The leftmost icon in the Source bar accesses Camera mode. With this selected, video from a camera is displayed in the Main Window. If you have more than one camera source available (for example, a built-in webcam and an external video camera attached to your Mac via USB) then Ecamm Live will display a video source switcher at the bottom of the Main Window. When only one video source is detected by Ecamm Live, this video switcher is hidden.

Cameras and Other Input Sources

Ecamm Live supports a wide variety of cameras and input sources.

You can use your Canon DSLR camera with Ecamm Live without any extra hardware or software. Connect your Canon DSLR to your Mac’s USB port. Your camera will now be an option in Ecamm Live’s Camera menu. Some Nikon DSLRs may be recognized by Ecamm Live, but the video quality will not be high. No other brands of DSLRs or mirrorless cameras are supported via USB. 

Blackmagic Devices and Other HDMI Encoders

We’ve built in special support for cameras connected to your Mac through Blackmagic Design capture devices. Amongst our community, the most popular HDMI input device is the Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder. Once you’ve connected this to your Mac, and connected your camera to it, you’ll be able to select your camera in the Camera sources of Ecamm Live. The Blackmagic device will also show up as a microphone option in Ecamm Live’s microphone list.

Blackmagic Tip: If you aren’t seeing video from your Blackmagic device, it may need a setting changed. Open Blackmagic’s “Desktop Video Setup” application in your Applications folder. Ensure that the device’s video input is set to HDMI instead of SDI.

Other HDMI encoders, such as the Elgato Cam Link typically show up as a webcam, and work fine with Ecamm Live without any additional software.

Newtek NDI® Cameras

Ecamm Live will automatically detect Newtek NDI® input sources, such as the NDICam iOS app. NDI sources will show up as camera in Ecamm Live’s camera list, and as a microphone in Ecamm Live’s microphone list.

RTSP Cameras (Also called Network Cameras or IP Cameras)

Network cameras supporting H.264 and H.265 video encoding can be added to Ecamm Live by picking Manage Network Cameras from the Camera menu at the top of the screen. Click the + button to add a new network camera. Enter a display name for the camera and the camera’s RTSP URL. If a username and password is required, include that in the URL, using this format:


The Test Camera button can be used to test the connection to the camera.

Note that network camera audio is not supported.

Broadcasting Your iOS Device’s Screen

Your iPhone or iPad screen can also become a video source, simply by connecting the device via USB cable. Ensure that the device is recognized in the Finder sidebar and that is trusted by the Mac. It will then automatically show up as a video source and audio source in Ecamm Live.

Find out how to broadcast your iOS device's screen here.

360° Cameras

Ecamm Live supports streaming from 360° cameras to services like Facebook Live which support them. We have used the Ricoh Theta S camera successfully. If you need help setting that up, read our Streaming with a 360° Camera article. Other cameras that can produce a equirectangular image may also work.

Next article: The Video Source Switcher

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