Can a DSLR be used to stream a web conference / webinar? In my exact case I have a Canon 70D available.

Is this possible and how would I get started setting it up?

  • I heard from a friend who specializes in streaming services tell me that DSLRs usually don't work well. I have no experience nor a source so this is a comment not an answer.
    – user3643
    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:46
  • Do you need to be able to live stream, or just record to post somewhere later? Apr 21, 2017 at 14:05
  • @RyanWeaver live video
    – Ryan
    Jul 11, 2017 at 16:10

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FYI the Canon 70D can't record for more than 29 minutes, 59 seconds at a time. If you're just streaming, look into the BlackMagic Web Presenter. It can trick your computer into thinking that any HDMI or SDI source is a webcam.


In my opinion, a webinar camera needs the following features:

  • Recording time: You can set the camera up and it records unattended for the whole length of the webinar (which could be 1 hour or more). This includes a big-enough storage card and a reliable battery pack.
  • Flip screen: You can see the framing while you record yourself
  • Audio: The camera or an external microphone should record in good quality

It seems that the Canon 70D has all these requirements. But you finally have to try it out yourself.

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