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Apertus combines Open Hardware and Free Software to build a camera package that is able to record digital cinema formats at high quality standards. It is based on Elphel's free software/open hardware cameras and custom-developed software and hardware.

Operating Systems

Last announcement

Apertus February Update 04 Feb 2012 08:22

Hola amigos, February is upon us, and so is another news update for the Apertus Project. Our new Project Leader, Sebastian Pichelhofer, has created a video introducing the Apertus Project and explaining our intentions. The video has subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Catalan (just press the "CC" button on YouTube's player to choose the one you prefer) As an Apertus Community member, consider it your duty to share this with contacts, friends and professionals whom you think might find this to be of interest. The video's URL is: Though there is a lot more: Pictures of Nathans and Winnies amazing new Apertus Stereo 3D, an Apertus community world map, a 3D model concept of a new Dictator II interface, and much more. Read the full story on

Recent releases

  •  18 Oct 2010 07:56

    Release Notes: The live video stream player was switched from mplayer to VLCj, and this helped to reduce video latency from the camera down to almost realtime (20-40ms, below exposure time of a single frame at 25fps). The video playback GUI to review recorded clips was started. Another big progress is that we have completed our The JP4 RAW to DNG converter was completed, and a GUI was created for it.

    •  23 Nov 2009 12:13

      Release Notes: The ElphelVision viewfinder software now has a professional realtime histogram as well as even more parameters and settings that can be configured. JP4 RAW recording is also possible now, but the Mplayer plugin for live demosaicing of the RAW video for previewing has not yet been implemented.

      •  24 Jul 2009 12:36

        Release Notes: The ElphelVision viewfinder software passed its first 30 commits and is already able to display a live video feed from the camera under Windows and Linux, as well as receive image metadata, send commands and parameters to the camera to change exposure time, and start/stop video recording. There are two new videos available on the Apertus Videos page.


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