The latest fps1000 update has something that buyers of the Kickstarter project have been waiting for months; this wait is over and we can now finally see the first images of the new camera iteration with a turned on screen and included 50mm C lens for C mount models. What is clear is that the little camera has evolved into a real and tangible piece of gear with a lot of features apparent in the initial software release.
The creator of the fps1000 cameraGraham Rowan carved out some time to answer a few questions posed by our readers and us about the upcoming camera release and what went into the development. The answers are thorough and paint a good image of what the process from idea to build has been like; along with pitfalls and industry insights. The interview is a bit long so grab a donut plus coffee and dig in!
The awaited update on the status of the fps1000 cameras has been posted on the Kickstarter page and once again it is twisting things up a bit by adding things, improving others and fixing some issues. The most important part of the update relates to what most backers are interested in which is the ship date and this update also starts to set a near time frame for building the first cameras and shipping them as soon as August 2015. While this date can move as it has in the past it seems that the hurdles for getting the improved from original design camera to buyers hands have been surmounted. It will be interesting to see how these cameras perform once in the field and what the software is like.
We dissect the status update point by point and after clarification from Graham rowan on a few issues regarding the hardware changes we are ready to share the insights. So lets dig in…→ Continue Reading Full Post ←
It has been a little bit over a month since the last update of the fps1000 was posted. This time around it is all about the electronics and how they fit into the aluminum case and the first look at how it all fits in a tight package.
For the first time we get a glimpse other than CAD renderings of what the camera looks like when it is enclosed; we also get a look at the big touch 5″ LCD on the back being fitted with a recessed beveled edge. The camera will mainly be operated by a touch interface on the back of the screen.→ Continue Reading Full Post ←
With 4k TVs, projectors and computer displays entering the marketplace in droves it is only a matter of time until 4k finds it’s way into the super slow motion realm for TV, Cinema and scientific analysis.
There is a strong argument for the increased resolution when it comes to capturing at 4k in any frame rate. It gives freedom to crop or punch in for a Full HD shot and or stabilize footage with crop leeway on the borders without trashing a shot. It is also crisp in a way that can only be described as looking through a window; which is a funny analogy because when Full HD came out in the early 2000s that was used often to sell TVs and the new experience. Now we are told the real window is 4k and your perfectly functional 1080p 240Hz tv is next to useless. This is of course hardly a realistic view or currently installed TV technology.→ Continue Reading Full Post ←
The development of the fps1000 high speed camera is heating up and it is advancing quickly and surprisingly well. The design was changed from a single board to two boards; with a logic and ports DSP processor and LCD controller on the Motherboard and a smaller sensor and memory combination daughterboard.
All the motherboard components for all the cameras “gold, silver, Platinum and 4k versions will be the same” This simplifies the design and testing/troubleshooting is reduced as only a single version of this board exists.→ Continue Reading Full Post ←