Question: How to get the XF100 to live-feed into a laptop for streaming?

Details: I currently have a Canon XF100 HD video camera, and I need to use it for live streaming of some upcoming events. I also need to do a HD stream (opposed to SD). The outputs on the camera are HDMI, YPbPr, and SD RCA plugs.

I would think HDMI or YPbPr with red/white audio would be best, however the part I need to know is, how do I get this into a laptop? A desktop is not an option in this case. We do have some laptops around, but we also might be able to get a new laptop if needed.

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You need a capture card. If you have either USB3 or Thunderbolt, then you can use something like the Black Magic Intensity or Matrox MXO2. You could also consider a stand alone device that is capable of handling the streaming for you directly, such as the Matrox Monarch or similar devices that don't have to rely on the computer's processing to send the stream.

  • going the black magic intensity route.
    – gattsbr
    Nov 27, 2013 at 17:11
  • For getting this to work with the blackmagic intensity, and OBS for streaming, I had to go into control panel and then into the blackmagic control panel, set it to hdmi, and use 1080i 59.97. After that was set, I opened OBS and for my source I set it to decklink, and then clicked the config for that, and set it to 1080i 59.97. then finally on the page where I selected decklink, I turned on custom resolution and set it to 1920x1080 with a 29.97 frame rate. It's extremely touchy on the settings, everything has to match everywhere, also downgraded drivers from 9.8 to 9.7
    – gattsbr
    Dec 4, 2013 at 21:56

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