When I visited Elphel Inc. in spring 2010 we went on a 3 day trip to the South Utah Canyonlands. A huge desert area that is famous for it's red rock colors and stone/rock structures and low number of human inhabitants.

Together with Oleg I filmed around 23 GB worth of Elphel video footage there.

After a long time I eventually finished editing this short.

Though I also did learn a few things through this, like camera internal binning is something that should really not be used at all ;)

I shot everything with 2x2 binning in 720p to get the widest possible angle with the lenses we had available. When reviewing the footage after the trip I realised the binning resulted in sub-sampling artifacts all over the image. What a disaster... So I am releasing all stills and videos only at 50% of the intended resolution: 640x360 pixels so you can't see any flaws ;)

I then removed all binning options in Elphelvision.... its better to shoot at the full resolution then you don't get any artifacts!

Another funny story:

Around one week after we shot in this valley Disney rolled in with their trucks to shoot "John Carter (from Mars)" imdb.com/title/tt0401729/ at pretty much the very same spot. I guess the red rocks make it a natural Mars location. Though we got all the good weather and I heard that it started to get really dry and hot just a week after we left, not convenient for shooting anymore... though I guess closer to Mars climate....

More details: apertus.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=114

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The goal of the Apertus project is to create a powerful, free (in terms of liberty) and open cinema camera that we as filmmakers love to use. The idea of using an Elphel camera for this particular purpose was born in 2006, found many followers over the…


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The goal of the Apertus project is to create a powerful, free (in terms of liberty) and open cinema camera that we as filmmakers love to use. The idea of using an Elphel camera for this particular purpose was born in 2006, found many followers over the years and ultimately resulted in this community driven project entitled "Apertus" (word definition) and this website.

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