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Finally… BackyardNIKON V1 BETA01 is released.

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YOUPEE!!!

 

In this initial BETA release my only goal is camera connectivity, basic image acquisition, and live view.

 

Please report the following issues ONLY for now.

  1. Camera connection issues
  2. Live view not working issues
  3. Taking picture issues (not BULB unless you have a DSUSB cable which does work in BETA 01).  TV pictures in ‘M’ dial mode are working so please report any issues if taking TV images does not work.
KNOWN ISSUES.

  1. BULB over USB does not work yet, for any models.  BULB will only work if you have a DSUSB cable in this initial BETA 01 release.
  2. NEF images download but will not be displayed.  For this reason I have set the default image setting to RAW+JPG so images can be shown in BackyardNIKON.

The BETA installer comes pre-compiled with a BETA license.  The BETA installer will NOT install over your current BackyardEOS so fear not.

 

I have personally tested camera connection with…

  • D90
  • D5100
  • D7000
I also expect the following camera to connect properly, but I can’t be sure.

  • D5200
  • D5300
  • D7100
  • D800
All other models I’m not sure… BUT it may connect and if it does you will get a message like the following and liveview will not work, but taking pictures should/might.

 

Device(#####) Module(Type###) found!

PLEASE CONTACT US with the above information.

 

We may be able to hook it up properly in BETA 02.

 

 

This is exciting, thank you for your support and interest,

 

Guylain & Chris

 

 

 

 

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Mac user when will be use for test?

 

BackyardNIKON (just as BackyardEOS) is a MS .net app and only runs on Windows.  You need Parallel (or other virtualization software) to run on Mac.

 

Guylain

 

Thank you. I tried on Windows 8 and Nikon D5100 he said me:

Camera Not Found!  Make sure it's connected to the PC and turned ON.

 

I couldnt use it.

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Mac user when will be use for test?

 

BackyardNIKON (just as BackyardEOS) is a MS .net app and only runs on Windows.  You need Parallel (or other virtualization software) to run on Mac.

 

Guylain

 

Thank you. I tried on Windows 8 and Nikon D5100 he said me:

Camera Not Found!  Make sure it's connected to the PC and turned ON.

 

I couldnt use it.

 

Yes, I know.  I have a few connection issues in BETA 01b for the D90, D5100, D800 and a few other models.

 

I should be releasing BETA 01c in a day or 2 and hopefully I'll get more models to connect this time.  Baby steps.

 

Thank you for your time testing.

 

Guylain

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Hey Guylain, I noticed a UI tweak that should be addressed.

 

In Planetary mode, it still refers to "BackyardEOS".

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I will get a full test of it tonight - weather permitting - on Jupiter and Mars. :)

 *EDIT* the Clicking the "?" button brings up a help file, which loads PDF that refers to BackyardEOS. I wasn't sure if you had planned on writing a separate file for BackyardNIKON or not.

I know you want to take this in a 'baby steps' approach - I just wanted to make you aware.

 

I am using the initial download - I haven't tried 1B yet - will install separately tonight and report back. 

 

 

 

 

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This is a great initiative! I downloaded 1b and connected up my D200. I get the message D200 module found. looks like we may need to make some changes etc.

 

I am connected with a usb cable and the DUSB to the 10 pin remote terminal. log file attached. I also have Nikon Camera control pro v1.0.0 on the laptop which launches when i switch the camera on. I closed this down and then tried to connect in BYN but get the same message. Hope you can make it work with my D200!!

Stewart

logfile-[20140410-11h43m35s687]-[1336]-2014-04-10.txt 

logfile-[20140410-12h00m45s609]-[3072]-2014-04-10.txt 

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This is a great initiative! I downloaded 1b and connected up my D200. I get the message D200 module found. looks like we may need to make some changes etc.

 

I am connected with a usb cable and the DUSB to the 10 pin remote terminal. log file attached. I also have Nikon Camera control pro v1.0.0 on the laptop which launches when i switch the camera on. I closed this down and then tried to connect in BYN but get the same message. Hope you can make it work with my D200!!

Stewarttxt logfile-[20140410-11h43m35s687]-[1336]-2014-04-10.txt     txt logfile-[20140410-12h00m45s609]-[3072]-2014-04-10.txt     

 

Thank you for the log files...and thank your for attaching then as oppose the copying the directly into the post.  It keeps the thread readability :)

 

I'll see what I can do the BETA 01c.

 

Guylain

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Guylain,

 

I believe your last post requires a further explanation.

 

It is my understanding according to the list of Nikon cameras expected to work with BackyardNIKON that the D7100 does not require the DSUSB unit or serial cable, that the D7100 bulb mode can be controlled over the USB cable.

 

Has something changed???

