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Hi again. I am going to get a DSLR camera for stop motion animation. I do not want to spend over £350, but I want a good camera that will be good for animation and shooting live action (I do experimenting with live action and stop motion). Do DSLR's like the Canon EOS 1100D (which gets pretty good reviews) come with a live capture cable so I can do animation from my laptop? I may go for Stop Motion Pro in terms of software. Any help or advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

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All you need to connect to a computer for stop motion with the dslr is a usb cable. A framegrabber like Stop Motion Pro HD (PC) or DragonFrame (pc or Mac) will grab the live view and the final images through the usb cable.
If you get a camera model with HD video as well, you would probably just shoot the video with the camera, then transfer the clips to,your computer - with my video camera I do that by USB as well. My Canon 40d DSLR doesn't do video but I would expect that to work the same way.
The other expenses are - AC power adaptor so you can run the camera for the hours it takes to do a stop motion shot, without worrying about the battery going flat, and probably a lens adapter and some fully manual lenses (I use Nikon and Olympus OM) with an aperture ring on the lens. (Unlike Canon lenses which don't have them any more.)
With a DSLR and framefrabber like StopmotionPro HD or Dragon -
You capture both the live vew and the final images to the computer by USB, and a USB cable should come with the DSLR camera.
Mind you I think some new Mac laptops are coming out without USB? Don't know how that would work.

I just bought a Canon EOS 1100D which supports StopMotionPro!!!!

So does that mean when I connect the DSLR to the laptop on StopMotionPro HD/Dragonframe, I will see a live video feed on the laptop screen from my DSLR?

StopmoNick said:

With a DSLR and framefrabber like StopmotionPro HD or Dragon -
You capture both the live vew and the final images to the computer by USB, and a USB cable should come with the DSLR camera.
Mind you I think some new Mac laptops are coming out without USB? Don't know how that would work.

Yes, what the camera sees is what you'll see on screen. There is a slight delay between the two though.

Angus Lamont said:

So does that mean when I connect the DSLR to the laptop on StopMotionPro HD/Dragonframe, I will see a live video feed on the laptop screen from my DSLR?

Do you know of any good stop mo programs that will support DSLR's? I am UK based so trying to get hold of Dragonframe would be difficult.

Ethan Bartholomae said:

Yes, what the camera sees is what you'll see on screen. There is a slight delay between the two though.

Angus Lamont said:

So does that mean when I connect the DSLR to the laptop on StopMotionPro HD/Dragonframe, I will see a live video feed on the laptop screen from my DSLR?

I'm pretty sure Stop-Motion Pro is what Aardman uses (or has used) so you should be able to get a hold of that in the UK no problem. There might be some freeware stuff online, but I haven't gone that route in a while so I don't know about the quality or compatibility.

Angus Lamont said:

Do you know of any good stop mo programs that will support DSLR's? I am UK based so trying to get hold of Dragonframe would be difficult.


The Canon 1100D is in the list of recommended live view DSLR's to use with Stop motion pro, you can download a trial version from the website to try out.

Link below to video on how to set up Canon DSLR on stop motion pro

http://www.stopmotionpro.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=...

Keep us updated on how you get on with your camera…….I have had my eye on the 1100D myself.

Oh……..and Stop Motion pro is what Aardmans use for there films.

Good luck and happy filming

According to the Dragonframe site The live view size is 858 x 560. I wonder if that will work with a standard def framegrabber? I would guess so - it's only slightly bigger than NTSC - but then again, it's slightly bigger than NTSC, so maybe you'd need to use an HD 'grabber.

 

Anyway, I'm suprised nobody has posted Uncle LIO's infamous list yet: http://www.stopmotionworks.com/stopmosoftwr.htm

 

Every framegrabber offers a free trial version so you can test it out before buying. I'd try it with a couple of standard def grabbers first - if it won't work with them, then I guess you'd need an HD version. 

FWIW. I just checked my live view feed stills from a dragonframe project and the dimensions are 1056x704.

You're using an 1100D?  I did notice Dragonframe lists 2 different versions of that camera - one is an XS and the other has a different designation at the end. Wonder if they're different? '

Ok, I'll go check - BRB..

Looks like on'es an XS and the other is a T3, but they're both listed as having the same size live feed - 858 x 560

Clarification. I'm using a Canon T2i. So, I guess the T2i live view resolution is 1056x704.

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