Kuuvik Capture 4.2 Released

Version 4.2 of my premium Canon tethering app, Kuuvik Capture, is now available on the Mac App Store.

The headline feature is that the app is localized to French. Localization is much more than simple translation, and Agnes did a great job here: the app has a slightly different personality than the English version, but I quite like it. Click the image below for a larger view.

Although I don’t speak French, after spending weeks with the development and my cameras switched to French, I’ve learned quite a lot. It was an exciting and fun experience, I hope you’ll like the outcome!

It was also a good opportunity to revise a few messages (mostly error messages that you seldom encounter). The most prominent change is that the former “manual” white balance mode(s) are now named “custom” to be in sync with contemporary camera menus.

The other new feature is the C-Log mode indicator.

Once a camera is switched to C-Log recording mode, picture styles get disabled. So we reused the picture style selector control to display the C-Log mode and bit depth (on the EOS R, for example, where you can choose to use 8bit or 10bit recording).

Note that in 10bit mode the EOS R can’t record to a memory card (only to an external recorder), so just like the record button on the camera, the record button in Kuuvik Capture will have no effect.

The update is free for existing Kuuvik Capture users. New users can purchase it in the Mac App Store.

My eBook, Kuuvik Capture Inside Out, has also been updated to cover the new version. It is available as a free download from the Kuuvik Capture web site.

Kuuvik Capture 4.1 Supports the EOS R

Today is EOS R day. We’ve released ShutterCount 3.4 with EOS R support in the morning, and now I’m happy to announce that Kuuvik Capture 4.1 is also available on the Mac App Store with full Canon EOS R support.

The EOS R is a special camera – having the fastest multi-point live view among the whole Canon repertoire, it is eminently suitable for use with tilt/shift lenses or view cameras. Pictured below is the R on my Cambo Actus-G digital view camera.

Canon EOS R on a Cambo Actus view camera

It’s not just the speedy multi-point live view that makes the R a great companion to the Actus-G, but the RF mount’s reduced flange focal distance (20mm instead of 44mm for the EF mount) allows you to use shorter lenses. A Rodenstock HR Digaron-S 60mm f/4 for example. Well, it will once Cambo starts selling an RF bayonet holder.

For those of you who aren’t aware of multi-point live view in Kuuvik Capture: it’s a unique feature (that is, no other app offers such a thing) allowing you to select up to three points on the live image and display them simultaneously in 5x magnification. An indispensable tool for product photographers.

Below is a screen shot of a the app showing multi-point live view in a typical scenario where you want to place the focal plane along the plane of the subject (the desk in this case).

Multi-point live view in action

It was shot with the Actus-G and a Rodenstock HR Digaron-S 180mm f/5.6 lens stopped down to f/8, with around 10 degrees of front tilt.

You can learn more about the multi-point live view in my free eBook, Kuuvik Capture Inside Out.

Besides EOS R support, there are a few fixes and support for macOS Mojave’s Dark Mode in this release.

Kuuvik Capture 4.1 is available on the Mac App Store. It is a free update for users who purchased the app earlier from there. You can see the complete list of new features and changes in the release notes.

Kuuvik Capture 4 : Self-Timer(s)

Kuuvik Capture 4 supports two methods to achieve the self-timer functionality: one built right into the app, and another via the camera.

The app’s implementation is accessible through the intervalometer. In version 4 we’ve lowered the minimum for the Number of Shots field to 1 (it was 2 in previous versions). In this case Trigger Interval is ignored, and the app waits the time specified in Beginning Delay before capturing an image. It also works for brackets, and mirror-lock up (even in auto-release mode) just like the normal intervalometer functionality. Since this is an exposure sequence, you have to use the Run Sequence button (Cmd+R) instead of Capture. This is the method we recommend to use.

There’s one situation, however, in which the camera’s 2s and 10s self-timer drive modes come into play. In a rather awkward fashion, the RC-1/5/6 infrared remote control works only with self-timer drive modes. Kuuvik Capture manages the camera’s drive mode to avoid potential issues caused by some of those (for example continuous drive), and switches back to single frame capture when the camera is in an incompatible drive mode. Now the app accepts both the 2s and 10s self-timer as compatible, so you can use the IR remote to trigger the camera.

You need to set the self-timer/remote control drive mode directly on the camera. While mirror lock-up set in the app will work, auto-release will not.

Kuuvik Capture 4.0 is available on the Mac App Store. It is a free update for users who purchased the app earlier from there. You can see the complete list of new features and changes in the release notes.