Using my DSLR camera as my web camera?

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I would like to use my DSLR camera as my web camera while recording with Camtaisia, is this possible?

I'm testing out the trail version of Camtasia before purchasing it.  I would like to use my Canon 70D as my web camera to record myself while recording my computer screen.  My camera hooks up to my computer via USB.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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If your Camera supports live streaming of video recordings it should work to the best of my knowledge.
I would hook the camera to the PC and start recording. Open the Camtasia Recorder, Tools, and see if it can detect your camera. See Image below. 

Regards, Joe


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I have tried to use my Canon t4i DSLR this way but it does not work. The 70D might be different. I know there are some devices one could probably purchase to make it work but I see no need as I just use my webcam or record using the Canon t4i when I make a video and then import it into my screen recording project to edit and produce with it. If you find a way or it works please post back your results and how you accomplished it. Have a great day and thanks for posting. I did try Joe's idea and still no luck.
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I appreciate the idea Joe Morgan but unfortunately my dslr camera is not showing up as a webcam device.  Someone else also suggested connecting the camera via HDMI but I think my computer just has an HDMI output (not an input).  If anyone else has any ideas I'd love to hear them.  

Thanks so much,
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perhaps try this ...

with camera on a tripod, record yourself as you independently use Camtasia Recorder to record the screen; then, import the camera's video into the same project that you build out using the screen capture

is that workable?
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Ryan

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Thanks kayakman yes that is totally workable, in my situation I'm putting together around a hundred videos so I'm just seeing if there is a way to skip a step.  I'm not sure if anyone else has had success in using a dslr as their webcam.
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Ryan I tried a Trial of a software called Sparkocam and it worked other than their watermark which can be removed after purchasing it. I liked it as it worked with Camtasia Studio 8 for my webcam with the Canon t4i DSLR and it let me change the audio mic to use with my USB Audio Interface when just recording using Sparkocam. Here is a link if you want to take a look at it. Not sure what Brand of DSLR you are using so I can only give information for what I am using which is the Canon t4i.

http://sparkosoft.com/sparkocam

Let me know if you try this if it works for you or not. I am happy with it and might have to consider purchasing it. Hope this helps a little.
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sparkocam and manycam work ....but you gotta pay for removing the watermark...anyone find another way? Doesnt make sense to have to pay more when we already have a camera (DSLR) and powerful software like Camtasia...in the past there was this feature in Camtasia - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FrLm...
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Dear all,

It's been 2 years since the last update on this thread. Camtasia 2018 is out, who knows more is possible now.

I have a Canon 5D Mark2 that can create 1920x1080@30fps video's and has a USB and a HDMI output and I'd like to use it as a "webcam", in other words record in Camtasia, not on the camera. I'd like to know the following:
  1. Can USB3 handle this or do I need to use HDMI?
  2. Are there even PCI-cards for desktops that will function as HDMI-in?
  3. Does the Camtasia software detect the Canon 5D Mark2?
Thank you in advance for your input.

Regards, Thomas.
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...I just chatted with TechSmith support. They stated that Camtasia doe NOT recognise the Canon 5D mkII. It has to be a USB-webcam.

Pitty. Three extra steps added every recording: Take out CF-card from camera, put in CF-card into desktop, and transfer file.

Case closed I guess.
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Thomas as suggested above with the explanation kayakman gave is what I have done with our Cannon t4i DSLR and I have used Sparkocam in the past and the link is above in a post I made earlier.

The camera you listed is on the list but I would suggest trying before buying to make sure it would work for what you want or not. It would be nice to see these work in Camtasia but it also has to do with the Manufacturer of the DSLR Camera too as in if it has a webcam mode or not. Just my suggestion and two cents worth. By the way the link I posted above for Sparkocam is the same.
Thanks for posting and have a great day/night.
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Dear @fred_grover, Thanks.
My set up has become: Canon 5D mkII records video and audio (ext mic) on the camera. So no webcam-like setup. For starting/stoppping, I have to walk around my desk unfortunately. USB is connected, files can be transferred fairly fast without having to take CF-card out.
(Sorry for Camtasia, but I've found free video editing software with more functionality).
Regards, Thomas.
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Will Camtasia add support for the new Canon Webcam Utility? This new app from Canon allows me to use my Canon camera in many other recorders such as OBS. But it does not appear in Camtasia yet.
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ryan.marc.roby

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Thanks for sharing, that's a shame. Looks like I will have to record my video separately. 
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FWIW, our recent Recorder updates in 2020 dropped a super old Windows technology (DirectShow). There were decided benefits, but it also introduced new challenges we were unaware of previously--some virtual "camera" feeds broadcast themselves and rely this ancient API to expose themselves to other applications--the joys of being a 21st century coder with a system that is still partially rooted in the 20th century. This has caused some *camera* services to no longer be available to Camtasia.

We now recognize what's happened and our newly formed Recorder libraries team is aware of this issue and it's on their board of work to fix / revise. Unfortunately, I don't know a timeline for the fix. The Recorder libraries team (I call them one of the guts teams) is servicing multiple products (Jing replacement, Snagit and Camtasia) and after a much needed stint at the trough Camtasia is not first in line. That doesn't mean we won't do anything for awhile, but it could. The joys of competing against champagne on a beer budget (high end beer, but beer nonetheless). So, I want to acknowledge this issue (it may not actually be the issue the original poster submitted), but I wanted to let you know that we get it and will respond as fast as we possibly can. Hopefully it will fix the issue in question.

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I am thinking of switching from Screenflow to Camtasia, but the inability to use my DSLR camera properly with Camtasia is preventing me from buying Camtasia.  (ScreenFlow is able to do this so I will wait before buying Camtasia).
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I just bought a Canon EOS M50 and planned to use it with camtasia. But I understand it is not going to work... It's working fine in a teams meeting.
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Thanks for the update, I think moving forward it's important to give people access to use their Phone as a camera or their professional camera. I find that most webcams have really low video capture quality.