How Do I Turn My Video Camera Into a Webcam?

Are you tired of the poor video quality of your webcam during virtual meetings? Are you looking for a way to improve the visual and audio quality of your video calls?

If you own a video camera, you’re in luck because you can turn it into a webcam. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of setting up your video camera as a webcam.

What You’ll Need

To turn your video camera into a webcam, you’ll need the following items:

  • A video camera with an HDMI output
  • An HDMI cable
  • A computer with an HDMI input or a capture card with an HDMI input
  • A USB cable
  • Webcam software (optional)

Step-by-Step Guide to Turn Your Video Camera Into a Webcam:

Step 1: Check Your Video Camera’s Output Settings

Before connecting your camera to your computer, check that it has an HDMI output port. Most modern cameras have them, but if yours doesn’t, you won’t be able to use it as a webcam.

Once confirmed, check that your camera’s output settings are set to “clean HDMI output.” This setting ensures that the video output doesn’t include any overlays like battery life or recording time.

Step 2: Connect Your Camera to Your Computer

Connect one end of the HDMI cable to your camera’s HDMI output port and the other end into your computer’s HDMI input port or capture card input port.

Step 3: Connect Your Camera to Power

Connect your camera to power using its AC adapter or battery.

Step 4: Install Webcam Software (Optional)

If you want more control over your camera settings, you can install webcam software. Some good options are OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), ManyCam, or XSplit.

Step 5: Configure Your Webcam Software

If you’ve installed webcam software, open it and configure the video and audio settings to your preference. You can adjust video resolution, frame rate, brightness, contrast, etc.

Step 6: Select Your Camera as Your Webcam Input

In your video conferencing software of choice (Zoom, Skype, Google Meet), select your camera as the video input source.

Step 7: Test Your Camera

Test your camera by making a test call with a friend or colleague to confirm that everything is working correctly.


Turning your video camera into a webcam is an excellent way to improve the quality of your virtual meetings. With just a few simple steps and the right equipment, you can significantly enhance the visual and audio quality of your video calls. Now that you know how to set up your camera as a webcam go ahead and take it for a spin!