Detailed installation instructions

Installing EOS Utility

 EosAutoShooter needs the CANON software “EOS Utility”. So you must

  1. install EOS Utility. First install from your CD, then download to the latest version and upgrade.
    (The download page is not easy to find: here it is).
    EOS Utility version 2.6.0 is not working, you need at least version 2.7.3.
  2. connect the EOS camera to EOS Utility using an USB cable..
  3. udnerstand EOS Utility. Play a bit with the Live-View mode, and take some pictures. Setup the directory where new pictures are safed.

In Live view mode EOS Utility displays two windows: “Remote Control window” (left) and “Remote Live View window” (right):



The Remote Control window is shows the type of the connected camera (here: “EOS 500D”).

Installation of EosAutoShooter

EosAutoShooter is installed like most other programs. Execute the file “EosAutoShooter.msi”. You see a new icon on your desktop then.

First start

Using EosAutoShooter and EOS Utility is pretty straightforward, but a full checklist may be of some use:

1) Setup your EOS-camera:
- Insert a fully loaded battery or install the power supply.
- Mount the camera on a tripod..
- Close the viewfinder with the “eyecap”.
- choose automatic mode, continouous shooting, white balance, AF fields etc.

2) Connect the CANON EOS over USB to your PC.

3) Start EOS Utility, choose “Camera Settings/Remote shooting” and then “Live View shoot” .
The mirror of your camera should open, and the Remote Live View window should show the viewfinder picture..

4) Align the camera, setup zoom factor and focus..

5) Start EosAutoShooter.

EosAutoShooter displays at first it’s main window with a help text.


Then it searches the desktop for EOS Utility windows and locates the Remote Live View window and the shutter button. If a connection to “EOS Utility“ is established, the help text will disappear and the normal user interface together with a copy of the Remote Live View picture appears.


6) Attention: Arrange EOS Utility and EosAutoShooter on the desktop in a non-overlapping way.The Remote Live View picture must not be hidden, and you should see the full EosAutoShooter windows.


7) In EosAutoShooter, set “mode” to “Shoot with camera” and click the “Trigger photo” button. Then these action are taken:

  1. EosAutoShooter “presses” (invisible for you) the Trigger Buttopn of EOS Utility.
  2. the camera takes a picture (making some sound)
  3. The photo is transmitted over USB from camera to PC and is saved in the choosed..
  4. EOS Utility starts a “Quick preview” window and a picture browsing program (CANON’s Digital Photo Professional by default). This may take a few seconds to complete.
  5. Minimize those additional windows, so they do not overlap EOS Utiltiy or EosAutoShooter. Do not close them, else they will reappear on the next photo you take.


Setup with menu item "Settings/EOS Utility"

EosAutoShooter searches those two EOS Utility windows  “Remote Control Window” and “Remote by their window titles. The Position of the actual Live View picture and the shutter button within these windows is then adjusted by giving x/y-coordinate pairs. for each. Window titles and coordinates can be changed over menu item “Settings/EOS Utiltiy”.

eos utility settings

The Remote-Control-Window displays the type of your camera (here: “EOS 500D”) in its title bar. So you must enter the type of your camera under “Interface to EOS Utility remote control window/window title:”, exactly as EOS Utility displays it.

The menu item “Settings/camera” typ is just a convenient way to do this.

Settings for x/y position of windows and other controls must only be changed if

  • a version of EOS Utility is used, wihc is completly different from V2.7.3 / V2.8
  • EosAutoShooter should control another software program then EOS Utility.

The x/y coordinate pairs are interpreted as follows:

  • A positive x-value means: horizontal distance between point and left window border. A negative x-value means: distance to the right window border.
  • In the same way a positive y-value means: vertical distance to upper window border, and a n negative y -value is distance to lower window border.
  • x/y coordinate pairs can be verified by clicking the “Show” button. Then the mouse cursors is moved to the coordinate position.

Adapt EosAutoShooter to other programs

You can set window titles and coordinates for viewfinder image and trigger button whitout restrictions. This enables EosAutoShooter to control other progranms than EOS Utility. It is even possible to have the Live View picture in one Windows program and the “trigger button” in another. So EosAutoShooter can be used in every “watch-and-click-on-motion” application. Of course this includes controlling remote control programs for other DSLR manufacturers.

You can also trigger CANON DSLR’s without the Live View feature on motion: Buy a webcam, and set up EosAutoShooter to use the webcam’s live image to monitor for motion.


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