CamsFormer transforms your camera into a lean mean photography machine.
WHAT IS CAMSFORMER?
CamsFormer is the Next Generation of wireless camera tethering remote, timelapse, high speed trigger, wireless camera control, with motorized pan/tilt/zoom, all in one easy to use device.
Small and Compact, controlled using your smart phone, tablet, computer
- Does NOT use camera hot shoe, only the USB port/cable release port
- 4 channel high speed DSLR camera/flash triggering
- Built in sensors (light, laser, lightning, sound, infra-red motion)
- Wild life trigger trap
- Wireless motorized 3-axis motion control for pan/tilt/zoom
- Timelapse, bulb ramping, intervalometer, HDR
- Wireless camera tethering (remotely change camera settings, focus, video recording etc)
- Wireless live view monitor of camera view finder from app
- Browse/upload/delete files on camera wirelessly from app
- Auto wireless photo upload/backup to app during shooting
- Infinity mode - shoot forever without running out of camera memory
- Experimental follow mode, automatically pan/tilt camera to follow you
- In app image editing with over 150 image enhancement effects
- Scripting language for photographers lets you add new features
Very easy to use, CamsFormer is designed to help you get great shots that will show your skills and increase your photographic creativity.
Built In Sensors
CamsFormer is all about creativity. Its built in sensors includes light, laser, lightening, sound, and motion, and helps you create stunning pictures that shows off your creativity. You can also plug in many external sensors such as temperature, pressure, touch, ultrasonic, and DIY by adding your own sensors to the open hardware increases your creativity.
High Speed DSLR Triggering
CamsFormer has 4 independent high speed triggering channels that work in parallel, and can trigger two cameras and two flashes within microseconds, helping you to get the perfect pictures of events that happen much quicker than you could take by yourself using your human reflexes.
Wireless Camera Tethering
CamsFormer's camera control feature allows you to remotely control the camera itself, such as such as being able to wirelessly see the cameras settings or to change them from the app, such as ISO, white balance, shutter speed, aperture, drive mode, exposure compensation, flash settings, and more. It can remotely adjust the cameras focus, start/stop a video recording, and/or remotely monitor a video being recorded. As you shoot, it can upload pictures wirelessly from the camera and show them in the app or computer monitor, see a remote live view of the cameras view finder, and lots more.
PTZ - Pan Tilt Zoom
CamsFormer has built in 3 axis wireless motion control (6 PWM channels for variable speed), such as motorized pan, tilt, zoom head, allowing you to remotely point your camera to where you want using the app, or use it during video recording or a time-lapse to create additional creative visual effects.
CamsFormer generates its own WiFi wireless network, so it will work no matter where you are, such as in the outback woods, or taking wildlife shots in the jungle on Safari. No other networks or wireless anything is needed except what you already have in your phone, tablet, or computer. Everything you need is already built in.
The pictures below give you an idea of what you will be able to take with CamsFormer.
RECOMMENDED USAGE OF THIS AMAZING BEAST
1. Plug CamsFormer into your DSLR camera's USB port and optionally its cable release port, and/or 2 additional flashes, and/or 2 additional cameras
2. Install the free CamsFormer app onto your smart phone, tablet, or computer
3. Have fun using CamsFormer
- Wild Life Camera Trigger Trap
- Weddings / Events / Sports / Action
- Aerial / Pole / Architectural / Real Estate / Commercial
- Landscape / Fine Arts
- High Speed Photography
- Time Lapse / HDR / Macro / Ramping
- Astronomy / Stop Motion
- Portraits / Studio / Night / Videos
- Product Photography
HIGH SPEED TRIGGERING TECH STUFF
CamsFormers high speed triggering helps you take more creative pictures of fast events that were difficult to capture before. The video shows the kind of still pictures that CamsFormer can be used to take.
- Built in sensors: Light, Lightning, Laser, Sound, Infrared Motion sensor
- DIY external sensors (not included): Pressure, Humidity, Temperature, Touch, Tilt, RF, Ultrasonic, Distance, and more
- 4 Independent high speed triggering channels work in parallel and can trigger 2 flashes and 2 cameras within micro-seconds
- Each high speed triggering channel can use any of the sensors as an input
- Each high speed triggering channel has independent timing, delays, triggering levels, sensor input, polarity, etc.
