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BackyardNIKON v1 BETA 02b is ready for download


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YEAH... a step closer :)

 

A lot of testing was done since BETA02 in to order to find and fix the the nagging connection issue several of you have had using previous BETA's.  Most cases have been linked to either .net 3.5 or c++ 2010 redistributable missing on your computer.  BETA 02b will force the installation these package to ensure you no longer get connection issues.

 

*** DOWNLOAD BackyardNIKON v1 BETA 02b ***

http://www.binaryrivers.com/download/setup-BackyardNIKON-v100-BETA02b.exe

*** CHANGE LOG ***

- Camera connection issues; some camera sdk required .net 3.5 while others required c++ 2010 redistributable.  The installer now includes them.

- Significant performance improvement in the background worker process engine.

- Nikon D800E, D300 support added.

- Planetary video encoding using VirtualDub (see this thread)

- A new beta license key good for 60 days.

- Significant testing on XP, Vista, W7, and W8.

 

 

You can refer to this grid for a quick overview.

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

 

Please report your findings using this thread.

 

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

 

BETA 02b will install side-by-side to other betas, it will not overwrite BETA 02.

 

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

 

Guylain & Chris.

 

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Could you e-mail me a copy.  willcarney@aol.com hopefully aol will allow it.  My windows keeps giving me a "is not commonly downloaded and could harm your computer" error and REFUSES to download the file.  William

 

To big to send in an email.  Disable your anti-virus for the download and try again.

 

Regards,

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Could you e-mail me a copy.  willcarney@aol.com hopefully aol will allow it.  My windows keeps giving me a "is not commonly downloaded and could harm your computer" error and REFUSES to download the file.  William

 

Hi Will,

 

That is not an error... it's a Windows (Vista?) warning.  You need to ignore that warning and install anyway.  There should be an option to continue.

 

Hope this helps,

 

 

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I disabled all and Norton still blocked it.  I did find and restore.  It did install this time.  Before I started I made sure I had all BYN files and folders uninstalled and deleted.  I still get the can not connect and program lockup.  Program has to be closed by task manager.  The computer does "see" the D5100.  I can use Nikon ViewNX2 to transfer picture files from the camera to the computer.  It will also not connect to Camera Control Pro2 but I've started a help with Nikon on that issue.

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Just installed the program on my old laptop running Vista.  It connects but won't fire any bulb exposure it just times out after 120 seconds.  It does fire other shutter speeds.  It does show images taken but takes a little time. For now it also saves the pictures in my specified folder and my name.  Just won't fire bulb.

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I disabled all and Norton still blocked it.  I did find and restore.  It did install this time.  Before I started I made sure I had all BYN files and folders uninstalled and deleted.  I still get the can not connect and program lockup.  Program has to be closed by task manager.  The computer does "see" the D5100.  I can use Nikon ViewNX2 to transfer picture files from the camera to the computer.  It will also not connect to Camera Control Pro2 but I've started a help with Nikon on that issue.

 

Transfer photo and controlling the camera is 2 completely separate communication protocol.  Windows seeing the camera for download does NOT mean it will connect to software for tethered shooting.

 

Regards,

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Just installed the program on my old laptop running Vista.  It connects but won't fire any bulb exposure it just times out after 120 seconds.  It does fire other shutter speeds.  It does show images taken but takes a little time. For now it also saves the pictures in my specified folder and my name.  Just won't fire bulb.

 

Are you using a serial cable with your D5100?  It is required with the D5100 for BULB pictures.

 

Regards,

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Any luck with anyone using a D3s?

 

I have not received any feedback on anyone using the D3s.  Perhaps you're it :)

 

Try it and let me know.  Does the 3Ds have live view?

 

Thanks,

 

 

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Well, I may have answered my own question. Just downloaded the latest beta version and (please be patient I am a complete newbie to this - but I do run a photography business...)

 

- it will connect to the camera and sees it

- I can change any of the settings for ISO, aperture, shutter

- it does take photos and does download them

- when I go into frame and focus - i hear the mirror go up (like it is trying to go into live mode) but nothing comes in - black screen (yes D3s does have Live Mode)

- the sw does read the camera settings (TV?? AV?? guess those are Canon terms :-) )

 

It looks like it will work, but the focus/framing will have to be manual.

