Nikon D700 Hack Captures Video|
Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 12:12 EST)
Any Live View Nikon may be able to capture video.
According to Olivier Giroux's Mutable Conclusions 2.0 blog entry yesterday, the programmer has found a way to capture video from the Nikon D700. And it's likely the same trick will work for the D3 and D300, as well, he said.
After seeing a post on CanonRumors about an application to capture video on any Live View EOS dSLR, Giroux decided to download the Nikon Software Development Kit and roll his own.
Live View is the key to the hack. The camera is tethered to a computer via USB and, while in Live View, the signal is captured to a file.
According to Giroux, the USB signal is composed of small JPEG images about 30 percent below 480p resolution streaming at 100 fps. The blog entry includes a couple of video captures that show the quality of the captures.
The code is Windows-only (Giroux has no Mac) and too raw to release. Giroux notes he is trying to make it look "usable by people-not-me" and rely on "a more convenient codec."
Giroux spent "a couple of years spent as a university instructor and now a career software architect. That's a buzzword title meaning that I design the software I develop, and some software that others develop," according to his blog.