 

The reason I ask, based on the compatible camera list, I have been considering purchasing a D7100 as it does not require the serial cable and DSUSB unit. I have this with my Nikon D300s and the only reason for buying a D7100 is to get away from needing the DS USB unit...

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Guylain,

 

I believe your last post requires a further explanation.

 

It is my understanding according to the list of Nikon cameras expected to work with BackyardNIKON that the D7100 does not require the DSUSB unit or serial cable, that the D7100 bulb mode can be controlled over the USB cable.

 

Has something changed???

 

The reason I ask, based on the compatible camera list, I have been considering purchasing a D7100 as it does not require the serial cable and DSUSB unit. I have this with my Nikon D300s and the only reason for buying a D7100 is to get away from needing the DS USB unit...

 

As I said in my first post in this thread.

 

BULB over USB is not working for any models in the first BETA release.  It a matter of time... but I did not want to delay the BETA release any further so a serial cable is needed for all models for the time being... until I get a chance to implement it. 

 

Right now I have some major pain points as far as camera connections is concerned and this a where BETA 01 is focused on.

 

Hope this helps,

 

 

Guylain

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Guylain,

 

I believe your last post requires a further explanation.

 

It is my understanding according to the list of Nikon cameras expected to work with BackyardNIKON that the D7100 does not require the DSUSB unit or serial cable, that the D7100 bulb mode can be controlled over the USB cable.

 

Has something changed???

 

The reason I ask, based on the compatible camera list, I have been considering purchasing a D7100 as it does not require the serial cable and DSUSB unit. I have this with my Nikon D300s and the only reason for buying a D7100 is to get away from needing the DS USB unit...

 

As I said in my first post in this thread.

 

BULB over USB is not working for any models in the first BETA release.  It a matter of time... but I did not want to delay the BETA release any further so a serial cable is needed for all models for the time being... until I get a chance to implement it. 

 

Right now I have some major pain points as far as camera connections is concerned and this a where BETA 01 is focused on.

 

Hope this helps,

 

 

Guylain

 

Hang in there Mitch... I will get there eventually, sooner rather than later of course :)

 

Thank you for your time testing :)

 

Regards,

 

Guylain

 

 

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Thank you Guylain,

 

Somehow I had missed the fact that the bulb over USB was not working in the beta version. Thank you for clarifying that.

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Thank you Guylain,

 

Somehow I had missed the fact that the bulb over USB was not working in the beta version. Thank you for clarifying that.

 

No problem Mitch.  I good to ask again, stuff easily gets lost in along thread sometimes.

 

Guylain

 

 

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Two different D7000's and both connected and worked great on Windows 7.  No issues on the items you wanted tested so far.  Tested changing shutter speed, aperture and ISO and all worked fine and correctly recorded in EXIF.  Great job so far Guylain!

 

18:55:28  Licensed to Beta Tester (support@binaryrivers.com)

18:55:35  Nikon drivers initialized.

18:56:41  Attempting to connect camera...

18:56:43  D7000 CONNECTED!

18:57:59  Imaging session started.

18:58:44  TEST_LIGHT_Tv20s_1600iso_2-8_00000stdev_20140414-18h58m41s722ms.NEF

18:59:07  Imaging session completed successfully

18:59:18  Imaging session started.

18:59:30  Imaging session completed successfully

18:59:48  TEST_LIGHT_Tv120s_1600iso_2-8_07281stdev_20140414-18h59m33s667ms.NEF

19:02:04  Imaging session started.

19:02:48  TEST_LIGHT_Tv1640s_6400iso_2-8_03783stdev_20140414-19h02m25s266ms.NEF

19:03:02  TEST_LIGHT_Tv1640s_6400iso_2-8_04003stdev_20140414-19h02m39s649ms.NEF

19:03:12  Imaging session completed successfully

19:03:19  TEST_LIGHT_Tv1640s_6400iso_2-8_03967stdev_20140414-19h03m04s734ms.NEF

19:03:34  TEST_LIGHT_Tv1640s_6400iso_2-8_04064stdev_20140414-19h03m16s994ms.NEF

19:09:33  Imaging session started.

19:09:44  Imaging session completed successfully

19:09:59  TEST_LIGHT_Tv180s_3200iso_5_04196stdev_20140414-19h09m47s450ms.NEF

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Windows 8, same cameras and lens as above, same results.  Everything worked very well. Anything else we should test for you?  Maybe update the top post in this thread with what you would like us to test so it doesn't get lost?  Just a suggestion.

 

19:25:05  Licensed to Beta Tester (support@binaryrivers.com)

19:25:08  Nikon drivers initialized.

19:25:19  Attempting to connect camera...

19:25:21  D7000 CONNECTED!

19:25:52  Imaging session started.

