SuperBook Zoom Meetings is no longer limited to Windows.
Canon has recently unveiled a utility that allows you to use your camera as a webcam, but Mac Lockdown Mac users are frustrated, it only works on Windows. The company has now fixed this with the release of the EOS webcam utility beta on the Max.
As before, it lets you connect cameras like the Rebel SL3, EOSR, and M6 Mark II to your Mac via a USB cable. After installing this utility, your camera will act as a webcam, making you look faster, richer, and more professional on Zoom, Skype, or other video conferencing apps. (Fujifilm has developed a similar webcam utility for its cameras on Windows only.)
This is especially good news for Mac users, as the FaceTime webcam built into the MacBook Air / Pro and iMac models are limited to a granular 720p resolution. Using a DSLR or mirror-equipped camera with decent lenses will bring infinitely better quality as well as a higher resolution image.
Although, there are some things to learn. The app can’t use your camera’s microphone, so you’ll need to use your Mac’s built-in mic or headset / external microphone. As a result, your audio will sync with the image for a second and a half. Also, it’s best to keep your camera firmly protected from your desk and get an external power source instead of relying on batteries.
Despite these limitations, this is a great option. If you don’t have an auxiliary camera, you can still use a video capture card or another app to make it work. Alternatively, you can find the EOS Webcam Utility Beta software for macOS, along with an installation guide here.
How to use the Canon EOS camera as a high-quality Mac webcam?
- Download the EOS Webcam Utility Beta from Canon (check that your specific EOS or PowerShot camera is supported here)
- After installing you will need to restart your Mac
- You can now turn on your Canon camera and set it to Movie Mode
- Dial-in your display, then plug the USB cable into your camera, then you place your Mac
- Turn off the EOS utility if it opens automatically
- Now when you choose a camera in a video call app/service (if it needs to be web-based, Chrome is recommended) select “EOS Webcam Utility Beta”.
As mentioned above, at this time, FaceTime and Safari are not supported. And Mac apps like Zoom and Skype don’t exist either, so you’ll need to use the web version to use the beta utility for now.
Can I use my Canon camera as a webcam?
If you have a relatively modern Canon camera and a Windows PC, there is now an app available that lets you connect a camera to your computer over standard USB and use it as a webcam. … These devices are called USB capture cards and usually run $ 100 or more.