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BackyardNIKON v1 BETA 01c is ready for download.

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YEAH... a step closer :)

 

*** DOWNLOAD BackyardNIKON v1 BETA 01c ***

http://www.binaryrivers.com/download/setup-BackyardNIKON-v100-BETA01c.exe

 

Please report your findings using this thread. 

 

You can refer to this grid for a quick overview.

http://forum.otelescope.com/post/backyardnikon-v1-beta-progress-grid-6857530?pid=1282424740

 

 

As with other beta releases, the setup.exe is pre-packaged with its own tester license.

 

BETA 01c will install side-by-side to other betas, it will not overwrite BETA 01b.


Thank you for all your support in getting this to a production quality.

 

Guylain & Chris.

 

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Hi there - D600 now works with Live View!

 

I'm using Backyard Nikon on a MacBook Air under VMWare Fusion and Win 8.1 x64

 

When I load the application, connect the camera to the computer then turn the camera on something is accessing the SD cards in the camera for quite a period of time (up to a minute) - I have 2 cards installed in the camera. During this time the memory card access light on the back of the camera is lit.

 

During this time it is not possible to connect to the camera from Backyard Nikon. Once this has completed Backyard Nikon connects successfully (you have to press the connect button again). This is repeatable.

 

Bulb over USB not working on this build.

 

Great job guys!

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Image capture does not work (unless I'm doing something wrong) - although liveview capture seems to work

 

Kevin

 

17:44:13  Licensed to BETA TESTER (support@binaryrivers.com)

17:44:16  Nikon drivers initialized.

17:45:51  Attempting to connect camera...

17:45:57  Camera Not Found!  Make sure it's connected to the PC and turned ON :)

17:46:12  Attempting to connect camera...

17:46:17  Camera Not Found!  Make sure it's connected to the PC and turned ON :)

17:46:56  Attempting to connect camera...

17:47:02  Camera Not Found!  Make sure it's connected to the PC and turned ON :)

17:47:16  Attempting to connect camera...

17:47:17  D600 CONNECTED!

17:47:57  Imaging session started.

17:47:59  Imaging session cancelled

17:47:59  Your camera requires a configured serial cable for BULB or Mirror Lock.

17:48:00  Imaging session cancelled

17:48:31  Imaging session started.

17:48:32  Imaging session cancelled

17:48:32  Your camera requires a configured serial cable for BULB or Mirror Lock.

17:48:33  Imaging session cancelled

17:48:43  Camera SHUTDOWN!

17:56:18  Attempting to connect camera...

17:56:24  D600 CONNECTED!

17:56:31  Imaging session started.

17:56:32  Imaging session cancelled

17:56:32  [kNkMAIDResult_NotSupported] (kNkMAIDCommand_CapStart, 17, kNkMAIDDataType_Null, 0)

17:56:33  Imaging session cancelled

17:56:53  Imaging session started.

17:56:54  Imaging session cancelled

17:56:54  [kNkMAIDResult_NotSupported] (kNkMAIDCommand_CapStart, 17, kNkMAIDDataType_Null, 0)

17:57:55  Planetary imaging started.

17:58:01  Capturing 30.4 frames per second.

17:58:04  100 planetary frames captured.

17:58:36  Planetary_Tv2s_--_Hi-20iso_640x360_20140419-17h58m01s.avi downloaded

17:59:01  Imaging session started.

17:59:01  Imaging session cancelled

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Beta 01c

Nikon D5100

Windows 8 Sp1 64bit

USB mode

 

Having connecting issues. I know its not what you want to hear. My sincere apologies.

 

I try to connect and it won't. I've rebooted, unplugged camera, and powered off/on. Windows Explorer recognizes the D5100 as an external device.

 

I start looking around the file structure to find some log files. I didn't see any but I did notice some old Backyard* directories after I uninstalled the applications. Therefore I deleted them. Then on a whim I try to connect and it connects. Then closed down the application and reopened just to make sure it was still working and it does.

 

I can't imagine deleting those other directories had anything to do with it. I've attached the log files.

 

As its stands now it's working.

