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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 Livestream.com.

 

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.

 

Questions:

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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