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NMX Controller screen

Did some more work on the NMX Controller and got the programming part also working. Hope till end of week I can build a test version for the desktop platforms.

Here is the new NMX Controller screen:

nmx_new

HAME MPR-A2

A user pointed me to the HAME MPR-A2 portable wireless router and after checking that OpenWrt works on it I ordered one from here:

http://www.dx.com/p/hame-mpr-a2-3g-150mbps-wireless-router-5200mah-portable-charger-black-197321#.VVnzfvlsFBc

After around 1 month it finally arrived.

The OpenWrt images (with ddserver) are here:

HAME MPR-A2 uImage

HAME MPR-A2 sysupgrade

You need both images, first the ‘uImage’ is flashed using the original HAME administration interface and after that using the OpenWrt administration interface the ‘sysupgrade’ image is flashed.

I wrote a small flashing instructions : HAME MPR-A2 flashing instructions

Here is an image compared to TP-Link MR3040 (V1)

Hame_A2

qDslrDashboard V0.2.9

Uploaded V0.2.9 for all platform and also will submit for review for iOS devices

Changelog:
– fox for crash introduced in V0.2.7 that hit some of the Canon DSLR
– added D7200 (property values included)
– added new live view and image renderer
– added option to connect to all discovered DSLR (USB, ddserver)
– added option to sync DSLR date/time on connection start
– added live view ghost image with a dialog for JPG selection
– added image sharing for mobile platforms (Android, iOS) in gallery and image viewer
– fixed error in LRTimelapse that prevented ‘sunrise’ to work with ‘Auto direction’ enabled
– moved to LibRaw V0.17 Alpha4 (D3300 NEF files work now)
– added delay for focus stacking
– added delay for sky stacking
– fixed Unicode image folder on Windows
– other small fixes that where reported

Version V0.2.8 is skipped so that all platforms have the same version.

Interval Controller

The Interval Controller (IC) is an advanced interval timer that can control multiple channels.

ic_screen

After entering the IC screen the user should set the ‘Sequence duration’ (1). Under ‘Total frames’ the user can see how many captures are required to get the selected sequence duration with the current interval.

Under ‘Available channels’ (2) there is a list of channels that can be used with this interval controller, in my case these are the channels for the connected NMX Controller on address 3 ( NMX Slider, NMX Pan, NMX Tilt, NMX Camera) and the connected Nikon D5000 (DSLR D5000).

There are currently 4 types of channels:

  1. Interval – this is the interval channel and is always the first channel and it can’t be deleted
  2. NMX Motor – these are the channels for the connected NMX Controller motors (slider, pan, tilt)
  3. NMX Camera – these are the channel for the connected NMX Controller cameras
  4. DSLR – these are the channels for the connected DSLRs

The user can add the channel to the interval controller graph (4) by simply dragging the channel name to the interval controller graph (4) and dropping there. After the channel is added to the interval controller graph it name will be listed under ‘Channels’ (3)

By clicking on the registered channel name (3) the user can change the channel parameters if it supports it.  The following channel parameters are currently available:

  • interval – the starting interval can be changed
  • NMX motor – the motor starting position can be changed
  • DSLR – this channel support the ‘Perform capture’ option (if enabled the capture command will be sent to this DSLR) and the ‘Capture finished notification’ (if enabled this DSLR capture finished notification will be used for motor movement).

Channels also support operators that will change the channel value over defined time with an applied easing. Currently the ‘Interval’ and ‘NMX Motor’ channels support operator. Operators can be added by dragging the channel from the channels list (3) to the interval graph area (4). After the channel is dropped the operator dialog will be shown where the operator parameters can be changed(duration, easing, end value).

It is hard to describe all the functions so here is a small video demonstrating the NMX Controller integration and the new Interval Controller

Dynamic Perception NMX Digital Motion Controller

Dynamic Perception sent me an NMX Digital Motion Controller so that I can integrate it into qDslrDashboard. I would like to thank them here again for sending me it and for making such a great product.
The NMX Controller allows controlling over the USB serial or Bluetooth Low Energy ports using the MoCoBus protocol.
In qDslrDashboard both communications will be supported, the USB serial will work on desktop versions (Linux, OSX and Windows) and the Bluetooth Low Energy will work on mobile platforms (Android, iOS and Linux)

In qDslrDashboard the MoCoBus manager will be used to detect and connect to devices that support the MoCoBus protocol. Here is a screenshot of  the manager dialog.

manager_dialog

Pressing the ‘Search’ button will display the detected serial ports and Bluetooth Low Energy devices as shown on the following screenshot

manager_search

In my case the NMX Controller is on COM26 on my Windows machine. With the device address the user can select the MoCo device address for connection, by default the NMX Controller address is 3. The connection with the device is established by clicking on the item.

After I clicked on COM26 qDD will establish the connection with the NMX Controller as show in the next screenshot

manager_connected

Under the ‘Connected MoCoBuses’ are listed the currently connected ports and by clicking on the item the manager will show the MoCo devices that are connected to this bus.