 

Thanks SOO much on your hard work. It's very much appreciated!!

logfile-[20140419-11h29m54s493]-[6736]-2014-04-19.txt

logfile-[20140419-11h34m26s582]-[7864]-2014-04-19.txt

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Beta 01c

Nikon D5100

Windows 8 Sp1 64bit

USB mode

 

Having connecting issues. I know its not what you want to hear. My sincere apologies.

 

I try to connect and it won't. I've rebooted, unplugged camera, and powered off/on. Windows Explorer recognizes the D5100 as an external device.

 

I start looking around the file structure to find some log files. I didn't see any but I did notice some old Backyard* directories after I uninstalled the applications. Therefore I deleted them. Then on a whim I try to connect and it connects. Then closed down the application and reopened just to make sure it was still working and it does.

 

I can't imagine deleting those other directories had anything to do with it. I've attached the log files.

 

As its stands now it's working.

 

Thanks SOO much on your hard work. It's very much appreciated!!

 

Thank you for the report.

 

I find Nikon drivers for Windows a bit flakier than those of Canon.  When connected to a PC Nikon cameras have to modes.

 

1) Image transfer mode (the default)

2) PC control mode (the mode BackyardNIKON requires)

 

When the Nikon SDK is initialized and sees a connected camera it is supporse to call upon the Nikon Windows driver to make the switch from mode 1 to mode 2 so the Nikon SDK can connect to the camera (now in PC MODE)

 

I find that that switch is not always occurring... and when it does BackyardNIKON (or any other software) will not be able to establish a connection to the camera.  The issue as far as I know resides in the Nikon Windows driver which is of course out of my control. 

 

The only remedy I found was to reboot the computer to reset the Nikon Windows drivers.  This is a harsh solution... but it's one I have not control over sadly.  This happens to me about 1 out of 50 times.  It is rare but it does occur.

 

Does this makes sense?

 

Guylain

 

 

 

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Hi there - D600 now works with Live View!

 

I'm using Backyard Nikon on a MacBook Air under VMWare Fusion and Win 8.1 x64

 

When I load the application, connect the camera to the computer then turn the camera on something is accessing the SD cards in the camera for quite a period of time (up to a minute) - I have 2 cards installed in the camera. During this time the memory card access light on the back of the camera is lit.

 

During this time it is not possible to connect to the camera from Backyard Nikon. Once this has completed Backyard Nikon connects successfully (you have to press the connect button again). This is repeatable.

 

Bulb over USB not working on this build.

 

Great job guys!

 

Does taking non-bulb pictures work?  Does it download and display images?

 

Thank you for your time

 

Guylain

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Hi there - D600 now works with Live View!

 

Bulb over USB not working on this build.

 

Great job guys!

 

Can you please download BETA 01c again using the link below.  I made a small change for the D600.  I think bulb over USB will work now... unless the D600 does not support bulb over USB...  I'm not sure because I'm still learning which features each camera can do <_>

 

http://www.binaryrivers.com/download/setup-BackyardNIKON-v100-BETA01c.exe

 

Thank you

 

Guylain

 

 

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Beta 01c, Nikon D7100, USB, Win7 64bit

 

I've noted that if I power off camera without disconnecting app first it won't connect again unless I restart the app (just says attempting to connect and does nothing).

 

Had another play with planetary mode...

Don't know if the shutter, aperture and ISO in the plan settings are supposed to work yet but don't seem to affect the capture.

Always does 640x424 at 30fps for me and exposure seems automatic.

Also appears to take about 5mins for a queued 20 frame capture to download - shows suspended so guess it waiting on something.

 

Don't know if the 5x zoom is supposed to be there yet, but it isn't on mine.

Would be nice to be able to crop VGA avi from part of D7100's 6000x4000 frame rather than grabbing entire frame at VGA res :)

 

 

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Beta 01c, Nikon D7100, USB, Win7 64bit

 

I've noted that if I power off camera without disconnecting app first it won't connect again unless I restart the app (just says attempting to connect and does nothing).

 

Odd, I've tested that on D7000 and D5300 and the BackyardNIKON should receive a camera shutdown event and close properly.

