Frankencam DIY RAW Video Camera Prototype

Build your own 1080p, 60 fps, 8 and 12 bit RAW Video Camera - from off-the-shelf, easily sourced, durable parts - for less than you think!
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Jarrett Towe
Technology
Easley, South Carolina
United States
1 Team Member

Frankencam Concept

Rebel or Conform.

Ever looked at those incredible RAW video cameras and dreamed of using one? I think everyone who has seen the footage coming out of those cameras has felt the same way. But, one look at the price, and you begin to realize that it's way out of reach for the rest of us in the 99%.

Recently, some reasonably priced cameras have made a lot of news, because of their low price and great quality. But trying to obtain one is a different matter. Of the two most notable cameras, one has a nine month back order time, and the otherI has yet to deliver the first camera. Hardly ideal.

So what can we do about this?

How about we build our own?

Yes, you heard me correctly. We are going to BUILD a RAW video camera. And it's going to be state of the art.

  • 8 and 12 bit raw files
  • 1080p
  • 60 fps
  • $1500 - $2500 including a lens

Sound impossible? It's not. And we're going to show you how to build it, shoot with it, and grade the footage.

Sensor

How is this possible?

All cameras are basically made of three parts: a lens, a camera sensor, and a processor that converts the images into files that you can view and edit. Building a RAW camera is simply a matter of replicating that process.

We take a machine vision camera (a fancy name for industrial cameras) and mate it with a fast, wide angle lens, and route the output from the camera to your choice of computer. Yes a computer...but you wont find this to be a problem - the cables we are using can be upwards of 30 feet long!

Our camera captures the RAW data, then the capture application on the computer debayers it...and produces DNG files that can be edited in Davinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut, or Lightroom.

There has to me more, right?

Sensor choice and lens choice are the reasons that this fundraiser is happening. We have seen footage from the manufacturer...and we know the two sensors we are candidating for our prototype are fantastic. In this initial fundraiser, we are seeking to complete the budget prototype. If our goal is totally blown away, we will add a sensor for testing that costs an additionl $500, as well as adding a miniature pc (4"x4") that mounts to the camera monitor to be used as a capture device, so you can be as mobile as possible. You are going to have to deal with some sort of cable, but as we said, a 30 to 45 foot cable gives you a lot of flexibility, and the smaller overall size of the camera itself will have great advantages when being rigged on motorized sliders or remote controlled gimbal mounts.

Delivery Timeline

How You Can Help and What's In It for You.

We need to meet our initial funding goal in order to procure the camera sensors for verification and implementation in the proof of concept. We also need additional funds in order to do a range of lens testing. Your contributions will make that happen.

Backers will be able to choose what level of reward they want:

  • Postcards captured directly from the Frankencam Igor, our code name for the basic version of the DIY RAW Video Camera
  • A detailed guide to procurement and construction of the camera, as well as the suggested vendors who WILL have the cameras in stock when you call them
  • A detailed video tutorial on grading the RAW DNG files the camera will capture
  • A stock footage collection captured from the camera
  • Early access to footage tests

We've tried to select a range of appealing items for the backers. The construction guide will be the most sought after item, of course. DIY is the whole point of this campaign.

Camera

Don't Have Any Money but Still Want to Help?

We understand...there always seems to be one more hand out towards us than we are able to manage - but you can still help. In short, we would be forever indebted to you if you would push the news of this project out to everyone you can think of that would be interested. Don't be offensive, but please try to make them see the democratizing function of this campaign. If we wait on hitting the lottery before we try to get into the world of RAW video, we'll likely never enter it. It's time to rebel. Conformity is for the rest of them.

Thanks so much for your time and interest!

Jarrett Towe

 

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Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Your Name in Lights

    Well, not actually in lights - this is better! Every contributor will have their name recorded on the Frankencam website's "Thank You" page, and get a .PNG badge signifying you as one of the people that made this happen.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $10USD
    Thanks in the guide

    In addition to the above reward, your name will grace the "Thank You" section of the guide book.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $15USD
    1 Postcard + Thanks

    1 postcard printed directly from camera footage, to share or keep, plus thanks on the website, and in the book.

    0 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $20USD
    Short Film + Producer Credit

    This perk will serve as a practical demonstration of the camera. We will use the camera to film a 15-20 minute short film based on one of the stories of HP lovecraft. You will receive the ilm electronically as well as being listed as a producer!

    0 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $25USD
    Ebook Guide + Thanks

    You will receive the detailed construction guide, complete with lens comparisons, vendors, and capture computer specifications, plus thanks on the website, and in the book.

    5 out of 250 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $35USD
    Ebook + Postcard + Thanks

    You will receive the detailed construction guide, complete with lens comparisons, vendors, and capture computer specifications AND a postcard captured from the camera AND thanks on the website, and in the book.

    1 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $45USD
    Ebook + 4 Postcards + Thanks

    You will receive the detailed construction guide, complete with lens comparisons, vendors, and capture computer specifications, AND 4 postcards captured from the camera AND thanks on the website, and in the book.

    0 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $65USD
    Ebook + Grading Tutorial

    You will receive the detailed construction guide, complete with lens comparisons, vendors, and capture computer specifications, AND a video grading tutorial for Resolve, Premiere, and Final Cut AND thanks on the website, and in the book. Ebook available in July.

    0 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $85USD
    Ebook + Grading + Stock

    You will receive the detailed construction guide, complete with lens comparisons, vendors, and capture computer specifications, AND a video grading tutorial for Resolve, Premiere, and Final Cut And a Stock Footage collection shot with the camera AND thanks on the website, and in the book. Ebook available in July.

    2 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $100USD
    All above + Poster

    You will receive the Ebook, Video Grading Tutorial, Stock Footage,4 Postcards, AND a Poster made to celebrate the campaign AND thanks on the website, and in the book. Ebook available in July.

    0 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $150USD
    All + Name on Poster + T-shirt

    You will receive the Ebook, Video Grading Tutorial, Stock Footage,4 Postcards, AND a Poster made to celebrate the campaign, with your name on the poster along with the other top level contributors AND a limited edition T-shirt AND thanks on the website, and in the book. Ebook available in July.

    2 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
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