Elgato is famously known for their well-crafted capture devices, primarily used by live streamers and gamers alike. Now, the company has created a very elegant solution that allows not only live stream enthusiasts and video game nerds, but even filmmakers to tether seamlessly their camera to a laptop for use as a webcam or some other camera feed.
They call it the Cam Link, a thumb drive-sized device that allows you to plug in your camera from HDMI to your computer via USB. First off, here’s how to find whether your camera is compatible with Cam Link.
All in all, to get seamless experience with the Elgato’s newcomer, you’ll need a camera that outputs clean, unencrypted 720p/1080p video feed. You’ll also have to make sure that it can stay switched on long enough depending on your needs. Optionally, you could use an external charger or a dummy battery to be able to extend the camera operation time while live streaming.
That being said, the Cam Link is plug and play via USB 3.0, meaning that there is no need to install any third-party software or drivers to get the device running. Your camera, interfaced using the Cam Link, will be recognized immediately by all your favorite apps including Skype or Game Capture.
Furthermore, the Cam Link provides cross-platform support as it works natively on both Mac and PC. Also, the device is compatible with most DSLRs, action cams, and camcorders with a resolution of up to 1080p at 60 frames per second. Elgato also claims that the unit boasts ultra low latency technology which should allow you to stream the supported video signal with a minimal delay.
With its subtle, yet stylish design, the Cam Link offers an obvious advantage for live streamers: a relatively inexpensive method of getting better quality looking video in their broadcasts. On the other hand, filmmakers can see the Cam Link as a unique way to shoot their own videos.
For instance, if you are someone who records a web series in a mini-studio (with a setup that doesn’t change often), you can use the Cam Link to record directly from the camera into the computer. This way, you save time from having to offload footage from one device to the other, thus increasing your post-production efficiency.
Right now, the Cam Link is available for pre-order for approximately $130 and the shipping date is yet to be announced. If you want to learn more about the product, head over to Elgato’s official website here.