Camera Setup Instructions2017-03-29T08:51:22+00:00

panasonic lumix dmc-gh4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 setup instructions for stop motion animation or time-lapse photography with Dragonframe

Supported Versions

Dragonframe 4.1.4: YES
Dragonframe 3.7.1: NO
Dragon Stop Motion 2.3.8: NO
(Dragonframe was previously called Dragon Stop Motion)

Live View

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 provides a live view over HDMI. This camera requires a separate connection to the computer, via a Blackmagic capture device, to access the live view.

Camera Settings

Dragonframe controls the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 ISO, shutter speed, and aperture (with digital lens).


When using exposure simulation (Content Preview : On), the live view refresh rate will slow down to approximately the shutter speed.

Dragonframe cannot control focus or provide focus check (live view magnification) with this camera.

Product Info

The manufacturer's product page for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is here.

You can find the camera manual and specifications at this site.

Setup Instructions

  1. Power your camera by AC power if possible.
    • - If you do use a battery, make sure it is fully charged.
    • - If you use AC power, remove the battery.
  2. Close any other applications that might connect to your camera.
    • - For Mac OS X, Open Image Capture, select your camera, then in pop up area in lower-left select Connection camera opens: No application. (See Picture)
  3. Make sure Dropbox is not a client of the camera.
  4. You may need to quit Google Backup and Sync, since it can interfere with the camera even if you turn off synching.
  5. If you have anti-virus software, white-list Dragonframe so that it may access your camera.
  6. Set the Mode Dial to Manual (M).
  7. Update firmware to 2.0+ here.
  8. Set USB Mode to Remote Control(PTP) (in Setup Menu #3).
  9. Set ISO increments to 1/3 (in Setup Menu #3).
  10. Set Motion Picture | HDMI Rec Output | Info Display to OFF.
  11. Set LVF Disp. Style to Full (second choice) (in Custom Menu #5).
  12. Set Monitor Disp. Style to Full (second choice) (in Custom Menu #6).
  13. Set Monitor Info. Disp. to Off (in Custom Menu #6).
  14. Set Constant Preview to On for Exposure Simulation or Off for faster live view refresh.
  15. Set Quality to RAW or JPG, but not BOTH.
  16. Connect your camera to the computer with an appropriate USB cable.
  17. Connect your camera's HDMI output to the computer through a compatible Blackmagic Design capture device. (Do not connect HDMI directly to the computer!)
Find camera troubleshooting tips in Frequently Asked Questions