How to Use the EOS 5D MkII with Skype

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How to Use the EOS 5D MkII with Skype
Improve your Skype experience with your own Canon DLSR camera. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Skype is a very useful tool that allows people to communicate via text or video chat. Sometimes you may want to enhance your experience and have a greater quality in the video chat. Whether it is for business use or your own personal enjoyment, you can set up your Canon high definition EOS 5D MkII camera to be used as the video source device for your Skype.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • CamTwist
  • Canon EOS utility
  • Skype

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  1. 1

    Navigate to Softonic to download CamTwist software and install it. The web page is listed in the Resources section below.

  2. 2

    Open CamTwist and in Step One choose "Desktop" in the left column. Choose "ASCII Art" in Step Two, then check the "Desktop" box in Step Three.

  3. 3

    Connect the camera to the computer via USB cable and turn it on.

  4. 4

    Open the EOS utility and select "Camera settings/Remote shooting." Select "Remote Live View Window" at the bottom in the new window. You should see a preview of what the camera is viewing at the moment.

  5. 5

    Choose "Resizable selection" in CamTwist settings, in the right side of the window. Click "Done Selecting."

  6. 6

    Open "Preferences" in Skype and select the "Video" tab. Click the drop-down box for "Camera" and choose "CamTwist." You should see the preview from CamTwist displayed in the Skype preview there.

  7. 7

    Exit the Skype "Preferences" window and you are now ready to use your camera in Skype calls.

Tips and warnings

  • This method is suited to Mac users (OSX), but should be easily adjustable for other users.

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