How To Connect Camcorder To Laptop For Live Streaming?

Live Streaming – the new trend among today’s generation. From live cooking, live signing, to almost everything – people are streaming their daily life routine on Youtube, Facebook & Instagram, etc. While some people do it just for fun, others are doing it to make money!

And if you are someone who wants to pursue this gig to print some dollar bills – then you can’t just rely on your phone’s or laptop’s camera! You need a good professional video camera – aka camcorder for this purpose.

Already purchased the best camcorder – but don’t know how to connect & setup with your laptop/computer? Well, don’t worry – sit tight and relax. We have got you covered!

In this article, we are going to guide you step by step to connect the camcorder with a laptop/computer and how to successfully set up the device without any headache!

Some Pre-steps That You Need Before Broadcasting!

Most people have this common notion that to live stream they only need a laptop and a good camcorder. However, there are certainly other components as well – that one must have to successfully connect their video camera to the laptop – and live stream! In addition to a laptop & video camera, you also need a:

  • Broadcasting software
  • Tripod stand
  • VGA or USB cable
  • Strong broadband connection

Here are a few pre-steps that you need to perform before connecting the video camera to your laptop:

  • Install a good ‘Broadcasting Software’ compatible with your OS – Mac or Windows.
  • For Mac use either OBS, MimoLive, Wirecast, or xSplit.
  • For Windows use either vMix, OBS, FFsplit, or Adobe Flash.
  • Double click the relevant broadcasting software to launch it.
  • Then sign in or create a new Account ID – to broadcast whatever you may want to.
  • Now install a real-time messaging protocol – RTMP – used to broadcast video even with weak or dropping bandwidth.
  • Use a tripod stand to fix the video camera at the position where you want it to be.

Steps To Connect & Setup Video Camera To Computer

The steps to connect and set up a video camera might differ for Windows and Mac users. Therefore to avoid any confusion we have listed the steps for both OS separately.

Connecting Video Camera To Windows Computer:

For Windows users here is what you need to do, to connect a video camera to your computer:

  1. Turn on your Windows computer or laptop.
  2. Plug-in the power cord of the video camera in the AC adapter and AC source plug.
  3. Power on the video camera.
  4. Insert the built-in USB cable to the video camera.
  5. In case the built-in USB cable is not long enough – use an extension cable.
  6. Wait for the computer to detect the video-camera.
  7. After you are notified ‘Your Device Is Ready To Use’ chooses the ‘Connect’ option on the video camera.
  8. Now launch the already install broadcasting software that is compatible with your windows OS.

Connecting Video Camera To Mac Computer:

For Mac users here is what you need to do, to connect a video camera to your computer:

  1. Power on your Mac computer/laptop.
  2. Plug-in the power cord of the video camera in the AC adapter and AC source plug.
  3. Power on the video camera.
  4. Insert the built-in USB cable to the video camera.
  5. In case the built-in USB cable is not long enough – use an extension cable.
  6. From your video camera choose the ‘Connect’ option.
  7. Then select ‘Live Streaming Software’ compatible with Mac such as OBS, MimoLive, Wirecast or xSplit.
  8. Now using a ‘Capture Card’ connect the video camera to your Mac laptop/computer.

Broadcast Live Streaming Via Your Mac/Windows Computer

Once you have successfully connected the video camera to your Mac or Windows computer – you are just a few steps far to broadcast your video! After launching the relevant ‘Live Broadcasting’ software on your computer/laptop, next you need to do this:

  1. Double the click the RTMP software to launch it.
  2. Go the software settings, from their click ‘Display’ and then select the ‘HD Quality’ configuration.
  3. Check the settings of your speaker and microphone.
  4. Click the ‘Broadcast” or “Go Live”  button within the Broadcasting Software to start to live streaming your video.
  5. Pause or end the live streaming video whenever you want by clicking the ‘Stop’ button on your broadcasting software.

Tips To Stream A Quality Broadcast!

Imagine millions of people watching you – but due to your poor video quality, they stop the video before the video even begun?

It could cost you time, energy, and obviously money – if it’s your source of income. However, if you can improve your video quality with these handy tips and tricks:

  • Keep a simple set of equipment to minimize the chance of technical errors.
  • Always have backup equipment.
  • Ensure that you have strong bandwidth and super-fast internet connection.
  • Live stream under good light.
  • Use good headphones.
  • Double-check the audio before going live.
  • Always look in the camera and not at the monitor.
  • Engage your audience with humor and interesting content.
  • Make sure to have good Broadcasting software.

Final Thought!

Once you know how to live stream from your computer – you can broadcast and share your original content – whenever you want.

Hit the power button on and start broadcasting your thoughts and idea, whenever the inspiration hits you. By following these simple steps you can live stream without any hassle.

Whether live streaming is your bread & butter or its just your passion/hobby, it is important to do it the right way!

Because even if you are doing it for the fun, people watching it doesn’t want blur or low-quality videos! So stop recording using your laptop/phone’s camera – start experiencing the thrill of broadcasting high-quality videos.

If you have any other queries related to your laptop problems – leave a comment below – and reach out to us! We will make sure to come up with the best possible solution! Till then keep broadcasting!

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