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Posts: 3
Registered: ‎02-28-2014

Need a way to remotely control a camcorder for live streaming

Hi all,


I purchased a Canon Vixia HF R40 for streaming. It works well enough when I use the camera's HDMI out to a Blackmagic Intensity Pro card and stream via


The problem I'm having is that the camera is permanently mounted about 8' up a wall, and I sometimes need zoom it in or out for different programming. Reading the box, I expected to be able to us WiFi to remotely control the zoom, but turning on WiFi turns off the HDMI output.



1) Will the Canon CameraWindow software on my computer allow me to control the zoom the R40 via USB, or is it just for transferring previous recordings?


2) Is there a different camcorder that will allow me to stream the HDMI output and zoom?

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Posts: 15
Registered: ‎03-17-2014

Re: Need a way to remotely control a camcorder for live streaming

1. No, as far as I know you cannot control the camera via USB.

2. I believe that the last camcorders in Canon's M series (M400, M40, M41) came with an IR remote which could control the zoom.

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