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What camera should I use

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A camera is used to capture pictures of the subject you want to animate.
A wide range of  cameras and capture cards can be used with Stop Motion Pro.

To lean more about which camera is best for your experience and requirements, select your camera type from this list.  In many selections a video tutorial on how to use your camera with Stop Motion Pro will be available.  The type of camera you require is dependant on where you plan to show your animation, your budget and ease of use.

 

Camera type Recomendation and tutorials
Stop Motion Pro
Edition compatibility

Webcam

Microsoft Lifecam  -  Logitech
(more information and video tutorial )   (Quality comparison of Logitech, Microsoft and Genius webcams)

  All

Video Camera
(Hard Disk, DVD,
flash memory)
Any video camera with A/V out.
Convert to digital with: Stop Motion Pro USB Video convertor (more information and video tutorial)

  All

Video Camera
(mini DV, firewire)
Use Firewire socket on camera to Firewire on PC
(more information and video tutorial)

  All

Nikon DSLR

Most Nikon DSLRs supported including those with Live view (more information and video tutorial)

Information on lens selection can be found here.

Action! HD and all Studio Editions

Canon DSLR

Most Canon DSLRs supported including those with Live view (more information and video tutorial)

Information on lens selection can be found here

Action! HD and all Studio Editions
Digital Still camera / Scanner

Does the camera have remote control software?  Use Directory Scan mode in SMP (more information).

Or:

Import stills using the File | Import option
(more information and video tutorial)

(another video tutorial, including tips for shooting outsde)

Or:

Can you see live video from your digital still camera on a TV using the A/V connection? Convert to digital with: Stop Motion Pro USB Video convertor
(more information and video tutorial)

Or:

Use an Eye-Fi SD card to download files from your camera to Stop Motion Pro using Directory Scan.

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Canon Compact Camera

This is dependant on the camera and the operating system you have  (more information)

Or: 

Can you see live video from your digital still camera on a TV using the A/V connection? Convert to digital with: Stop Motion Pro USB Video convertor
(more information and video tutorial)

  All

High Definition Video Camera
(HD, HDMI, Component)
Use BlackMagic Intensity
(more information and video tutorial)

Action! HD and all Studio Editions

 

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