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Free Libre software and hardware for film and audiovisual documentaries

Economic needs



€ 5.700
€ 3.800
€ 4.300
19 / 06 / 2012

What is offered in exchange

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Non-economic needs

Looking for

  • Documentation translations

    Any help to translate the documentation we’re going to produce will be more than welcome.

  • Screenplays and camera testing suggestions

    If you have any idea or proposal to put the camera through its paces, unleashing its capabilities, are passionate about digital filmmaking and you’re interested in the open hardware’s possibilities, we’re glad to listen to your ideas.

  • Collaborator to manage Drupal 7 translations

    If you’re a skilled Drupal user, you can help us translate the project’s website at http://www.kinoraw.net

  • Lenses and other gear

    Do you own 8mm or 16mm lenses you’re not using? You can meet us and test them on the Elphel camera. We’re waiting for you!

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Individual rewards

  • Contributing € 5

    Acknowledgment: Credit on the project’s website

    If you’re not looking for a reward and want to help us, you can donate a symbolic amount. You’ll have our most sincere gratitude ¡thank you! Your name will appear as a co-financer in KinoRaw’s website.

  • Contributing € 30

    Product: KinoRaw T-Shirt

    Wear yourself our special T-Shirt and help us develop the open source cinema. Exclusive design, available in several sizes.

    Limited reward
    87 units left
  • Contributing € 60

    Product: Product: “Cycled-Doll” + T-Shirt

    If you want to support us but think you’ll never approach media production using open hardware and software, we’ve thought about you and the smallest :) Support us and we’ll reward you with a doll made using recycled technological materials, or a rag-doll if you prefer. You can have a look at user estoyhechountrapo in flickr.com to see some examples or submit us your own design to customise your doll. Plus, you will also get a KinoRaw T-Shirt!

    Limited reward
    1 units left
  • Contributing € 200

    Services: digital video recording services

    KinoRaw proposes to generate a symbiosis between cinematographic projects. We’ll shoot what you need :) Based on 6 hours long sessions (transportation not included). With experimentation and testing goals, you have the opportunity of seeing how the camera responds in your environment. You will also have our suggestions about the camera expansion possibilities in your scope. The footage generated with the camera belogs to the cofinancier (you), so you can use them freely in your work, be it commercial or not, and of course, cite which fragments of your piece have been shot on an open hardware camera ;) If you are interested, and opt for this financing method, we’ll get in touch with you to see how to integrate the KinoRaw workflow into your project, and keep you informed during the development. Plus, we’ll bring you two KinoRaw T-Shirts to your set.

    Limited reward
    8 units left
  • Contributing € 1.500

    Services: Workshop - Introduction on collaborating institutions

    Workshop / seminar about Elphel and Blender. Institutions who decide to support our project can do so via a once in a time contribution of 1,500€. This includes the special mention as “mecenas” (sponsor) in every published materials (videos, manuals, etc) We also offer a limited number of four workshops held at the institutions who support KinoRaw. Participants will be able to record and personally test the Elphel camera capabilities. The workshop is 12 hours long. Travel and accommodation expenses not included.

    Limited reward
    3 units left
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Carlos Padial, audiovisual craftsman. Photographer, director of photography and designer. Co-founder of the Aventuras Visuales Workshop-School in Lavapiés, and committed to the use and divulgation of FLOSS, mainly Blender.

Simón Vialás, has worked for years on media production and has leaned towards communication teaching and investigation, motivated by changes and oportunities offered by Copyleft and open licenses in the field of media. Nowadays, he’s doing a degree on communication at the UAB. His thesis is about Open Production Models of Documentary Cinema.
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KINORAW is a project that focuses on research and development of open hardware and software in the audiovisual context. We seek your support to experiment and develop an Elphel-Blender workflow.

Elphel (www.elphel.com) is an open source hardware and software camera used in scientific research, because it allows both the development for, and the adaptation, to each of the investigation specificities. We will contribute our efforts to develop it for cinematographic usage.

