Software for Canon Powershots

Home Forums Fim Making Forums Hardware and Software Software for Canon Powershots

This topic contains 92 replies, has 24 voices, and was last updated by Profile photo of sconethief sconethief 5 years, 11 months ago.

Viewing 10 posts - 1 through 10 (of 58 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #175275
    Profile photo of Haukinger
    Haukinger
    Participant

    Hi all !

    I got my hands on the Canon SDK and wrote a little app for remote-capturing images. By now it has live-preview via USB, full resolution capturing, one level of onion-skinning and of course a possibility to review the already captured frames.
    I’m going to add the following features: autofocus-lock (a shame manual focus isn’t possible remotely), macro-mode-switch, multilevel-onion-skinning and playback at constant (selectable) framerate. It won’t be an all-in-one solution, only for frame capturing (no sound or colour-keying or whatever, there are better tools for that)
    Currently, I tested it with my A520, but nearly all Powershots should work.

    Anyone interested ?

    EDIT:

    To get CSMC, look here… (free download)

    #175282
    Profile photo of Haukinger
    Haukinger
    Participant

    Yes, it’s for windows. The SDK is available for windows only… using it is quite simple actually, you have a function to ‘connect’ to the camera and put it into remote-capture mode. Then you have another function to activate the live-feed. That comes in standard windows-DIB-format, so you only need to bitblt it to the screen… Screenshots follow when I get back to my development-pc 😉
    BTW – you can’t attach images to posts here, can you ?

    #175283
    Profile photo of Watson
    Watson
    Participant

    I’m extremely interested, and I’ll bet that others would be as well.

    “Haukinger” wrote: you can’t attach images to posts here, can you ?

    You can. Here’s the code:

    [img]url of the image[/img]
    #175517
    Profile photo of Haukinger
    Haukinger
    Participant

    I made a screenshot.

    The live-feed looks horrible compared to my QC4000, but the captured frames are ok. The bad thing is you have to rely on the autofocus and have no chance of knowing wether the cam got it right or not before shooting a frame. But once you have it focussed as you like, you can lock the af. You can’t save or restore it though, so you have go thorugh one scene without powering off the cam or disconnecting. Not that bad actually, but a limitation…
    The “new” and “load” buttons on the left are greyed out because they are only available until one of them is pressed. Once everything is in there I think of changing the layout of the controls to tab-panes. One for new/load/save, one for capture-mode, one for playback/editor-mode.

    No comments about the crappy blue-screen, pleasse 😉

    #175557
    Profile photo of Watson
    Watson
    Participant

    So far it looks nice and straightforward. If you can add all of the features that you mentioned in the first post, then I’ll be very pleased with this. Nice work.

    #175595
    Profile photo of Nick Durron
    Nick Durron
    Participant

    This definitely does look very interesting, but one of the reasons I’m about to get a Canon Powershot A520 is for all the manual features, so I don’t think this program would be of much use to me.

    #175601
    Profile photo of Mirko
    Mirko
    Participant

    The only feature you cannot use manually while in remote mode is the focus, and you can still lock it to make sure it stays as it is. This is unfortunate but still acceptable. The problem is that this is not the software’s fault but the camera’s. It would be so much cooler if you could change the focus from the computer, making possible automated focus pulls, e.g.

    Mirko

    #175602
    Profile photo of SlothPaladin
    SlothPaladin
    Participant

    You may want to post this at http://www.animateclay.com and http://www.stopmotionanimation.com as there may be users at both sites that would be interested in such software.

    #175603
    Profile photo of mrgraff
    mrgraff
    Participant

    Is this for Canon hardware only? Any chance that other digital cameras with (hopefully standard output formats) could possibly work?

    #175614
    Profile photo of Mirko
    Mirko
    Participant

    There don’t seem to be many cameras that comply to a standard in this regard. A standard would be PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol), which many cameras support – but only for downloading images. A camera that is said to support PTP is not automatically remote controllable over that protocol and the commands sent to the Canon cameras on top of PTP seem to be Canon specific. Also, I don’t think I have ever before had a camera that can send the viewfinder image over USB. This doesn’t seem to be a wide-spread feature from my experience. But as the usual spec sheets and reviews don’t often tell us these things, I don’t know for sure.

    Mirko

Viewing 10 posts - 1 through 10 (of 58 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.