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I have an Olympus E-3 DSLR. Is there a way to connect the video to a Macbook Pro?
(such that, in a studio setup, as I take a photo, I see it on computer).
Alternatively, is it possible to have the file go directly to the computer, instead of the CF card?
(I can connect via USB to download pix)

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http://www.macworld.com/article/146453/2010/02/shooting_tethered.html

http://blog.lloydkbarnes.com/2010/06/06/tethered-shooting-with-olympus-e-system-dslrs-on-a-mac/

Long and short is that to tether with an Olympus camera, you need the Olympus Studio 2 software. This now seems to be missing from the Olympus U.S. site, but I think that Olympus Viewer is its replacement. There is a free download here:

  http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/oima_software.asp
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allelopath,

Yes, there is. There's Olympus Studio 2. Olympus has mostly replaced this with Olympus Master and Olympus Viewer (neither of which support tethered mode), so you may have to search a bit to find it.

There are also some other options:
ImageCraft's E-capture (http://www.imagecraft.com/other_eCapture.html) only transfers the files from your camera to your computer. It is only available in PC version, but will run on a Mac running Windows or a Win emulator.

Olympus has a list of SDK users who have developed tethering software here:
http://developer.olympus.com/cameras_24.html
Unfortunately, it seems that Olympus only has a SDK for PCs, so that's mostly what is available.

Apple's Icarus camera control (http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/unix_open_source/icaruscameracontrol.html) may also work, although I haven't heard good reports on it with Olympus cameras.

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LHerrou
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>> Olympus Viewer is its replacement

Olympus Viewer does not permit tethered shooting.
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Studio 2 is still listed for sale on the Olympus Canada website:  http://www.olympuscanada.com/cpg_section/oima_softwareStudio.asp
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The camera also has a video out cable, with a 1/8" plug into the camera and a video RCA male. Is there a cable to convert the RCA to digital video of a computer monitor?
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To do that, you'd need something to convert composite video (the yellow RCA video out) to DVI or HDMI - http://www.hdtvsupply.com/composite-to-hdmi-scaler.html is an example.
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