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    Haukinger
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    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)

    #175279 Reply
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    eventide
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    Sounds neat. I assume this is for Windows? I don’t run Windows myself, but do you have any screenshots? I’d be interested to see how you laid things out, or any tips you might have on programming your Powershot. I am (very slowly) attempting to integrate something similar into my small Linux frame capture software.

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    Haukinger
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    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 Reply
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    Watson
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    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]
    #175288 Reply
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    Mirko
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    You can insert images with the [img]-Tag but they need to be hosted somewhere else.

    Information on Canon cameras under Linux is available here and here. But I assume eventide has already gathered all the information there is.

    Someone on brickboard.de pointed me to the first URL recently and I instantly fell in love with the idea to use such a camera, so I bought a used A70 on Ebay (plus the filter ring tube thingy and polarizer…). As soon as I’m finished with my current film project I wanted to look into this, too.

    Mirko

    #175517 Reply
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    Haukinger
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    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 Reply
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    Watson
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    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.

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    Nick Durron
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    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 Reply
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    Mirko
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    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 Reply
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    SlothPaladin
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    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.

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