Many of you have been using Zoom, Skype, MS Teams and other apps for keeping in touch and also for teaching and demonstrating during the lockdown. And I think many of you will keep doing this when everything returns to normal…eventually.
One of the things I’ve been doing to engage my audience and help with teaching whether it be digital skills, photography or video, is to connect a camera and use that instead of the built in webcam. I have a capture card to do this but it is another piece of kit. The great thing is Canon released their EOS Webcam Utility Beta that allows you to connect using just a USB cable. This is great as capture cards have been hard to get and you should have a USB cable that came with the camera. Not all cameras are compatible and their is a link below to the Canon support page to check and all the links to download too. The ranges that do have cameras that work are the EOS and Powershot cameras, but not all of them.
This not only allows you to have a better image and have the camera at eye level, no more staring up your nose, but it means you can zoom in and out and move the camera. This is great for teaching either for school, college, university, dancing, yoga, Pilates, cooking, you get the idea.
As it is using your camera it means not only a better image but bokeh (blurred background) and depending on the camera, better in low light.
Now the other thing is you can switch cameras too so you can go from your webcam to your Canon camera that might be close up on what you want to show.
Here are the links mentioned in the video:
Support page for EOS Webcam Utility Beta, this is where you will find a list of compatible Canon cameras, download and installation instructions: https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/support/self-help-center/eos-webcam-utility/
Tethertools TetherPro USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Micro-B Cable, 15 feet, High-Visibility Orange: https://amzn.to/3201y4P
Tether Tools USB 3.0 to USB-C 4, 15 feet, orange (the one used in this video): https://amzn.to/2ZaPBHE
Manfrotto Befree live: https://amzn.to/3eZXxRE
Canon EOS R: https://amzn.to/2CiBE1h