So you want to use your DSLR camera to capture a beautiful video feed and are wondering how. You've come to the right place. 

You have two methods. If you're using a Canon DSLR and a Mac you can turn it into a webcam with just some software. For other cameras and computers may need to buy some hardware to make it happen.

Turning a Canon DSLR into a Webcam on a Mac

If your camera is listed here then you can follow these steps. To get started, you'll need to down two pieces of software: Camera Live and CamTwist

  1. First open Camera Live.
  2. Then plug your canon DSLR into your computer via USB.
  3. Select your device in Camera Live and wait for it to say "Ready".
  4. Then open CamTwist.
  5. To get the video feed from your camera select "Syphon" as a video source.
  6. Then pick "Camera Live" as the Syphon Server.
  7. Now your Canon DSLR should be visible in CamTwist. Simply go into Crowdcast and select "CamTwist" as the video feed and boom! You now have a professional DSLR webcam. You can test that out in the our setup page.

Turning other DSLRs into a Webcam

If you don't have a Canon DSLR and Mac then you'll need to buy a USB capture device to turn your camera into a webcam. 

There are many devices that can connect to your camera via HDMI and then turn that feed into a webcam. One that we recommend is from Magewell and you can get it here.

After you connect the camera with the USB capture device you can select it as a webcam in Crowdcast and can test it out here.

 

Keeping the camera on

If you do use a DSLR, we recommend not relying on the on-board battery to keep the camera on as it may shutdown while you're live. Most camera's have adapters that let you plug the camera into an outlet to keep it powered for many continuous hours. We recommend checking with your camera's model to find the appropriate power supply. 

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