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Tarina Leone, one done & one in post processing stage

A video camera that organizes takes, shots & scenes and glues your film together.

Experience filmmaking flow

If you don't like how your montage flows, retake. Once you "get it" there’s no need for editing. The camera is designed with a "hackers/makers philosophy" and is easy to take apart. It's built using the Raspberry Pi, running on a Gnu/Linux Raspbian distribution and with a python coded interface.

Made with Tarina

Building Tarina is filmed with my first Tarina when building the second unit for a friend.

Mushroom Season is a film where we go hunting mushrooms in the middle of the beautiful autumn here in Finland, showcasing the colors of the Picamera sensor in Tarina. Also trying out double mics connected with a audio cable y-splitter.


The parts are built around the world by different manufacturers. They've been chosen on the basis of features, quality, openness, availabilty and price. One of the central ideas of the project is to have a camera that could be upgraded or repaired by the fact that you easily just switch a component. The casis of the camera is all 3d printable with a design that has the key element of flipping the lens 180 (gonzo style). Here's the main components:

Raspberry Pi 3
Arducam 5 MP OV5647 camera module with CS lens 2718
3.5 inch 800x480 TFT Screen
USB via vt1620a Sound card
3.7v 7800mAh li-ion Battery
Adafruit Powerboost 1000C
Buttons connected to a MCP23017-E/SP DIP-28 16 Bit I / O Expander I2C

Check MANUAL for complete part list & build instructions

Ready to print 3d designs


The interface focuses on presenting the essentials for film making in one menu that is present and accessible all the time. You can control the interface with a keyboard or with 9 physical buttons; Enter, Up, Down, Left, Right, Record, Retake, View and Remove.


Download latest Raspbian and follow install instructions. Ssh into Raspberry Pi and run:

sudo apt-get install git

Git clone tarina and then run install script with sudo:

git clone
cd tarina
sudo ./

You'r ready to rumble:



There are several reasons why, will write a longer story why but heres some fundamentals that has kept me going.

  • be able to repair if something breaks
  • be able to expand / build on it / make modifications
  • be able to connect to it / program it to do things
  • do a film on the fly without the need of another computer
  • be able to watch your film directly on a screen once you're done filming
  • learn about programming and your own crafts to really get down to the nitty-gritty.



Mail rob(at)


Bitcoin: 15JRxab5tMg9JeXbtpQsiPSCUmoYucjyYs

Very much appreciated!

Standing on the shoulders of forward thinking, freedom loving generous people (powa to da people!)

This whole project has only been possible because of the people behind the free and open source movement. Couldn't possible list all of the projects on which shoulders this is standing for it would reach the moon. A big shout out to all of ya!! Yall awesome!

Gnu, Linux, Debian, Raspberry Pi, Python programming language, Dave Jones's Picamera python module, rwb27 for lens shading correction! Check out the 3d printable microscope Openflexure, FFmpeg, Libav-tools, GPac library with MP4Box, Blender, aplay the awesome wav player/recorder with VU meter, Popcornmix's Omxplayer, Will Price's Python-omxplayer-wrapper, SoX - Sound eXchange, The Dispmanx library, Blessed,, Tokland's youtube-upload

Tarina and Leon

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