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How to use your DSLR/MIRRORLESS camera for better video quality with Zoom and streaming

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Tired of crappy video while on zoom or streaming?

Do you already have a better camera at home and want to use it as a webcam?

1. Download Spark O Cam

It's not free, but it's a one time fee of $60 compared to a monthly rate like https://www.switcherstudio.com/ plus you can couple it with other free programs like Zoom, Youtube LIVE or


Step Two
Download OBS

OBS or Open Broadcaster Software is a great FREE tool for streaming multiple devices or captures for FREE online without a monthly fee. It is a little bit of a learning curve. But there are tons of videos online to help you.

Check out any of these videos to get started:

OBS beginners guide

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTk99mHDX_I

OBS and Spark O Cam set up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oyKH_0-HEc

Using multiple Camera Angle in OBS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhsLCwnhm7s

Step three:
connect camera

Use a USB-C chord or however you connect your camera to your computer. Plug it in and open Spark O Cam software. Make sure that you can see yourself in the software. Then open OBS software. Add your "webcam" or "spark o cam" camera to the list on the "display capture menu" options. Find your camera to add.

Step four
bonus on how to look and sound better

Use some other tools to give your zooms looking and sounding good!

Get this highly rated microphone from yeti for great pod-cast quality audio.

Want to look better? It's all about lighting. Don't do backlighting. Sit near a big open window for during the day conversations. For night meetings, use a video light or ring light.


Christal Marshall is the owner of Virginia Photos and Films, www.virginiaphotosandfilms.com. Virginia Marketing and Media www.virginiamarketingandmedia.com and Virginia Beach Photobooth Company www.virginiabeachphotoboothcompany.com

She lives, breathes and does media and marketing pretty much 24-7 for over 14 local business through social media management, website design, photo, video or media coverage or graphic design.

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She is a homeschool mom of three, cat lover, sushi eater and poke fan! She started her business in 2011 with nothing but a $400 camera from Amazon, now she is has been published in over 60 different blogs and websites for her media work and rank top Wedding Photographers in Virginia

10% of our time and talents are dedicated to helping local nonprofits and needy families who need our services at little to no cost. 
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