How to Live Stream using a DSLR Camera

How to Live Stream using a DSLR Camera

by Kylee Gettis on March 20, 2020

Live Streaming at a using a DSLR camera is an intermediate level way to live stream. Where using a webcam and mic is a plug and play experience, you plug in your devices to your computer and start live streaming, better equipment means there are more steps to set things up. It requires more advanced equipment, more knowledge, an extra program and a bit of patience but if you can follow these steps you can provide your audience with a much better streaming experience. Let's get started.

What you will need: 

  • DSLR Camera
  • HDMI Cords
  • Capture Card
  • Computer
  • Free OBS Studio download
  • Audio interface
  • Soundboard (from your church)

The set up will look like this DSLR Camera > Capture Card > Computer with OBS System < Audio Interface < Soundboard from your church. 

Your computer is your main hub that everything connects to. Your camera is connected to the capture card which changes the video file into data for live streaming and connects to your computer. Your audio comes from your soundboard. You plug your soundboard into and audio interface which is then connected via a USB to your computer. Once your audio and sound have been connected to your computer download and install the Free OBS Studio Software. The OBS Software will combine your camera and audio input and connect it to YouTube once it has been set up. 



A Computer 

Two USB 3.0 Ports

A USB 3.0 port. A USB 3.0 port will allow for faster less laggy streaming. You can tell if your computer has one by the color, if the inside of the port is blue it’s a 3.0, and by the symbol located above the ports, SS connected to squiggly lines on the right side. A normal 2.0 port will be white or black on the inside with a symbol without the SS. While you can plug your device into a 2.0 port it will not function as well as if it was in a 3.0. It might cause lagging. There are adaptors for your computer to provide you 3.0 port. 


USB 3.0 Adaptor

Sabrent 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub with Individual LED Power Switches

Price: $10 | Walmart



A DSLR Camera. 

If you are unsure If your camera is DSLR google the model to find out. 



If you have a good quality tripod already you can skip this.

Ravelli AVTP Professional 65mm Video Camera Tripod with Fluid Drag Head

Price: $150 | Amazon


Capture Card

Your capture card will depend on what input/output cables your camera has. There are many capture cards out there so really look into what your camera needs. 

Elgato Cam Link 4 Compact HDMI Capture Device

Price: $100.00 | SHOPYZAZ


Audio Interface System (Connects Your Sound Board to Your Computer)

BEHRINGER Audio Interface, 1x XLR/TRS 1x 1/4" 2X RCA USB, Black, 1-Channel (UM2)

Price: $100 | Amazon


Once you have your equipment watch this video for a guide to using a DSLR camera to live stream.  

Once you have set up your camera its time to connect your church's soundboard to your audio interface. 

In the video you just watched, you will have heard mention of OBS Studio Software. We will be using OBS software on our computers to set up our live stream. To find out how to set up your OBS Software and YouTube this check out the blog How to Live Stream using an Encoder on YouTube.

These are just a few options to help get you started finding the right live stream equipment for your church. Your setup may differ depending on your unique needs and budget. However, once you find the right computer, camera, audio interface, and software, it won’t be long before your live stream is up and running.