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Old September 11th, 2005, 07:49 PM   #16
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photos of camera & card

I hope to recieve the DVD with the test clips this week. For now ,belatedly, here are the photos of the camera posted at imageshack.

###Small photos###

Camera and card
http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/614...mall4kv.th.jpg

Camera with C-mount
http://img234.imageshack.us/img234/4...mall6lz.th.jpg

Camera with lens mount removed
http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/614...mall4kv.th.jpg

###Large photos### (about 600kb)

Camera and card
http://img300.imageshack.us/my.php?i...27small9os.jpg

Camera with C-mount
http://img234.imageshack.us/my.php?i...28small6lz.jpg

Camera with lens mount removed
http://img22.imageshack.us/my.php?im...32small4kv.jpg
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Old September 11th, 2005, 09:27 PM   #17
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Ultra-portable solution

Since I want this system to be as portable as possible I am looking at using a very small laptop plus a PCMCIA to PCI bridge.

This _may_ work, because the IO industruies CL160 is a 32bit card, and only uses the PCI bus for control. The uncompressed data goes directly to the scsi hard drives from the card, not via the PCI bus.

Currently I'm looking at:
#Laptop: Sony Vaio T-series
#Bridges:
Team Solutions TS-C-CB1F http://www.teampctechnology.com/prod...il.php?id=107#
or
CMI-Micro Road top (takes 3 PCI cards, so could be used for 3CCD set up)
http://www.cmi-micro.com/rt420pci-e.htm
#Hard drives: Ultrastar 10K300 (2 for single CCD, or 6 for 3CCD)
#Frame grabber: IO industries CL160 (one for single CCD, 3 for 3CCD)
#Control software: IO industries - Stream 5
#Lenses: either Nikon lenses, or mount the Imperx into an old EOS 35mm
#Prism (for 3CCD option):http://www.optec-spa.com/
#Power: hmm..? some brick battery _plus_ some adaptor to five each bit the right type, current and voltage....
#Audio: still searching, It would be nice to be able to capture several channels at 48khz 16bit. The 60GB hard drive in the Vaio T-series might be a good place to store it. Synchronizing the audio & video time codes would be useful.

Well there's a lot of searching to be done yet, but a system that could be carried in a jacket (with lots of pockets) seems plausible. The big catch seems that more than an hour's data is going to need lots of hard drives....
A lossless compression codec, even if it is not real-time, would be very useful.
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Old September 12th, 2005, 01:20 PM   #18
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Looking good and a pretty resourceful setup. Can't wait for some images that the camera puts out.

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Old September 13th, 2005, 09:18 PM   #19
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More delays:
The camera which was in the dealers got shipped to its owner, before the sales engineer managed to get it to capture the test footage on their own server. It will be a fortnight before they have another one in.

In the meantime I have asked Imperx if they have any footage. As for compatibilty of the components, I will post the info I get from each of the manufacturers.

I have started another thread "afordable lossless HD" about how to handle the vast amount of data this class of camera will produce.

Would there be much demand for an rgb or IR-rgb-UV camera head with interchangeable chips?

It sees to me that the colour splitter prism and lens mount are relatively static technology. Interchangeable lenses are a necessity, and chip technology adavances every year. It might be possible to get a batch of such camera heads made for a manageable price.

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