Canon has released a firmware update for the Canon EOS R aimed at producers of professional stop motion animations. It is aimed specifically at users of the popular Stop Motion software Dragonframe, which has been used in the animation films "Isle of Dogs" and "The Little Prince", among others, and brings two special functions that should make working with stop motion recordings via camera easier.
Larger Live View
On the one hand, this is a larger Live View, i.e. the preview image on a PC, which is shown when the camera is connected via USB. The resolution of the Live View preview image is quadrupled from 960 x 640 pixels to 1,920 x 1,280 pixels, making it the highest of all cameras supported by Dragonframe and making it easier for the animator to decide whether the current frame is really perfectly sharp or differs minimally from the previous frame.
Manual Focus Peaking via USB in Dragonframe
The second new function allows manual focus peaking via USB when displaying the camera image in Dragonframe - allowing the artist to determine exactly which depth of field should be in focus.
There is one caveat, however: if a Canon EOS R is upgraded to Stop Motion Firmware, video output via HDMI is permanently disabled. Likewise, manual focus peaking is no longer functional in certain situations.
The Stop Motion Firmware Update is not free, but costs 100 dollars. It can be purchased in two ways: either together with a new Canon EOS R camera or (for owners of an EOS R camera) as a subsequent firmware upgrade (for which the camera must be sent to Canon).
Canon EOS R
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