How to live stream with a DSLR Camera (HD Livestream Setup Tutorial) OBS & BeLive.TV

How to live stream with a DSLR Camera (HD Livestream Setup Tutorial) OBS & BeLive.TV


In this video I’m showing you the
equipment I use to produce HD or 4k streams on my desktop using a mirrorless
camera or DSLR camera coming up Hey everybody and welcome back to Premiere
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about video editing and production every week so in this video I’m going to show
you what equipment you need to produce a high-quality stream then how to hook it
up correctly to your computer on your desktop and then we’re gonna jump into
the software you can use a free OBS software you can use Wirecast be live TV
to stream just to Facebook I’m going to jump into all of those and show you how
to use them correctly so you can get started streaming so let’s jump in here
I have the Joby Gorillapod connected to the Canon m3 mirrorless camera and it
has an m to EF mount adapter for the lens it’s a wide-angle lens it’s a 10 to 18
millimeter another thing that I want to stress is that you don’t have to use a
mirrorless or DSLR camera you can certainly use a wide-angle Logitech webcam but
this is cooler because you can have interchangeable lenses to create
different looks wide angle is great for desk setups because you’re able to get a
wider view so that way the lens isn’t really close up in somebody’s face so
you should certainly explore other options this is just the camera that I
currently own that I use in all of my youtube videos and so it’s just
convenient to not have to buy another camera to use as a high quality
streaming camera next you’ll need some type of microphone I have an SL 600 USB
condenser microphone that can connect directly to my computer via USB also
with this USB condenser microphone you can get an optional pop filter so that
way it reduces the pops and clicks as you speak so I definitely recommend
getting this of course you don’t have to get this particular model you can use any
USB condenser microphone there’s tons on Amazon and on B&H so this is just the
one that I have but I don’t want to limit you to just this one there’s
definitely other options out there and then to connect the camera to the
computer you’re going to need an HDMI cable and the most important part is cam
link you can’t just hook up your camera via
USB and expect it to work as an HD webcam you need some sort of capture
card or a converter like this cam link to convert it into an unlimited stream
camera so that way you can stream without your camera turning off right so
this just plugged into your computer by a USB and you put in the HDMI cable
connect it to your camera and it does that for you now Elgato is the producer
of this it’s a gaming equipment company so you can go check out some of their
capture cards and you can look up to see if your camera is compatible with cam
link if your camera’s not listed you can reach out to the elgato team and they
should be able to get back to you but this is one piece of awesome equipment
and I think it cost around 120 dollars but it’s definitely worth it I have the mini-hdmi here so what I’m
going to do is just plug it in to the side of this camera here like so make
sure that it’s you’re putting in the correct way you don’t want it to get
ruined here so now that we have the HDMI cable in the camera the next step is
connecting the other end of the HDMI cable in my case the full HDMI into the
back of the cam link here okay so there’s a little HDMI input here and the
USB end goes into the computer so I’m going to connect this into my cam link
right now like so so now that that’s connected we can put this into the
computer and set up the stream so I have my USB condenser microphone it’s an SL
600 by editors keys it has a cable that connects in the bottom here USB and it
connects directly into my computer so let me just hook this up now and I
almost forgot you guys should get some type of light to help illuminate your
face during the stream I have this LED light by newer here and it’s bicolor so
you can make it more of an orange color or more of a white color or a mixture of
both there’s dimmable switches on the back so I can make this more orange by
turning off the white or I can make it a mixture like this or turn off the
orange-ish look to make it just white and you can also get a light stand
separately right now I’m at a standing desk so I can make this fully extended
while I’m standing and doing a live stream and it’s really easy to use
that way I don’t have to worry about putting another tripod for a light
on my desk so the first step is to make sure that the framing of the camera
looks good before you actually jump into the software if you try to turn on the
Canon m3 right now it’ll only flash on for a second that’s because when it’s
connected via the HDMI it turns off the live view functionality so
before you plug in this HDMI it’s good to unplug it first just temporarily and
then you can use the flip up feature on the m3 here so you can see that I’m
looking at myself right now and you can make sure that the framing of the shot
looks good and because it’s a wide angle you see a lot of the shot I can zoom in
as much as I want here until I get the framing right then once everything looks
good then you can plug back in the HDMI so I’m going to hit record off because
we’re not going to be recording during the live stream okay so let’s just turn
that off and let’s plug this back in alright now we need to jump in and show you how
to use the live broadcasting software hook it up to your YouTube or Facebook
account so you can get started streaming and have that nice picture so first up
is OBS so OBS is open broadcasting software it can be used on a Mac or a PC
right now when you open it up the window is very empty there’s not much going on
well first we need to add our video capture source so you’re going to go
down here to sources and hit the plus button and go to video capture device
and you can call it whatever you want I’m going to call it m3 since that’s my
camera then I’ll hit OK and then from device we have to choose cam link
because cam link is the one that’s connecting us right now so now you can
immediately see it and the options we have are 1280 to 724 for HD so we’re going
to select that and hit OK and here what we can do is make this bigger or smaller
