Use an External DSLR or Mirrorless Camera

You can record high-quality video using an external digital camera connected to your computer.

Connect Camera with USB

Many digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras can be used to capture video by connecting the camera to your computer with a USB cable.

To use a USB-to-computer setup:

  1. Install the camera manufacturer's software.
  2. Connect the device.
  3. Select the device as the camera input in the Studio or Lobby.
    You may have to restart your browser if you don't see the camera available.)

Examples of camera manufacturers' software and maximum video resolution include:

When capturing video with a USB-to-computer setup, you must use a different device as the audio source.

Connect Camera with External Capture Card

In order to get the most out of your DSLR or mirrorless camera setup, we recommend using a dedicated external capture card, such as the Elgato CamLink. The capture card plugs into a USB port on your computer and receives HDMI video from the camera. This setup allows you to record video at higher resolutions, including up to 4K.

With a video capture card, you can also send audio over from the camera to your computer. However, the microphones built into cameras usually have worse sound quality than external mics. You can plug an external mic into the camera and select the capture card as your audio source.

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