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Click on "File->Preferences" to display the preferences dialog.

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Mouse Button Actions

The middle and right mouse buttons can be assigned to release the shutter or take pictures in preview mode. This allows you to use the mouse like a simple cable release.

Note: This only works if the mouse pointer is over the main window and is not over one of the controls.

Multi-Camera Options

The "Only download JPEGs to PC when shooting raw+JPEG" option is useful if you want to shoot raw files for the best possible quality but wish to reduce the download time when taking pictures and download JPEG files to the PC to check the photos. This option only has an effect if all the cameras have memory cards and the saving of images to both the camera and the PC is selected (Camera->Save to camera & PC). The "Download photos" dialog can be used to download the raw and JPEG photos later.

When "Gang camera shutter releases together" is selected a picture will be taken with all connected cameras when the "Release" button is pressed in the main window. When this option is not selected a picture will only be taken with  the current camera shown in the "Camera:" dropdown list  in the main window.
Please note: When pictures are taken by pressing the "Release" button in the main window with the "Gang camera shutter releases together" option selected the cameras will take pictures one after the other with a delay of approximately 1/6 sec between each camera. Please trigger the cameras via the remote shutter release to fire them at the same time (see our website for details).

When "Gang camera settings together" is selected any changes made to the settings for one camera are applied to all connected cameras.

Copies of DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera running on different computers can be synchronized by selecting the "Synchronize multiple copies of DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera" option. This works by monitoring a file called settings.xml stored in the "status" subfolder of the main download directory. When the settings are changed in one copy of DSLR Remote Pro it writes the changes to the settings.xml file, the remaining copies detect that the file has been changed and update their settings accordingly. For this to work the computers need to be networked together and the download directory for each copy should be set to the same shared folder. Alternatively the synchronization folder can be specified separately using the "Directory:" text edit box below the "Synchronize multiple copies of DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera" checkbox. This allows multiple copies of DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera to be synchronized via a shared folder and images to be downloaded to a separate folder which can be on the PC's local hard disk if required.
An audible confirmation of each computer updating its settings can be played by placing a WAV sound file called updated.wav in the DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera installation folder.

When the "Sort cameras by Author" is selected the cameras will be sorted by the "Artist" string stored in the camera. When it is not selected the cameras will be sorted by the "Owner" string. Sorting by "Author" has the advantage that the "Author" string can be entered in a camera when it is not connected to the PC whereas the "Owner" string can only be edited by connecting the camera and selecting Camera->Edit camera id.

The "Sort images into groups" sorts the images alphabetically so that when the next/prev image buttons are used to view images they are displayed in camera order. When this option is not selected the images are displayed in the order in which they were downloaded which may not be the same as the camera order.

Specifying the output directory

These settings control where images are stored on the computer's hard disk. The edit box displays the base directory for images and can be changed by typing directly into the edit box or by clicking on the "..." button and using the directory browser. If the Year, Month and Day checkboxes are not checked this will be the directory in which all images are stored.

Note: If the directory does not already exist it will be created when the photo is saved.

The Year, Month and Day checkbox control the automatic generation of subdirectories according to the computer's date. The example image name shown at the bottom of the dialog shows how the various settings are combined. Select the "Flatten date" checkbox to combine the year, month and day into a single subdirectory e.g. in the example above:

January 14, 2004 with "Flatten date" unchecked gives "C:\DSLRRemote\2004\01\14"

With "Flatten date" checked it gives "C:\DSLRRemote\2004-01-14"

You can also use the IPTC tokens to when specifying the output directory e.g. "C:\%Y\%T" would give the year followed by the camera model.

Image Filenames

DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera stores images using a numeric sequence number when they are saved to the PC's hard disk. It scans the output directory for existing images and uses the lowest available sequence number e.g. if the output directory already contains the image 0123.JPG DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera will save the next image as 0124.JPG. DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera will then continue numbering from that point even if the images are removed from the directory while it is running. This is to prevent duplicate filenames when images captured by DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera are immediately removed from the output directory e.g. when using a program to automatically send the images to a picture desk using FTP.

JPEG images are saved with a .JPG file extension e.g. 0001.JPG, 0002.JPG etc.

Raw images are saved with a .CR2 file extension. If raw+JPEG mode is selected the JPEG image will be saved as the same filename as the raw file but with a .JPG file extension e.g. 0001.CR2 and 0001.JPG.

You can specify an optional prefix to be added at the start of each image's filename e.g. the prefix "studio shoot " would result filenames like "studio shoot 0001.JPG", "studio shoot 0002.CRW" etc.

You can also use the IPTC tokens to when specifying the output directory e.g. "C:\%Y\%T" would give the year followed by the camera model.

When "Append sequence letter to end of filenames when auto-bracketing" is selected auto-bracketed filenames have the same image number and a sequence letter added to each shot for easy identification. e.g. a 3-shot sequence might give filenames 0001a.JPG, 0001b.JPG and 0001c.JPG as opposed to 0001.JPG, 0002.JPG and 0003.JPG when this option is switched off.

Please note: When saving images to both the CF card and the PC the filenames stored on the CF card and the PC will be different. This is because it isn't possible for DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera to read the filename used by the camera and has to generate a local filename instead.

By default the filename is made up of the filename prefix followed by a four digit image number. The placement of the image number can be changed by using the token %# in the prefix.
e.g. To place the image number at the start of the filename set the prefix to something like %#_test. This will give filenames like 0001_test.JPG, 0002_test.JPG etc.

Filenames for saved images and movie files normally have upper case file extensions e.g. IMG_0001.JPG. If the "Lower case file extensions" checkbox is selected image filenames will be given lower case file extensions e.g. IMG_0001.jpg.