How to turn your professional camera into a Webcam

How to turn your professional camera into a Webcam


With the current situation there has never been so much requirement for video conferencing using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams or even Facetime.

In the last couple of days, I’ve been asked by a couple of cameraman I know how they can use their fantastic kit for this purpose, as they are stuck at home for the next couple of months with thousands of pounds worth of cameras gathering dust.

All these communication platforms running on PC or Mac can take an input from any webcam, but as good as modern webcams are, with their tiny sensors and limited microphones they can never compete with even the most basic professional camera systems.

For my video professional friends here are some simple solutions to turn our favourite ‘proper’ cameras with an SDI or HDMI output into a fantastic webcams. These solutions have SDI or HDMI in, and USB or Thunderbolt out, they all allow the attached laptop or desktop PC to see the high-end camera as a standard webcam (on steroids!).

  1. Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder HDMI and SDI input – Thunderbolt 2 output.
  2. Epiphan SDI2USB 3.0 3G SDI input and USB 3.0 Output
  3. Blackmagic Design Web Presenter HDMI and 12G SDI input USB 720p output
  4. Inogeni SDI >> USB3.0 3G SDI to USB 2
  5. Inogeni 4K >> USB3.0 Up to 4K HDMI to USB 3.0

The beauty of the USB solutions is that they don’t need any drivers and they work with any operating system. They can also work with more complex streaming software like Wirecast, V-Mix, and OBS if you want to start a professional looking streaming channel from your locked down loft or blockaded basement.

For more information on these products please call us or follow the links below.

Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder
Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder

Compact SDI and HDMI Capture

Blackmagic Design Web Presenter
Blackmagic Design Web Presenter

Makes any SDI or HDMI video source appear as a USB webcam for higher quality web streaming

Epiphan Video SDI2USB 3.0
Epiphan Video SDI2USB 3.0

SDI to USB video capture card

INOGENI 4K >> USB3.0
INOGENI 4K >> USB3.0

4K HDMI Capture to USB 3.0

INOGENI SDI >> USB3.0
INOGENI SDI >> USB3.0

3G-SDI to USB AV Converter

Telestream Wirecast Pro - Mac
Telestream Wirecast Pro - Mac

Live video streaming production software for Mac

Telestream Wirecast Pro - Windows
Telestream Wirecast Pro - Windows

Live video streaming production software for Windows

Telestream Wirecast Studio - Mac
Telestream Wirecast Studio - Mac

Live video streaming production software for Mac

Telestream Wirecast Studio - Windows
Telestream Wirecast Studio - Windows

Live video streaming production software for Windows

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