miniEngine took the next step

During the last months I worked closely together with Cinetics, a company that helps people create captivating video through controlled camera movement. Togehter, we developed the CineMoco system. It’s controller is based on the original miniEngine software but was much further developed.

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The main screen in the new run-mode

It received a whole new user interface and some other cool new features like:

  • added 128×64-pixel based UI
  • added stop-motion mode (add-on to S-M-S mode)
  • added run-mode (set up the system based on total values not on cycle values)
  • added video mode (focuses on smooth motor movement)
  • added HDR functionalities
  • added bulb ramping functionalities
  • added main processor sleep after a certain amount of no action
  • added battery and external supply measurement
  • automatic battery calibration (min/max-value based)
  • added basic communication protocol for setting up master-slave configurations (not yet implemented for advanced functionalities)
  • up to 32 devices chained (1master + 31 slaves)
  • based on serial communication
  • added keyframes functionality

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The new video mode together with the new keyframe set-up

The software is still Arduino based, but this time it has to be an Arduino Mega (you might need to update some pin assignments) due to the fact that the software is written for a proprietary hardware. It is open-source and you can check it out on Sourceforge!

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in the menu