The newest DSLRs on the market are sporting some pretty fancy HD movie features. If you have an older Canon DSLR, however, you can use a bit of software to turn it into an HD video camera.
The video above was filmed with a Canon 40D. It's a great camera but notable, in this case, for its lack of native video capture. UK-based photographer Peter Arboine stumbled upon a way to use his Canon 40D — it will work with any Canon DSLR that has LiveView — to capture video, however, using a clever bit of software and a tether cable.
This is where EOS Camera Movie Record comes in. EOS_movrec (which stands for EOS Camera Movie Record) was a program I stumbled upon when I searched on YouTube for Canon 40D video hacks, as I had heard of this being done before. I found this as a great little hack that allows me to shoot HD quality video without using a 5 or 7D, however your camera needs to have the LiveView function built-in.
What this software does, is use the camera's LiveView mode to capture what the camera sees. In order to use it, the camera must be tethered to a computer (I used a Mac in this case, but mov rec also supports Windows), and you must have the EOS utility previously installed.
Visit the link below to check out some tips and tricks for using EOS Camera Movie Record and then grab a copy of it here. Have a clever camera-related hack to share? Let's hear about it in the comments.
Capture 720P HD With Any LiveView Capable Canon Camera [DIY Photography]