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Monday, 23 February 2009

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How to go wireless - setting up FTP with the WFT-E4


UPDATE: This post has proven to be very popular, so I've just updated it with one or two corrections and extra details to make it even easier to set up your WFT E4 After I picked up my Canon WFT-E4 I found it very hard to get set up. The manual is a textbook example of how to confuse people, and even with all the advice on blogs and forums, after clicking through the setup wizard on the camera at least 10 times with no success, I was ready to give up. Eventually I ignored all the tips and set up the device using the WFT Utility that you can download onto your computer. This allows you to set the configuration on your laptop using a much easier interface, and upload them to the camera over a USB cable. Everything was up and running very quickly and easily. I know I'm not the only one who's had problems getting it set up, so here's how I did it:

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1. Setup an FTP server on the laptop Go to System Preferences (found under the Apple menu at top left). Chose Sharing. On the sharing screen, check the File Sharing box:

The click on Options, and check the Share files and folders using FTP box and the "Account Name" box next to the account you log in as:
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and the "Account Name" box next to the account you log in as:

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Click Done.

2. Set up an ad hoc network on the laptop Click on the wireless icon in the top right corner and select Create Network...

Set the Name as your network name, the Channel to automatic and uncheck the Require Password box.

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Click OK. The wireless icon at the top of the screen will change to a greyed out image of a computer

3. Set the IP Address of the laptop Go to System Preferences (found under the Apple menu at top left). Chose Network.

Click on the Advanced button at the bottom right. Select Use DHCP with manual address from the drop down and enter 192.168.1.20

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Click OK, then Apply

4. Configure WFT Utility and upload settings to the camera OK, now start EOS Utility, click on Accessories then click on WFT Utility If you don't have WFT Utility installed you can download it here for Mac OSX and here for Windows

Under TCP/IP set the following: - Check Use the following IP Address - IP address: 192.168.1.2 (This is the default IP address of the WFT-E4) - Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0 - Do not use DNS Server - Make sure Use IP Security is unchecked

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Under FTP Settings, set the following: - Server: 192.168.1.20 (this is the default IP address the WFT-E4 looks for) - Port: 21 - Select the destination folder on your computer you would like your images transferred to - Enter your computers login name and password - Uncheck Use proxy

Under Wireless LAN Settings, set the following: - SSID: enter the name you chose for your ad hoc network that you set in Step 1 - Conn. Method: Ad hoc 11g and select WFT-E4 and Channel 11 from the drop downs - Encryption: None

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Give the settings a name in the top text box: e.g. Adhoc_FTP and save them. Next, connect the camera to the computer via USB and turn it on. Upload the settings to the camera by clicking on the Upload Settings to Camera icon at the top of the WFT Utility. Save them on the camera as Set 1. Turn the camera off and disconnect the USB cable.

5. Setup the camera Connect the WFT-E4 to the camera and turn it on Press Menu and navigate to the WFT Settings menu From the WFT Menu select Set up Select Load Settings and select Set 1 the settings you just uploaded From the WFT Menu select Communication Mode and chose FTP Congratulations! You should now be ready to shoot. You should see a flashing green LED on the WFT, and the LCD screen on the WFT will show the signal strenth of the connection to the computer. Transfer speed should be good up to about 20m distance.

OK, now you have the connection set up, you need to decide how you want the images to be transferred:

6. Customising the WFT-E4 Once you have the wireless transmitter up and running you can customise how you would like the camera to behave with the options in the Setup section of the WFT menu.

Transfer only JPEGs Transferring RAW files is quite slow, as they are 25MB each. You can set the camera to shoot RAW and JPEG you can transmit just the JPEGs, which is much faster. The RAW files will be saved to the memory card in the camera. This is detailed on page 33 of the manual: - Set the camera to shoot RAW + small JPEG. - Under the WFT menu on the camera select Setup then select Transfer type/size - Under RAW + JPEG Transfer select JPEG only

Transfer only the images you want


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Transfer only the images you want You can chose to have the WFT transmit every image as you shoot it, or configure it to only send the images you want while you review them on the rear screen when you hit the SET button. To transmit all images immediately as you shoot them (page 32 of the manual): - Under the WFT menu on the camera select Setup - Under Automatic Transfer, select Enable To transmit only the images you chose (page 34 of the manual): - Under the WFT menu on the camera select Setup - Under Automatic Transfer, select Disable - Go back to the Setup menu and under Transfer with SET, select Enable This is great if you dont want your client to see all your setup shots, or if you are shooting fast moving sequences, you can send just the good images.

7. That's it, you're done! I hope this helps anyone who is having trouble getting FTP mode to work on their WFT-E4. Once you get it up and runnning the device is great.
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Tuesday, 17 February 2009

The WFT-E4 wireless transmitter

UPDATE: I have now posted a detailed setup guide for the WFT-E4 here I recently bought the Canon WFT-E4 wireless transmitter (known as the WFTE4A in North America - something to do with allowable radio frequencies). This device attaches to the base of the 5D mark II, a bit like a battery grip, and among other things allows you to transfer files as you shoot them over to a nearby computer. Similar models are available for the 40D, 50D, 1D III and 1Ds III.
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1Ds III. The device can be set up in 3 different ways: Firstly as an FTP client, it can transfer shots wirelessly to a nearby laptop while you shoot. Secondly, as a PTP client, you can have full remote control of the camera through EOS Utility, including a live view image, again all wirelessly. This is a fantastic for setup for remote cameras. Thirdly, in HTTP mode the device starts a built-in web server and up to 3 people can view a dynamically generated web page of all the images it has shot, and also control when the camera shoots. I bought it primarily for the FTP functionality. When shooting on location with a client overseeing the shoot, it is important for them to be able to review the images as the shoot progresses. If you wait until the end of the day to review shots and the images arent quite what the client is looking for, it can often be impossible to revisit the location within the time and budget available. The screen on the back of the camera simply isnt good enough for this kind of review, and also slows down shooting as people stand around the camera. Previously I have either had to shoot tethered to a laptop via a Firewire or USB cable, or where that is not practical, frequently changing out CF cards and have an assistant copy them onto the laptop. Neither of which is ideal. Now I can shoot without any cables getting in the way, and full screen images pop up on the laptop soon after I shoot them. Transfer speeds are in the order of 1.5MB/sec. So a RAW file still takes in the region of 15 secs to copy over, which is too slow for most uses. However, if you shoot in RAW + JPEG mode, the transmitter can be set to send only the JPEG files. A small JPEG is still plenty large enough to display full screen on the laptop, and they pop up on the screen in about 1 second. Fantastic. You can set the camera either to transmit every file as soon as it is taken, or wait until you play back images on the screen and transmit only those you select with the SET button. Both these modes can be useful depending on the type of subject matter you are shooting. Overall I am very happy with the purchase. However there are a couple of annoyances: 1) While the WFT is a great bit of kit, it is hard to get set up. The Canon manual is 107 pages long and assumes you are very familiar with networking jargon. After a day and a half of getting fed up I eventually got it working. In the next post Ill explain how to set it up the way I am using it, in case anyone else is having trouble. 2) the transmitter takes an LP-E6 battery, the same as the one in the 5DII. However, Canon decided not to include one in the box. For a 700 accessory that cannot be used without it, I thought this was a bit cheap! And given that LP-E6s are harder to find than apologetic bankers at the moment, this is more than simply an inconvenience
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