For the most part, your students will be using the built-in webcams on their phones and laptops.
For those with desktops, you will likely see built-in webcams and inexpensive webcams.
For eductors, you want the best you can get, no matter what.
The good news is that if you have a modern DSLR or Mirrorless camera, then you have an easy solution.
You see, modern cameras have mini-HDMI ports for outputting to a television or monitor.
What you can do, is pick up a mini-HDMI to HDMI cable, and plug it into an interface, or dongle, which converts the HDMI signal to USB and pretends it’s a webcam.
There are two recommendations I can offer you, for the interface. They’re extremely similar, and both made by reputable brands.
Your camera as a webcam
Elgato is a company making live streaming products. We’ve written about their products previously when we talked about raising your phone to eye level.
Elgato makes the Camlink 4K which is a small device that you plug into your USB port (ideally USB 3.0). You can plug the HDMI cable into it and your computer will recognize the video as a webcam.
Atomos has been making commercial video production equipment for years. They’re an incredible company making equally incredible products. But this is a new one.
The Atomos Connect is similar to the Camlink made by Elgato. In fact, it’s so similar it works exactly the same. Because it’s newer, and they want to be competitive, the price is lower than the Camlink.
In the video from Elgato, just down below, you’ll see how to use the Camlink 4K or even the Atomos Connect and use your DSLR or Mirrorless cameras as a webcam. Resulting in much better video quality.
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