Blackmagic has updated its Video Assist monitors to include webcam support via its USB-C connection. Now, when using either the Video Assist 3G or Video Assist 12G HDR models, you can livestream to platforms like Zoom, YouTube Live, Skype, Twitch, and Open Broadcaster in 1080p. 

What Blackmagic has done is trick the streaming software into thinking the Video Assist is a webcam, which can come in pretty handy when you want to monitor and record video while simultaneously livestreaming. 

By connecting the camera to the Video Assist via HDMI or SDI, you can then run the USB-C connection of the Video Assist into your computer and select it as a webcam device with the streaming platform. Pretty cool. 

Additionally, the update adds audio monitoring channel selection on the 5" and 7" versions of the Video Assist 3G, plus XLR mapping and external XLR timecode to the 7" Video Assist 3G, which is a welcome addition for audio sync. 

The small but useful upgrade is definitely worth a download and can be found on the Blackmagic support page