As many of you know, we do our planet5D live interviews via UStream and we use Skype to help out with that. And, since we’re all about covering Canon HDSLRs like the Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews), we thought we should use one as a webcam while we’re doing the interviews (and soon to be doing the live talk show as well). And, we’ve had lots of questions about how we accomplish that, so we put together this little video to explain the tools we use.

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To use your Canon HDSLR for Skype on a mac, you need these tools (and note, you’ll want to launch them in this order as well):

UPDATE: Levi (in the comments below) pointed out that if you use “LIVE Face Detection Mode” in the Focus menu, the little white rectangle goes away (tho you do have to turn Autofocus off on your lens or you’ll get real live view focusing)! Yippee!

Also: this comment from the vimeo post… “There’s another way to do this with Skype and a Canon DSLR (I used a 40D). Though not as integrated as this setup, all you have to do is open the EOS utility and bring up remote shoot (same as in this video). Instead of using camtwist, all you have to do is “share” the portion of your face using Skype. The video feed quality depends on your connection, but it seems to get decent results without the hassle of a third party program.”

Using a Canon HDSLR (5D Mark II) as a webcam for skype or ustream from planetMitch on Vimeo.

If you have some tips or tricks that I haven’t shown in the video, please let me know!

(Photo credit: snap from the video)