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Zynq-based Axiom Alpha open 4K cine camera proto debuts in Vienna hackerspace + first video

by Xilinx Employee on ‎03-20-2014 09:56 AM (2,157 Views)

The community-based Apertus Axiom project to develop an open 4K digital cinema camera recently unveiled the prototype at the Vienna Metalab, Austria’s first hackerspace. The Apertus project’s goal is to create several open cinema tools and the Axiom 4K digital cine camera is the first. Here’s a photo of the prototype camera:

 

 

 Apertus Axiom Prototype 4K Open Cine Camera.jpg

 

 

The camera employs a CMOSIS CMV12000 Super35/APS-C video image sensor (4096x3072-pixel resolution, 150 frames/sec, 10bits/pixel) feeding image-acquisition and image-processing pipelines implemented with the programmable logic inside of a Xilinx Zynq Z-7020 All Programmable SoC, which resides on an Avnet ZedBoard. Here’s an image of the acquisition and processing pipelines:

 

Apertus Axiom Image Acquisition and Processing Pipelines.jpg 

 

 

The camera’s image-acquisition and image-processing pipelines must be implemented with fast logic because it must run in real time. CPUs are too slow and GPUs are too power-hungry. The processors and programmable logic on the Zynq All Programmable SoC provides the right mix of performance and power consumption that’s just right for this sort of application.

 

The Axiom 4K digital cine camera is controlled by the dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor incorporated into the Zynq Z-7020 SoC. The processor runs the Linux OS. Here’s a photo of the prototype’s image-sensor board attached to the Zedboard:

 

 

 Apertus Axiom Sensor Board and ZedBoard.jpg

 

 

Just hours ago, Apertus published the first-ever video from the Axiom 4K digital cine camera prototype. The preface on the video says:

 

“Creating beauty requires a great artist and a good tool. We are not great artists and the tool just came out of the furnace.”

 

Great artists or not, here is the first video shots taken with the Apertus Axiom open 4K digital cine camera:

 

 

 

 

For more information on the Apertus Axiom open 4K digital cine camera project, see the Xcell Daily blog post  “Zynq-based ZedBoard + CMOSIS Super35 Image Sensor + Apertus Engineering = Axiom Open 4K Cinema Camera.”

About the Author
  • Steve Leibson is the Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Planning at Xilinx. He started as a system design engineer at HP in the early days of desktop computing, then switched to EDA at Cadnetix, and subsequently became a technical editor for EDN Magazine. He's served as Editor in Chief of EDN Magazine, Embedded Developers Journal, and Microprocessor Report. He has extensive experience in computing, microprocessors, microcontrollers, embedded systems design, design IP, EDA, and programmable logic.