Camera Support

Understanding How Dragonframe Uses Your Camera

When shooting animation, Dragonframe will create two separate image sequences in tandem:

  • The first is a series low-resolution frames derived from a live video source for use in refining animation. We call this the video assist.
  • The second is from a high-quality capture source, such as RAW files from a DSLR, for final frames.

These image sequences are kept in perfect tandem during shooting and editing within Dragonframe.

This process takes particular advantage of DSLR Live View capabilities. Dragonframe can use the DSLR’s live view to provide a video assist for animation, then capture a full-resolution still image every time you shoot a frame.

Choosing the Right Camera

To have the best experience animating, you need to have the right camera.
Choose a camera that Dragonframe supports, and that has live view and camera control over USB.
We recommend Canon EOS models, and the majority of professional work is done with them.
Supported models from Sony, Olympus, Fujifilm and Nikon are also very good options.

Setup and Troubleshooting

Find your camera in the list below. Click on its name to find setup instructions specific to your camera.

If your camera is on our supported list (below):

  • Follow the setup instructions for it.
  • Make sure your software is up to date. Use the program’s Preferences : Updates to check.
  • Review our Camera FAQs for answers to common camera issues.
  • Contact support if you still need help.

If your camera is not on the list, then it does not work with Dragonframe. There may be options to get some type of capturing, but the experience won’t be very good. We strongly recommend finding a camera on the list if you are serious about stop motion animation. See the Camera FAQs for more information about unsupported cameras.

Supported Cameras

Canon EOS DSLR

Canon EOS cameras are the most widely used cameras for stop motion. They have a fairly large live view and support for many camera settings.

The Canon EOS M cameras are not supported because Canon does not provide tethered shooting support for them.

Nikon DSLR

Nikon cameras do not have live view exposure simulation. This means that the live view brightness will not match the match the brightness of your high-resolution still image. Make sure to capture test shots and adjust exposure levels before animating.

The Nikon D3000 and Nikon D3100 cameras are not supported because Nikon does not provide tethered shooting support for them.

Sony Alpha

Olympus

Olympus cameras are the best MFT option for Dragonframe. They have a large live view and support for many camera settings.

Fujifilm

Panasonic

These cameras require two connections to the computer (USB and HDMI) and extra hardware (Blackmagic Design capture device) to get both live view and capture control. We do not recommend them.

Blackmagic Design

iPhone/iPad

USB Webcams

WEBCAM SUPPORT

Webcams are an inexpensive option for getting started with stop-motion animation. They can also be useful as a video assist for still cameras that do not have live view.

Dragonframe should support any UVC compatible (USB Video Class) webcam. UVC is a standard the most webcam manufacturers follow, and they usually list this in the product specifications.

Make sure to test your camera with Dragonframe prior to purchasing a full license.