19:25:57  Imaging session completed successfully

19:26:07  LIGHT_Tv160s_1600iso_3-2_05405stdev_20140414-19h26m02s443ms.NEF

19:26:17  Imaging session started.

19:26:28  LIGHT_Tv160s_1600iso_3-2_05422stdev_20140414-19h26m23s461ms.NEF

19:26:33  LIGHT_Tv160s_1600iso_3-2_05446stdev_20140414-19h26m27s806ms.NEF

19:26:33  Imaging session completed successfully

19:26:37  LIGHT_Tv160s_1600iso_3-2_05425stdev_20140414-19h26m33s095ms.NEF

19:26:52  Imaging session started.

19:27:03  Imaging session completed successfully

19:27:05  LIGHT_Tv180s_6400iso_4-0_06290stdev_20140414-19h26m59s342ms.NEF

19:27:09  LIGHT_Tv180s_6400iso_4-0_06270stdev_20140414-19h27m03s704ms.NEF

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Windows 8, same cameras and lens as above, same results.  Everything worked very well. Anything else we should test for you?  Maybe update the top post in this thread with what you would like us to test so it doesn't get lost?  Just a suggestion.

 

19:25:05  Licensed to Beta Tester (support@binaryrivers.com)

19:25:08  Nikon drivers initialized.

19:25:19  Attempting to connect camera...

19:25:21  D7000 CONNECTED!

19:25:52  Imaging session started.

19:25:57  Imaging session completed successfully

19:26:07  LIGHT_Tv160s_1600iso_3-2_05405stdev_20140414-19h26m02s443ms.NEF

19:26:17  Imaging session started.

19:26:28  LIGHT_Tv160s_1600iso_3-2_05422stdev_20140414-19h26m23s461ms.NEF

19:26:33  LIGHT_Tv160s_1600iso_3-2_05446stdev_20140414-19h26m27s806ms.NEF

19:26:33  Imaging session completed successfully

19:26:37  LIGHT_Tv160s_1600iso_3-2_05425stdev_20140414-19h26m33s095ms.NEF

19:26:52  Imaging session started.

19:27:03  Imaging session completed successfully

19:27:05  LIGHT_Tv180s_6400iso_4-0_06290stdev_20140414-19h26m59s342ms.NEF

19:27:09  LIGHT_Tv180s_6400iso_4-0_06270stdev_20140414-19h27m03s704ms.NEF

 

Thanks, not for now.  I'm sticking to camera connectivity for BETA 01.  I'm hoping to fix a few more bugs then release BETA 01c and see if more camera connects... and those that already connects... well hoping they still do :)

 

Thank you for your time.

 

Guylain

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Hello all,

 

Just wanted to post that my D5100 is working fine (almost) in BackyardNikon. 

 

I have purchased the DSUSB device and used it successfully with the D5100.

 

The way I had to configure was as follows:

 

I attached a USB hub to a USB port on my laptop.

 

I attached the standard Nikon D5100 cable to the USB hub with the mini usb end connected to the mini usb port on the camera.  This allowed BN to recognize the camera and enabled shutter speeds, delays, ISO, etc.  

 

I attached the DSUSB device to the USB hub, then connected the small end of the supplied DSCBL-15 cable to the 8 pin connector (square port) on the D5100.   This allowed BN to control all the shutter related functions.

 

So now I have two cables, the Nikon cable that comes with the camera, and the DSUSB cable both connected to the camera.

 

In testing indoors with BN, I was able to select shutter speeds, ISO, and delays and pauses and acquire some great images of my ceiling.   When first capturing the first image, BN would pause for a few seconds while it identified the DSUSB device, then it would complete the image capture.  This only occurs on the first capture, subsequent captures were normal, no delay.

 

Images were displayed properly in the main screen and also in the thumbnails.

 

Unfortunately, I changed the setting for storage from PC and SD card to just SD card before setting up outside for some dark sky testing.

 

I found that everything worked outside, except that when I set the exposure to 15 seconds to take a test shot, the shutter action completed, but the image would never download and display...<_<   I fussed with it a bit but could not make a test image appear.   Then clouds rolled in and shut me down for the night, it was while moving the kit back inside that it dawned on me that the problem was probably the SD card storage setting?  

 

The next clear night I have I will test it again with the storage set to PC and SD card, like it was set during indoor testing.  I have no doubt it will work fine.

 

So far, so good.   Oh, I'm using beta 01b with Win7/32 bit on the laptop.

 

Cheers...Paul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Had these results with a D600...

 

11:03:04  Licensed to Beta Tester (support@binaryrivers.com)

11:03:06  Nikon drivers initialized.

11:03:15  Attempting to connect camera...

