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Is there any way to use the Canon Rebel T3i as a live camera and feed the video to a PC and record the video feed? And how would I go about doing that if it's possible.
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Yes and No.

Yes its possible, but no. I highly advise you not use the camera for that purpose.



How long of a live video feed are you planning on doing? The main issue is that eventually the camera will overheat and turn itself off. While this is not bad for your camera because its a built in safety measure, its not advised. These cameras can shoot video for a long time but if you are running a live feed off the camera into a computer through the cameras live view function then the cameras will not be likely to engage its safety functions to protect itself. I will warn you that eventually after extensive video and live view use of the camera that it is possible to wear the sensor out but it takes a lot of use before that happens.

To use the camera for the purpose you have inquired you just need to use the canon software to hook the camera up to your computer and switch the camera to live view. there are a few guides to step by step instruct you on how to do it and get the feed somewhere such as skype.

I have had a friend use his 5D2 as a webcam in skype for a few minutes.

all i have to say is use some caution on how long you use the camera for a live video thumb.gif
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Thanks for replying. I searched for a while and finally found out about the Canon Utility right before you answered my question. I was planning on streaming the video feed from my camera and recording it to one of my hard drives because I plan on filming for about 3 1/2 hours straight. Because of that, there's no way to buy a big enough SD card to hold that much HD video content, at least I don't think you can. That is why I wanted to record it to an external storage unit. I do however have a 1TB external USB hard drive, if only there was a way to make that work :/
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yea. if HD isnt important consider recording in Standard Def to save space. other than that, just be warned that the camera may potentially overheat while in Live View for that long. DSLR cameras over heating while shooting video is not that common just to clarify. it does happen but there are other factors as well such as the ambient temperature around the camera while its recording. it really would take like 6 hours of non stop recording before you need to worry about the camera giving you a temperature warning. i have shot video all day on my 7D and it got warm but never too hot after 10 hours of recording with a few breaks here and there. not every cameras is the same and some may overheat faster than others but generally its not an issue. but complete non-stop recording for more than 6 hours without breaks wouldnt be a problem but i wouldnt suggest it. make sure your camera is either powered by wall power or you have a battery grip with 2 batteries. your battery may possibly die or get very very close after 3 hours of recording. i havent shot on a T3i for video in a long time. my experience is mainly with T2i, 7D, 60D, 5D2, GH2
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Thanks. Yea, I've never heard of a camera actually overheating. But, now I have and although I'm not worried about it, it does seen like it would suck for that to happen. I should definitely look into getting a battery grip, because all I have is the stock configuration where you have a battery and when it does, you have to remove it to charge it. I really want to shoot it in HD because it looks so good. Haha. I'm not required to film this either, it was just something I wanted to try. I was only wondering if it was feasibly possible to do so.
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