How to Take Live Video With a Camera & Send it Through the Computer

By Alexis Lawrence

Streaming video is the process of sending video through a computer and over the Internet so that it can be viewed by others at another location. This form of technology is often used for the broadcasting of live interviews or video conference calls. If you would like to capture live video and sent it through your computer as a live feed, you can do so with any standard digital video camera.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital video camera
  • Camera interface cable

Connect the Camera to the Computer

Step 1

Attach the interface cable that came with the video camera to the appropriate port on the camera. Some digital video cameras use firewire cords, while others use USB cables, but either of these devices fit only one port on the camera.

Step 2

Connect the other end of the interface cable to the computer. Plug a USB cable into an open USB port or the firewire into the firewire port on the computer.

Step 3

Turn the camera on. Turn the dial to "Camera" mode.

Transmit Live Video Through the Computer

Step 1

Sign up with a service that provides live streaming. Free online services where users can stream videos include UStream, Camstreams and FreedoCast (see Resources.)

Step 2

Go to the live streams section of the website by clicking the "Show" or "Live Cam" button on the page.

Step 3

Press the record button on the video camera to begin capturing video through your video camera. The video captured through the camera displays on the preview screen on the streaming website.

Step 4

Click the "Broadcast" button from the "Show" page. The video that is showing on the screen transmits through the website.

Tips & Warnings

  • Setting your video camera up on a tripod makes it easier to manage when it comes time to broadcast.
  • Information that you must enter in order to create an account with UStream, Camstreams and FreedoCast includes email address, screen name and password.