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New! DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera 1.8 adds support for the Canon EOS 1200D/Rebel T5 and adds auto reconnect option
New! DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera 1.7.5 adds support for the Canon EOS-1D C

Control multiple Canon EOS digital SLRs from a single PC running Windows 8, Windows 7, WIndows Vista or Windows XP. Designed for movie special effects such as the "bullet time" or "time slice" effects made famous by the movie "The Matrix", stereo video capture for 3D movies, product shots, panorama photography and other specialist applications requiring multiple cameras. Please also see the PSRemote Multi-Camera page for information about controlling multiple Canon PowerShot cameras.


Part of an array of 120 Canon EOS 30D cameras controlled using 5 laptops running
DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera


Shooting a car advertisement at Santa Monica Airport
(DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera controlling 120 Canon EOS 30D cameras using 5 laptops)

DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera - Use a single PC to control up to 16 Canon EOS 7D, EOS 6D, EOS 70D, EOS 60D, EOS 50D, EOS 40D, EOS 30D, 1200D/Rebel T5, 1100D/Rebel T3, 1000D/Rebel XS, 700D/Rebel T5i, 650D/Rebel T4i, 600D/Rebel T3i, 550D/Rebel T2i, 500D/Rebel T1i, 450D/Rebel XSi, 400D/Rebel XTi, 100D/Rebel SL1, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 1D Mark IV, 1D Mark III, 1Ds Mark III, 1D X or 1D C cameras. Multiple PCs can be networked together to control larger arrays of cameras.

DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera has similar functionality to the single camera version (DSLR Remote Pro for Windows) but without the green screen and photo booth options. It includes the following multi-camera related features:

  • Control the settings of all the cameras from a single PC (e.g. setting ISO, Tv, Av etc.)
  • Synchronize the clocks on each camera with the PC time
  • Synchronize camera settings (including cameras connected to other computers on a network)
  • Display a summary of the settings for each camera
  • Select an individual camera and take preview shots displaying the image at 2x or 4x magnification for accurate alignment and focusing. Or use the live view display with the Canon EOS 7D, EOS 7D, EOS 70D, EOS 60D, EOS 50D, EOS 40D, 1200D/Rebel T5, 1100D/Rebel T3, 1000D/Rebel XS, 700D/Rebel T5i, 650D/Rebel T4i, 600D/Rebel T3i, 550D/Rebel T2i, 500D/Rebel T1i, 450D/Rebel XSi, 100D/Rebel SL1, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 1D Mark III, 1D Mark IV, 1Ds Mark III, ID X or 1D C
  • Take a picture on all cameras either from the PC or using a remote shutter release (more details...)
  • Capture video from multiple cameras simultaneously (video is captured to the cameras' memory cards only and is only available with cameras that support movie mode)
  • Edit the owner string for each camera so that it can be used for naming the images as they are downloaded
  • Automatically download the images to the PC and name them according to which camera took the picture

a free fully functional 15-day trial version which supports up to 4 cameras.

How to connect multiple cameras to a single PC?

The cameras need to be connected to the PC using standard USB cables. The USB standard specifies a maximum cable length of 5m (approx 16 feet) but cables should be kept as short as possible to improve reliability.

If the PC doesn't have enough spare USB ports you can use USB hubs e.g. a 4-port USB hub connected to the PC with a 4-port USB hub connected to each of its outputs to give 16 USB ports to which to connect the cameras. Externally powered USB ports tend to be more reliable than those powered from the USB connection. There should be no more than three USB hubs between each camera and the computer.

It is best to avoid active USB extender cables because these are actually single port USB hubs on the end of a cable and are not very reliable.

What is the maximum number of cameras that can be controlled from one PC?

The maximum number of cameras that can be controlled from one PC depends on the computer hardware. Most laptops should be able to control up to 16 cameras. Desktop PCs generally have better USB interfaces than laptops and can control more cameras. Larger arrays of cameras can be controlled using several computers networked together. A copy of DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera can be run on each computer and download the images to a shared drive on the network, naming each file according to which camera took the photo. DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera can also apply camera settings such as shutter speed, aperture and ISO to all the cameras on the network.

How accurately can the cameras be synchronized?

For best results the cameras should be set to manual focus and triggered via the remote release sockets. The figures below are for guidance purposes only. Please see this page for more information.

Triggering still photos via USB: The cameras will fire one after the other with a delay of approximately 1/6th sec between each camera e.g. with 4 cameras camera #2 will fire approximately 1/6th sec after camera #1, camera #3 will fire approximately 1/3rd sec after camera #1 and camera #4 will fire approximately 1/2th sec after camera #1

Triggering still photos via the remote release socket: The cameras all fire at the same time within the tolerances of their shutter lag. If all the cameras are of the same model they will typically all fire within 1ms of each other however occasionally a camera will have a longer shutter lag and may be out of sync with the other cameras by several milliseconds. The synchronization tends to be more consistent if mirror lockup is used.

Triggering video capture via USB: The cameras will fire one after the other with a delay of approximately 1/10th sec between each camera e.g. with 4 cameras camera #2 will fire approximately 1/10th sec after camera #1, camera #3 will fire approximately 1/5th sec after camera #1 and camera #4 will fire approximately 3/10th sec after camera #1

Triggering video capture via the remote release socket: It isn't possible to trigger video capture using the camera's remote release socket with current camera models.

Please see the help file for more details or download the free trial version.


Product photography on a grand scale!
DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera used to control 7 Canon Digital Rebel XTi cameras to take
photographs of cars for auction in a dedicated photo bay
(Photo courtesy of Florida Auto Auction of Orlando)


Final preparations for the car advertisement shot at Santa Monica Airport
(DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera controlling 120 Canon EOS 30D cameras using 5 laptops)

 

Also available: PSRemote Multi-Camera for controlling multiple Canon PowerShot cameras:

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DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera - Remote Capture Software for controlling multiple Canon EOS cameras for "bullet time" or time slice (timeslice) effects, product shots etc.