11:03:18  Camera Not Found!  Make sure it's connected to the PC and turned ON :)

11:04:24  Attempting to connect camera...

11:04:24  Device(D600) Module(Type0008) found!

11:04:25  PLEASE CONTACT US with the above information, looks like we may need to make a few adjustment to fully support your camera.  We have our fingers crossed.

11:04:25  D600 CONNECTED!

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Great stuff! Delighted to see this available now. Congrats on the build!

 

Used my D7000 on Windows 7 64bit and works grand.
Connected , set to manual mode , turned auto focus off and tested a few shots and works grand!

 

Bring on some clear skies!

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Had these results with a D600...

 

11:03:04  Licensed to Beta Tester (support@binaryrivers.com)

11:03:06  Nikon drivers initialized.

11:03:15  Attempting to connect camera...

11:03:18  Camera Not Found!  Make sure it's connected to the PC and turned ON :)

11:04:24  Attempting to connect camera...

11:04:24  Device(D600) Module(Type0008) found!

11:04:25  PLEASE CONTACT US with the above information, looks like we may need to make a few adjustment to fully support your camera.  We have our fingers crossed.

11:04:25  D600 CONNECTED!

 

Perfect, this is what I needed to properly register the D600.  Live view should work in BETA 01c later this

week.

 

Guylain

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Great news! - Thanks Guylain..... I saw something somewhere that said the D600 could support bulb over USB - do you know if this is true yet?

 

 

 

I believe it is... BUT... it is not implemented yet in BETA 01.  All cameras require a DSUSB cable to use bulb with BETA 01 <_>

 

My focus with BETA 01 is purely camera connectivity.

 

Guylain

 

 

 

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Hi, just had a quick go with my D7100 and Win7 64bit laptop.

Got a lot of 'camera not found' but eventually got it to connect.

Couldn't get imaging session to work though.  

Got it to do a preview once and download the image.

Mostly just timing out trying to download 1st image and then have to reset to clear the problem.

 

12:18:08  Licensed to Beta Tester (support@binaryrivers.com)
12:18:09  Nikon drivers initialized.
12:18:12  Attempting to connect camera...
12:18:13  D7100 CONNECTED!
12:19:22  Plan 'TESTPLAN1.txt' saved.
12:19:25  Imaging session started.
12:21:28  Imaging session cancelled
12:21:28  Image download timeout, process terminated after 119 seconds
12:21:28  Imaging session cancelled
12:21:28  Unable to set ImageQuality, current setting is assumed!
12:23:16  Imaging session started.
12:23:16  Imaging session cancelled
12:23:16  (kNkMAIDCommand_CapStart, 20, kNkMAIDDataType_Null, 0) => kNkMAIDResult_ValueOutOfBounds
12:23:17  Imaging session cancelled
12:24:04  Imaging session started.
12:24:04  Imaging session cancelled
12:24:04  (kNkMAIDCommand_CapStart, 20, kNkMAIDDataType_Null, 0) => kNkMAIDResult_ValueOutOfBounds
12:24:05  Imaging session cancelled
12:24:08  Imaging session started.
12:24:08  Imaging session cancelled
12:24:08  (kNkMAIDCommand_CapStart, 20, kNkMAIDDataType_Null, 0) => kNkMAIDResult_ValueOutOfBounds
12:24:09  Imaging session cancelled
12:33:01  Camera SHUTDOWN!
12:33:08  Attempting to connect camera...
12:34:19  Attempting to connect camera...
12:34:24  Attempting to connect camera...
12:34:25  Attempting to connect camera...
12:34:38  Attempting to connect camera...

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Hi, just had a quick go with my D7100 and Win7 64bit laptop.

Got a lot of 'camera not found' but eventually got it to connect.

Couldn't get imaging session to work though.  

Got it to do a preview once and download the image.

Mostly just timing out trying to download 1st image and then have to reset to clear the problem.

 

Thanks,  I'll be releasing BETA 01c this weekend with a lot of stability change re: camera connectivity.  It will still have issues with some models but I should be quicker to resolve them once BETA 01c is released.

 

I now have a D40, D90, D5100, D5300, and D7000 to test with.  I still have some minor issues with the D40 and once this is resolve I will release BETA 01c knowing first hand that at least these 5 models work fine... and if these 5 models work fine + plus those that have reported good success with other models it will start to look pretty good.

 

On the up side I was able to make bulb over USB work for some models that supports it and I was able to test that with the D5300.  It works beautifully :)

 

Thank you for all you help, I appreciated. 

 

Guylain`

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Where's the LIKE button?  LOL  Seriously, thanks for all your hard work.  Looking forward to 01c.  Happy Easter!

 

 

Actually, the like button is at the bottom of each thread on this forum :)

 

Guylain

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