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:
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:
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:
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