May 25, 2020

Using laptop and camera

By jfbethlehem
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If you prefer to have a better setup than using a simple webcam to record at a better resolution and zoom capabilities, you can choose to use one or more camcorders, action cams or DSLR cameras. These cameras are more expensive than regular webcams but have clear advantages.

Camcorders have very good zoom and allow a live streamer to be at the back of the room while still being able to have the Pastor in full view. DSLR cameras have the advantage of having a very big sensor to record with. This often gives very clear and sharp images which are unparalleled by regular cameras except for the most professional cameras. Action cams can be put very close to the subject without being very noticeable because of their small size or can be used for large overviews of the room due to their incredibly large Field-of-view.

For live streaming in a church, though, camcorders and DSLRs are probably the best choice as you will probably need to run cables over quite a distance if you opt to use one or more action cams.

Before you go out and purchase a random camera that’s in your budget, you will have to do some research. To connect a camera to your laptop, you usually cannot just connect it using a USB cable as cameras will not allow themselves to be used as glorified webcams (unfortunately).

Choosing a camera

The cameras you select will have to be able to send their video out through HDMI. Many cameras, unfortunately, add bits of user interface and information to the stream that’s sent over HDMI. As you do not want to have icons and whatnot in your video stream, you will need to find a camera which does not add these things, cameras with so-called ‘clean HDMI output’.

Below is a list of known cameras which have ‘clean HDMI output’ that you can purchase from camera stores. Note that this list might get old soon, so ask a knowledgeable sales representative before you purchase a camera. If the sales rep does not know, ask someone else.

ManufacturerType
Blackmagic DesignPocket Cinema Camera 4K
CanonEOS 1D X Mark II

EOS 1D X Mark III

EOS 5D Mark III

EOS 5D Mark IV

EOS 650D

EOS 6D

EOS 6D Mark II

EOS 70D

EOS 77D

EOS 7D Mark II

EOS 80D

EOS 90D

EOS M10

EOS M200

EOS M50

EOS M6

EOS R

EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D

EOS Rebel SL2 / 200D

EOS Rebel SL3 / 250D

EOS Rebel T3i / 600D

EOS Rebel T6i / 750D

EOS Rebel T7i / 800D

EOS Rebel T8i / 850D

EOS RP

G5 X Mark II

G7 X Mark III

Legria HF R806

Powershot G7 X Mark II

VIXIA HF G30

VIXIA HF G40

VIXIA HF R700

VIXIA HF R800
FujifilmXF10

GFX 100

GFX 50R

GFX 50S

X100F

X-A10

X-A5

X-E2S

X-E3

X-H1

X-Pro2

X-T1

X-T100

X-T2

X-T20

X-T3

X-T30
GoProHERO3+ Silver

HERO3 White

HERO4

HERO5 Black

HERO6 Black

HERO 7 Black
NikonD5100

D5300

D7100

D750
PanasonicDC GX850K

HC-V770

Lumix DMC-GH4

Lumix DMC-GX80

Lumix DMC-LX10

Lumix G85

Lumix G9

Lumix G95

Lumix GH5

Lumix GX8

Lumix GX9

Lumix S1

Lumix S1H

Lumix S1R

V180

V800

VX1

VXF1

W585

WXF1

X1500/X2000
SonyA5100

A6000

A6300

A6400

A7

A7 III

A7s II

DSC-RX0

DSC-RX100M4

FDR-AX33

FDR-AX53

HDR-AS300R

PXW-Z90V

RX100 IV

RX100 V

RX100 VI

RX10 MKIII

Please note that if you use a camera, you will want to get a more expensive tripod as they allow for smoother panning and tilting, which is a lot more comfortable for the viewer and the videographer.