How to control several cameras with one computer?

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  1. mackorset

    mackorset TPF Noob!

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    Hi folks!
    I have a really tough one for you, a problem that I have been struggeling with for quite a while... Here we go!

    I am looking for a way to control four NIKON D700 cameras from one single computer. I want to be able to control shutterspeed simultaiously on all cameras. In other words - when I do an adjustment on shutterspeed on my computer, I want it to affect all cameras.

    The program Camera Controller Pro 2 by NIKON is designed to control one camera from one computer. With this program you can adjust almost everything digitally adjustable on the camera via your computer. The program connects via USB or wireless via a so called WT-4 transmitter. The program and the transmitter even supports SEVERAL cameras to be connected, but then all it can handle is the output from the cameras, not the imput. In other words, all it can do is to take care of the photos taken from the different cameras, but it cannot adjust more than one camera at the time. IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN (please note this...)!

    Do any of you guys know of any alternative way to solve my problem? Are there other programs to control cameras (several) via a computer? Are there other ways? I can do it via FireWire, USB or wireless, doean't matter.

    The simultanious trigging of the different cameras is no problem, as I can do that easily with a seperate wired or wireless device.

    All suggestions are most welcome, and I appreciate all your thoughts on this problem!

    - Mattias
     
  2. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Unfortunately this kind of control is proprietary. I don't actually know of any other program to tether D700s other than Camera Control Pro. Are the cameras in a remote location? Do you have time? One very dodgy workaround would be to connect to each independently to add the settings and then connect to them all at once to take the photo. But I don't think this is even remotely what you're looking for.
     
  3. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    if the computer is up to it couldn't there be a way to run the program in separate windows - so that you could have it running several times over - then tie each program to a specific camera connected to the computer via sparate cables?
    There might be a way to run programs twice or more on the same computer but I think you would be best hitting a computer software based forum to find out
     

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