AXIOM Listens – Apertus AXIOM Beta Crowd Funding Campaign Voices

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In case you haven't hear of Apertus and their Apertus AXIOM camera before they are an interesting company that has devoted themselves “to build the first ever open hardware and free software digital cinema camera from scratch.”


They decided that they would create Apertus AXIOM (camera) from scratch and design it exactly to todays requirements from the ground up as open digital cinema camera – the first of its kind.

An Open Digital Cinema Camera?

Apertus is attempting to do to the camera market what has been going on in the software market for years. They want to create a pro-level digital cinema camera that is “open source” and not owned by a large corporation.

They have been working on this project for many years and they are about to launch their crowd funding campaign in short order.

Apertus was awarded in 2012 the Prix Ars Electronica which Pixar won in 1987, Wikipedia in 1995 and Wikileaks in 2009.

I don't know what to expect from this camera or what ripples it might make.  On the other hand it might never amount to anything.  If you want to check them out visit their website or keep your eyes on their crowd funding campaign.  You might just be “in on the ground level” to a major revolution in the making.

Apertus AXIOM Beta Crowd Funding Campaign Voices


The time has come! As described in our recent news post, the Apertus AXIOM Beta crowdfunding campaign is about to happen! During the next weeks, we are going to be extremely busy shooting videos to properly present the AXIOM Beta, creating sample footage with the Apertus AXIOM Alpha and explaining in depth exactly what we are planning to do. We also need your help in preparing the campaign. If you want to help us write/review text, create illustrations and graphics or create/review animations and video edits, then please contact us. Even if you can’t do any of this, there is something else that we need your help with:

Apertus AXIOM Beta Crowd Funding Campaign Voices

Your AXIOM – Your voice

The AXIOM will be shaped by what its users want – like no other camera before it. This is a community effort: by filmmakers for filmmakers, so it’s important that you voice your opinion early on. This is why we’re inviting you to be part of the crowdfunding campaign, not only as a backer but also as a means to give YOUR AXIOM a “voice”. Send us (via a youtube link or link to a hosted file) a video of you explaining very briefly (in under 30 seconds) what AXIOM will be for you. What do you plan to do with it? What do you dream of your AXIOM becoming? Please also add a brief explanation as to where you come from and what you do. We will present these statements in the course of the crowdfunding campaign. But please be quick! There is not a lot of time left until the campaign starts and we need a reasonable period to edit the community’s statements together.

What do you think? Is the Apertus AXIOM on the right path?

(cover photo credit: snap from AXIOM)

Barry Andersson

Barry Andersson is an award-winning director and cinematographer. Mr Andersson takes his real world experiences and shares those images and lessons with everyone from the US Marine Corp combat camera teams, many of the leading teams of the four major sports leagues, leading universities around the US as well as leading productions looking to take advantage of the latest technology.

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