I know that we are running behind on some of the features you have all been waiting for. So, we have built a road map that creates an efficient, feature rich, and best part, fast time line that gets you the best bits as fast as we can plan, build, and test them. We will be doing three software updates over the next three months to get things like Ethernet control, HDMI, text overlay, faster saving, cinema DNG, auto save, and even a UI update to you as fast as possible.
The biggest reason for the delays thus far are the current operating system. The original software was released with Arago, which was an Linux variant that was used with the Chronos' CPU. It is not very intuitive under the hood and it doesn't play well with new features. So, we thank the old operating system for it's faithful service and it is time we switched to something that can support the features our customers want. The very last in a three part update, will be an final update to a Debian based Linux system.
The 0.3.1 update, first of three, is currently on a time line for the end of August or early September that will include:
We have a map of what we are working on for software. Green means "completed", yellow is "in progress". Arrows show what depends on what. For example, the final implementation on the right depends on the D-Bus API, which has had the video control component made, and the D-Bus API Mock, which is currently being developed.
If there are any questions, please feel free to email email@example.com or check out the Software portion of our Forums.
I know it has been a while since we have had a full software update but we promise that it will be worth the wait. This current update deals with a lot of the bugs that are preventing us from getting things like the API, HDMI, and Ethernet working. With our current road-map, we are looking at mid to late September for 0.4 (the BIG ONE) with all the juicy features that will fulfill those promises made in the Kickstarter era. We are looking at having Ethernet, API, an UI revision, and a few other features included with 0.4. In-between now and 0.4, you can expect a 0.3.1 software revision that will have some newer features like a new demosaic, watermark overlay, CinemaDNG, and HDMI included.
Here is a list of the major changes and bugs fixed since 0.2:
- White balance can be selected from 5 common presets in addition to taking your own as you could previously.
- Custom White Balance calibration (via Set White Balance) now works as expected, and produces vastly more realistic colours.
- Colour reproduction is greatly improved, especially reds.
- Set White Balance now calculates against 80% brightness white instead of 100% brightness white.
- File size warning when saving are generally more reliable now. (eg., 4+GB file warning now FAT32-only, since only FAT32 has a 4GB file size limit.)
- Changes to video saving settings are now applied as they are made, not just when the popup is closed.
- Keyboard behavior improved; text is now selected when you tap an edit box.
- UI can be flipped upside-down, or set to display the main screen menu on the left side.
- You can configure the "Unsaved video in RAM" popup that appears when you hit the record button with an unsaved video in memory. It can be set to "Always", "If not reviewed" (default), or "Never". The previous behavior was always "If not reviewed".
- The sliders on main screen the play screen have been made larger for ease of grabbing.
- Trigger I/O's Trigger delay input was moved to the Trigger Delay screen. A slider has been added as a visual aid and an alternate way to adjust the trigger delay. The ratio between post-trigger frames and record length in frames is kept constant between resolution and framerate changes.
- Added Trigger Delay screen and Record Modes screen, accessible from Record Settings. Selectable modes are Normal, Segmented, and Gated Burst.
- Black cal duration reduced by 10s to 15s or so at max resolution.
- Use any SD card. Previously, a class 10 SD card was required. You can now use slower cards. Of course, using a slower SD card means that videos save slower too.
- You can now auto-record after saving and/or auto-save after recording. This can loop if both are used at the same time.
- Playback screen has 'region to be saved' marked. Each region saved is marked in a different color.
- There is now a Settings tab in the Util pages. This can be used to backup, restore, or reset settings, which does not include black calibration.
- Play -> Settings: bitsPerPixel, maxBitrate, saved file framerate, format, filename and save location are now saved as soon as they are changed instead of when the Close button is pressed.
- Mark In and Mark Out have been renamed to Mark Start and Mark End, probably just until the video seek bar is made horizontal.
- The Enter key has been changed to say Apply, since you have to press it to apply your changes on the record settings window.
-The first few frames in saved videos are from the end of the recording.
-The camera will freeze after saving approximately 45 videos. Make sure to reboot before saving approximately 40 videos to ensure the camera does not freeze. This bug exists in all previous releases as well.