to fill up the frame and you can see that I’m cut out of focus so this is
when you can make adjustments on screen here like so so you can see it and do
the best you can until it’s just right like so so then you can make further
adjustments if you want to make it more side the beauty of the wide angle is
that you can kind of play around with the angle it’s kind of funny angle there
I think that looks good you can kind of see my computer so again you can adjust
framing again until it looks right and then I think that I look a little bright
so I’m just going to adjust the lights real quick so then for audio we want to
connect this audio source so we’re going to go down to plus and go to audio input
capture and here I’m going to call it my SL 600 and hit OK and here I’m going to
select USB microphone because that is the microphone that SL 600 and then hit
OK and then immediately you start to see input levels
here on the screen which is awesome because that means that it’s active and
right now if I talk really loud then and you get that sort of red mark and you
don’t want that you want it to be in the green so now we have the image and we
have the SL 600 microphone so all we need to do now if we wanted to stream
right if we wanted to stream we would have to go up to OBS preferences and
here is where you put in your stream info so here’s where you choose the
service if I want to stream to YouTube I’m going to choose YouTube you can also
choose Twitch Facebook live Twitter Periscope those are the like the most
common but after you do that you need to change the key and this is the private
information and you don’t want to share this key with anybody else but you can
show it I’m not going to show it because I actually have my stream key in here
and the way that you do that is you actually go to your YouTube back-end so
if I go to YouTube and then you go to your creator studio then you’re going to
go to live streaming and here is where you’re going to basically set up the
title the description of your stream so you can put in any links that you have
here in description you can choose the category you can choose if you want it
to be private to test for the first time unlisted or public I’d recommend doing
it private for the first time and then once you’re 100% sure you can do public
and this is where you can see your chat as well and down at the bottom this is
where you get your stream key so you would just reveal it and then copy it
and then you go back to OBS and you paste that stream key here and then you
hit OK so notice that the stream video went off when we were doing that well we
actually have to change some settings and the camera to fix that so what I’m
going to do is just turn the camera back on again and you can actually see what
is on the screen inside of OBS because the HDMI cable is giving you a preview
of what you see and if you hit the info button it’ll show you different overlays
and you can turn them off by hitting that info button
and I’m not seeing anything on the screen of my m3 right now I’m just
pressing the buttons and I’m seeing everything on OBS so I’m going to go to
menu right now and I’m going to use the scroller over here just to navigate to
the wrench tool here and then I’m going to move to power saving and this is
where we want to change this so the m3 doesn’t Auto power-down on us after a
couple minutes right so we want to change this to off so that way the m3
doesn’t turn off while we’re in the middle of the stream okay so every
settings for different cameras are different so this is just for the m3
there’s different settings for turning off the overlay so for example if I exit
menu you see all these overlays here some cameras have a menu setting called
HDMI output which allow you to turn off all of those settings but on m3 you just
hit the info button to remove those which is something I had to figure out
just by messing with the settings now that we have YouTube’s set up we have
the camera settings good we can actually start streaming right now and it’ll
automatically connect to YouTube and then what will happen is you’ll get some
notifications at the bottom here to see the frame rate what percentage of your
CPU is being used how many gigabytes per second and you can see how long you’ve
been live for and if we go to YouTube you can see that we’re now live from the
desktop and you can get a preview of the live stream right now I’m private but if
I was public you would see all of the you know people asking questions or
people saying hi so right now this is how you stream in OBS let me just stop
the streaming here another option is to use BeLive.TV for facebook live and all
you have to do is connect your account and then you hit start broadcasting and
here you can choose whether or not you want to do solo an interview with
another person a talk-show with multiple people so I’m going to select solo and
by the way this is a trial mode right now so there is a monthly fee that
you’d have to pay to use this for certain features per month but you can
have I believe a 14-day trial to test it out so I’m going to click on solo and
then I’m going to choose on a page that I manage which is Premiere Gal so it’ll
connect I’ll do it Premiere Gal and then you can type in some text and then
you can choose to share it with somebody add your branding so you can add in your
logo or change the branding colors if you wanted it to be more like a purple
color and then hit save branding and then create your broadcast and here is
where you connect your camera so you have to click on this gear icon to make
it’s the right one and then what we’re going to do is make sure we have the
right microphone in and it’s giving you a preview that you know we’re picking up
audio which is good so this is my SL 600 then I’m just going to hit save and
reconnect camera and then you would hit start broadcast and then you can write
on-screen updates if you want to so say hello and then you can show that it will
be in your branding so that’s how you use BeLife I think it’s awesome I just
wish it also went to YouTube as well so that’s my live stream setup and that’s
how I do high-quality live streams to my YouTube channel and Facebook page if you
guys have another way of streaming or another piece of gear that you use I’d
love to hear about it be sure to leave a comment below and don’t forget to give
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100 COMMENTS

