TPB #56 – Four Valves

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In this video I show how to connect four valve sensors to the Camera Axe. It requires new software and a new cable. The software is linked below. The new cable is in the store below, but it is also very easy to make. I forgot to mention this in the video, but all you need to make the cable is a stereo splitter 3.5 mm cable. Then in one ...

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TPB #53 – Making your own Sound Sensor for the Camera Axe

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In this video I over using a flash hotshoe with the Camera Axe and and connecting it to small tabletop tripod.

Check out the Camera Axe store where there is more info about these devices. * Adafruit’s Microphone Sensor
* Adafruit’s Sensor Page
* Camera Axe Sensor Page
* Camera Axe

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TPB #51 – Camera Axe 5 Hardware Update

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In this episode I go over a some small changes to the Camera Axe 5. The power system has been updated to improve reliability. The Camera Axe now has a panel on the back to install AA batteries. This makes it easy to swap out batteries in the field if it runs out of charge and the battery life is now longer.

You can get the Camera Axe in the store.

If you ...

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TPB #50 – Multi-Flash Plus Overview

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In this video I talk about the Multi-Flash Plus. I go over the basic hardware and software design and then demonstrate using it triggering a bunch of flashes in rapid squence. Some of the use cases for this device would be bullet time videos or multiple flash exposure sequences.

You can get the schematics, pcb files, and bill of materials from this site.

You can get the source code from this site.

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TPB #49 – Mt Washington Sunset Timelapse

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In this video I show a timelapse of sunset from the side of Mt Washington and talk about the settings I used on the camera and the Camera Axe.

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TPB #48 – Flash Duration Verification

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This video goes over the Flash Test Menu and finds why it hasn’t been reporting correct flash durations. The problem turned out to be the light sensor being used is not fast enough. To make this mode work reliably we’ll need a new light sensor that quickly transitions from <1V to >4V. I estimate a responce time of less then 5 us would be good for standard flashes and less than 0.1 ...

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TPB #47 – Software Update (Fireworks, Bulb Ramping, and More)

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In this video I talk about the new software features in the Camera Axe 5.4 beta2 software. The new features are:
* Option to select whether camera/flash1 is a camera or a flash in the valve menu
* Bulb ramping (bramping) added to the intervalometer
* New fireworks menu added to help take photos of fireworks
* New flashtest menu to measure the lag and duration of flashes and cameras

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* CA 5.4 ...

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TPB #46 – Camera Axe 5 Battery Life

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In this week’s video I talk about the battery life on the Camera Axe 5. With the backlight on you will get about 12 hours of use and with the backlight off you will get 24 hours of use. Then I discuss various options on how to increase the battery life.

* Sparkfun Lithium Batteries
* External Backup Battery

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TPB #45 – Automated Finish Line Photos using the Camera Axe

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In this week’s video I talk about using a motion/distance sensor with the Camera Axe to automatically take photos of people running a race. The sensor will detect a person running past and then trigger the camera. In this video I go over the Camera Axe setting, camera Settings, and then do an example run (pun intended).

I found this use of the motion sensor to work very well. I expect it would ...

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TPB #43 – Camera Axe 5.3 Software

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In this week’s video I look into the new features in the just released Camera Axe 5.3 software. There are a lot of interesting features here.

Here’s a list of the new features:
* Added gravity menu back
* Added stacker, panorama, jog, and irRemote features (Help from Don)
* Updated LCD lib to work with Arduino 1.0
* Changed file types from *.pde to *.ino as recommended for Arduino 1.0
* Updated code ...

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