 

The latest license said it will expire in 3 days?

 

So here is the part I am stabbing in the dark over.... I connected it with the USB cable to camera, then also connected a DSUSB cable to the 10 pin connector. Not sure if I need both... but thought I did.

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Well, I may have answered my own question. Just downloaded the latest beta version and (please be patient I am a complete newbie to this - but I do run a photography business...)

 

- it will connect to the camera and sees it

- I can change any of the settings for ISO, aperture, shutter

- it does take photos and does download them

- when I go into frame and focus - i hear the mirror go up (like it is trying to go into live mode) but nothing comes in - black screen (yes D3s does have Live Mode)

- the sw does read the camera settings (TV?? AV?? guess those are Canon terms :-) )

 

It looks like it will work, but the focus/framing will have to be manual.

 

The latest license said it will expire in 3 days?

 

So here is the part I am stabbing in the dark over.... I connected it with the USB cable to camera, then also connected a DSUSB cable to the 10 pin connector. Not sure if I need both... but thought I did.

 

Are you sure you downloaded BETA 02b.  The key is good until early September... but you may have to install is a different folder to make sure it does not still use the original BETA 02 license key.

 

I'll check a few things for live view.

 

Thanks,

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I just tried this on a D300 - it seems everything works - taking photos (did not try bulb mode), settings, live mode and downloading the images. It was a little flaky to connect - I had the computer in hibernate and it did not initially see the camera. I unplugged and reconnected the USB cord - no change. I shut BYNikon down and restarted and saw it right away.

 

BTW - this testing was done on a Windows 7 machine.

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I just tried this on a D300 - it seems everything works - taking photos (did not try bulb mode), settings, live mode and downloading the images. It was a little flaky to connect - I had the computer in hibernate and it did not initially see the camera. I unplugged and reconnected the USB cord - no change. I shut BYNikon down and restarted and saw it right away.

 

BTW - this testing was done on a Windows 7 machine.

 

Thank you, I'll update the support grid.  Let me know when you try BULB.

 

Regards,

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Right now I still get the same results with new version as I did with the old version on my Win8/64bit system.  Will not connect then BYN won't close unless closed from task manager.  The older laptop running a fresh Vista/SP2 connects fine.  It will frame/focus,  take just about any shutter speed except bulb.  It will NOT take bulb.  It will save file to any folder I specify and name them my names.  It times out at 120 seconds every time on bulb and won't take the picture.  So the cables are not the issue if they work on one and not the other.  It's a communication glitch somewhere in Win8.  But it's weird that the program won't close at all unless you go to task manager.  It also does not explain why I can't get bulb under Vista.  These are the same cables I used before when I did have it running.

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Right now I still get the same results with new version as I did with the old version on my Win8/64bit system.  Will not connect then BYN won't close unless closed from task manager.  The older laptop running a fresh Vista/SP2 connects fine.  It will frame/focus,  take just about any shutter speed except bulb.  It will NOT take bulb.  It will save file to any folder I specify and name them my names.  It times out at 120 seconds every time on bulb and won't take the picture.  So the cables are not the issue if they work on one and not the other.  It's a communication glitch somewhere in Win8.  But it's weird that the program won't close at all unless you go to task manager.  It also does not explain why I can't get bulb under Vista.  These are the same cables I used before when I did have it running.

 

Will, we need to conclude that your W8 computer is at fault because the issues you are reporting, like the application no closing when you press X are Windows action, yet they fail on your w8 computer.  So unless you are ready to do a fresh install (yikes) of w8 on that computer we need to set it aside for now sadly <_ sorry.>

 

Your Vista/SP2 however seems to behave has expected.  The D5100 requires a serial cable for bulb and I'm guessing that this is why BULB is not working.  Do you have a serial cable to use BULB with your D5100?  If yes is it DSUSB or a real serial cable? 

 

Regards,

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I'm using the DSUB.  The old laptop has some issues and with even the new install of Vista I'm not sure how long it will last.  I'd rather not use it at all, I just put the program on it to test.  That's why I got my new laptop.  If I can't get things working on my new laptop that changes everything.  I will have to reconsider keeping the Nikons.  Although I like the SN ratio better than most similar Canon's and they all don't have a tilt screen which I really need when I don't use a computer.  I was going to have this D5100 modified full spectrum and get a D5300 for normal stuff.  I don't want to do a reinstall on the new laptop.  I'll loose hundreds of dollars of software.  I lost close to a thousand on the old laptop when they had to reinstall Vista.  I appreciate the attempt.

