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Installing gphoto (time lapse software) on mac?


So...... Always interested in time lapse photography, but i never found a great program for it. And as of right now i dont really want to solder together a 555 timer circuit and totally hack my camera to get it working. I found software called gphoto that would seem to work. It is in a volume of make magazine but it was run on linux. I would rather not install linux on my pc either. I cant seem to get it installed on my computer.....( a mac running snow leopard)  any help??
? It involves a terminal window i believe. http://blog.dcclark.net/2009/05/how-to-gphoto-primer.html
Thats about the most helpful thing i have found. I will be using a kodak C663 (discontinued i think)  camera (6.1 megapixels)  or a  sony dsc-f707 camera mostly. I could also use a pc but it would take me a while to set it up....Thanks!

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frollard7 years ago
I'm just as lost at this point...:S it seems as if they are giving out the source code and not the compiled program. If noone is of any help here, perhaps ask on that forum?
astroboy907 (author)  frollard7 years ago
k... do you know any other such progams (mac or pc, as of now im not picky) that can directly access the camera from usb?
Never heard of any...again, ask on their forum if it can be done.
astroboy907 (author)  frollard7 years ago
k. Thanks 4 the info! :) Never would have figured out if it was compiled or not... I heard that there is an easier way on darwinports or something like that
azs87 years ago
Have you looked at these instructions? http://blog.dcclark.net/2009/05/how-to-gphoto-primer.html OR http://gphoto2.darwinports.com/
astroboy907 (author)  azs86 years ago
Hey thx for all your help and effort. I think that its just too much work and effort to get it going all right and perfect. I think i might just get a 555 or arduino and make a manual shutter release system. Many thanks!!! :) :)
astroboy907 (author)  azs87 years ago
hey thx for the links :) icarus camera control looks cool, might try automator.. ok haha i cant believe im doing this but... any suggestions for windows? i have an old windows motherboard (xp) that i can put on full use if i have to... plus is more maneuverable. i can set it up in front of a window
azs86 years ago
Sorry, answers are all out of order. Regarding windows, there is breeze system's psremote for powershot cameras. I don't know what camera you have. For EOS cameras there are tons of programs.
azs86 years ago
Install macports. Install libgphoto2: http://libgphoto2.darwinports.com/ (do this first!) Install gphoto2: http://gphoto2.darwinports.com/ The only difference is that you have to cd to the place where you unzipped libgphoto2 and gphoto2, not darwinports.
azs87 years ago
But also there are many other programs like Icarus camera control. Even automator can directly access the camera over usb. Just open automator and create an action to take a picture. But you have less control than with gphoto2.
frollard7 years ago
http://sourceforge.net/projects/gphoto/files/ --- libgphoto2-2.4.9.1.tar.bz2 is the mac version... my guess...un tarball it, then run the program. What have you done so far?
astroboy907 (author)  frollard7 years ago
I unzip it (untarball??) the program but no icon or anything comes up... mostly its a file of strange dot files (.in .m4 ..ac just to name some) im not sure how to install or what to do.....
astroboy907 (author)  astroboy9077 years ago
There is a file labeled install but it doesnt really make sense..... i (sort of) know how to use terminal (meaning i can access it but am lost from there) i just need to know what to type on it. I have xcode on my computer so i can access header files too :) But this is making no sense..... here is the file copy pasted Follow these steps to build and install libgphoto2 from the source code. You don't have to run most of these steps as root, except when explicitly required. In fact, you really shouldn't. In order to get libgphoto2 running after installation, you will probably want to read The gPhoto2 Manual. It is available from the homepage: http://gphoto.org/ http://gphoto.com/ http://gphoto.sourceforge.net/ At lease one of these should work at any time. =============================== Step 0: Preparing configuration =============================== If you have obtained your copy of gphoto2 packaged from a .tar.gz or .tar.bz2 tarball, SKIP THIS STEP. If you have obtained libgphoto2 from SVN, then you will have to prepare for step 1 (the configuration of the sources) by running the autoreconf program. For autoreconf to succeed, you require the following tools: automake autoconf gettext (possibly from -dev or -devel package) libtool (possibly from -dev or -devel package) in versions compatible with each other and with libgphoto2. Most combinations on current GNU/Linux systems work, whereas BSD systems tend to have some compatibility problems. We recommend you call autoreconf like this: $ autoreconf --install --symlink ============================= Step 1: Configure the sources ============================= Now run either one of ./configure --prefix=/usr/local to prepare a tarball source tree for installation in (e.g.) /usr/local ./configure --prefix=/home/me/root --with-drivers=ptp2,canon to prepare a tarball source tree for installation in /home/me/root and for compilation only of the drivers for PTP and Canon cameras. or run ./configure --help