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Digital Bolex, a 2K RAW Digital Cinema camera for $3K.
Digital Bolex, a 2K RAW Digital Cinema camera for $3K.
Digital Bolex, a 2K RAW Digital Cinema camera for $3K.
440 backers pledged $262,661 to help bring this project to life.

Small Camera Update

Hey Kickstarter,

I am waiting on two pieces of information to create a bigger camera update with some really cool stuff, but it is going to take another week or so, so I thought I would do a little camera update in the mean time.

1st as some of you have seen in other places we are sticking with CF cards, we were thinking about changing to SD cards because of the price and some interesting projections for the future of SD, but in testing it turned out that the SD cards were significantly slower, even when advertised as the same speed.

2nd we are hiring a new Project / Production Manager on the electronics design team to really spear head the work flow of this project, work on schedules, and help us ramp up to higher production numbers soon. We have already hired 3 additional software engineers and 2 additional hardware guys who are all working on this camera full time. That makes it 9 people full time and 10 people part time, so we have a team of 19 people working on this camera right now!

3rd, the software designed by Pomfort is going well! They have created the basic transcoding function, next step is to integrate it with the rest of the software, and create the best workflow we can think of.

This is some of the things we will be talking about in the bigger camera update; body design, a set of Bolex S16mm C-mount lenses, new crank feature, new website functionality, and of course delivery date.

I know we are so close, and everyone is excited to get their hands on one or at least read news from people that have gotten their hands on one, but please be patient, I assure you we are working as fast as we can :)

Thank you all for your support,     Joe


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    1. Weston Woodbury on July 23, 2012

      Great, thanks. Cheers!

    2. Joe Rubinstein 2-time creator on July 22, 2012

      Hi Brian,

      133x rating means transfer speed of: 133 * 150 kbyte/s = 19,950 kbyte/s ~ 20 Mbyte/s. Since we use a dual card system it will transfer at 40Mbyte/s. This should be fast enough. Faster cards will give you faster transfer rates, but 133x is the minimum speed we recommend for use with the D16.
      Thanks, Joe

    3. Brian Morgan on July 21, 2012

      133X is fast enough? I thought we need a 90mbs CF card or more? which is like 300X?

    4. Joe Rubinstein 2-time creator on July 21, 2012

      Please participate in the forum on our website, you can start your own thread which I will answer or contribute to one of the ongoing threads like this one:

      Thanks! Joe

    5. Joe Rubinstein 2-time creator on July 21, 2012

      Hey Guys,

      Thanks for the encouragement I'm working on a much longer blog for the website with a little history and more of the technical challenges we've faced in it for you.

      Stefan, Yes 133x CF cards are perfect for the D16, and 4 is a pretty good number of them if you have a fast CF card reader for your computer.

      Ashley, We are not going to release the camera till it's right, at least electronically, firm ware updates and software updates are sure to be part of our future though :)

      Thanks for your support, Joe

    6. Ashley Horner on July 21, 2012

      I think I speak for many of us in that I'm happy to wait and get the camera right, rather than rush to keep one hundred or so backers on time for an august promise. The DB will run for a long time when you get it right. Keep on keeping on! Best Ashley

    7. Weston Woodbury on July 20, 2012

      Great update Joe, as always appreciated.

      This may not be the right place, not sure where else to comment or find where you've perhaps addressed it before -- what are some of your thoughts on the BMD cam at it's price overall? If anything specific, response to hd-sdi out at the price point, in comparison to DB with hdmi only+upgrade?

    8. Stefan Sargent on July 20, 2012

      Hi Joe - I bought four Transcend 32GB 133x Compact Flash cards for a nanoFlash that I never bought! Was just about to eBay them. Are these OK for my Digital Bolex? - thanks, Stefan

    9. Anthony Di Ninno on July 20, 2012

      Yes indeed, thanks for the update Joe.

    10. Nikita Pavlov on July 20, 2012

      Thanks a lot for this update, this is really important for us!

      Keep going!