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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A Common AXIOM Anthem - Call for Remixes

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5 days 12 hours ago by Sebastian
Some time ago, we received an email from Behnam Moghaddam - a musician with Iranian roots living in Germany. He explained that he would love to join the team and acquire an AXIOM Beta voucher, but unfortunately can barely afford to buy food - "a starving artist" so to say. So we thought about how Behnam could pay for his voucher... a colleague shouted from behind: "I know Behnam from TV! He sings and has an incredible voice!". So the idea was born that Behnam could pay with a song. The AXIOM song, the AXIOM Anthem. And Behnam accepted! » Read more

AXIOM Gamma EU Project wrap-up

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1 week 3 days ago by Sebastian
In mid July, the AXIOM Gamma team packed our bags and headed to the the European Commission headquarters in Brussels for the final review of our EU backed innovation development grant. We already had a technical review in spring this year in Vienna where we showed progress and developments, but this final review was different as everything had to be finished. As always in such projects, when the end gets near the stress levels and long days at the office increase drastically. In Brussels, we... » Read more

AXIOM Beta Manufacturing Report

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3 months 3 days 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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3 months 2 weeks 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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4 months 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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4 months 2 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
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