Live view is only available in our Professional Editions but it can be tested in our Demo or Standard Edition.
To get live view working:
- Make sure your camera is supported. Check Supported Cameras for compatibility.
- Under Settings, Display, set Time Before First and other Photos greater than 3 seconds. This gives enough time for live view to display
- Under Settings, Shooting, Live View, Check the option for Enable Live View.
- A live video preview appears after you press the touch screen or trigger using the keyboard shortcut.
When using a flash, some Canon and Nikon cameras display a very dark picture during live view as these cameras do not account for the flash firing and instead are displaying the wrong exposure.
The solution is to go to your camera’s settings and turn off exposure simulation and that will give you a properly exposed live view video feed. Canon 40D and higher have this feature. Canon T6i and less do not have this feature.
Camera has Exposure Simulation Setting
When using a newer Canon camera that supports changing exposure simulation go your Camera > Exposure Simulation and set it to Disable.
- 60D, 7D, 1D Mark IV Can be enabled/disabled in LiveView Settings menu.
- 5D Mark II Can be enabled/disabled in 2nd Live View Settings menu/“Screen Settings".
- 1D and 1Ds Mark III Can be activated with C.Fn IV-16-1.
- Canon M6 can be enabled/disabled under Camera > 3 > Expo. simulation.
Camera does not have Exposure Simulation Setting
When using an older or lower model Canon camera that does not have that option and using our Windows software, go to Settings, Camera, and Check Canon Auto Exposure.
Note: Exposure simulation cannot be adjusted in certain Canon cameras when using an external strobe or flash.
Canon Mirrorless Cameras and Recording Video
For mirrorless Canon cameras, if live view is working but camera cannot record video, go to your camera's settings, Camera, HDMI info disp and set to With Info.
Mirrorless cameras have the option of having movie recording use auto exposure or manual exposure. This can be set by changing the shooting dial to Video mode, choosing "Movie auto exposure" or "Movie manual exp." then changing the shooting dial back to M mode.
The majority of Nikon cameras will auto adjust the exposure during live view automatically.
On some Nikon camera models such as the Nikon D3200, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600 and D7000, make sure to go to the Shooting Menu > Movie Settings > and set Manual Movie Settings = OFF.
Lower end Nikon cameras do not have that feature and at the present time, unfortunately there's no workaround to get good exposure on your liveview if you're using a flash.
If you are using dslrBooth for video however, you will want your live view preview to show the correct exposure and not automatic exposure. To do this, you will want to set Manual Movie Settings = ON. Unfortunately with Nikon cameras, there is no way to set auto exposure when using flash for photos and manual exposure when shooting video at the same time so you should set this value depending on the majority of session types you will be using the app for.