    This video is so useful! But what software do you use if you want to stream directly to a custom built website? Or can you do this with OBS?

    +Premiere Gal I have a little square on my camera display in the center on my Canon T6 rebel you have any idea how to get rid of that? It goes away when I hit record, but I've not been sucessful in finding the setting to do away with that.

    how do you keep your camera live? like if you stream for 8 hours you need to charge it. how can you stream and charge it meanwhile?

    This video was super helpful. I was wondering though if it was possible to connect a condenser mic that has an xlr input instead of a usb one? (I have a recording interface and DAW to run it through and my interface connects to my computer via usb).

    Thank you so much. Gonna start streaming live this summer. I found your video and really Really appreciate your help & clear instructions. 🏵️👍🏾☮️🇺🇸📹

    Great video. I have the same setup but my M3 still powers the screen off after 3 min even with Auto Power Down on Off and Eco off.

    Great video. We're looking into LIVE streaming for our podcast and this was very helpful. Keep up the great work.

    Definitely subscribing, my church is looking to livestream our services and I must have watched dozens of videos to learn how to do it on my DSLR for better quality. You made it super easy and informative, I thought we were gonna go bankrupt since all of the other videos I saw before yours were talking about thousands of dollars of equipment! I was getting frustrated and sad tbh. Now, thanks to you we know to just invest in the Camlink and OBS and we're set! We have people all the way from Argentina that have wanted us to go live for years now. So thank you!

    Thank you so so much for this video. I just got a job and I'll be using this everyday. This is exactly what I needed.
    ❤️❤️❤️

    is it working if I just put the HDMI cable direct to my laptop without converting it to USB? . . BTW great video ! Helped a lot

    probably a noob question – if i were to connect a mic to the mirrorless would that work? or does the sound have to come from the computer?

    How did you resolve the delay on the video? I am having the same problem, don't think it is a hardware though.

    Love your video too. I bought the cam link…. but when I plug it in, The picture colour is way off and framing is distorted… like the bottom half of picture on the top, and the top on the bottom kind of thing. Any trouble shooting experience? I'm checking El gatos page as well… but thought I'd ask to see if you have suggestions. I have a canon T6i

    Thank you very much for this informative and educational video. I will try to use live stream video in my MBA classes next semester. I subscribed to your channel and hit the like button.

