Other Open-Source Projects for the Motion Control and Camera Hacker
This is a non-exhaustive list of other open-source projects for DIY motion control, photography, and videography. If you know of a project that's missing here, drop us a line in the forums and let us know about it.
Note: Sorry for such a short list, but outside of the CHDK world, there don't seem to be a lot of "complete" projects out there. I'm interested in more than just another "shoot, delay, shoot" sketch for an arduino - i.e. being-fully featured, or having some capability/design element that sets it out from the pack. Especially interested in other MoCo projects. If you find something out there, let me know! -cc
The Elphel is an open-source, linux-based HD video camera with lots of great capabilities. For videohackers, this is a dream tool with a completely open hardware and software architecture, lots of flexibility from the manufacturer, and 30FPS full-HD capabilities
The FrankenCamera is a Stanford University project to create a completely open-source dSLR that is hacker-friendly. Presently, they have the ability to turn a Nokia N900 into an open-source camera using software, and are expecting to release their first dSLR hardware in the winter of 2010.
The Apertus Project is designed to turn the Elphel camera into a complete, open-source, cinema package with integrated display, rails, adapters, and everything you need to shoot video in the studio or field. This is definitely a project to watch for timelapse and cinema shooters!
Intervalometers, Lightning Triggers, and Hi-Speed Photography
The All-in-one remote has been designed as a versatile, portable photographic accessory that you can tuck in your camera bag. It combines a number of useful features that you will provide capabilities that you’ll find both useful and fun during your field, home, or perhaps even studio photography.
Camera Axe is open hardware and open software project that helps you get some of those difficult to capture photographs. It can use various sensors like light triggers and sound triggers to activate a camera or a flash. Here are a few sample images of the things this hardware has captured.
Shutterdrone's pre-OpenMoCo project. An intervalometer with integrated external light meter for adjusting exposure continuously throughout a shot. Uses the very capable TSL230R and bulb control of the camera to control exposure.
Based on LightRails, Kev makes a big upgrade in finish, and adds a lot of new capabilities.