Making My Camera a Webcam

Converting my Sony Alpha 6000 to a webcam

Recently, I decided to upgrade my home office and converted my Sony a6000 (ILCE 6000) into a webcam.

There is quite a bit published online about this already, but here are some quick notes on what you need. My computer is a Macbook Pro, 13 inch, Early 2015.

Macbook Pro Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015, MacOS Big Sur 11.2.1
Intel Iris Graphics 6100

You will need/want the following (with links to what I used):

Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket connected to Super Clamp
Camera Mounted above screen, using Facetime with family

The HDMI capture device and micro-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is are the most critical pieces, and really are all one needs for video streaming with the a6000. For a more optimal setup though, connect to a power supply (so as not to quickly drain battery) and mount the camera behind the screen.

I used the Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm. It is pricey and more than you need, but I’m also using it for other purposes. I’d recommend it if you don’t have a quality magic arm already.

An additional note – you can use the a6000’s internal microphone, but for better audio quality would get an external microphone. I’m currently using my Zoom H1n audio recorder as a mic.

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