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HOW TO LIVE STREAM ON A WHOLE OTHER LEVEL WITH FREE, NEW SOFTWARE FROM NIKON
Nikon’s renowned quality and wealth of options now conveniently available for all your live streaming needs with Webcam Utility - a software that allows a Nikon mirrorless or DSLR camera to be used as a high-quality webcam. Alright, what’s the catch? No catch, no hassle. Check out the list below. If you’re the proud owner of one of those cameras, you already have everything you need to take your live stream to the next level.
Z6 II, Z7 II, Z7, Z6, Z5, Z50, D6, D5, D850, D810, D780, D750, D500, D7500, D7200, D5600, D5500, D5300, D3500
WHY SHOULD I LIVE STREAM WITH NIKON’S WEBCAM UTILITY?
Why not? All you need are the right bits of software (which are completely free) and minimal amounts of hardware (we’ll get to that in a second) to switch from your standard and, most likely, less than impressive webcam quality to a Nikon sharpness and clarity. You (and everybody watching your stream) get to enjoy the superior image quality of your camera and the range of NIKKOR lenses which give you freedom with image angles and the benefit of their gorgeous bokeh and sharpness. You can make your subject pop or show off your background with a wider lens.
Live streaming is a whole new channel of communication - whether you’re Zooming into online meetings, teleconferencing, gaming or streaming on YouTube, a superior image quality can be a huge boost to your credibility and frankly, it’s simply so much more eye-catching and pleasing to look at.
HOW DO I LIVE STREAM WITH NIKON’S WEBCAM UTILITY?
You need 5 “ingredients” and 4 steps to achieve that deliciously crisp image when live streaming.
1 x Nikon Z-Series mirrorless camera or compatible DSLR (refer to list above)
1 x USB cable (already provided with your Nikon camera)
1 x Nikon Webcam Utility Software (available for free right here)
1 x Compatible video conferencing software
1 x fully charged camera battery / 1 x AC power adapter
1. Download and install the Nikon Webcam Utility software
2. Connect your Nikon to your computer using your camera’s USB cable
3. Plug your external mic into your computer’s port (optional, but you want that clear Nikon ME-1 sound)
4. Open a compatible video conferencing software
5. Enjoy the high quality!
Minimal effort and equipment for maximum performance. Nikon has developed Webcam Utility so that you can take full advantage of the amazing camera you have, instead of settling for the grainy image of your computer’s webcam. The software supports Windows and MAC OS and a wide range of applications such as Zoom, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, OBS and many more.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A NIKON CAMERA?
Webcam Utility will be around as you consider the benefits of live streaming like a pro. A large part of communication has migrated online and a not insignificant amount of creativity is taking the form of a live stream. Whatever content you are putting out into the merciless online void needs to be vibrant and eye-capturing from the get go, so it has the chance to show its other virtues to a viewer whose attention has been captured by your clear and professional image.
Nikon cameras and NIKKOR lenses give you better quality for live stream even in challenging circumstances, an enticing choice of lens focal lengths, shallow depth-of-field and much more control over the creation and presentation of your content, in general.
You can go much further - a professional mount to better stabilize and position your camera, small LED light panels or Nikon SB-500 AF Speedlight for a constant light source and an external microphone for sound quality that matches your image sharpness. But with live streaming as prominent and wide-spread as it is, and the impressive options we have available to us now, excellent quality is a must-have foundation.
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