How to Live Stream Events with Professional Cameras

Mark Sergienko
Mark Sergienko
July 13, 2021
How to Live Stream Events with Professional Cameras

To live stream from DSLRs, Mirrorless, or other professional cameras you have a few different options. Let's explore them.

The easiest way to start is to connect your camera to a laptop and live stream using OBS Studio, a free software encoder.

But... how?

All you need to do is:

  1. Download the EventLive app
  2. Create an event
  3. Copy and paste the RTMP keys into OBS

That isn’t the only option, but it’s the easiest one.

You could also live stream using a hardware switcher like ATEM Mini Pro, or other pieces of hardware that allow you to connect multiple cameras at once, like YoloBox or SlingStudio.

Depending on your camera brand, you might need to download software or even update the firmware installed in your camera to be able to live stream from it.

The following list will cover most alternatives and their respective utility software.

Live Streaming from Canon Cameras

You’ll need specific software for every Canon camera you use. EOS Webcam Utility is your friend here, which supports Windows and Mac.

Live Streaming from Panasonic Lumix Cameras

Lumix Tether for Streaming will do the trick even though it's still a beta version. It works on Windows and Mac.

Live Streaming from Olympus Cameras

Olympus software is still in Beta, but it should be good enough! The OM-D Webcam Utility is the one you need. Both Windows and Mac will be able to connect to OBS Studio and EventLive with little to no issue.

Live Streaming from Nikon Cameras

Nikon Webcam utility is all you need. It works for Windows & Mac.

Live Streaming from Sony Cameras

Sony’s Imaging Edge Webcam works for Windows and Mac, but not for Apple Silicon. If you’re running one of the latest Macs, it probably won’t work for you.

Live Streaming from Fuji Cameras

Not all Fuji cameras require software or hardware to work as webcams. Some models, such as the X-A7 or X-T200, offer a webcam mode which is very useful.

For other models without this feature, you will need to go to the Fuji website and download the X Webcam’s software. It supports both Windows and Mac (up to Catalina).

Live Streaming from GoPro Cameras

Follow the instructions outlined in this article to configure GoPro cameras for live streaming. It supports both Windows and Mac. You can live stream with GoPro paired to your smartphone directly to EventLive Platform. Here are the instructions in our knowledge base.

Live Streaming from Logitech and other webcams

This one is easy! Logitech cameras don’t need any kind of software to run with OBS Studio. Connect, configure, and you’re ready to go.

Any webcam you have won’t need additional software to run smoothly. Simply connect it to OBS and you’re ready to go live.

If your camera manufacturer doesn’t have webcam utility software, it might need an additional piece of hardware to stream. You can solve this by purchasing a Capture Card, such as Elgato Camlink or any other alternatives.

Hardware Switchers: A solution for live streaming from multiple cameras

A hardware encoder allows you to connect multiple cameras and could eliminate the need for software entirely. Look into YoloBox, SlingStudio, or LiveU Solo if this sounds like something you’d be interested in.

All of these alternatives represent a serious investment, but they make up for it with their increased capacity and additional features. For example, they include multiple HDMI inputs, mic inputs, and USB outputs. They are basically a portable studio.

You do have to consider that you’ll need a stable connection to run one of these solutions. Units like LiveU provide internet bonding* that really helps with the live stream quality. Other solutions involve carrying your own portable wifi hotspot or making sure that the venue’s wifi can keep up with 2-3 mbps upload speeds.

* What is internet bonding?

Internet bonding involves using multiple internet connections to create a stronger one. It improves reliability and speed.

Make sure to test your camera-to-OBS connection in advance. Not all cameras support audio, and you may need a separate microphone to capture sound.

Once you’ve configured your cameras, it’s time to start the live stream. You will need to find your RTMP keys for that. Here’s a step-by-step on how to do it.

Do you have any other questions about live streaming events with the gear you already have? Get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help.

If you already downloaded your camera software, the next step is to download our app and run as many free tests as you need.

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Mark Sergienko
Mark Sergienko

Full Stack Developer, AWS Certified Solutions Architect, Entrepreneur. Live streaming & Wedding / Event Photography / Industry professional.

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