 

Send me the log file at support@binaryrivers.com and I'll take a look.

 

Log files are in "My Pictures\BackyardTEMP\logs"

 

Thank you

 

Guylain

 

 

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Beta 01c, Nikon D7100, USB, Win7 64bit

 

Had another play with planetary mode...

Don't know if the shutter, aperture and ISO in the plan settings are supposed to work yet but don't seem to affect the capture.

Always does 640x424 at 30fps for me and exposure seems automatic.

Also appears to take about 5mins for a queued 20 frame capture to download - shows suspended so guess it waiting on something.

 

Don't know if the 5x zoom is supposed to be there yet, but it isn't on mine.

Would be nice to be able to crop VGA avi from part of D7100's 6000x4000 frame rather than grabbing entire frame at VGA res :)

 

 

Nikon cameras do not work like Canon.  These settings are not live... Nikon only read these values and applies them when you START live view, not during <_>

 

The workaround is:

 

1) Pause live view (button in the lower right corner)

2) Change aperture and ISO.

3) Resume live view (same button as step #1)

 

That should work.

 

There is no cropping done in these release so far.  This is actually tricky with Nikon so I have not tackled that to date.

 

Where did it show suspended?  It should not.

 

Thank you, I like getting feedback :)

 

Guylain

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Hi there - D600 now works with Live View!

 

Bulb over USB not working on this build.

 

Great job guys!

 

Can you please download BETA 01c again using the link below.  I made a small change for the D600.  I think bulb over USB will work now... unless the D600 does not support bulb over USB...  I'm not sure because I'm still learning which features each camera can do <_<

 

http://www.binaryrivers.com/download/setup-BackyardNIKON-v100-BETA01c.exe

 

Thank you

 

Guylain

 

 

Hi there - still no image capture (bulb or otherwise). Here's the log history...

 

19:34:53  Licensed to BETA TESTER (support@binaryrivers.com)

19:34:58  Nikon drivers initialized.

19:36:31  Attempting to connect camera...

19:36:32  D600 CONNECTED!

19:36:40  Imaging session started.

19:36:41  Imaging session cancelled

19:36:41  [kNkMAIDResult_NotSupported] (kNkMAIDCommand_CapStart, 17, kNkMAIDDataType_Null, 0)

19:36:42  Imaging session cancelled

19:36:54  Imaging session started.

19:36:55  Imaging session cancelled

19:36:55  [kNkMAIDResult_NotSupported] (kNkMAIDCommand_CapStart, 17, kNkMAIDDataType_Null, 0)

19:36:56  Imaging session cancelled

 

HTH

 

Kevin

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Hi there - still no image capture (bulb or otherwise). Here's the log history...

 

19:34:53  Licensed to BETA TESTER (support@binaryrivers.com)

19:34:58  Nikon drivers initialized.

19:36:31  Attempting to connect camera...

19:36:32  D600 CONNECTED!

19:36:40  Imaging session started.

19:36:41  Imaging session cancelled

19:36:41  [kNkMAIDResult_NotSupported] (kNkMAIDCommand_CapStart, 17, kNkMAIDDataType_Null, 0)

19:36:42  Imaging session cancelled

19:36:54  Imaging session started.

19:36:55  Imaging session cancelled

19:36:55  [kNkMAIDResult_NotSupported] (kNkMAIDCommand_CapStart, 17, kNkMAIDDataType_Null, 0)

19:36:56  Imaging session cancelled

 

HTH

 

Kevin

 

Thanks Kevin, looks like the D600 is going to be a challenge <_>

 

Can you send me the full log file at support@binaryrivers.com.

 

Log files are located in "My Pictures\BackyardTEMP\logs"

 

Thank you

 

Guylain

 

 

 

 

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Guylain,

 

Nikon D300s appears to connect okay in beta .01C... Computer is HP DV6T laptop with i3 2.6 GHz CPU, 6 GB RAM, USB_2.0,  Windows 7 Pro 64 bit operating system...