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I'm using the DSUB.  The old laptop has some issues and with even the new install of Vista I'm not sure how long it will last.  I'd rather not use it at all, I just put the program on it to test.  That's why I got my new laptop.  If I can't get things working on my new laptop that changes everything.  I will have to reconsider keeping the Nikons.  Although I like the SN ratio better than most similar Canon's and they all don't have a tilt screen which I really need when I don't use a computer.  I was going to have this D5100 modified full spectrum and get a D5300 for normal stuff.  I don't want to do a reinstall on the new laptop.  I'll loose hundreds of dollars of software.  I lost close to a thousand on the old laptop when they had to reinstall Vista.  I appreciate the attempt.

 

Do you select DSUSB in BYN in the cable select pulldown in the image capture plan center?

 

Regards,

 

 

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Hi,

I am testing backyardNikon beta02b for use with a Nikon D600 (testing on a Windows8.1 64bit desktop, plan to also test on Surface Pro 3). A few issues I am having so far:

 

1. Images (RAW+JPEG) captured using "Start Capture" are stored in BackyardTEMP folder, but are not being displayed in Image Center (no thumbnails either). Image shows up with "Preview". Not sure if this is how it is supposed to work.

 

2. In bulb mode, the image is present once again in BackyardTEMP folder, but I get the following error:

 

02:24:11  Imaging session cancelled
02:24:11  [kNkMAIDResult_ValueOutOfBounds] (kNkMAIDCommand_CapStart, 33560, kNkMAIDDataType_GenericPtr, 272557812)
02:24:12  Imaging session cancelled

 

Also has issue 1 above - no image is displayed, but this time with either "Start Capture" or "Preview".

 

Thanks

Chandu

 

PS: Log file is attached

 

logfile-[20140708-02h07m05s411]-[1704]-2014-07-08.txt

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Hi,

I am testing backyardNikon beta02b for use with a Nikon D600 (testing on a Windows8.1 64bit desktop, plan to also test on Surface Pro 3). A few issues I am having so far:

 

1. Images (RAW+JPEG) captured using "Start Capture" are stored in BackyardTEMP folder, but are not being displayed in Image Center (no thumbnails either). Image shows up with "Preview". Not sure if this is how it is supposed to work.

 

2. In bulb mode, the image is present once again in BackyardTEMP folder, but I get the following error:

 

02:24:11  Imaging session cancelled
02:24:11  [kNkMAIDResult_ValueOutOfBounds] (kNkMAIDCommand_CapStart, 33560, kNkMAIDDataType_GenericPtr, 272557812)
02:24:12  Imaging session cancelled

 

Also has issue 1 above - no image is displayed, but this time with either "Start Capture" or "Preview".

 

Thanks

Chandu

 

PS: Log file is attached

 

 

I restarted the program and issue 1 mentioned above appears to have been resolved.

 

For issue 2, the error is still present, but the image is available.

 

02:54:14  Imaging session started.
02:54:51  Imaging session cancelled
02:54:51  [kNkMAIDResult_ValueOutOfBounds] (kNkMAIDCommand_CapStart, 33560, kNkMAIDDataType_GenericPtr, 514845636)
02:54:52  Imaging session cancelled
02:54:59  IMAGE_20140708-02h54m55s761ms.JPG
02:55:04  IMAGE_20140708-02h55m00s997ms.NEF

 

Thanks

Chandu

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I've had similar issues with my Win8/64 bit system.  Till the program finally stopped working all together.  It would take the picture but not show it.  Was not too long after that the program failed to connect to the camera and locks up all together.  You have to close with task manager.  I'm thinking that there is something in the communication protocols with Win8/64bit, especially with USB 3.0, that is indeed preventing the program from working.  I'm thinking that BYN is not compatible with this Windows version, especially with USB 3.0.

