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How can i control my Sony camera?

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Miguel Lopes
Miguel Lopes on 25 Sep 2014
Edited: Miguel Lopes on 2 Sep 2015
I really need to control a sony HDR-AS30V through MATLAB image processing toolbox. I bought it specifically for this function and now I can't do it.
Can anyone help me? I can connect my webcam and other cameras but not this specific camera..
I really need to do this.
I really appreciate any help.

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Sean de Wolski
Sean de Wolski on 25 Sep 2014
Do you have the image acquisition toolbox?

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 25 Sep 2014
What operating system do you have? If you have Windows, does Windows see it in the Device Manager? Can the Sony software run it? If you run imaqtool and you see winvideo and you connect to that, does it use the Sony camera, or some built in or attached webcam? The Sony camera is supported by the Image Acquisition Toolbox: http://www.mathworks.com/hardware-support/index.html?q=product%3A%22Image%20Acquisition%20Toolbox%22&page=2

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Star Strider
Star Strider on 25 Sep 2014
As strange at it may seem, not all USB ports are created equal. Plug the camera into various USB ports until your computer recognises new hardware. Plugging it into one of the ‘correct’ USB ports should bring up a pop-up window that says Windows is searching for a driver. It should then find the appropriate one and install it. (I discovered this when I had problems installing some gaming hardware. All my USB ports work, but only the two on the right side of my HP laptop trigger the search-and-install behaviour for some reason.)
Star Strider
Star Strider on 26 Sep 2014
I suppose you’ve already looked here?
Guillaume
Guillaume on 26 Sep 2014
If the camera only presents itself as a mass storage device and not as a camera, then you're out of luck. Even writing your own drivers probably wouldn't help as the camera is not designed to be controlled.
The only thing you could, if the camera can be programmed to record still images at fixed intervals is set it to do so, and check the mass storage for new files appearing. Not exactly real time but possibly close enough

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Miguel Lopes
Miguel Lopes on 8 Oct 2014
So I contacted Sony in 3 different languages but they all said the same: it's not possible to get images in real time with this camera in windows. Not by usb cable, not by wireless. There is just no way, at least a legal one. That's what they said.

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 8 Oct 2014
Check the link I gave you for a list of cameras that you should buy that will work.
Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 15 Oct 2014
I have no idea. If Windows Device Manager sees it as an imaging device, then it should be supported at least as a generic winvideo device. Or you can try the webcam package http://www.mathworks.com/support/2014a/matlab/8.3/demos/webcam-support.html

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