 

A quick daytime test shows live view in frame and focus is working great. Later this afternoon if the weather stays clear I will get out the CG-5 mount and hook up the DSUSB unit and see if I can get any images with it. Being on Cape Cod, the weather is extremely variable this time of year, while we've got a clear sky and sunshine at the moment, the forecast is for clouds so we'll just have to wait and see what happens.

 

However that the Nikon D300s connects and displays a live view image is very exciting definitely good progress.

 

 

 

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Guylain,

 

Nikon D300s appears to connect okay in beta .01C... Computer is HP DV6T laptop with i3 2.6 GHz CPU, 6 GB RAM, USB_2.0,  Windows 7 Pro 64 bit operating system...

 

A quick daytime test shows live view in frame and focus is working great. Later this afternoon if the weather stays clear I will get out the CG-5 mount and hook up the DSUSB unit and see if I can get any images with it. Being on Cape Cod, the weather is extremely variable this time of year, while we've got a clear sky and sunshine at the moment, the forecast is for clouds so we'll just have to wait and see what happens.

 

However that the Nikon D300s connects and displays a live view image is very exciting definitely good progress.

 

 

 

Let me know when you test taking pictures, bulb and no bulb; I'll update the progress grid here.

http://forum.otelescope.com/post/backyardnikon-v1-beta-progress-grid-6857530?pid=1282424740

 

Thanks

 

Guylain

 

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No joy with the D610. BN just says connecting and then times out. I don't understand what it is about the D610 because Sequence Generator Pro can't connect either. 

 

My computer is an Apple MBA running Windows 7 ultimate via Parallels. I can connect the camera as Windows recognizes and I can connect to digiCamControl.

 

Dave

 

 

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Nikon cameras do not work like Canon.  These settings are not live... Nikon only read these values and applies them when you START live view, not during <_<

 

The workaround is:

 

1) Pause live view (button in the lower right corner)

2) Change aperture and ISO.

3) Resume live view (same button as step #1)

 

That should work.

 

There is no cropping done in these release so far.  This is actually tricky with Nikon so I have not tackled that to date.

 

Where did it show suspended?  It should not.

 

Thank you, I like getting feedback :)

 

Guylain

 

Thanks for the tip.

 

At first I thought it wasn't creating the avi's then noticed a number in the bottom right 'camera information center' frame which has 'Suspended: Image(s) in queue waiting for processin' tooltip (most text in textblocks seems truncated on my machine - suspect it's a font issue).  Seems to dequeue them every five mins when left alone.

 

Another nice feature would be to save the camera settings and restore them on disconnect - for lazy people like me :)

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No joy with the D610. BN just says connecting and then times out. I don't understand what it is about the D610 because Sequence Generator Pro can't connect either. 

 

My computer is an Apple MBA running Windows 7 ultimate via Parallels. I can connect the camera as Windows recognizes and I can connect to digiCamControl.

 

Dave

 

 

Send my the full log file, I want to see if at least the SDK sees it.  If it does I will see evidence of that in the log files.

 

It could also be that the D610 has a in-camera setting to set to "PC Control" from the default "Image Download" when connected to a PC.

 

I will let the BETA 01 continue in it's current state... at the end if I see I can not get it to connect I will rent one for a weekend and try to get it working. 

 

The D610 uses the Nikon driver Type0008.  It is possible that there is a issue with it.  Please run the following test.

 

1) Go into the BYN install folder, then into Nikon\ folder.  Delete all folders except Type0008.

2) REBOOT your computer the start BYN

3) Does it connect?  If yes it will confirm that there is an issue will all drivers are also loaded... and that I can fix relatively easily.  Let's hope it does :)

 

Guylain

 

 

 

 

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No joy with the D610. BN just says connecting and then times out. I don't understand what it is about the D610 because Sequence Generator Pro can't connect either. 

 

My computer is an Apple MBA running Windows 7 ultimate via Parallels. I can connect the camera as Windows recognizes and I can connect to digiCamControl.

 

Dave

 

 

digiCamControl is not using the Nikon SDK, I believe he uses the PTP protocol.  I wouldn't know where to start to use the PTP protocol to communicate with the camera.  I'm not familiar with it at all.

 

Guylain

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No joy with the D610. BN just says connecting and then times out. I don't understand what it is about the D610 because Sequence Generator Pro can't connect either. 

 

My computer is an Apple MBA running Windows 7 ultimate via Parallels. I can connect the camera as Windows recognizes and I can connect to digiCamControl.

 

Dave

 

Just a thought as I have a D600 - are you waiting for the memory card access light to stop illuminating / flickering? This can take over a minute (on mine) - once this has finished mine connects fine. Just check if this is happening on yours. It happens every time I connect the camera to the computer and then load backyard nikon. If I try and connect before this process has finished it won't connect on mine. Kev

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No joy with the D610. BN just says connecting and then times out. I don't understand what it is about the D610 because Sequence Generator Pro can't connect either. 

 

My computer is an Apple MBA running Windows 7 ultimate via Parallels. I can connect the camera as Windows recognizes and I can connect to digiCamControl.

 

Dave

 

Just a thought as I have a D600 - are you waiting for the memory card access light to stop illuminating / flickering? This can take over a minute (on mine) - once this has finished mine connects fine. Just check if this is happening on yours. It happens every time I connect the camera to the computer and then load backyard nikon. If I try and connect before this process has finished it won't connect on mine. Kev

 

This looks to me like a bug in the Nikon Windows driver.  The default initial initialization of the camera when connecting to a PC is "Image Download" mode.  It is possible that the initializing that mode tries to read the card.  Once that is done it switches to "PC Operated" mode and this is the mode required for software to control the camera.

 

On most model this takes just a second or 2.

 

What it you remove the card and set the camera to take images without a card.  Does it still take that long?

 

Guylain

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No joy with the D610. BN just says connecting and then times out. I don't understand what it is about the D610 because Sequence Generator Pro can't connect either. 

 

My computer is an Apple MBA running Windows 7 ultimate via Parallels. I can connect the camera as Windows recognizes and I can connect to digiCamControl.

 

Dave

 

Just a thought as I have a D600 - are you waiting for the memory card access light to stop illuminating / flickering? This can take over a minute (on mine) - once this has finished mine connects fine. Just check if this is happening on yours. It happens every time I connect the camera to the computer and then load backyard nikon. If I try and connect before this process has finished it won't connect on mine. Kev

 

This looks to me like a bug in the Nikon Windows driver.  The default initial initialization of the camera when connecting to a PC is "Image Download" mode.  It is possible that the initializing that mode tries to read the card.  Once that is done it switches to "PC Operated" mode and this is the mode required for software to control the camera.

 

On most model this takes just a second or 2.

 

What it you remove the card and set the camera to take images without a card.  Does it still take that long?

 

Guylain

 

 

Without any cards installed it is ready to connect immediately - no waiting

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Without any cards installed it is ready to connect immediately - no waiting

 

There you go.  That confirms what I thought.  The Nikon Windows driver goes into a spin trying to read the card assuming the user will want to download images <_>

 

What happens if you have no images on the card?  Does the time increase with the number of images on the card or is the 1 minute wait static?

 

Guylain

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Success! Removing the memory cards did the trick. It looks like everything works too!

 

Dave

 

So the D610 connects without a card.

 

What about live view, taking non-bulb pictures, bulb pictures, and do the image download and display on screen?

 

Guylain

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Sorry, I'm new to the interface so I am learning by trial and error.

 

Live view works and I can take images, and they are displayed, but only in Av mode. Nothing happens when I try to take an image in bulb mode (camera is set to M).

 

I'll report back when I have more time to try everything out. 

 

Dave

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Sorry, I'm new to the interface so I am learning by trial and error.

 

Live view works and I can take images, and they are displayed, but only in Av mode. Nothing happens when I try to take an image in bulb mode (camera is set to M).

 

I'll report back when I have more time to try everything out. 

 

Dave

 

Dave, you need a serial cable (or a DSUSB cable) to do bulb images with the 600D.  Do you have one?

 

You should be able to take TV images with the dial set to M.  Just select a value other than bulb form the pull down in the capture plan.  Let my know if that works.  If AV images are working so should TV images up to 30 seconds.

 

Guylain

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