam.

Canon for example, has created a library on its dedicated EOS Webcam Utility Beta page, which links to the appropriate page for each supported camera models. Once you’re at the download page, select your camera model or version and simply click the download button to start downloading the installation file.

*If your camera model is not available, you can select the model version closest to your current camera, it will work perfectly*.

You can use a direct USB input from your DSLR camera to your PC, but it is suggested to use a USB capture card “or an HDMI to USB interface” for a better resolution. This means a direct HDMI input from your camera on one end and the other end to the USB capture card to convert it so the computer can detect it as a display input. Depending on the camera, you might need different types of HDMI cables.

Consult with your camera manuals to determine the type of HDMI output connection which can be Micro HDMI/Mini HDMI/HDMI or simply use a converter to convert full size HDMI down to its corresponding size that is compatible with the camera. Once the camera is connected, you’ll want to enable “clean HDMI” output, which will get rid of all of the camera exposure information and give you an unobstructed video feed. Depending on your camera, this is either done by putting the camera in its video mode or toggling an option in a settings menu. Consult your camera’s manual for the way to do it on your model.

Camera comparison
On the left is an image from laptop’s built-in 720p webcam. On the right is a shot taken with Fujifilm mirrorless camera connected to computer. Photo by Dan Seifert / the Verge

Once you have all of the parts, setting up the camera is as simple as plugging the cable into the side of the camera, plugging the other end into the capture card, and then plugging that into your computer and turning your camera on. Both Windows and Mac OS will automatically recognize the camera as a webcam and it will be available as an option to the ViuLive Platform. From there you can just bask in the glory of the image quality from your DSLR webcam.