Psst…
Unable to save service to card.

Are you greeted by this message when attempting to connect your Eye-Fi card with Shootitlive?
I understand the frustration that can arise from this message when there’s a major deadline breathing down your neck. But gee, I have the cure for you and it’s easier than you can imagine!

To connect your Eye-Fi card to Shootitlive you have to use the built-in FTP support. Sign in to your Eye-Fi Center, click on “Add New Online Sharing Site” and select FTP. Enter your Shootitlive project as username and enter your password. What many seems to forget is that you have to provide a FTP server URL in the form ftp://hostname:port/path i.e. for Shootitlive that´s ftp://ftp.shootitlive.com (as we use standard port and dont require any path).

Ladies and gentlemen, that’s all that needs to be done!


Take control over the transmission

The big down-side with proffesional use of Eye-Fi cards is the lack of control. You can´t see if you really have a connection or which photos actually been sent (If you don´t have a computer as an intermediary). But hold on, there is ways around this.

ShutterSnitch
One option is to use an app for Apple’s mobile devices called ShutterSnitch. This app receives and displays pictures wirelessly on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. From the app you can E-mail and FTP transfer images directly from the browser.

Read more about Eye-Fi and ShutterSnitch in this Fstoppers article.

Note. The video below tells us how you have to jailbreak your idevice but with the latest iOS update you dont need a jailbreak. iOS 4.3 gives you the ability to use your idevice as a WiFi Hotspot. Read more about this in my previous post

Pocket Phojo
Another option is Pocket Phojo (if you have a Windows Mobile phone).
This will send all pictures to your mobile phone via WiFi. From the application actions can be configured so that once on the phone, the photos automatically have IPTC captions and keywords added then transmitted via email, FTP, or Secure FTP over the phone’s 3G connection. You also have the possibility to edit each image if needed, with support for cropping, resizing, levels, and sharpening.

But the biggest down-side of all still remains!
In crowded areas (e.g. Sport arenas etc.) with many radio transmitting devices in use, the Wi-Fi signal may drop. The only way around this problem is to use a cable between 3G device and camera (Wired LAN), this is only supported by Canon WFTs, Nikon WT4 preferably used with the Cradlepoint 3G router CTR-500.