How to connect camcorder to laptop for live streaming?
The camcorder is an awesome electronic device which contains a camera and a video cassette recorder. It is basically used for video recording, capturing moments, and live to stream, etc.
It is beautifully designed for video making and recording of the best moments. The camcorder is very helpful for live-streaming by connecting it to the internet. Keep in mind, the camcorders are video cameras but not all the video cameras are a camcorder. It is unique by its features with the zoom capability than any other camera.
Today one of our regular readers has asked us a question about camcorder connection with a laptop for live-streaming. So we have published this detailed article not only for him but all those who want to learn how to connect camcorder to laptop for live streaming.
Do you know why it is required to connect camcorder with a laptop? Maybe some of us don’t know.
Let me know you that every camcorder has limited storage; when you started video recording you may face low storage issue. To solve this issue you need to connect camcorder with a laptop to extend the storage for recordings or live to broadcast.
How to connect camcorder to laptop for live streaming?
If you are using a camcorder first time then you must learn the connection process. If you already have an idea then you better understand which gears you required for a good start.
Here is basic stuff you would need to connect a camcorder to a laptop for live streaming:
This is the most important device or gear for live streaming that you can buy online at a cheap price. If you don’t want to use it for a profession then there is no need to buy it, just borrow it from someone. You can also use a lens on your video camera for better video recording.
2. Laptop for live streaming
Of course, everyone has a laptop or personal computer nowadays. You may need the best laptop as it does the main duty.
3. Internet connection
You should have a super-fast internet connection for broadcasting or live streaming. With a fast internet connection, you may not face any interruption between video recordings or disconnect to your video.
4. USB Cable
You have to connect your camcorder to your laptop, so the USB cable is required. Your laptop and camcorder both devices have USB ports on them which will connect through USB Cable. You can buy a USB cable from your near store or also order from Amazon.
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5. VGA Cable
If you don’t have a USB port in your laptop or not working VGA cable is an alternative requirement. You can use a VGA port to connect the Camcorder or laptop. Obviously, if camcorder supports the VGA.
Besides this tool list, you need to know further before starting the live-streaming process. You have to learn something important for live streaming.
Requirements to start the live stream
Here I have explained some essential software and applications which are required for live stream:
Video broadcasting software
The first thing you need to do is installing a broadcasting software on your laptop. You can download it from Amazon; there are enormous broadcasting software available some are paid and some are free to download. Get some according to your feasibility like Bebo, Camelion and Wirecast anyone you can install.
This application is used for uninterrupted internet while broadcasting your live streaming on your laptop.
Obviously, you should have your own channel if you want to live to stream your video. If you don’t have already then you should have created.
How to live stream with camcorder?
When finished with these installations in your laptop then you are ready to start streaming through a camcorder. Now you can start broadcasting your live video by using the following steps:
Go online and install software for the live stream which is compatible with your camcorders like LiveStream, UStream and Stream. These may allow you to download a free version of broadcasting software. On the contrary, you can use other resources like Justin TV or Blog TV as they don’t need any software to download.
Now click the broadcasting software and scroll through the setup interface to make a new account and start broadcasting the channel.
As I told earlier to install RTMP to transit real-time voice across the network, publishing the laptop. It is an open-source easily available online and free to download including Live Encoder, Tricaster, Adobe Flash, Vidblaster and Wirecast.
Put the camcorder on a tripod stand to keep it stable. Adjust it carefully in a well-lit room so that you may not have dark videos. You can buy one of the best tripods for camcorder from Amazon at cheap prices.
Now plug in the one end of the USB cable to the camcorder and the other end to the laptop’s USB port. If the camcorder does not have a USB port but VGA port then connects it to laptop with VGA cable.
Some laptops models don’t have VGA port; so you can purchase a USB to VGA adapter and plugin laptop’s USB port.
Now it’s time for configuring the video streaming settings to High-quality on the laptop. These settings may vary through applications.
Now the time has come to power on the camcorder. Before starting, make sure the room where you are streaming is well-lit otherwise your videos will go dark.
Start the broadcasting of your live video by clicking the broadcast button. You can find it out in the broadcasting software program you have installed on your laptop. The broadcast button may read as “Go Live” or “Start streaming” depending on the software you are using for streaming.
When you are done finishing your streaming and recording session then you can now press the stop button on the software.
Hopefully, this article will help you all set to start live to stream by connecting your camcorder to the laptop. I have delivered all the possible ways to connect and make it easy for you by easy steps. Now you can try it and make your own video with no struggle or difficulty.
You have now a detailed answer and all the skills to connect camcorder with laptop for live streaming. I can assure now you can record video without facing any issue by following these steps.
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