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How to Use (Almost) Any Camera as a Webcam

By this point, I’m sure nearly everyone has joined more video calls or meetings than they can count. For better or worse, it seems that even if our lives start to return to “normal,” the idea of video conferencing and livestreaming will remain just as strong. Now, you might be wondering how to use a current camera (or future one) for streaming or even just how to upgrade from your device’s built-in webcam. You have come to the right place to learn how to stream from just about any modern camera.

Clean HDMI (or SDI): Simply the Best

Getting a clean HDMI (or SDI) video feed from your camera into your computer is perhaps the best way to get set up for streaming. To do this, you will need to make sure your camera can output a clean video signal over HDMI or SDI and then pick up a video capture device.

Here’s what you need:

Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K Mini Thunderbolt 3 Capture & Playback Unit
Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K Mini Thunderbolt™ 3 Capture & Playback Unit

Many cameras send their greatest quality via HDMI or SDI output, usually providing uncompressed footage at greater bit depths. If you want the absolute best quality, this is one way to do it. Many cameras offer this, from your point-and-shoot all the way up to professional cinema cameras, so, no matter your setup and budget, this method can likely work for you.

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