How to Use the Rebel T1i As a Webcam With OS X

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How to Use the Rebel T1i As a Webcam With OS X
A DSLR camera provides a better image than most webcams. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

The Canon Rebel T1i is a digital SLR still camera that also has many video functions. Since the image quality of the T1i is generally better than most webcams, you may be wondering if you can use your T1i as a webcam. With a few pieces of software, it is possible, and you and your friends will benefit from a sharper image quality than you might get with the integrated camera on your laptop or desktop computer.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Tripod
  • EOS Software
  • Skype software
  • Microphone (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Mount the camera on a tripod and aim it at your face.

  2. 2

    Connect the USB cable to the camera and to your Mac. Open the EOS software by clicking its icon in the dock or in the Applications folder.

  3. 3

    Change the mode setting in the EOS software to "Remote Shoot" to see a live preview of the video feed from the camera.

  4. 4

    Open "Skype" by clicking its icon in the dock or in the Applications folder.

  5. 5

    Set the preferences in Skype to use your built-in microphone or an external microphone if you choose. Leave the video set your internal webcam.

  6. 6

    Initiate a call with a friend. Once the call is connected, click the "Share" button and choose "Select Window."

  7. 7

    Select the preview window of the EOS software as the source to share. Your friend will now see the preview feed from the EOS software instead of the internal webcam.

Tips and warnings

  • These steps work with any chat software that supports screen sharing. Simply select the preview window as the portion of the screen you wish to share.

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