Q about tethering for Zoom and Facebook streams


Mu-43 Top Veteran
Jun 2, 2015
I work as a DJ at a non-profit FM station and do some tech work there, both audio and computer stuff. I'm not up on current video technology but the station manager has asked me about what camera to get for "high quality" video of concerts held at the station's performance space for streaming over Facebook and Zoom.

To me that suggests tethering to a Windows 10 computer (no budget for Macs!). I'm assuming 1080p minimum, 4K would be nice. In addition to streaming, recording to either the computer or internal to the camera would be OK. For now, single camera shoots only.

The two "must haves" that come to mind immediately are the ability to record for at least 2 hours continuously and an external stereo audio input (ideally line level, mike level could be dealt with) for a mixing board signal. I realize those mean it won't be cheap. Budget is as low as possible, the station will be applying for a grant.

Assume I know nothing at all...I've probably shot less than 12 hours of video in my entire life. My first thought is that webcams and phones are out of the running, but correct me if I'm wrong here. DSLR, mirrorless, P&S are all on the table. Pointers to buyer's guides, tutorials, etc. welcome.

John M Flores

Super Moderator
Jan 7, 2011
I'm creating a lot of Zoom-based content these days. My setup is as follows:

Panasonic GH2
I had it lying around. It's good because it provides clean HDMI output (no overlays on the signal). Cheap on the used market. 1080P only but maybe good for starting out.

Hauppauge PVR Pro 60
I connect the GH2 to this via HDMI and then connect this to my Windows computer via USB-C. Supports 4k if you use a 4k camera. Has mic input

Shure MVL lavalier mic
You'll likely want to do this differently, i.e., sending a signal from you mixing board to the Hauppauge.

This setup works with Zoom and other systems no problem. I can conduct interviews and record them. On Zoom, I record them to the cloud because that's the highest quality Zoom offers with out package, but it's still only 720P. For example...

Hope this helps.

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