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I've had similar issues with my Win8/64 bit system.  Till the program finally stopped working all together.  It would take the picture but not show it.  Was not too long after that the program failed to connect to the camera and locks up all together.  You have to close with task manager.  I'm thinking that there is something in the communication protocols with Win8/64bit, especially with USB 3.0, that is indeed preventing the program from working.  I'm thinking that BYN is not compatible with this Windows version, especially with USB 3.0.

 

Will,

 

Again, the issue you are having on your W8 system is insular.  The issue reporting here is not the same.  In this case the D600 and D800 fail to terminate the BULB sequence and then fails from then on.

 

It has nothing to do with a general statement saying that w8 64bits or 32bits is the cause.  I have XP, Vista, W7, and W8.  All in both 32 and 64 bits and I run tests regularly on these 8 machines and they all pass before I release any version, including all BETA releases.

 

BYN does not care about USB 2.0 or 3.0.

 

Hope this helps,

 

 

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1. Images (RAW+JPEG) captured using "Start Capture" are stored in BackyardTEMP folder, but are not being displayed in Image Center (no thumbnails either). Image shows up with "Preview". Not sure if this is how it is supposed to work.

 

Send me the corresponding log file where it has 'backgroundworker' in it's name.  If the image stays in BackyardTEMP and is not displayed in the image center it means the background worker did not complete.

 

Also, can you confirm that you have a process in task manager called "OTelescope.BackgroundWorker.Start"?  If it is not they is simply failed to start... and I just need to make sure it actually start... or force it to start and then the images should show up.

 

Regards,

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Bulb did not work - on either the D3s or D300. It immediately says ABORTING and nothing happens.

 

Just to confirm, I have both a USB cable and a DSUSB cable connected to the camera. The DSUSB cable is brand new, so I will investigate how to test the cable.

 

Ah... it -should- work with the DSUSB... BUT make sure you select DSUSB in the 'Cable Select' field in BackyardNIKON.  I suspect this is the issue according to you log file.... you did not select  DSUSB (I think).

 

Keep me posted,

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Just installed 02b and when it ran up it reported that the license was due to expire in 2 days.

What seemed to have happened was that it had replaced the previous build rather than being side-by-side (probably overwritten the registry entries for the install?) and was picking up the previous license.

Previous install was no longer listed anywhere but all files were still present.

Seemed to sort itself out after a reinstall :)

Win7 64bit

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Just installed 02b and when it ran up it reported that the license was due to expire in 2 days.

What seemed to have happened was that it had replaced the previous build rather than being side-by-side (probably overwritten the registry entries for the install?) and was picking up the previous license.

Previous install was no longer listed anywhere but all files were still present.

Seemed to sort itself out after a reinstall :)

Win7 64bit

 

Install BETA 02b in a separate folder.

 

Regards,

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1. Images (RAW+JPEG) captured using "Start Capture" are stored in BackyardTEMP folder, but are not being displayed in Image Center (no thumbnails either). Image shows up with "Preview". Not sure if this is how it is supposed to work.

 

Send me the corresponding log file where it has 'backgroundworker' in it's name.  If the image stays in BackyardTEMP and is not displayed in the image center it means the background worker did not complete.

 

Also, can you confirm that you have a process in task manager called "OTelescope.BackgroundWorker.Start"?  If it is not they is simply failed to start... and I just need to make sure it actually start... or force it to start and then the images should show up.

 

Regards,

 

Thanks for the response. I will upload the log file and check whether the process is running today evening (PST).

 

Regards

Chandu

 

 

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Thanks for the response. I will upload the log file and check whether the process is running today evening (PST).

 

Regards

Chandu

 

 

 

The BackgroundWorker is started on demand... I have a feeling I should force it to start when BYE starts and this should resolve it.  I'll run more tests.

 

Thank you,

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Bulb did not work - on either the D3s or D300. It immediately says ABORTING and nothing happens.

 

Just to confirm, I have both a USB cable and a DSUSB cable connected to the camera. The DSUSB cable is brand new, so I will investigate how to test the cable.

 

Ah... it -should- work with the DSUSB... BUT make sure you select DSUSB in the 'Cable Select' field in BackyardNIKON.  I suspect this is the issue according to you log file.... you did not select  DSUSB (I think).

 

Keep me posted,

 

Turns out the cable is not working on the DSUSB test prog - when I have that solved I will update you.

 

 

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