in order to find out about more configuration parameters. See Appendix A at the end of this file for some hints on configuring for certain platforms. The following software components are optional, and will improve the libraries' and/or command-line client's functionality if present: libusb (ver. >= 0.1.6a) -- Universal Serial Bus camera support gettext (ver. >= 0.10.40) -- internationalization using shared library gtk-doc -- documentation built in doc/api/ libexif - EXIF tag support Please check the output of the configure script for whether all desired libraries have been detected correctly. E.g., you might have to add the path where libusb-config resides to your PATH before running configure. =========================== Step 2: Compile the program =========================== You will probably be best off running GNU make. On GNU/Linux linux systems, you can run "make", on other systems (such as *BSD), you will have to run "gmake" or something similar. The classic way to compile the program is just to run make or make -jN (if you have N CPU cores) and wait until the source is built. ============================== Step 3: Installing the program ============================== To install the stuff you just compiled by running "make", you can just run make install now. If installing to a directory which is not writable by your current user, you will have to run it as root. This installs the software and documentation into the proper directories on your system. ==================================================== Step 4: Installation is finished - now what do I do? ==================================================== Note that libgphoto2 is not designed to be run by a setuid/setgid program. Running ANY libgphoto2 frontend as root or setuid root or in a similar fashion will open up a SECURITY HOLE in your system! If you run into problems, please read the FAQ (at the website) first. For more general information about how to configure libgphoto2, read The gPhoto2 Manual (at the website). If you have permission problems when accessing your camera, read the chapter on Permission Setup -- you will probably want to create a new user group for the users that are to have camera access and change the permissions of the serial or USB device to match. =============================================== Appendix A: Platform specific compilation hints =============================================== libgphoto2 has been successfully used on many system. Some systems where it has been reported to successfully compile are listed below. Not all, or even any, camera libraries have been tested on these systems, so there may be endian other other issues that prevent some camera libraries from working. Please report any changes to this list to the gphoto developer mailing list. As of this writing, USB support is only available on Linux and FreeBSD as those are the only systems on which libusb is available. General Hints: - If you have build problems in the intl or po directories, try re-running configure with the --disable-nls flag. - If configure stops due to an error with 'test', try re-running configure with the --without-usb flag. - If 'make' reports an error, try using GNU make (often called gmake or gnumake) instead of the make that comes with your system. - If one camera driver has compilation errors, re-run configure with an appropriate --with-drivers= flag to prevent that driver from being compiled. The list of working systems is a little outdated as of 2002-11-20, but we have still left it here as a reference. i386: Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 Red Hat Linux 7.1 Red Hat Linux 4.2 TurboLinux 6.5 Slackware Linux 8.0 FreeBSD 4.3 Try the following to configure the optional libraries: env CFLAGS="-I/usr/local/include" CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/local/include" \ LDFLAGS="-I/usr/local/lib" ./configure (you may also need to append the flag --disable-nls). Use GNU make to build (gmake). Alpha: Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 OpenBSD 3.0 NetBSD 1.5.1 Configure with this command: ./configure --disable-nls Use GNU make to build (gmake). Tru64 5.1A Configure with this command: env CFLAGS='-D__STDC_VERSION__=0' ./configure --disable-nls Use GNU make to build (gnumake). PowerPC: Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 Apple Darwin/OS X Need dlcompat from Configure with this command: env CFLAGS="-I/path/to/dlcompat -no-cpp-precomp" \ LDFLAGS="-L/path/to/dlcompat" ./configure --disable-nls Need libtool ver. >= 1.4.2a Sparc: Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 Solaris 8 (gcc) Configure with this command: ./configure --without-usb and use GNU make to build (gmake). StrongARM: Intimate+Debian iPAQ GNU/Linux (native gcc) Linux (cross-compiled gcc) Itanium: Red Hat Linux 7.1 (gcc) The following systems have some problems compiling, but may be made to work with some effort: Itanium: Red Hat Linux 7.1 (Intel ecc) There is a bug in ver. 5.0.1 of this compiler tickled by gphoto2 that prevents full compilation. Need better libtool support (newer than version 1.4.2). Red Hat Linux 7.1 (sgicc) Need better libtool support (newer than version 1.4.2). Sparc: Solaris 8 (cc) Sun's cc doesn't support #warning or # or ## macro features, which occur several times in the code. MIPS: IRIX (cc) MIPSpro C doesn't support #warning. Thanks go to SourceForge for their compile farm, and Compaq for their TestDrive program which allowed gphoto2 to be tested on many of these systems.