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Is it possible to set up the Leica Q to be used as a webcam for Zoom and other video conferencing meetings? If so, any suggestions on setting it up?

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I do not think so. In the Leica App you get a live view but I cannot imagine it is possible to forward this stream. In addition I do not think Leica opened their API to allow third parties to implement software for the Q.

Does anybody know any software that can directly access the Q?

Anyway I would be very interested in using the Q via an API. I can control my Gopro via Python and that is a pleasure.

My 2 ct

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Is it possible to screen share the Leica app as a way of forwarding the live stream?  I am not sure how much compression is involved when going through the share streaming, and if that would negate the benefit of using the Q2 in the first place.

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Thanks guys. I'm assuming it's not doable. For now, I will go with a Logitech Brio webcam. There are a number of webcam solutions for Nikon and Canon. Maybe after the pandemic, Leica may devise a future option for their cameras.

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I don't have a Q, but if it has HDMI out, which I think it does, then as jake-leica says, the Elgato Camlink 4k, or the Avermedia Extremecap UVC should work. The Camlink 4k does with my SL.

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I have been wondering the same thing, hoping to use my Q (firmware 3.1) as an auxiliary camera for our live streaming events. We have a Blackmagic Design camera that we use through a ElGato cam link.

I bought a micro HDMI-HDMI cable to connect the Q to the cam link and then to a laptop running Streamlabs OBS. All that you get from the Q is a black screen with the red Leica dot logo in the middle. This is on live view and also after depressing the record button. 

I get the same result trying to use the Q as an external camera for Zoom as well

I looked through the Q menus and could not find anything that would change the output.

Sadly is seems like this is a no-go for the Q, unless someone has some other technical advice.

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On 8/23/2020 at 11:46 AM, LocalHero1953 said:

I don't have a Q, but if it has HDMI out, which I think it does, then as jake-leica says, the Elgato Camlink 4k, or the Avermedia Extremecap UVC should work. The Camlink 4k does with my SL.

 

On 8/23/2020 at 11:25 AM, jake-leica said:

You'd need HDMI out.  Then it's easy with El Gato Camlink or other capture cards.

 

I have been wondering the same thing, hoping to use my Q (firmware 3.1) as an auxiliary camera for our live streaming events. We have a Blackmagic Design camera that we use through a ElGato cam link.

I bought a micro HDMI-HDMI cable to connect the Q to the cam link and then to a laptop running Streamlabs OBS. All that you get from the Q is a black screen with the red Leica dot logo in the middle. This is on live view and also after depressing the record button. 

I get the same result trying to use the Q as an external camera for Zoom as well

I looked through the Q menus and could not find anything that would change the output.

Sadly is seems like this is a no-go for the Q, unless someone has some other technical advice.

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I have a vague recollection that I got the same 'red dot of death' at one stage in my trials. It may have been when I tried the same thing with the Leica TL2. Without personal experience of the Q2 I don't think I can help.

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Thanks everyone for your replies and comments. It's clear that the Q is not set up to be used as a video cam like other SLRs. I purchased a Logitech Brio and it serves the purpose. It would be cool if Leica considered this for a future feature as a video cam use of that caliber would look much better than the Logitech solutions.

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