-The camera will freeze when saving a video that is over 4GB onto a FAT32 partition, or when storage is full.
-If auto-record is enabled, but auto-save is not, a new recording will not be started. However, the camera will still auto-record after booting the camera.
-Warnings about filesize (over fat32 limit, or insufficient free space) can still be shown even if autosave is enabled (if autosave is enabled, the user is unlikely to be there to press Yes for the camera to continue saving)
If you are looking to update your camera, please see our Software Updates page. There you will find all the files and instructions on how to update your Chronos 1.4. If you run in to any problems, please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to have your serial number ready and a clear description of what seems to be the issue and what may have caused the issue. If you are looking for older versions of the software, you can find them on the Legacy Software page.
We are also looking for feedback on our User Interface, please Tweet at us with your suggestions or email in email@example.com.
Hey guys! So, now that summer is here and the sun is shining, it is time to put those Chronos cameras to good use! Through August, we will be running a contest for the best high speed video. The contest will run from August 15th to September 15th. The winner will be determined by the number of likes and retweets on Twitter. To enter, upload your original video to YouTube, then Tweet your video to @ChronosCameras with the hashtag #ChronosContest. The only stipulation is that is must be filmed on a Chronos 1.4 high speed camera. Everything else is up to you guys! So get brainstorming!
The winner will receive a Pelican 1400 Protector Case with custom foam designed for the Chronos camera.
The Pelican 1400 Protector Cases and other Pelican products will be available on the Kron Technologies website soon! All cases will have custom foam designed to house a Chronos camera and will be available as an add-on item on our store. Keep your eyes peeled on the Kron Tech store and our social media for more information.
Hey All! We are currently in the thick of getting a lot of those requested features off the ground. If you have any suggestions for the user interface of the Chronos, our software UI developers are looking for input. If you would like to give feedback, Tweet at us or you can email in to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We now have Stefany with us who will be helping with hardware and FPGA engineering... and anything else that she sees needs a hand. Stefany is a skilled electronics designer that has a lot to bring to the table for Kron Tech. We are very excited to have her on board!
We also glad to have Kurt joining us in engineering! He is our electronics technologist who will be helping build test jigs, diagnose RMAs, and help then engineering team when he can. He is a quick learner and is very on task. We are glad to have him on the team!
In our production department we have Mike joining us. He is an a amazing musician and artist! Oh, and he is great with electronics too! He is a student at BCIT, finishing up an Electronics Technician course. He has done a fantastic job so far and we are glad to have him with us!
If you would like to learn more about our employees please see our Staff page or if you are interested in becoming an employee here at Kron Technologies, please see our Careers page. We are looking for a software contractor to help with some of the API and Linux development. If you feel this is a fit for you, please email email@example.com.
Hey all! We are back from the Bay Area Maker Faire and we are hitting the ground running! We have a lot planned for this month including some new hires, software updates, and, of course, more shenanigans.
Sean will be working with Tyler on video tutorials for the Chronos. The aim of these tutorials is to have instruction on basic and advanced Chronos functions so that you can get the most from your high speed imaging!
We thank everyone who applied for our Hardware Engineering and Technologist positions, but it is looking like we have filled those roles. You will notice that we have left the job postings up on our site. If are still interested in working for Kron Technologies in the future, please send in an application. We will keep it on file and if we are hiring in the future, we will go through our stock of applications as a first resource for candidates.
I know, I know... We are all waiting for that Ethernet and HDMI update. The current time line for that (BIG) update is the end of the summer. Keep your eyes peeled to our web site and social media for more updates.
As always, we love seeing your videos and comments online. Keep up the high speed fun!
We are looking for talented engineers, technologists, and software developers that are interested in a rewarding career. We offer full benefits, fifteen days vacation, and competitive pay. If you are wanting to apply for these positions, check out our Careers page for full job descriptions.
Hey there! As you can probably tell there have been some changes around here. Don't be scared. Everything important is just as we had it previously. We just added a few new things and spruced up the place.
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