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Mailinglist:PanoTools NG
Sender:Christian Bloch
Date/Time:11-Apr-2010 23:03:35 +0200
Subject:Re: Open Camera Control project


> Is not byanymeans a usb-host controlling.
> The one who makes first an openhardware USB controlling for cameras, wins...


You're absolutely right. When I made that OCC page I may have been a bit too over-selling the good points, and neglecting some of the shortcomings. The reason is that I want people to jump on it and help improve it. Because that is the true advantage of this project: It's completely Open Source. In hardware and software. It is a project for people that like to tinker with their camera, not for people looking to buy a finished product. And if anyone is able to figure out how to cram a USB controller onto that board, then please by all means do so and contribute back.

Erik brings up a good point, and yes, for shooting HDR brackets with a Canon there are better alternatives. Promote Control, HDRJack, MagicLantern... But again - OCC is more universal and more open. 

You can have OCC remote control an AstroTrack motor head and shoot HDR brackets with that.
You can use the source code and adapt it to Android, WebOS, iPhone/iPad....
You can connect it to the DSLR of your choice. Olympus, Sigma, Casio are tested, pretty much any other may work.
You can use it as foundation to build and test your own shooting software idea. The "Sound Trigger" app is one of these creative ideas, maybe there are more things you can only do with a fully programmable touchscreen remote?

Also, it already existed before any of these alternatives, but at that point it was the sole pet project of Steve Chapmen. Rebranding it as OCC and making it all public and open source is a way of keeping the project alive, even if Steve eventually moves on to bigger and better things. Maybe it will be the starting point for some engineering student, maybe some home inventor genius takes it and runs ahead. Who knows? 

As a matter of fact, even building the current OCC cable goes over my head. I just offered hosting and making the documentation as appealing and complete as possible. Many others have a better hand with the soldier iron, and there were already 2 major improvements contributed by users. And everyone who actually dives in and builds one, is very happy with this achievement, and mostly everyone adapts it slightly to their particular needs. 

Sorry to get ticked off a bit, it's just that I spent a lot of time on that documentation, and I just hope it was worth it.


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