Article ID : 00249529 / Last Modified : 11/02/2021

How to use your Alpha or DSC camera to live stream using the USB port with Imaging Edge Webcam software

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    The Imaging Edge Webcam software allows you to utilize your Sony camera for live streaming through the USB connection. Check your operation for detailed information and live streaming compatibility. 

    Before you start

    • If your camera has USB streaming capability, refer to the How to use your Alpha or DSC camera to live stream with the USB streaming function article.
    • If your camera doesn't support Imaging Edge Webcam software, you may be able to use your camera to live stream using the HDMI® port.
    • The software is compatible with the following operating systems (OS) with the latest updates installed:
      • Microsoft® Windows® 10 (64-bit) operating system
      • Apple® macOS® 10.13 - 10.15 and macOS 11.0 operating systems (excluding Macs with Apple silicon)
    • The software doesn't process audio signals. Use the computer's built-in microphone or an external microphone.
    • If your camera has a USB Power Supply option, set it to ON.
    • We recommend disabling the sleep mode of the computer before using Imaging Edge Webcam software.

    Steps to install and use the software

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    1. Verify that your camera is supported, select your model, and install the Imaging Edge Webcam software on your computer (restart the computer after the install).
    2. Turn on your camera.
    3. Depending on your model, follow these setup steps before connecting your camera to the computer:

      ILCE-1

      ILCE-9M2 or ILCE-7C/7RM4/7RM4A

      ILCE-7SM3/ILME-FX3

      ILCE-7M4

      ZV-E10

      ZV-1

      Other supported cameras

    4. Connect the camera and computer using the supplied USB cable.
      • The camera will not connect if the Imaging Edge Desktop (Remote) software is active. Exit the software and then connect the camera.
    5. Place the camera in the proper mode:
      • For the ILCE-7M2, ILCE-7S, ILCE-7SM2, ILCE-7RM2, ILCE-5100, ILCE-6300, ILCA-68, ILCA-77M2, DSC-RX1RM2, DSC-RX10M2, DSC-RX10M3, DSC-RX100M4, or DSC-RX100M5:
        • Set the camera mode to (Auto Mode). After the live streaming/web conferencing service and video starts, change to movie mode.
      • For all other cameras:
        • Set the camera to movie mode.
    6. Launch the live distribution/web conferencing service on your computer.
      • You may need to install additional software or register an account.
    7. Change the appropriate setting in the live distribution/web conferencing service to switch to the connected Sony camera.
      • The settings will differ depending on the service you are using. Check the user's manual or help page of the service.

    Notes:

    • The aspect ratio is automatically set to 16:9 when using the Imaging Edge Webcam software and will remain on that setting after use. You'll need to set it to a previous value if necessary.
    • The resolution of Imaging Edge Webcam software is 1,024 x 576 pixels.

    Troubleshooting tips

    If the Sony Camera (Imaging Edge) selection doesn't appear in the camera settings of the web conferencing system or the live view screen isn't displayed even after the camera setting is switched, the web conferencing system may not be compatible. If the web conferencing system is available in both an app version and a browser version, try both versions.

    Other tips will vary depending on the operating system. Select your OS for more information.

    Windows OS

    macOS