Canon Cameras Transform into a Web Cam
A remarkable thing happened a few weeks ago. I wanted to bring better clarity to my web video calls, than what I was getting with my current web cam. I started googling and found a few solutions that required several convoluted ways to make it happen. Just as I had ransacked my son’s video gaming equipment for devices (which shockingly he has a treasure trove of), I discovered a fresh blog post on Canon’s new Web Cam Utility release. Excited as a kid opening Christmas gifts, I began to explore and set up this Beta utility. This utility transforms your Canon turn into a web cam like a champ, in my opinion.
Below is the description text from their site:
“EOS Webcam Utility Beta is a software solution which unlocks webcam-like capabilities for select EOS Inter-Changeable Lens and PowerShot cameras. By connecting your Canon camera to a computer with a USB cable, the camera will be available as a video source for many video conferencing applications. Note that this is a Beta version and it may contain errors. “ Source Usa.canon.com
The results were fantastic! Not only do you get amazing clarity, but you can experiment with wide angle and other lenses. Capturing myself on video doing a live training, or other presentation will never be the same. Now crisp clean video can be put into my video editing tool and used for trainings, presentations, promo clips, or whatever creative inspiration you have for video. Of course, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- It will suck the life out of your battery to run video. There seems to be a sudden demand for the accessories to run power to my Canon EOS R. My guess is this cool new utility. For now, I used a battery grip and have extra batteries charged and ready to go. Crossing fingers that my AC Adapter Kit arrives soon, but not holding my breath.
- Get a sturdy and tall tri pod or mount. A trip pod in front of your screen is a good way to make sure you are keeping eye contact. A mount works great also but make it sturdy. All this investment will be wasted if your camera shakes or bounces.
- Get a good microphone. Sound is paramount to good video and if you are going with this video setup it will be worth it. TASCAM and SHURE have great external microphones and of course stands.
- Installation is easy. Download zip from Canon etc. But be sure to restart.
- There is no mechanism from Canon to prevent your family, pets, or delivery person from interrupting.
- Important to note, I have only tried this using Zoom and Microsoft Teams. There are rumors it doesn’t work with everything.