panasonic lumix dmc-gx8
Dragonframe 4.2.0: YES
Dragonframe 3.7.3: NO
Dragon Stop Motion 2.3.8: NO
(Dragonframe was previously called Dragon Stop Motion)
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 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. We do not recommend this setup, because it is complicated and fairly expensive. Please consider a used Canon EOS that we support instead.
Dragonframe controls the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 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.
You can find the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 manual and specifications at the Panasonic website.
- 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.
- Close any other applications that might connect to your camera.
- - For macOS, Open Image Capture, select your camera, then in pop up area in lower-left select Connection camera opens: No application. (See Picture)
- Make sure Dropbox is not a client of the camera.
- You may need to quit Google Backup and Sync, since it can interfere with the camera even if you turn off syncing.
- If you have anti-virus software, white-list Dragonframe so that it may access your camera.
- Create a new scene or open an existing scene. (Dragonframe will not connect to your camera unless you have a scene open.)
- Set the Mode Dial to Manual (M).
- Set USB Mode to Remote Control(PTP) (in Setup Menu #3).
The camera will not connect unless you do this.
- Set ISO increments to 1/3 (in Setup Menu #3).
- Set Motion Picture | HDMI Rec Output | Info Display to OFF.
- Set LVF Disp. Style to Full (second choice) (in Custom Menu #5).
- Set Monitor Disp. Style to Full (second choice) (in Custom Menu #6).
- Set Monitor Info. Disp. to Off (in Custom Menu #6).
- Set Constant Preview to On for Exposure Simulation or Off for faster live view refresh.
- Set Quality to RAW or JPG, but not BOTH.
- Connect your camera to the computer with an appropriate USB cable.
- Connect your camera's HDMI output to the computer through a compatible Blackmagic Design capture device. (Do not connect HDMI directly to the computer!)