Archive for February, 2009

Canon EOS 450d movie / video recording - EOS Camera Movie Record

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Yes, it’s true! You can record videos on your EOS 450D / Rebel XSi, but only when tethered to your PC/Laptop via the USB cable. For me this is ideal, as it means I can get decent quality footage of the band using tripod and laptop. Some peope don’t know why you’d bother doing this, as you can get good quality footage off a webcam. Well here’s some reasons: you can use your decent lenses to get better low light footage, and you can use the tremendous power of a zoom lens plus 5x zoom mode to get some really nice closeups!

You need to download the latest version of “EOS Camera Movie Record” from I’m using version 0.1.4

You’ll also find the installation file on this Sourceforge Page, and project details here.

You’ll also need to have installed the Canon USB drivers so that your camera can talk to your PC. I’d advise exiting Canon’s EOS Utility (in the preferences you can tell it not to run every time you connect the 450D) before running “EOS Camera Movie Record”, which should appear in your start menu.

Now then, assuming your camera is on, and connected to USB, when you run “EOS Camera Movie Record” you should hear the familiar sound of the EOS 450D’s shutter popping up, just as it does during Live View mode. A few seconds later you should see the real time video feed in the program window, which ought to look something like this:

  • The resolution is 848 x 560, at somewhere around 20 frames per second, depending.
  • If you have a ‘cannot initialize’ error, take our your memory card
  • To change the default file location, click on the … icon
  • To alter the camera’s aperture, first click the ‘DOF’ button, then once its depressed you can selected your desired f-number
  • When ready to record, hit ‘Write!’
  • I’m not sure what the maximum file size is yet, but i suspect it can’t go beyond 8gb because of Windows
  • To ease the load on your CPU, deselect the ‘Show captured image’ button. Make sure your camera’s in focus though!


Now, some folks will have you believe that you can’t access any of the camera’s functions once the program has started. NOT TRUE!

Assuming you have Live View enabled, once EOS Camera Movie Record is running, just hit your normal Live View button. You should see Live View on the camera screen, AND on the PC. Now you can adjust: exposure, aperture, WB, ISO, and you can even engage autofocus (depending on which Live View focus mode you have set in the camera’s custom options).

You can even engage the 5x zoom mode, and it transfers across to PC. For some reason 10X doesn’t work. With a telephoto lens, you can use this tip to get some seriously zoomed footage, and record it to video. This lets you use the full power of your sensor and lens.

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Change product code on Nokia 5800 / Debrand Nokia 5800 ExpressMusic

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

I’m pleased to be able to offer instructions to change the product code on your Nokia 5800 ExpressMusic. This is also known as how to debrand the Nokia 5800.

This will invalidate your warranty, so follow only AT YOUR OWN RISK.

I’ve tested this on my own Nokia 5800 (UK Red model) from the Carphone Warehouse, and it works, so now I can get the latest updates, free from Nokia’s regrettable bastardisation of my original product code.

1. Download JAF 1.98.62.exe

This above link is slow,  the quicker way is to register at and then download the rar files from the bottom of the first post here

2. 2. Download JAF PKEY Emulator v5.0

3. Install JAF 1.98.62

4. Extract JAF PKEY Emulator v5.0 to desktop

5. Connect Nokia 5800 and select PC Suite mode on your Nokia 5800. ENSURE PC SUITE IS CLOSED ON HOST COMPUTER

6. Now run JAF PKEY v5.0.exe (on desktop) and click on the GO button. It will come up with error: box driver not installed –> so click ok and now JAF v1.98 will run.

7. Select BB5 tab –> tick Prod. Manager –> then click the service button –> click the Read Values button.

8. Now you can enter yourproduct code and press the Write Values button. I used the generic UK product code 0552438 - this allows me to get update 20.0.012 from 11.0.009. For a list of possible product codes visit this site

use this modifcation at your own risk

PS :for all  windows vista users follow these steps to get JAF tool to work
first use jaf key emulator v4 from here

- right hand click jaf 1.98 and “run as administrator” and do the installation
- then right hand click jaf pkey emualtor v4.0 and run as administrator.

note -Vista 64-Bit is not supported

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Jazz Piano Transcriptions

Monday, February 9th, 2009

John is compiling a list of free jazz piano transcriptions that he hopes will be useful to other jazz pianists.