..made some photos and a lot of 3d video on the first day of the camp already.
I hope that my 5th attempt to upload at least the opening ceremony as a 3d video to YouTube now works.
At the end of the day I simply collapsed into my car to sleep. (drive all night and then had a camp day....)

update: video upload finally worked!

Update 2: My little video got mentioned on the CCC twitter stream.


3d dual remote shutter for Panasonic GH1

Just before CCCamp (where I plan to film in 3d a lot),
I managed to solder myself a dual remote shutter to
get both of my cameras to release the shutter at the same time
or start a video recording at the same time.

More on this later....

Battery grip for Panasonic GH1 working

My proof of concept for a battery grip for my Panasonic GH-1 is working.
After a first failed attempt (because red and black wires inside the grip I modified where switched)
I managed to get the Canon 450D -grip working with my GH1 using the default battery-dummy they ship with the camera.
(Optional for the GH2)

I'll take this prototype to CCCamp and start working on the higher level features
like getting the shutter-button to work after the camp.
Then I'll try to write it down as a howto and probably release a video about it too.


getting my sound equipment organised

Preparations for CCCamp are still going on.
I just created myself 2 additional cases like the one I use for my camera equipment but for all the sound-stuff that has piled up.
I also got myself some Yellow+Green tape to make what cables and equipment is mine and added this unusual color-code to the Hx² wiki -entry about the studio we'll have at the camp.

As I already started by getting my Zoom H4n USB-powered I hope to get a first proof-of-concept for a battery grip for one of my GH1 cameras working.
With some additional SD-cards that should grant me enough recording-time to cover what I want to cover using either multiple camera angles or 3D video. Both with external, high quality sound.


Powering a Zoom H4n via USB

Since the Zoom H4n is providing 48V phantom-power two two microphones at once and 7V plugin-power for a lavalier and for any type of recording I can switch between cameras but need one, single, continuous sound-recording.....
The 2 AAA-batteries in the H4n are always dead.
It does have a 230V power-adapter.
In fact, I have two that fit it.
But that's no good on the road.

For my cell-phone I now have this cheap USB-power-supply that I can recharge at any USB-port (and even hand through that power to the real device to charge that too.
Thus only requiring a single USB-port).
As the H4n also runs on 5V, I tried to solder myself a USB-to-H4n adapter and it actually worked!
(GND on the outside, +5V on the center contact)

The nice thing is that the H4n automatically switches between it's batteries and external power.
So now I can even attach USB-power, switch the batteries while drawing USB-power and then run on the fresh batteries when USB-power dies too.