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April 11, 2006 at 7:52 pm #177651
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Ticket

So I understand this program is not available for download yet?
Also, it only works with Canons I understand as well. Correct?

April 12, 2006 at 7:40 am #177809
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Haukinger

@High Tower: Yes, the A520 works. I’ve got one myself.
@Ticket: Yes, no download by now. Yes, only works for Canon (non-EOS).

Maybe I get an alpha-release ready about easter…

April 12, 2006 at 1:52 pm #177839
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High Tower

Okay great, I’ll save up for the A520. I am guessing thiss software is free?

-htf

April 12, 2006 at 4:13 pm #177874
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Ticket

Okay thats cool. I just bought some sweet new lenses (Wide Angle, Zoom) for my Canon. Any idea when it’s going to be up for download? (Sorry about all the questions.)

April 12, 2006 at 4:46 pm #177878
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Aled Owen

“Mirko” wrote: 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

The focus is changeable on it. You just click on the flower thing on the camera a couple of times until you get a sort of bar thing. Increasing it makes the focus wide range. Decreasing it makes it low range.

-Aled

EDIT: It is on the A520 which I have anyway.

April 12, 2006 at 5:20 pm #177889
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Watson

“Ticket” wrote: Any idea when it’s going to be up for download?

“Haukinger” wrote: Maybe I get an alpha-release ready about easter…

“Aled Owen” wrote: The focus is changeable on it. You just click on the flower thing on the camera a couple of times until you get a sort of bar thing. Increasing it makes the focus wide range. Decreasing it makes it low range.

Yes, most canon’s have this ability I believe, but, as Mirko said, “The only feature you cannot use manually while in remote mode is the focus.” You can certainly adjust the focus manually from the camera, but the software for controlling the camera from the computer does not appear to have this ability.

April 15, 2006 at 12:13 pm #179068
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Haukinger

It’s done :)
I’m still missing the constant-frame-rate-playback-feature, but everything else from my todo-list in the opening-post is in.
I improvised something like a webpage here.
Might be a bit slow though, it’s dsl-upstream only…

April 15, 2006 at 3:50 pm #179106
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Lieberman Bros.

I appologize if this has been brought up before:

My dad has a 7.1MP powershot (a 550 something I think). I have been told by some sources that these powershots are not made to endure use for long periods of time. Is this true? or am I able to use it for hours on end without problems?

-LB

April 15, 2006 at 7:11 pm #179165
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Watson

It works great. I really like it, and I think I’d rather use this than canon’s version which came with my camera. I love how I can just jump over and scrub through the frames I’ve taken so far. I also love how the preview window is nice and big.

In your opening post, though, you mentioned that you wanted to have “multilevel-onion-skinning and playback at constant (selectable) framerate,” which I notice you haven’t yet implemented. The multilevel onion skinning in particular would be a fabulous feature to include.

Other things that would be great:
(*) The ability to turn off the onion skinning feature.
(*) A drop down box that would allow one to choose the size of the image to capture.
(*) More exposure settings options. I noticed that the exposure settings only seem to go as low as 0.3 seconds, but my camera can go as low as 1/2500 of a second.
(*) Focus lock. That really is something that is needed for stopmotion. I couldn’t find a feature like that included, but I know that the program that came with my camera does have that.

Nevertheless, you’ve done a good job, and I really appreciate your work, especially considering that you’re doing it for free.

April 16, 2006 at 12:41 am #179288
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Haukinger

Multi-level onionskinning will come in the next version, including zero-level (turn it off).
Image size is a nice idea, I’ll have a look at the sdk-documentation and add it, too.
Exposure settings are there in plenty, but not sorted by exposure time but the internal 16bit-int that represents each setting. Scroll down and you will find those 1/x’s.
Focus is automatically locked, I don’t think it’s useful to unlock it. That is, it should be locked… if it’s definitely not locked, I have to rewrite the auto-locking code.

@Lieberman: these are two different problems. If you run the camera for hours, it gets hot and the noiselevel in the images increases. On the other hand a mechanical shutter has a limited lifetime (10000 to 100000 cycles, depending on the camera, might even be lower) If you use an expensive camera, it’s a non-negligable amount of $/frame :) Whether powershots in particular have problems with long operation times is beyond my knowledge…

April 16, 2006 at 12:54 am #179296
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Watson

Okay, thanks for clearing all that up. I definitely look forward to the next version.

April 16, 2006 at 1:15 am #179303
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High Tower

I can’t go to the site because of my internet filter. Does it have bad pictures/pop-ups or anything? If not, I’ll ak my mom to unlock it.

-htf

April 16, 2006 at 1:18 am #179304
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Watson

It’s just plain black text and blue links on a white background. I have no idea why it would be blocked.

April 17, 2006 at 4:45 pm #179970
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High Tower

It’s probably the web hosting site. I’ll get my mom to unblock it.

-htf

April 19, 2006 at 10:55 pm #180792
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Lieberman Bros.

“Haukinger” wrote: @Lieberman: these are two different problems. If you run the camera for hours, it gets hot and the noiselevel in the images increases. On the other hand a mechanical shutter has a limited lifetime (10000 to 100000 cycles, depending on the camera, might even be lower) If you use an expensive camera, it’s a non-negligable amount of $/frame :) Whether powershots in particular have problems with long operation times is beyond my knowledge…

So you’re saying that digital cameras die after a certain number of pictures?

-LB

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