Make My Digital Camera into a Webcam
Initially you should check your digital camera operating manual to see if this feature is included in the camera’s capabilities. It may be the case that this is true and even the software for using your camera as a webcam is included with your camera’s CD. If your digital camera does not have this feature, read on. All is not lost.
First, your digital camera must have video and audio output jacks and a camera-to-monitor connector cable should have come with the camera. Your camera manual should diagram how the connection has to be made.
Then you’re going to need a video capture device. There are many different makes and models available on the market such as EasyCap, EasyCam, Roxio video capture USB and a host of others with new offerings popping up on a regular basis.
Next, connect your digital camera’s video cable from the camera to the video capture device.
Note: For sound capability, you will need to connect a separate microphone into the PC or laptop as most video capture devices do not have sound capability.
After that, connect the video capture device to your PC or laptop. Most current video capture devices plug into a USB port.
Finally, the video capture device you are using comes with software. This is the driver to operate the device, so it must be downloaded into your PC or laptop. Once downloaded, access the software on your PC, turn on your camera, follow any software setup prompts and the camera should now be functioning as a full motion webcam. There may be a bit of a delay in the screen image when you move the camera but this is normal and no cause for alarm. Debut video capture device software driver is a free download available online which will work for most devices and cameras. Otherwise stick with the software particular to your video capture device.