How Do I Connect My Video Camera to OBS?

Are you looking to connect your video camera to OBS? It’s a common question that many content creators have, and fortunately, it’s not as complicated as it may seem. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of connecting your video camera to OBS.

Step 1: The Requirements

Before we dive into the steps on how to connect your video camera to OBS, let’s take a look at what you’ll need:

  • A video camera with an HDMI output
  • A computer with OBS installed
  • An HDMI cable
  • An HDMI capture card (optional)

Step 2: Connecting Your Video Camera to Your Computer

Now that you have all the necessary equipment, it’s time to connect your video camera to your computer. Here are the steps:

  1. Connect one end of the HDMI cable to your video camera’s HDMI output.
  2. Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to your computer’s HDMI input.

If your computer doesn’t have an HDMI input, don’t worry. You can use an HDMI capture card instead. Simply connect the HDMI cable from your video camera to the capture card, and then connect the capture card to your computer via USB.

Step 3: Setting Up OBS

With everything connected, it’s time to set up OBS. Here are the steps:

  1. Open OBS on your computer.
  2. Create a new scene by clicking on the plus sign (+) in the Scenes box.
  3. Add a new source by clicking on the plus sign (+) in Sources box.
  4. Select “Video Capture Device” and click on “Add Source”.
  5. Give your new source a name and click on “OK”.
  6. Select your video camera from the list of devices in the “Device” dropdown menu.
  7. Adjust the settings of your video camera, such as resolution and frame rate, if necessary.
  8. Click “OK” to save your settings.

Step 4: Testing Your Connection

Congratulations! You have successfully connected your video camera to OBS. To test it out, simply hit the “Start Recording” button in OBS and you’ll be able to see your video camera’s feed in real-time.


If you’re experiencing any issues with the connection, try unplugging and re-plugging both ends of the HDMI cable. If that doesn’t work, check if all your equipment is working properly or refer to OBS’ documentation for more troubleshooting tips.

In Conclusion

Connecting your video camera to OBS may seem daunting at first, but with this guide, you should be able to do it with ease. Remember to have all the necessary equipment before starting and follow each step carefully. With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to create amazing content using OBS in no time!