- Combine channels to create OR and AND combinations
- Any triggering channel can double as a strobe for your external flash
- Scripting language lets you easily create almost any complex triggering scenario you need
AMAZING WIRELESS CAMERA TETHERING
CamsFormer helps your creativity by making it easier to control your camera remotely.
- Wirelessly see or change almost any camera setting remotely from the app. eg. ISO, White balance, shutter speed, aperture, drive mode, metering, exposure compensation, flash settings and lots more.
- Wirelessly see a live view of your camera viewfinder remotely from the app
- Shoot manually by pressing the camera shutter button, or from the app (or script)
- As you shoot, high resolution pictures are automatically uploaded wirelessly from camera and viewed/saved on app or computer monitor
- Wirelessly browse, view, upload, or delete photos/videos already on your camera, remotely from the app
- Choose to upload RAW or JPG only.
- Wirelessly pan, tilt, or zoom your camera (2 or 3-axis motorized control)
- Remotely start or stop a video recording, and wirelessly monitor the video being recorded
- Record videos wirelessly EVEN IF your camera does NOT have video recording capability
- Wirelessly change camera focus, or do focus stacking
- Experimental "tracking" feature automatically pans and tilts the camera to follow a moving subject keeping it centered in the frame
- Built in multi level HDR, advanced Time-lapse intervalometer, bulb ramping etc.
- Scripting language gives you complete control of your camera, change settings, pan/tilt/zoom, focus stacking, HDR/time-lapse, bulb ramping, ramp any camera setting (ISO, WB, Aperture etc), add new features etc.
- Scripting is performed by the CamsFormer hardware, so your phone, tablet, or computer is not needed after start
- 150 built in digital imaging effects
- CamsFormer can be operated either wirelessly, over a computer network, or over the internet since it includes an Ethernet jack.
- Infinity mode lets you take pictures forever without running out of camera memory
- Automatically backup pictures to your smart phone, tablet, or computer
HIGH SPEED TRIGGERING
As mentioned above, CamsFormer has 4 high speed triggering channels that operate in parallel. Two channels can trigger 2 different cameras, and the other two channels can trigger two different flashes. Technically, a total of three cameras and two flashes can be connected to CamsFormer at the same time. Trigger delay can vary anywhere from micro seconds to about 32 seconds, with 255 different triggering levels. For each channel, you can specify the number of times to trigger your camera or flash. For example when something breaks the laser beam, you can set it to take 10 pictures in a row with selectable time delay between pictures.
You can specify the shutter to trigger if the sensor reading goes below or above the trigger point, or when the sensor changes by a certain amount within or outside a certain range. You can also specify how long to wait before it automatically re-arms, and many other parameters. When CamsFormer takes a picture, it can automatically upload that picture wirelessly so you can see/save it remotely on your phone, tablet, or computer monitor instantly without running back and forth to check your camera every time.
COMBINING TRIGGERING CHANNELS
You can also combine individual triggering channels. For example you can set it so that it triggers when its dark, AND it detects a sound, AND there is motion all at the same time for example. Or, you can set it to trigger when its dark, OR it detects an sound, OR it detects motion. You can also use the simple scripting language to create any kind of triggering scenario you want. For example you can write a simple script that waits for it to detect motion. Then instead of taking still pictures, start a video recording while panning the camera back and forth a few times. Scripts are executed on the CamsFormer hardware itself so, once set up, it wont keep your phone, tablet, or computer hostage for hours in order to run time-lapse, intervalometer, or scripts.
CamsFormer includes built in sensors that can detect light, lightning, laser, sound, and motion. You can also plug in a plurality of external sensors such as pressure, temperature, humidity, touch, ultrasonic, radio frequency, distance, and more.
