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.