We’we all used video calls more than ever over the past few months, and we may stick with virtual meetings and teaching for a while longer. There are ways to turn your DSLR or mirrorless into a webcam, but many of them require a capture card such as Cam Link. However, Kim Farrelly has an easier way. He turned his Fujifilm into a webcam without a capture card, and it works with other cameras, too.
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.
Chinese electronics component manufacturer Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology (Xiongmai) has said that its products inadvertently played a roll in Friday’s massive cyber attack that disrupted major internet sites including Twitter, Spotify and PayPal throughout the USA and other parts of the world on Friday.
Xiongmai are a vendor of Internet-connected cameras and DVRs. The company admitted that security vulnerabilities involving weak and unchanged passwords were partly to blame for the attacks. According to security researchers, an Internet of Things (IoT) bot called Mirai is responsible. It’s estimated that Mirai infects over 500,000 devices, and around 10% of these were used in Friday’s DDoS attack.