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Welcome back to the world of apertus°.

... Home of FOSS, open hardware, professional digital cinema and imaging tools.

If you're unfamiliar with the project then AXIOM Beta is the first cinema camera built around FOSS licenses. Other hardware devices such as AXIOM Remote and software like the RAW processing suite OpenCine are also being developed alongside. All software and hardware are made open source and open hardware.

Development Updates


As you know, up to now, all AXIOM Beta Developer Kits have been hand-assembled. Where scaling-up production for the ABCP is concerned this wouldn’t be practical. Across 2018 we’ve been evaluating options for a mass-production run of the camera’s printed circuit boards. You’ll be pleased to know that, whilst things aren’t finalised at this stage, we’ve refined the options to the most appropriate candidates. For those of you who’ve been waiting patiently, which we’re very grateful for, be assured that negotiations are starting to look realistic and that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. As usual we'll keep you informed of all developments.

AXIOM WebRemote

Thanks to BAndiT1983, excellent progress has been made on the camera’s internal control daemon - a central software keystone that is meant to deal with any parameter change related to the image sensor or image sensor processing pipeline - This is required for remote-controlling the camera. Initial development is now almost completed.

apertus° Labs: Task 939

AXIOM PhotonSDI Plugin Module V2 Bring-up

The second generation of the AXIOM PhotonSDI plugin module’s printed circuit boards have been received from OSHPark and part-populated. This month the module’s developer, Felix Held, visited Vienna to work on its software. The tests that were conducted on this, partially populated, prototype of the hardware showed that it’s functioning correctly albeit with some minor issues that will be fixed in the next revision. On gateware: PhotonSDI code is currently being developed in several building blocks that will be connected together and tested as a whole eventually, and interfacing between the plugin module and the camera is work in progress.

Calibration Dark Box

Dark Box

In order to work on colour science and experimental RAW recording, members of the Magic Lantern team require 24/7 access to an AXIOM Beta Developer Kit test camera. Recently a dark-box was built to facilitate this and remaining tasks are mainly documentation/calibration related.

Remote access to the test camera is possible for anyone who’d like to work on the camera’s software and access credentials will be granted on request.

apertus° Wiki: Remote Access
AXIOM Remote CAD enclosure

AXIOM Remote

Concepts for the AXIOM Remote enclosure have been 3D printed. Refinements related to its attachment mechanism (to the camera) are being made now (this is the first step towards ordering aluminium milled parts). The concept GUI of the AXIOM Remote is also progressing with a general menu navigation prototype fully working, plus a template camera parameter “page” being operational as well.

AXIOM Webremote Desktop

WebRemote Desktop

The AXIOM WebRemote is designed to be cross platform compatible and is served to any device connecting to an AXIOM Beta over a network connection (wifi or wired). It will also be packaged as a desktop application (again for any platform) as demonstrated by Francis Pimenta.

apertus° Labs: Task 939
new article style

New Style Articles

We're transforming the website content to a new layout one page/article after the other so expect to see content slowly improving.

Some popular highlights from the articles archive would be:


If you're looking for a task to get into AXIOM Beta development you might consider the following a good starting point (we're happy to support you on getting started and answer any questions - get in touch with us):

USB Module Gearwork

The AXIOM Beta will feature a USB 3.0 Plugin Module with a Lattice FPGA and FTDI FT600/FT601 to transfer raw video data via USB. The hardware is complete and available to a handful of developers: Immediate goals are to implement gearwork and communication interface, implement link training, and to simulate/test the interface and gearwork. HDL and SERDES Know-how required.

To correspond, a PC-side receiver is reliant on the successful completion of this task.

apertus° Labs: Task 885

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