Open Source Hardware

Apertus

The goal of the community driven apertusĀ° project is to create a variety of powerful, free (in terms of liberty) and open cinema tools that we as filmmakers love to use. The idea of building an open cinema camera using an Elphel camera for this particular purpose was born in 2006, found many followers over the years and ultimately resulted in this project entitled "apertus"

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Dynamic Perception

Dynamic Perception was founded by pioneers in the time-lapse still to video crossover revolution, providing low-cost and easy-to-use photographic and cinematic motion-control systems to breakdown boundaries and unleash your creativity.

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Rogue Element Digital

Rogue Element Films is providing Open Source camera Hardware for use and hire in 2015, making 4K cinema fully open and available to all who wish to access the camera, workflow and processing.

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Motion Dogs

The Lenzhound, a super-affordable wireless follow focus system designed for independent filmmakers, consists of the handheld remote transmitter unit (RTX-1) and the motor/receiver unit (DB-1) which attaches to the user's DSLR or video camera. The DB-1 lens motor is targeted towards DSLR and video cameras employing lenses with manual operation rings, but can be utilized with certain, heavier cinema lenses too. The system features open source, Arduino compatible firmware which enables a powerful array of user generated, optional settings. The Lenzhound System offers a flexible, wireless and user-friendly method of extending lens control to an assistant camera operator or "focus puller" enabling professional, cinematic filmmaking.

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Librum15 Laptop

The Purism Librem 15 is the first high-end laptop in the world that ships without mystery software in the kernel, operating system, or any software applications. Every other consumer-grade laptop you can purchase comes with an operating system that includes suspect, proprietary software, and there's no way for you to know what that software does. The reality is that unless every aspect of your kernel, operating system, and software applications are free/libre and open source, there is no way to know that your computer is truly working in your best interest. Purism is the first to solve this problem.

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Novena Laptop

A new open-hardware computing platform, flexible and powerful, designed for use as a desktop, laptop, or standalone board, Novena is a 1.2GHz, Freescale quad-core ARM architecture computer closely coupled with a Xilinx FPGA. It's designed for users who care about Free Software and open source, and/or want to modify and extend their hardware: all the documentation for the PCBs is open and free to download, the entire OS is buildable from source, and it comes with a variety of features that facilitate rapid prototyping.

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This new blog for 2014 will concentrate on the new open source camera being built through the Apertus programme. There are up and coming visits to the development centre and updates as this new 4K camera system releases capabilities, specs, recording options, workflows and other new information. This will be a very interesting journey and hope you will enjoy this along with us as the new camera develops and becomes fully available.

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Apertus Axiom 4K
Apertus Axiom 4K
Apertus Axiom 4K