UPDATE 10/23/2017: Several significant updates are coming soon, which may be worth waiting for if you're just startingout. If you're looking into this project, you may want to wait check back in a week or so, when I expect these to be available. These include:
- Port to Python 3 and Qt5 (currently uses python 2.7 and qt4)
- Redesigned UI to reduce need for frequent switching between panels
- Executables for linux, to avoid the complicated install/compilation process currently necessary (hopefully OSX & windows coming later)
- Flat-field correction and distortion correction to compensate for effects introduced by non-stock lenses
- Improved documentation
Update: If you're implementing this and want suggestions/advice from other users, consider joining the google group
- Film transport is via a repurposed projector (8mm, Super8, or 16mm), driven by a stepper motor.
- Raspberry Pi acts as a headless server, controlling the camera, driving the motor, and streaming captured images over a network to a more powerful client.
- Python 'client' program runs on a higher-power computer on the same network. It sends control commands to the Pi server, and performs processing on images as they are captured.
Optimizations for Speed:
- Streaming images over network reduces I/O delay between frames, compared to saving them locally.
- Multithreading on both client and server further reduces I/O delays.
- All computationally demanding processing (esp. image fusion; see below) is performed by the (faster) client.
- Can capture via the Pi Camera's (slower) stills port, or can blend captures from the video port for increased speed.
- Practical per-frame capture times range from 1.6s/frame for 3-exposure bracketing from still port, down to .5s/frame for single-exposure captures from video port.
- Performs exposure bracketing on frames and combine them, to capture a much higher dynamic range than the Pi Camera normally permits.
- Full control over Pi Camera's settings, some of which may be changed mid-capture.
- Some simple histogram adjustment tools can do some processing on captured images before saving.
Optimizations for Usability:
- 'Setup Mode' allows for precise adjustment of camera before starting capture. <img align="right"src="images/pifilm-capture.png">
- Near-real-time view of captured images.
- Save/load settings, e.g. for different film types or projector setups.
- 'Smart capture' features to adjust to dramatic lighting changes (under development)
- Entire system can be moved from one projector to another to change film gauges.
See the wiki(still under construction) for complete documentation, including a manual, wiring diagrams, and hardware selection tips for your own project.