In iMovie, can I connect my digital camera so I can see myself on the program?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by clj7, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. clj7 macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2008
    North Wales
    I want to make a little stop motion video in iMovie 09, but I'd rather use my digital camera than the built in camera on my macbook. So I've connected my camera with USB, is there a way I can view it LIVE on imovie? Or even any other program so I can then import the pictures into iMovie?

    Thanks for your time
  2. nickmcgill macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2008
    As far as I know, Digital cameras can't be feed live into iMovie as they are only designed for stills more so than feeding video.
    Try getting BTVPro, I have used it many time over the years for time lapse stuff mostly but I think it has support for stop motion etc too.
  3. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    Not sure if iMovie is good for making a short film from many hundreds of stills. A different program would be advisable. There must be a couple of free ones out there which will stitch together your stills into a sequence. You can then import and edit that movie sequence in imovie.

    As for cameras, yup as the man above said, don't think you can get a live image from a still camera into imovie. One way would be to use the live feed from a cheap video camera (you can get cheap ones for $100 or less) and capture the still images click by click using a specialist animation capture application (not imovie).
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    This is a trivial task in QuickTime Pro.
  5. Flynnstone macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2003
    Cold beer land

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