Connecting camera to MacBook for stop motion animation.

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Topher15, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. Topher15 macrumors 6502a

    Topher15

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    I'm making a stop motion animation for a uni project and would like to connect my camera to my MB, so that the image is captured into the MB monitor.

    I studied animation about four years ago and the rostrum cameras we used were connected to Adobe Premier on a PC. Each tap of the space bar took a single frame. However I've not actually tried this myself on my own equipment.

    I have a Canon Ixus 40 digital camera and a Sony Digital 8 Handycam.

    Is it even possible for either of these camera? The Sony video camera does USB streaming but it is at a low quality and resolution which rules out that option.

    If not I can just capture using the camera alone.

    Much appreciated. :apple:
     
  2. bigandy macrumors G3

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    Have a look at iStopMotion, it may assist.

    However with your cameras, unless you have FireWire on the video camera, it may not be possible to hook up directly.
     
  3. jampat macrumors 6502a

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    Canon cameras come with software called "remote capture". I've never used it, but I think it basically allows for tethered shooting. I doubt it would go straight into Premier, but at least you could see each shot on a decent screen to make sure it worked before you moved on.
     
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Also, Leopard comes with "Image Capture" which now has a teathered shooting feature. Whith the camera plugged in with USB Image Capture has a button labelled "take a picture". But there is no live view untill after you trip the shutter.

    The neat thing here is that even an entry level SLR can do a capture with enough quality for a major Hollywood film. I tried this years ago with lower end equipment. It's a LOT of work good luck.
     
  5. Samarium macrumors 6502a

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    I was going to suggest that too. :)
     
  6. Topher15 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Topher15

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    Thanks for the info.

    iStopMotion looks great. I'll keep that in mind for the future.
     

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