Under the ‘Connected MoCo devices’ are listed the MoCo devices that are connected to the selected MoCoBus port, in my case the Dynamic Perception NMX Controller.

After clicking on the MoCo device item qDD will open the NMX Controller screen;

nmx_screen

The NMX Controller screen is still under development. Till now I implemented the joystick mode where the motors connected to NMX Controller can be moved with the controls on the right side of the screen, the motor parameters can be changed and the camera parameters. Still need to implement the programming part.

Still lot of work ahead but I’m very happy with the progress I made till now.

qDslrDashbaord V0.2.7

V0.2.7 changelog:

– fix RAW+JPG error when entering LRT for some Canon models
– add D5500 missing property values
– Rule600 dialog save values on exit
– Rule600 dialog link camera focal length (Nikon only)
– DOF calculator dialog save values on exit
– DOF calculator dialog link camera aperture and focal length (Nikon only)
– add image format filters (all, jpg, raw) to image viewer and capture history
– add image EXIF data display to image viewer and LRT image viewer
– add ‘lock zoom and pan’ option to image viewer
– faster thumb extraction for local images in image gallery
– add Canon mirror up capture
– add mirror up delay for Canon (Off – user initiated, 1s, 2s, 3s)
– add Nikon capture delay button to left buttons
– add live view record button
– fix property dialog not positioning on current value
– add cross hair option to live view (off, single, double)
– other small fixes

Submited V0.2.7 to iTunes for review.

I also added Raspbery Pi 2 package. I only tested it with the Raspbian image. The graphics memory must be set to 512 with the raspi-config utility.

qDslrDashboard V0.2.6

This a quick fix release with the following fixes:

  • fix LRTimelapse settings dialog UI
  • add LV (live view toggle) button for DSLR that do not open/close the aperture ring in live view (Nikon D750, D800, D800E, D810, D4, D4s)
  • add aperture +/- buttons in LRTimelapse screen when aperture ramping is enabled
  • fix for some of the buttons not working in the camera properties display (live view grid, live view ascpect ratio)
  • fix for D5200 HDR mode property
  • fix for crash on Nikon DSLR when BULB capture used while live view is enabled
  • for Canon DSLR with CF+SD card added a code that should recognize if RAW is set for CF and JPG for SD so that LRTimelapse can be entered (if someone with a Canon DSLR with CF+SD card can test)
  • initial support for Nikon D5500 (wireless connection and live view)
  • did some tweaks to the image viewer so RAW files should look better

For V0.2.5 forget that I added profile support for custom bracketing, sky stacking and LRTimelapse. Will see to also add profile support for the DSLR settings.

Sony wireless additions

In the V0.2.5 version I added the following for the Sony cameras that have wireless communication

  • exposure mode button – for models that don’t have an exposure mode dial
  • capture mode button – user can select with this button between still/movie mode
  • preview image size button – with this button the user can select the preview image size after capture. On a5100 it has the option original/2M
  • zoom in/out in live view
  • added LRTimelapse support
  • add touch AF to live view – after the user touches the live view surface the camera will try to focus at that point. Unfortunately Sony touchAF is a bit odd, as while it is in touchAF mode the properties can’t be changed, only the capture button will work. To exit the touchAF mode the user needs to press the ‘AF’ button.

Regarding the LRTimelapse support I did some testing (using the qDD interval timer) and it worked good for shutter speeds shorter then 1 second. Unfortunately on a5100 there is no option to disable the long exposure NR so a 8 second exposure becomes a 18 second one (with the processing).

Probably on the higher models it can be disabled so maybe someone can test it.

qDslrDashboard V0.2.5 and updated manual

New qDslrDashboard V0.2.5 with the following additions/fixes

  • added Sky Stacking – it can create series of captures that can be then used in application like DeepSkyStacker
  • added a simple Rule 600 calculator dialog
  • moved Custom Bracketing to a separate display
  • added option to start Custom Bracketing with shutter speed set to BULB (the camera must support BULB capture)
  • added option to Custom Bracketing to use BULB for shutter speeds longer or equeal to 1 second (the camera must support BULB capture)
  • add aperture ramping to LRTimelapse
  • added BLV (bright live view) button to live view
  • added 100% zoom to image viewer (single click/touch will toggle between not zoomed/100% zoomed
  • added left/right swipe for image viewer (will display next/previous image)
  • added a toggle button to image viewer that will show/hide the buttons and the quick gallery
  • added some more properties for Sony wireless models and also enabled LRTimelapse
  • added a ‘Connection lost’ audio option
  • added synchronized starting of movie recording (all connected cameras must be in live view and in movie mode)
  • some UI fixes
  • stability fixes
  • updated the manual to reflect the changes

The files can be download at http://dslrdashboard.info/downloads/

I also uploaded the V0.2.5 for iOS devices to Apple for review