For the last two years the AXIOM headquarters has cohabited from the modest Amescon facilities in the 15th District of Vienna, Austria. This is where most of the electronics manufacturing for the AXIOM Betas has taken place. This spring we began the process of moving to a new, bigger and better shared office called Factory Hub Vienna - this was quite a challenge as the pick and place machine was built and assembled inside the old office and so it wasn’t clear whether or not the machine would fit through the doors… it didn’t. In the first Team Talk video for some time we give the community a tour of our new building. Factory Hub Vienna hosts a diverse range of hardware projects and their teams but it’s also home to a fully fledged, industrial, electronics manufacturing facility.
As you may be aware GoPro acquired Cineform and then open sourced it. We think this is a big deal - and a positive one - in contrast to Apple’s recent announcement that a new version of ProRes will encode raw video. In truth, of course, ProRes is far removed from anything that could be described as being open/accessible. We are currently evaluating the prospect of adopting (Cinema) DNG and Magic Lantern Video (MLV) as our preferred raw format/containers in AXIOM devices.
Google Summer of Code (GSoC)
The program where students from all around the world work on open source projects and get paid by Google over the summer has started again and this time apertus° was awarded with six student slots. The projects range from evaluating and extending the Magic Lantern raw video container format (MLV) to OpenCine debayering methods, in camera real time focus peaking, in camera waveform/vectorscope/histogram displays, FPGA code to emulate the image sensor hardware to developing and implementing a bidirectional packet protocol for FPGA communication on the two extension shields on the AXIOM Beta hardware.
Still to Come
We have a plethora of things to share at this point but this episode is already much longer than the easily digestible bits we normally try to serve. The next episodes have been filmed already but need to be edited. The topics that will be covered in Team Talks 14.2, and onwards, revolve around the progress that’s been made with the camera’s hardware development, e.g. the SDI module, the Center-Solder-On Module (adding an IMU to the AXIOM Beta), enclosure manufacturing and design updates, injection molding parts in-house, the release of unseen AXIOM footage and much more.
On AXIOM Beta Compact Roadmap
Everyone working on the camera sympathises with those among you who've been waiting for shipment of AXIOM Beta Compact for a long time, so we trust that this Team Talk will give the community better insight into the scale of some of the steps that have been climbed so far this year. The project is ideally situated now, development is in a healthy state with the Beta Compact's essential features making good progress, but we're a small team and so the speed of development is at the mercy of the number of hands on deck so to speak. Contributions from anyone with programming experience would make a real difference.
If you're interested in getting involved with the project and are looking for a good starting point then picking a GSoC task, not selected by any student, would be one good way to help things along. Naturally the mentors listed in the task descriptions will be happy to guide you throughout process. There are many ways in which someone could participate, however, and it wouldn't necessarily need to be through working on complex algorithms, so let us know what you'd like to do to help and we can take it from there.
In the meantime we'd like to once again thank everyone for their continued patience and support.
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