Dragonframe stop motion software
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Supported Cameras

Digital Still cameras
CAMERA SUPPORT

Dragonframe directly controls more cameras than any other stop motion animation software, on any platform. Our innovative camera controls and integrated test shot process make it easy to set up a perfect shot.

We recommend that you download the free trial and test Dragonframe with your camera prior to purchasing a license.
 
 
Canon eos dslr

Canon EOS DSLR

Canon DSLR Support

Dragonframe supports most of the latest Canon EOS DSLRs.

Canon EOS cameras with live view are probably the best choice for shooting stop motion animation. They have a large, high-quality live view image that can simulate exposure settings. And they don't seem to suffer from overheating the way some other cameras do.

To avoid potential flicker, consider using manual Nikon lenses with a Nikon lens adapter.

See Also
Canon vs Nikon live view comparison
Canon EOS specs and reviews at DP Review
Fotodiox Pro Adapter: Nikon Lens to Canon EOS Body

Canon EOS Features

Shutter Speed
Aperture
ISO
White Balance
Picture Style
Image Size
Image Quality
Live View Magnification*
Focus Control*

(*requires live view)
 
 
nikon dslr

Nikon DSLR

nikon Cameras with Live View

Nikon D3
Nikon D3S
Nikon D3X
Nikon D4
Nikon D90
Nikon D300
Nikon D300S
Nikon D600
Nikon D610
Nikon D700
Nikon D800
Nikon D800e
Nikon D5000
Nikon D5100
Nikon D5200
Nikon D5300
Nikon D7000
Nikon D7100
Nikon Df

Note: The Nikon D3000 series is not supported because Nikon does not provide tethered shooting support for them. This includes the following models:
Nikon D3000 - Not Supported
Nikon D3100 - Not Supported
Nikon D3200 - Not Supported

nikon Cameras without Live View

Nikon D2X
Nikon D40
Nikon D40X
Nikon D50
Nikon D60
Nikon D70
Nikon D70s
Nikon D80
Nikon D100
Nikon D200

nikon DSLR Support

Dragonframe supports most of the latest Nikon DSLRs.

Nikon makes some of the best digital cameras in the world, and they are the camera of choice for many top studios.

See Also
Canon vs Nikon live view comparison
Nikon specs and reviews at DP Review

nikon Features

Shutter Speed
Aperture
ISO
White Balance
Picture Style
Image Size
Compression Level
Live View Magnification*
Focus Control*

(*requires live view)
 
 
other cameras

other cameras

Sony Alpha DSLR
Panasonic Lumix (High End)
RED
High-Definition Camcorder

Sony Alpha DSLR

Some of the newer Sony Alpha DSLRs come with a bundled remote capture application. You can use those with Dragonframe's folder watching mode.
You may be able to use the live view output of these cameras via an A/D converter or HDMI conversion card.

Panasonic Lumix (High End)

Some of the newer Panasonic DSLRs come with a bundled remote capture application. You can use those with Dragonframe's folder watching mode.
You may be able to use the live view output of these cameras via an A/D converter or HDMI conversion card.

RED

Use Dragonframe to record video assist images from the HDMI video tap of a RED camera.
You will have to manually trigger the RED to record full resolution frames.

High-Definition Camcorder

Most new hi-def consumer camcorders record to an internal hard drive or flash memory.
These cameras have a USB connection, but this connection is only for downloading movies you've already shot. There is no way to pull a live video feed from them. So they are not suitable for stop motion animation.
If you are buying a camcorder for stop motion, make sure to get one with HDV (via Firewire) or HDMI output.


other camera Support
If your camera is not listed as a supported camera, you may still have options:

If your camera comes with remote capture software, you can use that with Dragonframe folder watching mode. See the manual for instructions.

If your camera does not have remote capture software, you may be able to use the Eye-Fi card to transfer images to your computer, and then use folder watching mode in Dragonframe.

 
 
usb/firewire web-cams

USB/firewire web-cams

aGent V5
Unibrain Fire-i
Logitech QuickCam Pro
Microsoft LIfeCam

many others
web-cam support

Web-cams 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.

If a web-cam works with your computer, it should work with Dragonframe. The list on the left is not intended to be thorough. There are hundreds of web-cams that should work with the software. Make sure to test your camera with Dragonframe prior to purchasing a full license.

If possible, find a web-cam with manual focus (such as the Agent V5) and exposure settings.

 
 
hdv/hdmi cameras

hdv/hdmi cameras

Canon HV10
Canon HV20
Canon HV30
Canon HV40
Sony HDR-HC7
Sony HDR-FX7
RED (HDMI Video Tap)

video features

Frame Averaging
Save as TIFF or Fine JPEG


High-Definition Video

HDMI is an uncompressed video format for delivering high-definition video to your computer. To use HDMI video with Dragonframe, you must have an HDMI conversion card, like the one from Blackmagic Design.

HDV is a compressed video format for delivering high-definition video over Firewire to your computer.

You can use HDV sources on Windows by installing ffdshow. This is described in the Dragonframe user manual.

You can use HDV sources on Mac with one of the following:

             
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