Canon 40D hacked to record movies

Both Canon and Nikon recently released DSLR cameras that now include a feature that most consumer level digital cameras have had for sometime: the ability to record movies. What makes movie recording especially appealing on a DSLR is the wide selection of lenses available to get the look you’re after. If you’re an owner of Canon’s 40D you may want to follow [DataGhost]‘s progress on the CHDK forum as he is currently working on bringing this function to the 40D.

While [DataGhost] has a working proof of concept he notes that there are still some issues pertaining to the camera powering down while recording a video, autofocusing, and writing to the memory card. Aside from this, [DataGhost] has made considerable progress and is considering adding custom user settings via the mode dial to really give some creative control. We’re excited about this hack and can’t wait for its release to the general public.

[via CHDK forum]

Comments

  1. Adam Ziegler says:

    Its a fake!! ;-P (I joke!)

  2. buddy v says:

    im confused on how a dslr can work like this. ive got a nikon d40 and d60. i thought dslrs couldnt…well wrong terminology now. haha. anyone care to explain to me how this could work in theory?

  3. synth says:

    It’s because the 40D has live preview, unlike most other cameras. It’s possible to also implement this on the Canon EOS 1000D, Canon EOS 450D, Nikon D300, and Nikon D3.

  4. Diogo says:

    hi, this works in canon 400d or rebel xti?

  5. svaco says:

    hi can you send me modded firmware for 40d? (with movie recording )thx

  6. text-to-tv says:

    I just picked up a 40d, will try this right away!!

  7. mistral says:

    hey, so how is it with this new firmware, will that work on canon 450d?

  8. dippeb says:

    where is it recording? it seems like that was a demonstration of just the live view. did it actually record the video which can be played back?

    dippen

  9. Random says:

    dippen: Are you retarded? He films the liveview with the 40d …

  10. duane54 says:

    olympus had all this techno years ago on there c-2100 camera 6years ago the new cameras have high mega pixel count but took away alot of the old features. 2008 brought back the image stabilization. it just a small computer in the camera it just opens up the functions that they want to sell on that years model. my money on the 2010 or 2011 camera models that have the image sensor move a fraction of cm w/auto focus, using any manual lens from any vendor, or use the auto lens for your brand of camera.

  11. dippen says:

    what i am asking is this – does it record to play back later? i can see the video of the liveview, but is it actually recording for later playback what we are seeing in the liveview.

    thanks,
    dippen

  12. Hamdi says:

    Thank you :)

  13. barryb says:

    its real blasted easy, just be careful of what device you send your signal to, and more importantly, when you take a picture with the camera in live view while hooked to your recording device. i think i killed an AIPTEK hd handheld camcorder the other night having an excellent time doing this very thing: Camera on Live view – rca out (yellow) to aiptek “A/v in”(insert favorite video recording meduim/ hardware here) and press record. it turns any shitty camcorder/deck with a line in option into a damn fine piece or recording machine… but pull the trigger….

  14. Oliver says:

    Is it a fake or not ? If not I need it :-) ! Use the 40D and will be happy to make Movies with my Cam. Please send a result or answer if it is really usefull ! :-) Thankx

  15. Jakov says:

    Works just fine but no image stabilization like with ‘normal’ cameras

  16. Lost says:

    WOW!!!
    Nice hack. :)
    May be hack my 40d :)

  17. gunsou says:

    does it work on d60 if does cn send me the hack pls i need it ugerntly!!!

  18. gurt says:

    what about sound?

  19. nidl says:

    Hello. When already there is a modified insertion for shooting of video by the device?
    Please answer mail.

  20. nidl says:

    Hello. When already there is a modified insertion for shooting of video by the device?
    Please answer mail
    ogso4-andrey@ukr.net

  21. mike says:

    Can you hack a 1D3?
    Ill pay you cash!

  22. Kyle Kruchok says:

    Ok, you noobz, pay close attention. There are two possibilities with this video. (Underlying fact is, it is REAL, and it’s legit). Fact is, the only cameras that may have the possibility to record video, but don’t already, are the ones that have the “live view” mode. Cameras such as the 40D, and the 50D have this “live view” option. To Mike, the 1D3 does too, I b’lieve. Essentially, what this hack is suggesting, is that the camera records what the live view is outputting. A current program will do this for you, but be aware, it must be teathered to a computer. This is why Netbooks would be ideal. Or, a backpack and a laptop with a great battery. The computer reads what the camera is outputting to the Live View display, and records it.

    The hack mentioned in the article is about a firmware upgrade / hack by DataGhost. He’s (presumably) trying to get the camera itself to do the recording, and then save it to the memory card. Adding a couple more menu displays also, will give the user more creative support.

    At this point, I’d love to be able to shoot any sort of video, at greater than 20FPS (which the link below does (20FPS). Go DataGhost, GO! =D

    40D Video Recorder

  23. coheritier says:

    ok, it fine if the 40D records Videos but How does dis guy wirelessly sends the video to his PC/Laptop without cable or wireless gaget connected to it? is the question you should ask…ppl get real its fake….

  24. ed says:

    coheritier, It’s not wireless, he RECORDED a video (which is what were talking about)onto his camera card,(which is inside the camera) with his small camera, and 40D. then… THEN… he took the video he made with both cameras and put them on the computer via card reader. made a nice little presentation with the frame in frame for you to see the two separate but conjoining angles, proving that each camera made the videos. (not that we’re trying to prove the little camera, but it’s like algebra, 2+2=4 and four equals two plus two. The two angles prove each other.)

  25. ed says:

    for a few other posts I saw, the video out while in live view mode is something the camera does from the factory, READ YOUR MANUAL, Understand your camera, the cool new part of this, is you don’t need an external recording device like a VCR, you can record to your camera card with out being tethered to anything. just shoot video and go.

  26. joao says:

    Hi there!

    any change to hack canon 1000d?

    tthanks

  27. alaska40D says:

    i 2 used 40D..however it seems to skip frame..and when you move; its funny; I think its only good for staying at the same location. correct me if i am wrong.thks.

  28. Kim says:

    Where can I find the firmware? I definitely want to try it out :)

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