Until now, the open source movement has lacked a powerful camera for ambitious film projects. The CinePi project is now changing this: the freely available DIY camera based on Raspberry Pi is designed to enable professional video recordings in Cinema 4K quality.
According to the creators, the CinePi combines modular electronics with 3D printing to create a compact camera housing. Inside is a Raspberry Pi 4 with a high-resolution camera module that can record 4K videos at 25 FPS. The camera is user-friendly thanks to a 4-inch touch display with a customizable user interface.
As all of the CinePi’s blueprints and software are open source, the camera and accessories can be easily rebuilt and modified. Creative freedom at an acceptable cost – that is the vision of the initiators. Even filmmakers without a technical background should be able to enjoy the video quality thanks to simple operation.
One example of the camera’s possibilities is the short film “Timekeeper”, which was partly shot with the CinePi. All information about the project can be found on GitHub.
The short film Timekeeper: