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OLD INFORMATION AS OF 6th of August 2008:
The current state of affairs, for the time of writing this thread, is that:
0) The current donation jackpot is at 198$ - collected from 10 members.
0.1) The money will remain in the jackpot till the majority of those involved agree to a reasonable extent - to whom and how much of the money is transferred to
1) The HV30 (PAL) and HF10 (PAL?) firmware were released
2) Both were decrypted
3) Reports on this forum (please search) that the HV20 firmware will be
released before the end of 2008
4) It is assumed that the HV20 firmware will also be reasonably easy to
decrypt (doubtful that Canon would use a totally different encryption)
5) Technical discussion on the CHDK forums about this project: http://chdk.setepontos.com/index.php/topic,1641.0.html
5.1) WIKI: http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/HF10/100_Firmware_Analysis
5.2) WIKI: http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/HV20
5.3) WIKI: http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/HV30_Firmware_Analysis
If you'd like to help out - have some faith. No one is going to donate to the jackpot AFTER everything is ironed out and working - the jackpot is to be able to Get there.
To get there, those who want to see this happen, will really need to have some faith. By now we have decrypted firmware, and people that are doing their best - to move forward.
This also opens up the door for others to step right in on a Technical level, as bits and pieces of the decrypted firmware are OPENLY AVAILABLE through the links mentioned above.
To those who want to donate yet are afraid the money would be mis-used:
1) An attempt to have a moderator / HV20.com sponsor this, and/or hold the money has been made - and Taki/HV20.com refused. Too bad, again, I'm always open to having someone more senior than me reputation wise, take the money and be the 'piggybank'
2) It's not the easiest of choices, picking who gets how much money under which circumstances - if you guys want to devise rules / votes / what not - Please, I support that notion - coupled with notion #1 - I think it'd be alot more helpful to the cause than me deciding anything.
How do we move forward?
Read point #1 - If you think you're senior (with a bazillion posts and people here trust you) - contact me -
I'm just a vocal piggy bank with A-lot of online experience, and alot of involvement in various projects (I also own and manage http://hardware.GamersHell.com - which will soon relaunch into a new version!)
We need broken HV30's and/or HF10's - I'm guessing that'd be most ideal immediate need right now.
Suggest strategies that are relevant to the open source nature of the work being made (everyone contributes something) - find Broken HV30's or HF10's - that way there will be little risk of people 'misusing' the money (unless broken HV30's and HF10's are useful :-)
Be positive. Without positive thinking, this project will not work. the Piggy bank in the end is a means to an end: Have the resources to motivate, test and deploy a solution for us all.
If you're still worried and don't want to donate? Fine - Don't. If you would like to help but are worried that your donation would be misused - please help form a strategy that would work for YOU.
Donate here: http://hv20firmwarehack.chipin.com/hv20-firmware-hack
And please, do discuss the matters in a constructive way in this thread ^_^
Alright folks -
For those who have been tinkering with the HV20/30, know very well that we're being locked down by the firmware.
For those that already know about the jackpot - it's being re-opened, read ahead to understand the happenings!
JackPot URL: http://hv20firmwarehack.chipin.com/hv20-firmware-hack
After researching things - It seems that generally speaking, a hacked firmware should potentially open up most features of the bigger brother of the HV20, being locked down through software (by the firmware)
Who's the bigger brother? The XH A1, and it uses exactly the same chip and OS.
So what features are we likely to get? I'll mention the predominant ones for me:
http://www.usa.canon.com/app/html/HD...me_rates.shtmlWith the XH A1's Custom Functions capability, you can establish the camera settings best suited to your preference. Three custom functions (C.Fn1, C.Fn2 and C.Fn3) are provided. Each custom function allows a total of 21 main items to be selected. All three custom functions can be recorded on a memory card, and can then be downloaded to another camcorder.
What this likely means, is that PAL/NTSC is software switchable.60i, 30F, 24F: The XH A1 delivers 1080i HD resolution, along with selectable frame rates of 60i, 30F and 24F. For high-speed subjects, 30 Frame delivers optimal clarity; 24 Frame gives the look and motion of film. An optional upgrade enables 50i/25F frame rates.
http://www.usa.canon.com/app/html/HD...software.shtmlSet image quality adjustments and store them as 9 different presets for later use or for exporting to other camcorders
and ofcourse, manual control over gain/aperture/exposure/...Console software allows you to control multiple functions of the camera remotely from your laptop. Whether you're changing camera settings like f-stop and white balance, capturing your footage directly onto your hard-drive, or monitoring a live video signal using the built-in Vectorscope and Waveform Monitor, the CONSOLE software puts all of the necessary professional functions at your fingertips.