Saturday, February 26, 2011

Enabling live view out on the G1!!




Well well.... Lookie what I got here!! It LOOKS like a honest-to-goodness Live Video Feed from my G1. But -- it can't be. No such thing is possible, right?

Wrong!!

There's a little trick - a hack of sorts, in Panasonic cameras (some anyway - I'm assuming the ones with an LCD viewscreen attached)). All you have to do is hold down the trashcan button for about 30 seconds in record mode (regular picture-taking mode, not review mode). Suddenly the image on the viewscreen of the camera will go dark for just an instant. Was there a tiny click or sound of some sort from the camera? I thought so, but it might have just been something in my head busting wide open from the sudden release of tension, and the inrushing of excitement to replace it.

I can't even tell you what a rollercoaster these last few days have been for me... deciding to buy the G1, discovering the live feed doesn't work, the anger and frustration and the decision to sell it and start researching for a micro four thirds camera that would work... then the sudden green light when I remembered reading that this trick works with some cameras.

I was sitting down at the time eating some stir fry chicken and watching the trailer for the upcoming Harryhausen Tribute when it happened. I leaped from my seat in a rush of excitement to try it, but decided to wait till I was done eating so my rather excellent dinner wouldn't go cold. I could hardly contain myself... and ate way too fast. With a bit of a tummyache, I then levered myself up and began to set things up for the test. Imagine my consternation and frustration when before I could even finish opening Framethief the camera shut itself down with an audible electronic groan due to expended battery life!!

I put it on the charger and chewed my nails for 2 and a half agonizing hours waiting as electricity slowly trickled into that faceless, mocking little cube of plastic. But at last it was full as I was, and the test commenced. Now I'm full and satisfied. What a day!!


Oh, and yes, I can easily make all the screen icons go away with the click of a button.


Oh oh!! And I almost forgot to add.... you have to reset the Resolution settings in Framethief to 3:2, which is the native resolution of the Micro Four Thirds camera system (strange as that may sound... part of the reason for the very name is because the default resolution they provide is 4:3). Another discovery made in my exhaustive research recently to save the day. I kept trying various resolution presets provided in Framethief to no avail, Buster always looked either too Laurel or too Hardy, if you get my drift. But of course, the presets were configured for VIDEO cameras, not still cameras! So recalling a strange bit of trivia I dug up the other day (which incidentally explains why the MFT cameras truly use full resolution in all aspect ratios, 16:9 as well as 4:3 etc) I manually punched in 3:2 and it worked!

Heh... actually this explains the weird setup with Skulkin leaning on Buster above.... I was beginning to doubt my eyes and think that maybe Buster was really either thicker or thinner than I believed. I propped Skulkin up against him so I could see another face... Buster's is rather strangely proportioned.

It didn't help... Skulkin is rather weirdly put together too...

11 comments:

Dean said...

Hurrah!!!

Mike, you have been rewarded through karma.

Darkstrider said...

... I s'ppose so...


THANKS Karma!!

Darkstrider said...

Hmmm... come to think of it, this little trashcan button hack IS something I discovered when helping somebody try to set up his FZ50 long ago...

Karma - it works in mysterious ways.

Shelley Noble said...

Dude, The tale reads like the diary of an ancient mystic muttering over his incantations--that work!!! WoW!

AMAZING!! Absolutely incredibly amazing, Mike! How you pieced this solution together is gobsmackingly astounding. Think of all the people who will benefit from your labors here! Bravo!

Plus, you tell it so funnily. I was LOLing over "...as electricity slowly trickled into that faceless, mocking little cube of plastic." So true.

I'm glad not to have the top stop mo camera now though. I need something s l o w and simple for me brains.

UbaTuber said...

Awesome!! I didn't even know such hacks existed, I'm still using my old analog Sony Handycam to cap frames b/c I could never get my Kodak digicam to work, will have to do some research :)

(Your last few images have been breathtaking BTW)

Dan Metalmadcat said...

m_) whats G1, the software called? where do you get it? Better than monkeyjam perhaps?

Darkstrider said...

Thanks Uba!! Good luck finding a hack for your camera.

Dan, I'm still using Framethief (for Mac only), but I'll probably be switching to Dragon pretty soon.

Kesha Tickets said...

Big thanks for the useful info i found on Comentari de categoria nova.

R.S.Cole said...

I was so excited and hopeful when I read you post but, I'm not having any luck with my FZ-50. I get a beep after about 10 seconds and the screen just goes black permanently. If I press and hold the trash button again or just continue to hold it the first time I press it, it will eventually switch back to the grainy live feed of just the enlarged image of the LCD screen... no true live view in high quality. Oh well.

Darkstrider said...

HuH??!!

You don't have to enable the live view from the FZ50... it's already enabled when you get the camera.

It sounds like you're looking for a full-size HD video feed through the AV cables. For that of course you need an HDMI cable, not RCA cables. And you need a camera like the newer GH2.

jriggity said...

CONGRATS man!! thats awesome news..

jriggity