How to Use Your DSLR Camera as a Webcam

Last updated on August 10, 2021

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So you're wondering how to use your DSLR camera to capture a beautiful video feed? You've come to the right place. Since many people are working from home, most major camera manufacturers have made software that enables you to utilize your DSLR as a webcam.

We've gathered information from three of the top camera manufacturers to help you achieve this:

Turning other DSLRs into a Webcam

If your camera's manufacturer doesn't have webcam software, 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 like this one from Magewell.

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

Keeping the Camera On

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

 
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