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Old Dec 5, 2011, 7:09 AM   #1
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Default Remotely Contolling my Fz40

I was wondering if someone can suggest a computer software which I can program and it uses my Fz40 to take pictures every, say, 10 seconds.
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Old Dec 5, 2011, 7:35 AM   #2
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AFAIK, your FZ40 does not have the ability for tethered operation.
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So I shouldn't be expecting to find an off the shelf software for doing it?

Can you please tell me if there is a software that can at least pick it up as a webcam connected to the USB port? Currently it is picked up as a USB storage device.

If I am able to get the stream in once, the rest I can program myself and make an application out of it
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AFIAK, there is no way to do that with an FZ40. You can't even find a USB shutter release for it, much less software to control it via USB. It's not designed to be controlled via USB or to send any video via USB.

For capturing what it's recording (just what you'd normally see on the camera's LCD), you may be able to use the A/V cable output, with with no control except for using the camera controls manually. You'd have to try it to see what you get. You can find adapters that let you capture output like this one (but, it would be the same thing you're seeing on the LCD if it worked). But, you'd have problems keeping the video recording, potential overheating issues, and quality would probably be poor.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...04456&csid=_21

It's usually not a real good idea to use a digital camera as a web cam anyway, as they're not designed for that purpose and you tend to run into recording time limits and/or overheating of components, not to mention you run down the batteries quickly without an A/C Adapter.

I'd buy a dedicated web cam instead. ;-)
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The purpose is not that actually

I want to take a time lapse shot from my rooftop coz I get excellent sunsets here. I can do this with my integrated webcam. Like I just put my laptop somewhere and make a program that captures a picture every 10 seconds for as long as I want it to.

I want to do it to my Fz40 coz you know webcams are sucky. If I can somehow make my lappie read it as a webcam, I can program the rest easy
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Not going to happen. It's not designed to be controlled via USB.

Sometimes you can find third party remote shutter releases for cameras that are programmable for time lapse photography for cameras that allow remote triggering via USB. But, you can't even find those for the FZ40, from Panasonic or third parties, since you can't trigger it via USB at all (not via software, not via pins, not via signals over USB, etc.). It's just not going to be a good camera choice for that purpose.
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The purpose is not that actually

I want to take a time lapse shot from my rooftop coz I get excellent sunsets here. I can do this with my integrated webcam. Like I just put my laptop somewhere and make a program that captures a picture every 10 seconds for as long as I want it to.

I want to do it to my Fz40 coz you know webcams are sucky. If I can somehow make my lappie read it as a webcam, I can program the rest easy

Just record usual video in avchd format and then using Adobe Premier Pro you can fast forward the video and get a output of it ! it looks even better than a timelapse done bu clicking photos at intervals !
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i had see this video posted in this forum. this can help you

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG_blJItlOM
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i had see this video posted in this forum. this can help you

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG_blJItlOM
Thanks a mil for the link mate.... And yes that I am keeping as a last resort coz no matter what, a video would still be much clearer as compared to a sequence of shots....
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Not going to happen. It's not designed to be controlled via USB.

Sometimes you can find third party remote shutter releases for cameras that are programmable for time lapse photography for cameras that allow remote triggering via USB. But, you can't even find those for the FZ40, from Panasonic or third parties, since you can't trigger it via USB at all (not via software, not via pins, not via signals over USB, etc.). It's just not going to be a good camera choice for that purpose.
I'm not exactly trying to release shutter via USB... I just need a video feed coming in.... No chance of that happening either?
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