apertus° - open source cinema

The goal of the global community-driven apertus° project is to create a variety of powerful, affordable, free (in terms of liberty), sustainable and open digital cinema tools that we as filmmakers love to use. The AXIOM product line is the result of this ongoing endeavor and after successful crowd funding and receiving an EU Innovation grant is well on track to redefine the industry well beyond the DIY garages and hobbyist labs the project started in. Hollywood has discovered the AXIOM as the first chance to reclaim control of the tools and therefore cinematography.

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AXIOM Beta Manufacturing Report

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6 days 2 hours ago by Sebastian
CMOSIS CMV12000 image sensors in tray Currently, most of our local team is assigned to the camera assembly facility. That unfortunately means that this website and new team talks will receive a bit less attention than they deserve and be less frequent as we focus all our time and energy on building new AXIOM Betas. So far, eleven full cameras have been assembled and shipped to the community of early adopters. We build 5 to 6 PCBs for each camera. The simpler boards have around 15 components on... » Read more

Open Hardware Europe Summit & The DIY 2.0 revolution

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2 weeks 6 days ago by Sebastian
At the end of May, the global open hardware community met in Vienna, Austria (only the second meet-up to be held in Europe - the 2014 summit was in Rome) to give talks about new aspects, new methods and lessons learned for the open hardware movement. The keynote was held by David Cuartielles - co-creator of the Arduino and was followed by talks from Katherine Scott and Michael Weinberg from the board of the Open Source Hardware Association. Herbert and Sebastian presented the AXIOM project and... » Read more

AXIOM Beta UHD Raw Workflow Explained

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1 month 1 week ago by Sebastian
Color recovery concept from the AXIOM Alpha and the basis for packing raw data inside an RGB image in the AXIOM Beta For the AXIOM Alpha, we came up with a method to output a color image at 1080p over HDMI from the 4k raw sensor data. We recorded that video feed on an external recorder which defined container and maximum possible resolutions (at the time there were no external UHD capable recorders available yet). With the AXIOM Beta, we maintained this approach but thought about how we could... » Read more

AXIOM Lab at Open Hardware Europe Summit / Openism Festival

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1 month 3 weeks ago by Sebastian
The 19th of May 2016 marks the starting point for Coded Cultures: Openism. The festival center is located in a former police inspection in the heart of Vienna and lots of events will take place there between 19th-29th of May 2016. Within this center AXIOM hosts the AXIOM Open Cinema Lab. So what is this event? Coded Cultures: Openism is an art festival without an exhibition. It invites people to interact, discuss and get involved. The focus of this years issue is to debate concepts of openness... » Read more

AXIOM Gamma Progress Report and EU Review

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2 months 2 weeks ago by Sebastian
About On the 17th of March, our office in Vienna was unusually crowded and maybe even more so — unusually tidy. We happily, yet a little nervously, hosted the AXIOM Gamma Intermediate Technical Review with the participation of all consortium partners, our project officer from the European Commission and two independent reviewers. It was a very busy day, with various presentations all centering on the AXIOM Gamma developments. After a brief introduction, we led the group through an exhibition... » Read more

AXIOM Team Talk - Volume 9

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2 months 3 weeks ago by Sebastian
This is the first Team Talk filmed with the AXIOM Beta and shot in experimental 4K RAW, thus it covers the topic of color calibration and raw processing. This Team Talk was actually shot quite some time ago but because the RAW post processing was being developed at the same time the Team Talk was filmed, we had to reprocess it several times due to continuous software improvements and results that kept on getting better and better. This Team Talk was shot with the first generation experimental... » Read more
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