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.

  • USB Webcams
  • Ecamm Live works great with USB webcams. The most popular USB webcams are made by Logitech.
  • Canon DSLR Cameras via USB


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. If the camera provides HDMI out, use the HDMI Encoder method below.


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.

EpocCam Camera for iPhone and iPad

Customers also use the third-party iOS app, EpocCam by Kinoni. This requires installing both the macOS Drivers and EpocCam Viewer Pro for Mac OS on your Mac. These are both available toward the bottom of the Kinoni homepage.

Find out how to use EpocCam with Ecamm Live here.

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 trusted by the Mac, and that iTunes recognizes the device. 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 document. Other cameras that can produce a equirectangular image may also work.

Next article: The Video Source Switcher

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