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For over ten years our worldwide community has been developing a variety of powerful and affordable tools designed to give users absolute and unparalleled control over their creative processes. All projects are made free (in terms of liberty) around open source software and open hardware licenses with any and all related knowledge being made publicly available. To find out more about how this Association functions please see its Mission Statement.
"Seriously, this is one of the coolest and most advanced open hardware projects I've ever seen."
- Harris Kenny.
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Because the AXIOM project and the software they originally pioneered are underpinned by the same ethos, Magic Lantern partnered with apertus° Association in September 2014. Since then they’ve been responsible for colour science and raw processing inside AXIOM Beta.
The AXIOM project has been built around the Linux operating system. Together with the development tools it offers, Linux provides unparalleled control over the software functions and processing behind the devices our community is developing.
"The beauty of an open source camera to me is a step back toward the dark room, in which making the tools is part of the joy of making the art."
- Lee Parker, IMAX Cinematographer.
AXIOM Beta Compact concept circa December 2018
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The responsibility to exercise total freedom by creating better tools lies with all of us as individuals. Our association and its wider community has been established so that taking this responsibility on, and thereby rising above the corporations who’ve put limitations on our ability to create freely, is made easier for everyone. The AXIOM project is more than good hardware devices and software applications, it's a library of knowledge that anyone is free to contribute towards building.
"This gives the power back to the people on a new level... AXIOM opens up everything and creates a platform where everybody can contribute."
- Bart van den Boogaard, videographer.
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El objetivo del proyecto de impulso comunitario apertus ° es el de crear una variedad de herramientas cinematográficas potentes, libres y abiertas que nos encanta usar como cineastas. La idea de la construcción de una cámara de cine abierta utilizando una cámara Elphel nació en el 2006 para este propósito en particular, encontró muchos seguidores en los últimos años y finalmente dio lugar a este proyecto titulado "apertus" (definición de la palabra) y esta página web.
Aprende más acerca del proyecto apertus° y la historia de apertus°.
Nuestro esfuerzo mas reciente es el de construir el primer hardware abierto y el software gratuito para una cámara de cine digital partiendo desde cero:
Google Summer of Code or short GSoC came to an end for this years season recently and here we want to showcase some of the cool projects students worked on this year around the AXIOM project. Remote Test System for AXIOM Remote Example python script to run automated AXIOM Remote tests "The project I worked on over this summer, was to develop a test system that would allow remote and automated testing of the AXIOM Remote for development purposes. This mainly involved two parts: Developing... » Read more
*/ This is part 1 of our first home-office edition AXIOM Team Talk (Season 16). For the previous episodes please see AXIOM Team Talk archive . First Industrial Hardware Production Run As you have probably seen in previous AXIOM Team Talk episodes we are located in the Factory Hub Vienna , an industrial co-working space in the south of Vienna, featuring extensive electronics manufacturing infrastructure. After building all AXIOM Beta Developer Kits manually by hand so far which really does not... » Read more
Google Summer of Code or short GSoC came to an end for this years season recently and here we want to showcase some of the cool projects students work on this year around the AXIOM camera. Linux Kernel Driver for Lattice MachXO2 Linux Kernel Driver for Lattice MachXO2 Development "My task was to develop a Linux Kernel Driver to program and debug the Lattice MachXO2 FPGAs present in the AXIOM Beta. These FPGAs are used as routing fabrics to save valuable Zynq GPIOs. Previously, both the FPGAs... » Read more
*/ This is part four of a recently shot round of AXIOM Team Talks. For the previous episodes please see AXIOM Team Talk archive . Optical Filters: Ultraviolet/Infrared Cut Off in the AXIOM Beta We humans see colours because of light’s having different wavelengths. The part of the electromagnetic spectrum that’s visible to the human eye measures from around 400 nanometers (nm) to around 700 nm with what non-colourblind people perceive as colours ranging from blue, running through the various... » Read more
Technical Documentation now! You can certainly imagine that creating an open source and open hardware cinema camera is a mammoth task and requires collaboration of many different professions and peoples backgrounds. For new users and developers getting to know the ins and outs of the projects hard and software is essential though. So we need your help! We are looking for technical writers to help us improve and extend our guides, tutorials, manuals and documentation . Please get in touch with... » Read more
*/ This is part three of a recently shot round of AXIOM Team Talks. For the previous episodes please see the apertus° Wiki . Packaging Hard Case. Currently all AXIOM Beta Developer Kits ship in cardboard boxes filled with bubble wrap and plastic bags. This solution is far from ideal as the packaging cannot be reused and all the packaging material becomes trash when the camera has been received. As a future shipment option, we consider a hard-case that's functional, practical and can last a long... » Read more