Hey all,

I recently ran into some problems with my Nikon D90.  For some odd reason, the camera's USB socket has failed.  I must be animating too heavily.  After further testing, it's definitely the camera's socket and not just the usb cord.

My options are either sending in the camera for repairs or I was wondering does Dragonframe work with USB card readers?  Does anyone have experience with that. I really don't want to give up my camera for a month. 

Any advice/help is appreciated :)

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A card reader would work for transferring the full size images, but what about the live feed? 

See, I was hoping Dragonframe would recognize the USB card reader the same way it recognizes the camera when it's attached to the USB cable; but, I'm guessing that's just wishful thinking on my part. 

Bummer.  Looks like I have to ship my camera off to the Nikon repair center.  I probably should learn to animate without relying so heavily on live feed.  It can be quite addicting.

The card reader should be fine to transfer the images afterwards, but to animate with a framegrabber you need a live signal. It could be from a separate video or web cam, as I had to do before I got camera with live view. (Come to think of it, does the D90 have live view? Or do you take the shot, compare it, then delete it if you don't like it?)
I got better at animating without a frame grabber after using one for a couple of years, but I would rather keep using it and see how the shot is going. Stopmo is so slow and painstaking, and I hate doing re-takes, I'll take any help I can get.
Your stills of the sets are looking so good I would hate to see the animation compromised by shooting blind!

Thanks Nick :) 

The D90 has live view, but it makes the camera prone to overheating.  The camera's great, but it's not really meant for long animation sessions.

I sent the camera off to the Nikon repair center last week and they're replacing my USB port.  Total Damage = $250. Ouch!  I've had it for 3 years, so that's not too bad.  She's been good to me otherwise.   

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