Livestreaming and video conference calling is very important during this time of social distancing. Whether you’re hosting a Livestream or participating, you can use Sony cameras to achieve high-quality video compared to the webcams built into computers.
Most Sony cameras, including all of the Alpha series full-frame (α7x/ α9x) and APS-C (α6000 series) models, as well as the RX line, can be used to stream. To confirm if your Sony camera will work for live streaming, just check to see if it has an HDMI output port.
In addition to your camera, you’ll need a couple of additional product, and complete a few steps:
1. Connect your Alpha camera to your computer using an HDMI to the USB capture card.You will need to use a “capture card,” not just an HDMI to USB cable. We recommend the Elgato Cam Link 4K HDMI to USB Converter. The cables are designed to display your computer’s screen on an HDMI monitor. But, they will not be able to input a signal from your camera.
Using the capture card, connect your camera’s HDMI output to the card’s HDMI input. On most Sony Alpha cameras the output is a Micro-HDMI port, so you’ll need a Micro-HDMI to full-size HDMI cable, like this:
2. Setting up the camera
Set the camera to Movie Mode. We also recommend setting it to Continuous AF mode (AF-C) with Face Detection/Eye Detection. This will help the camera focus on and track whatever face it sees in front of it.
3. Use streaming software.
Once you’re connected to the card via HDMI and it’s connected to your computer via USB, your computer will see your Alpha camera as another webcam source in virtually any piece of software that recognizes cameras. You can go into the video/audio settings and choose the capture card as your source. The quality difference over your computer’s webcam will be drastically improved, providing a clean, professional look.