Live Streaming From Your DSLR Directly To YouTube

Live stream Setup

As we all know, Streaming has become a huge phenomenon, watching sporting events live has always been a big thing, but what about watching adventuring photographers?

This big interest in live streaming can be very beneficial to you as a photographer, photography teacher, Vlogger, or even as an event host; gaining interest from people all over the world. People enjoy watching live streams of people live their normal day to day lives or watch someone stream video games, We know photographers can make much more interesting content. Sure there are plenty of social platforms that now offer live streaming like Periscope, Facebook, and Instagram, these are great for behind the scenes, but none of them offer a way to see directly through your DSLR.

Being able to see through your DSLR can be hugely helpful, as a photography instructor, you can show students how you work in actual events, from composing, exposure settings, and even the errors one makes. Students or viewers are able to ask important questions in real time, questions you might have overlooked if you filmed your instructions on your own.
As a professional photographer, you can build a reputation by gaining followers, with a zoom lens you can be able to show much further and detailed content that you would not be able to with just your phone.
So how do you stream from your DSLR to YouTube? First of all, you will need some equipment and some Apps


The bare minimum:

1. DSLR with Live view ability
2. Android phone/tablet (we have not tested an IOS device, you may be able to with a jail-broken device
3. OTG to camera cable (OTG Cable – We use this Micro-B to Mini-B cable so we do not need to connect multiple cables together, we also cut and re-soldered it to be just the right length)

4. YouTube gaming app
5. DSLR Controller, the Canon app, or similar Nikon app that displays your camera’s live view, we prefer the Chainfire app because of the extra options it offers.

Optional items to make your content better and easier to use your setup:

1. Microphone + TRS to TRRS adapter (if needed) This will help keep any sound coming from the around you out of the stream and help you decide what to focus on.


2. Cold Shoe Extension to mount your phone and Microphone on top of your camera. we really like our Vello 6″ extension bar, it is just the right size for this setup.


3. Solid phone to DSLR cold-shoe mount. We found this Reticam XL mount to be a great product, it solidly keeps our phone in place. You can attach it to a small ball head mount to be able to adjust it if you like.


4. External battery for your phone and extra batteries for your camera and microphone are essential to keep you shooting for a full day event.

The Setup

  1. Connect your phone to your camera with the OTG cable. Connect your Microphone to your phone if you have it.

2. Turn on your camera and launch the DSLR controller app if it does not launch automatically. Make sure everything works and play around with the app; learn how to make it full screen, settings, and decide what you would like to show in your stream.

3. Launch the YouTube gaming app and start a live stream. This option is found at the top next to the search button.

4. You can choose to stream or record in either 720P or 480P, you will want to use the one that works best with your connection.

5. Now choose the DSLR controller app as the “game” to stream, if it does not show on the first list, select “All apps” to show more.

6. Name your Stream and change your description as you like, and share the link to the social media platforms of your preference.

7. Now adjust your settings to your liking, choose what will show on the screen, E.g. no reverse camera, smaller bubble, chat on or off, etc.

Once you are ready, hit the stream button, you are now live on YouTube!

But, you will want to change what category your live stream falls under, this can be a bit tricky. You can log in with a computer and go to your YouTube account and change it from there, or more likely if you are on the go, you will have to do so on a separate phone so as to not show this process while you are streaming. Go to to change the category. If you are on your phone, request the desktop site to be able to find these settings. A good idea if your phone’s browser doesn’t work well is to have a laptop with Chrome remote set up and remotely control it from your phone. You can navigate to the right section on the laptop and leave it back at your home or hotel and just remotely control it with your phone while out on the field.

You are also able to customize many things on the YouTube site, so make sure you go through your options before streaming an event. You can enable monetization and so much more.

Our next plans are to try this out with a GoPro, using the GoPro Capture app, and figuring out a way to connect a headset with mic to monitor the microphone and be able to answer questions that show up in the stream chat.

Let us know how this works out for you, how you use it, or if you found a better way!

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