USB Webcam Setup

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 that 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.

Instructions:

  1. Connect your webcam to your computer via a USB cable.
  2. Launch Dragonframe software on the computer.
  3. Create a new scene or open an existing scene.
  4. Launch DF Tether on your device.

Dragonframe will automatically detect it and connect to it.

Once connected:

  • Dragonframe will show a video preview using the webcam. (Assuming you have a scene open, per instruction #3 above.)
  • Depending on the model, you may have exposure controls, such as gain, brightness, etc.
  • Capture JPG or TIFF images directly to the computer.
  • Some models provide digital focus in Dragonframe. You can access this by pressing the crosshairs icon in Animation or Cinematography workspaces.