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All posts tagged "firmware"


Friday, April 8, 2011

The Perfect Combination

Posted by Danny Simmons in "Digital Home Talk" @ 09:00 AM

http://lifehacker.com/#!5789734/wha...e-wi+fi-routers

"We've featured tons and tons of methods for boosting your Wi-Fi signal. We've upgraded out routers with DD-WRT to make them extra powerful. There is no dearth of available tips for getting the most out of a router, but what's the best combination? What hardware works best with what strategies? Let us know what you think."

Have you modified your Wi-Fi router from the standard configuration to get better performance and control? Tell us what configuration you are using (Hardware, Firmware, etc.) We want to know what the best combination is.


Friday, June 18, 2010

Panasonic GH1 Firmware Hacked: High Bitrate Video Encoding Now Possible

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 11:30 AM

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010...video-and-more/

"Canon isn’t the only game in town when it comes to hacking camera firmware. The famous CHDK firmware hacks now have a rival, at least if you are shooting with a Panasonic GH1, and especially if you are using the Micro Four Thirds camera to shoot video. The hack, called PTool, doesn’t add nearly as many features as the Canon hacks, but what it does is startling. With PTool, you can up the video bitrate of the GH1 from a pedestrian 20Mbit to 32MBit in AVCHD. If you opt for Motion JPEG (MJPEG), you can shoot at an astonishing 50 Mbit/sec at a full 1080p. This, according to testers, offers better quality footage than you get from the EOS 5D MkII. Above you can see an example. To view it in its full HD glory, click through to the Vimeo page."

So I'm just a wee bit late on finding this out, partly because I haven't been visiting the excellent DVXuser.com forums for some time. Amazingly, Tester13 (the guy who started all this) was only asking for volunteers not too long back. I'm amazed at the amount of work he's managed to do in such a short time. Short recap: The GH1 encodes its AVCHD files in 17 Mbps with no B frames, so any fast movement in the scene generally won't look good. Upping the bitrate helps, and if you follow the link, 32 Mbps in AVCHD is possible, and using MJPEG, 50 Mbps has been achieved. Check the link for more; Wired's article has a nice list of links appended at the bottom. I'm going to be messing around with this on my own GH1, and see what I get.


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hack Your DSLR to Shoot Video

Posted by John Lane in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.photographyblog.com/inde...o_to_your_dslr/

"Canon Rumors has linked to a downloadable Russian program that apparently enables video on any Canon DSLR that has Live View, whilst Olivier Giroux has captured video using the Nikon D700."

Some programmers have created a hack that lets Canon DSLRs with live view and the Nikon D700 to shoot videos. The problem is you must have the camera connected to a computer. This sounds similar to the CHDK hacked firmware that enables features on certain Canon digital cameras. This is for the daring because if you mess up your firmware, it can void your warranty.


Monday, May 12, 2008

Turn Your Canon Point-and-Shoot Into a Super-Camera

Posted by Tim Williamson in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 03:00 AM

http://lifehacker.com/387380/turn-y...-a-super+camera

"If you're using a consumer grade point-and-shoot Canon digital camera, you've got hardware in hand that can support advanced features way beyond what shipped in the box. With the help of a free, open source project called CHDK, you can get features like RAW shooting mode, live RGB histograms, motion-detection, time-lapse, and even games on your existing camera. Let's transform your point-and-shoot into a super camera just by adding a little special sauce to its firmware."



Ever since I bought a Canon PowerShot SD870 IS, I've been a little disappointed that Canon didn't offer "advanced" features such as the ability to manually set the aperture and shutter speed (you'd think a $300 camera would have these features). But it looks like my disappointment can finally come to an end now that I've discovered CHDK! CHDK (which stands for Canon Hacker's Development Kit) adds manual aperture and shutter speed settings, plus about a thousand (not really) other features. Plus for those of you worried about messing up your factory ROM, don't worry about it, CHDK doesn't overwrite your current firmware. It loads onto a memory card and you choose when to activate it. So what are you waiting for? Unlock the full potential of your Canon P&S! Let us know how it works out for you.


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