Camera manufacturers like Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Sony, and Fuji have launched their webcam software this year. However, they may not support your camera model, so you’ll need to find another solution. Duncan Dimanche has one that is simple, cheap, works for most camera models, and on both Windows and Mac.
Whatever your camera is, you probably have an App to turn your phone into a wireless monitor. Sony has Imaging Edge; Canon has Camera Connect; Fuji has Camera Remote; Panasonic has Lumix Sync and Nikon has Wireless Mobile Utility. What’s common to all those remote control apps is that they work over WiFi and display horrible Lag. That the lack of creativity in the apps’ names.
What if there was a cheap way to convert any Android phone into a wired, low latency, high brightness HDMI monitor? Youtuber Neon Airship shares how to accomplish that for about $20. It involves as little as a tiny capture card and an OTG cable. The good news, you already own the expensive monitor, it’s your phone.
YouTube’s live streaming has been very popular since they introduced it in 2011. But for many users, it’s just been too complex to deal with. On the desktop you have to set up some kind of capture & streaming software like OBS, Wirecast, or X-Split; None of which are the most intuitive of applications. With mobile, it’s a little easier, although the capability hasn’t been around as long.
Now, YouTube is changing all that with new live streaming from directly within your browser and mobile app. This change was inevitable, really. Facebook’s live streaming has become ridiculously popular, and YouTube has been struggling to draw those people onto their platform instead. Now, this may change things a little.
Game capture hardware maker Elgato has created Cam Link, a tiny and handy device that lets you turn any camera you have into a webcam. Although it’s aimed mainly at gamers who want to stream and record their gaming sessions, you can use it for other purposes as well. You can stream videos on YouTube or just use it as a webcam for video chat. And it’s a pretty affordable gadget.