The built in light sensor can trigger your camera or flash when the light level goes above or below a certain level, or changes by a certain amount or goes outside or inside a certain range. For example you can trigger your camera when someone turns on or off a light in a room, or something enters a room changing the light level or casts a shadow. Or use it to simply detect if its day, evening, or night, or to read the light level in order to adjust the ISO, shutter speed, or aperture when running a script for example.
CamsFormer's light sensor can trigger your camera to take a picture when it detects lightning of various sizes and intensities. For example adjust the sensor to detect large or small lightning bolts. You don't need to sit for hours with your finger on the shutter button waiting for a lightning bolt to strike at some unknown time in the future. CamsFormer can do it for you. It can also trigger other atmospheric events as long as it generates a significant enough change in light to be detected.
The laser sensor can easily detect when something breaks a laser beam. Then it can trigger your camera or flash to capture the event. For example, if you want to capture the splash created by a drop of water, or the splash made when a strawberry hits a bowl of milk, simply place the laser beam in the path of the water droplet or the strawberry.
When the water droplet or strawberry breaks the laser beam, CamsFormer can trigger your flash in a dark room, for example to capture the event. All you have to do is adjust the time delay to capture the part of the splash that you desire. You can adjust the time delay anywhere from micro seconds up to 32 seconds, which is fast enough even to capture a bullet!!
The sound sensor can trigger your camera or flash when it detects a sound. You can adjust the desired sound level to trigger the shutter at using the app, from quiet to loud sounds.
It's an awesome way to capture fast events that generate a sound.
Show your creativity using the sound sensor to capture awesome pictures.
However, if you want to capture a very high speed event, such as a bottle breaking, or a balloon popping, it would be best to trigger a flash from the sound instead of triggering your camera directly. Even if triggered instantly, the camera itself takes around 50 milliseconds to take the picture, by that time a high speed event will already be gone.
However, a flash is much faster and can easily capture an event that happens in the low milli-second range such as a bullet, balloon or bottle breaking. The standard way to accomplish this would be to trigger the flash, then have the camera set to bulb mode or a long exposure where the shutter is already open in a completely dark room. In this situation, the only light the camera will see is from the sound triggered flash which will freeze the event for the camera. Then all you have to do is to adjust the time delay to capture the event at the right time to get a perfect picture.
SENSOR - WILD LIFE TRIGGER TRAP
The built in infra-red motion sensor can trigger your camera when something moves anywhere in a large area. It operates like a wildlife motion sensing trigger trap, that triggers your camera automatically when it detects any motion, such as from an animal or a bird.
You can even trigger your camera to take multiple pictures when it detects motion, then automatically wait for the motion to stop before re-arming itself.
REMOTE CAMERA TETHERING
CamsFormer lets you control the camera itself by letting you to remotely see or change settings such as the cameras ISO, white balance, shutter speed, aperture, drive mode, exposure compensation, metering, etc.
CamsFormer also lets you see a real-time live view of your cameras viewfinder remotely from the app. As you shoot, full resolution pictures are wirelessly uploaded from the camera and viewed/stored on your smart phone, tablet, or computer.
You can manually trigger the camera by pressing the shutter button on the camera itself, or from the app. Remotely view, or delete pictures or videos that are already on the camera from the app. You can even remotely start and stop a video recording, and wirelessly monitor the video being recorded. CamsFormer lets you remotely change the camera focus, and remotely pan, tilt, and zoom your camera using its built in 2/3-axis PWM motor controller.
The experimental "subject tracking" feature automatically pans or tilts the camera to "follow" a moving subject, automatically keeping it centered in the frame while taking a video of yourself walking around, for example.
The infinity mode allows you to keep shooting pictures forever without running out of memory on the camera.
CamsFormer BASIC is a easy to learn scripting language designed, especially for photographers. Scripting lets you take charge of the complete system, create your own version of HDR, bulb ramping, time lapse, or just control the camera anyway you want. Scripting lets you add your own features, letting CamsFormer be infinitely expandable, and lets you share scripts with other photographers. With scripting you can read sensor levels, set up your own triggering scenarios, make your own calculations or camera adjustments on what exposure you want for a given light level, then set the exposure, metering, ISO, shutter speed, aperture etc to what you want using the script. Scripting lets you automate your photography. There is no limit to the number of different scripts that can be saved. The possibilities are endless. Your mom would be proud.
