New revision of PCBs received, succeeding hardware demonstrated at NAB and Linuxwochen in Vienna. Fixes all tiny problems manually patched in previous version. This first generation hardware is mainly targeted towards hardware and software developers and not recommended for filmmakers yet. Upon assembly we will know if indeed all the problems are taken care of by the new design. Provided such is the case, a number of development-prototypes will be produced for further software and hardware testing. This additional PCB-run sets the schedule back three weeks, which has at this point slipped by two months. Beyond original promise from crowdfunder, the reason is the addition of a huge number of new features which require careful design and testing. Not wanting to sacrifice quality for quick delivery, we issue an appology for any inconvenience or disappointment. Nevertheless the point remains to bring the AXIOM - Beta camera into your hands as soon as possible. Not only is that within sight, the additional development-time has made the Beta more flexible, sustainable and powerful.
Team Talk Volume 3
Team-talks will from heron be shorter with more frequent releases
The next episodes will cover:
OpenCine, raw development suite
EU Project KickOff Meeting in Vienna
AXEÖHM Aprils Fool Video - Behind the Scenes
Update on AXIOM Gamma Upgrade Path
All crowdfunding voucher-holders will be contacted via e-mail to evaluate interest for developer-prototypes. Providing essential information for estimating volume-discounts for when components are to be bought in bulk. Once we get a green light about the PCB-design the queue for the first production batch orders will be filled. Since starting production and ordering parts is a costly affair, funds will be pooled for up to one hundred orders, available first to early birds and batch 1-backers. If there are still open slots available they are on offer to the backers of batch two on a first serve basis. Any crowdfunding-backer can decide to order given the opportunity, or to wait for a later version. Voucher-holders always get whatever deal they decide on at-cost. A webshop has been set up and the process of payment and invoice generation is being refined. Backers will also be contacted via e-mail before we start to accept orders.
Production will take an estimated six weeks to two months. Assembly and quality assurance needs to happen concurrently, so there are some quirks to work out there. We are making provisions for unexpected bumps on the road ahead - as is the norm when new workflows are established. Making it a timespan ETA, but also with care not to set a too short of a time-frame on the first production batch. As always, discoveries and solutions are shared in a transparent way. The whole process is not hidden nor closed from or to the community. Anyone wanting to participate has the opportunity to do so.
First Generation: For Developers
Developer prototypes of the AXIOM - Beta contain the entire PCB stack envisioned for the complete camera, with some intermediate solutions for that are not fully populated or integrated yet. Intended primarily for software and hardware developers, people with extensive technical background wanting to make use of it for film-making may be able to work with this level of hardware. It is in no way a finished product yet.
The image sensor and sensor board design is final
Early Beta comes with OS (Arch Linux)
LED matrix debug module available
Triple PMOD debug module available
Single HDMI 1080p60 module available
We might already have a triple HDMI 1080p60 module available at time of ordering (if not you can get one at cost later on as well if you are a crowdfunding voucher holder)
Cmosis CMV12000 sensor only currently (different image sensor modules will be available later on)
Early Beta comes with no enclosure
No HDMI 4K module available yet
Camera webinterface GUI not working yet (will be fixed with software update)
Camera controllable only via Ethernet (SSH) or Serial Console (USB)
Only test firmware for FPGA - software updates will be delivered frequently online
Interface Board is an interim solution with limited capabilities. (only half of the sensor connections are available, thus only half of the maximum bandwidth can be achieved, as a result the optional 180° rotation of the sensor board is not available yet)
Power supply with 5V DC only - either dual 5V DC (2500mA) or one larger 5V adapter (5000mA)
Current Power Board is an interim solution (dynamic changing of internal supply voltages not yet supported: using a different image sensor module in the future will require manual reconfiguration of power board)
Tripod mount (1/4"-20 thread) available on the Canon EF/Nikon F lens adapter only
Lens mount: passive e-mount with Canon EF or Nikon F mount adapter (both passive)
Swapping image sensor module for a different type is not plug and play yet (requires manual reconfiguration of power board)
Early Betas come without colour-calibration yet (we want to develop this process together with the community)
Screw-on IR/UV cut off filter required (we will offer these for purchase)
Possibly interim solution for mainboard (no configurable data routing to/from shields yet) - fixed, pending testing.
No addon shields available yet (Genlock, Timecode IN/OUT, Trigger, debug, breakout, etc. shields will be available later on)
The first generation hardware is still modular, and will fit the enclosure when that is made, any board can be replaced by a later revision at cost, once available (requires no soldering, but care must be taken when inserting the boards). Developer-prototypes contain three specific boards that are to receive new revisions in the coming months: the sensor interface board, the Beta main board and the power board (power board upgrade is only required if you want to connect a different sensor model in the future). The enclosure options and prices will follow later on.
Taxes, Shipping, Customs
Price-estimates do not contain any taxes (VAT, import duties & taxes) or shipping-cost, because this depends on location and details of your order, which is added during the on-line ordering process.
Packages will ship from within the European union and invoices will be issued from the apertus° company located in Belgia. (The apertus° organization is Austrian because they were founded by different people). Several options for shipping service are offered. Insurance/tracking on shipping will not be foregone, unless you, the customer, specifically ask for it at your own risk.