Hello,

I am shooting three shot animation using a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II. This camera produces amazing quality images but it has a massive downfall: It's too old and doesn't have live view.

I haven't found a way around this. Ideally I would like to view on my computer or a screen my framing, lighting etc and do things like onion skin, preview of sequence/movement etc. I currently have to stop and import and generally work pretty much blind most of the time. Has anyone used this camera for stop frame and knows a way around this? I know that Tim Burton used it for Corpse Bride, so there must be a way!

Any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks

Eleni

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According to the Dragonframe site ...

"In 2005, Corpse Bride was shot with the Canon EOS-1D Mark II, making it the first stop motion feature film captured with a digital still camera. Early DSLRs did not have live view, a feature where the camera can provide a video stream of the image through the lens. So, the studio had to use a secondary video camera to provide the video assist."

This was and is still common among site members with older cameras.  All that is required is a small web camera that is place on the camera's hot shoe or other suitable location.  The web camera is then used to capture images as well as the Canon camera.  This isn't as convenient as having live-view but it works.  

If you look through this site you will see a number of write-ups on this.  I never worked this way myself having "graduated" directly from a web camera to Canon 60D with live-view.  Others on this site can give you greater detail however.

... jbd

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