    I really like your videos and it's my first time seeing your video and i enjoy it i have a problem on facebooklive And When ever i press live stream on OBS and wait for the preview it shows but its black and its gone So can you make a vid on that please

    After a month of research and speaking to Canon … there is no way this will work. I bought the same system. The M3 powers off after a maximum setting of 3 minutes. There is nothing you can do to prevent it. Eco mode off.

    Were you able to plug the Canon Battery AC Power Adaptor? I see it in the list but didn't see you using it in the video. And there seems to be no little hole for the cord to come out.

    Thank you for this great video I was wondering what your thoughts were about using a Canon 80D for live streaming Facebook or YouTube. We will only be using one camera (desk interview) and a new MacBook Pro was wondering if you recommend the AJI hdmi or sdi . Also what do you think about camlink stick vs. AJI

    I cannot grasp streaming on encoding software. I've spent 3 whole days trying to figure it out. I need halp :/

    Not only your tutos are very interesting but moreover you look beautiful which can be considered as a big "plus" 🙂 Thanks for all your work

    I have a Canon 1300D and want to do a live stream of an event for my martial arts club (the range will be approx 4-6 metres). Is this a suitable camera; and what sort of microphone do you recommend I use (clip on microphones and/or trailing wires will probably not be suitable)?

    This was awesome. I have been wrecking my brain & patience trying to get all this to work since late June. Ok, I'm a total noob, when it comes to this live streaming. The issue I have is that I wish this was done for a location, instead of home. I have the Sony FDR-AX33 camera, external audio, Elgato HD60, MSI laptop. U had the "camlink" looks much different from what I have. I guess I will have to keep looking around for tutorials. Again, nice video. I gave a thumbs up.

    Great video!!!!! What camera or camcorder would you recommend for filming outside and streaming to youtube while outside???? Thank you

    Yeah great video simple , have been seen many others videos all ready, I get so confused but this real easy thanks 🌷🌷🌻

    Hello, thank you for the video but I have one problem. My dlsr is turning off after 30 mins of streaming, I did everything already the only different is I am not using capture card. Please give me suggestions. Thanks again

    Our problem HAS and still IS, that the DSLR we use, always cuts off at 29 minutes 59 seconds.
    It has been my understanding that because the DSLR's are not VIDEO cameras, they have built in settings that cut the feed after under a half hour.
    Tarrifs and what not.
    Will the EL Gato solve this problem?

    What is the best way to stream like this thru Skype Broadcast…not normal Skype but Skype broadcast for enterprise? Thanks in advance!

    You are the exact blueprint of how to do an instructional video, complete with links and precise information. Thank you for taking your time to give excellent instructional content.

    Even if you have an old DSLR without video recording, you can use it for streaming. You don't even need a camlink/capture card: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WRo_Ap4phg

    ✨ BRILLIANT!!! ✨

    Thank you so very much for creating this SUPER helpful and easy tutorial, Kelsey!!! EXACTLY the step-by-step guidance I was looking for and your bright personality always adds warm value to my learning experience – I appreciate You! Please keep shining and looking forward to supporting your channel again!

    Victory is yours,
    Largy (The AcrõGecko)

    Love the video! Our channel does very long streams and we keep running into the problem of our camera dying. Is an external battery charger the best bet? On the amazon ones?

    Though helpful, this is not entirely truthful. You DO NOT NEED a CamLink to stream from any Canon camera. Just download CameraLive and Camtwist and use the Canon Utiliy 3 via your USB connection. Beware, CameraLive is not 64-bit, so you cannot use OS Catalina on a Mac.

    Another glaring omission in the video, one she demonstrates yet fails to mention, which is crucial : you must DISABLE autofocus on a Canon, to get rid of the focus square. BTW, if you use CameraLive and Camtwist, you need not disable autofocus.

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