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Tony Au
How do I send a real time video feed from my Canon 60D camera to a MacBook Pro?
on Aug 6, 2014 at 11:37:22 pm

I am shooting a video that requires extremely detailed match cutting and am looking for the best solution for executing this. The shots involve having the actor stand in one place while her outfits are constantly changing. Therefore, I would need to capture a shot of her wearing one outfit, cut, change her outfit and then capture a shot of her wearing the new outfit without her appearing to have changed positions from the last shot. I will be shooting this on a Canon 60D.

One solution I had in mind was to use an onion skinning app such as iStopMotion on a live video feed. That way, I could use the last frame that was captured in my previous shot and onion skin that on top of the footage that I'm currently shooting so that I can adjust the actor's position to line up exactly with the previous shot. If this is possible then my next question would be: How do I send a wireless video feed from my camera to my MacBook Pro so that I can use iStopMotion on footage AS I am rolling it? Please provide me with a list of any products or software that I will need to purchase in order to accomplish this.

If there is a better way to accomplish these shots other than using the solution I described above, PLEASE let me know. I am open to ideas.


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Steve Crow
Re: How do I send a real time video feed from my Canon 60D camera to a MacBook Pro?
on Aug 7, 2014 at 12:05:53 am
Last Edited By Steve Crow on Aug 7, 2014 at 12:14:40 am

Interesting project and something I've never tried but you seem to be on the right track. However, just thinking about it, I would plan on shooting "tethered" or wired, not wireless, to a laptop. This is how the stop motion apps are designed to work although they use the camera's still function instead of video.

I wouldn't think that would matter but I am sure someone has done this who can tell you exactly. You might also want to post this question into an animation forum if you haven't already.

It's going to be challenging because hands, head, legs, forearms etc all must be in the exact same position...and ,for video, stay there. Although if the model does move you could cut out a few frames where the position is perfect and then just extend the frames duration...and maybe a few seconds of movement AFTER the clothes swap has appeared on screen would actually help sell the effect.

I think DragonFrame is the industry standard tool http://www.dragonframe.com/ for working with a DSLR - - but its around $300

I just saw that iStop Motion's latest upgrade now supports DSLR Live View...

Steve Crow


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Tony Au
Re: How do I send a real time video feed from my Canon 60D camera to a MacBook Pro?
on Aug 11, 2014 at 2:56:07 am

Hey Steve,

Thanks for the reply.

I installed the latest version of iStopMotion that supposedly supports DSLR Live View and connected my 60D to my Macbook Pro via an HDMI cable. However, iStopMotion doesn't recognize it.

I have not installed EOS Utility to my Macbook (I need to buy a remote CD drive in order to install with the installation disc). Is that required in order to connect my DSLR to programs such as these? Shouldn't the program software be able to connect to the DSLR itself?


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Steve Crow
Re: How do I send a real time video feed from my Canon 60D camera to a MacBook Pro?
on Aug 11, 2014 at 1:21:15 pm

You might have to use the USB connection vs hdmi

Steve Crow


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