We work alongside the Apertus open source cinema community (apertus.org), which develops software using the device as a digital film camera. three of their lines of work are the stereocam, the DNG converter and the Elphel Vision software. We can benefit from the progress made by the community, like others may do so when we have developed tools that are open to extract all the juice out of Blender (www.blender.org).

What changes does the use of open hardware introduce in the media field?

We are bound to cameras using proprietary hardware and software, and will not free ourselves from the dependency of the media production industry until we unlock and claim the control of the entire filmmaking process.

And this is a great opportunity to break that dependence. We also try to contribute through this proposal to the re-implementation of creative techniques and technical knowledge that proprietary workflows try to hide out to end users, capping out unsuspected possibilities.

With the development of Elphel hardware we intend to expand the technological independence and creative freedom, in addition to cultivate the visual commons, both in the content and in the tools needed to produce those. We want this tool to help develop and expand the community, connecting it with other communities and users who share this knowledge of cinema and filmmaking.

The project has the invaluable help of Telenoika (www.telenoika.net) who have supported us in order to kickstart the project with a grant of 2000 €. With this grant we bought an Elphel camera, but taxes and duties put us out of budget. ... (more on this topic will follow latter).

Main features

The Elphel camera has extensive technical capabilities, which are not present in any other commercial cameras unless you know how to hack it. The idea of ​​using the Ephel goes further beyond hacks like the Magic Lantern for Reflex Canon Powershot or the CHDK for developments for Panasonic GH-1.

The possibilities that Elphel allows include a wide range of exposure times, settings, continuous configuration values, analogisation of devices, millimeter adjustments. This means a lightweight filmaking equipment, competitive costs and ultimately represents a change in the conception of film tools.

Our plan at the KinoRaw project is what follows:

1. Extensive testing of the camera (you can subscribe to participate :)
2. To research linking Blender with Elphel for easy editing
3. Code development based on the above premise
4. Technical manuals for use
5. Filming footage exploiting its full potential (accepting ideas!)
6. Editing and postproduction of filmed contents
7. Presentation and dissemination of results

Elphel Technical Specifications:

The camera it’s a modular device which can extend its capabilities. One of it’s technical characteristics is the IP connectivity over LAN, ie it broadcasts streaming video on ethernet, and therefore can be controlled remotely.

- Filter Aptina CMOS Bayer (Bayer Pattern) sensor with an optical format of 1/2.5 "(5.70mm x 4.28mm) and a native resolution of 2592x1944 (5 megapixel). Has a 12 bit ADC
- Optics: The camera has a C-mount, but comes with an adapter ring that also allows to use CS mount lenses (which allows reuse old lenses 16 and 8mm)
- Variable Frame-rate (up to 300fps at 320x240), including the possibility of ramps
and shutter speed.
- Variable resolution (from 16x16 up to 2592x1944 (5 megapixel))
- Variable Data-rate: 144Mbit/sa a SATA or 100Mbit / s ethernet streaming
- Customizable gamma curves
- Recording in RAW. In JP4 RAW format that requires a decoding process (DNG
- Codecs free, lightweight, high-quality (MPEG, ogm)
- Connectors: SATA, Ethernet: 100Mbit Network with POE (48V), USB 1.1 with 5V power supply,
IDE 232: Access to Console and debug output.

Why this is important

This project is directed to those who want to contribute to the return of cinema to it’s original creative freedom, because, due to the free hardware developments, we believe now that it begins to be possible.

- Filmmakers and other visual artists
- Software developers
- Teachers of audiovisual content and in particular photography
- 3D Animators
- Hardcore moviegoers
- retired directors of photography
- Amateur home video directors
- Multimedia researchers

Goals of the crowdfunding campaign

1. Spread the word on the project and contribute to the creation of a community
2. Raise funds to test the camera and develop software tools
3. Search partners for the process
4. Provide economic stability to the project at the beginning
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