PTZ - Pan Tilt Zoom
CamsFormer can wirelessly control a motorized 3-axis pan, tilt, zoom head, allowing you to remotely point your camera to where you want using the app, or use it during video recording, scripting, or a time-lapse to create additional visual effects. The picture above shows it connected to the Bescor 2-axis MP-360 motorized Pan/Tilt head.
150 BUILT IN PHOTO EFFECTS
CamsFormer has over 150 digital special effects you can apply to your photos, right in the app. Effects include vignette, motion blur, zoom blur, fish eye, adjust color saturation, sharpen, noise reduction, adjust exposure, gamma, color temperature, and lots more. Then easily upload your photos to the cloud, face book, twitter, or just send them to your mom.
CamsFormer has an advanced intervalometer function that lets you take a number of pictures at set intervals. While the intervalometer is running, you can set it to pan and tilt your camera in steps, or continuously, change the shutter speed, white balance, aperture, or any other setting to create multi-level HDR pictures, focus stacking, bulb ramping (or ramp any other camera setting), or moving time-lapse videos.
Use the scripting language to create your own special version of HDR or time-lapse that nobody has ever seen before, or use it to automatically adjust the exposure to what you want, to compensate for time of day or lighting conditions, non-linear time-lapse/bulb ramping that speed up or slow down. The possibility are limitless.
With the super ultra high technology of CamsFormer attached to your camera, you will obtain the privilege of looking down on regular cameras for the rest of your life.
With the exception of small changes or enhancements or last minute engineering changes, CamsFormer is ready for production. With your backing, we can transform CamsFormer into an amazing product that we are sure will become your BFF for life.
CamsFormer has three main features, high speed triggering, remote tethering camera control, and pan/tilt/zoom.
High Speed Triggering: Almost all cameras and flashes will work with the high speed triggering features, as long your camera or flash has the remote cable release/triggering port/PC Sync Port/Hot shoe adapter port, you should be good to go with all the high speed triggering features.
The Pan/Tilt/Zoom: Supported by ALL cameras, CamsFormer currently supports Bescor MP101/MP360. Support for other motorized heads is planned.
Wireless Camera Tethering: The wireless camera tethering features are totally dependent on the capability of your particular camera. Since cameras have different capability, not all features are supported by all cameras, and, CamsFormer may only support a sub set of the features for your particular camera.
SUPPORTED SMART PHONES
We currently have completed apps for iPhone, iPad, and MAC computer. We have recently upgraded all software to iOS-8. The Android version is being worked on.
The CamsFormer firmware can be updated and flashed wirelessly at anytime, so you will always have access to the latest version of the firmware as new enhancements and any bug fixes become available in the future.
WHY DO WE NEED THE MONEY
We need the money mainly to bring the product to market, for manufacturing, last minute engineering changes, and possibly to design a new plastic housing to improve its cosmetic appearance.
OUR CORE TEAM (partial list)
- Clive - Founder
- Hugh - Manufacturing
- Nigel - App/Engineering
Our team has been in the engineering field designing products for over 25 years. We have previously successfully designed, manufactured, and sold, wireless camera accessories, camera triggers, remote control, and PTZ controllers, so we got the idea to combine everything into one device, hence the CamsFormer idea was born.
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Risks and challenges
CamsFormer is a fully working device with a few things still left to do. We may need to make cosmetic changes to the plastic housing and packaging, and possibly some last minute engineering changes. We have hardware suppliers that we have done business with many times in the past, so we know them and what to expect. Risk has been reduced with some open source elements. The iOS and embedded software is 95% completed and tested, just some additional tweaks are required, but no show stoppers are foreseen, although anything can happen in the real world. However, the overall risk is minimized due to the fact that is already working as you can see the actual device in the videos. We have done manufacturing and fulfilment many times in the past, so we are very confident. We will try our best to stick to the schedule, keep you updated every step of the way, and to deliver high quality product to our backers so they can enjoy CamsFormer to the fullest!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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