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First Frame Sync Bug Fixed

The bug caused the first frame asynchronous in either double dongle or no master configurations is fixed now.

New source codes for MewPros and Dongles are always available at our GitHub repos.

Single dongle configuration didn’t suffer from the bug. It always syncs the first frame. But the following improvements for all configurations have been made:

  • Power on camera without crash
  • Shortened stop recording delay
  • I2C and serial command data collisions are well prevented

Example Videos

The following two videos are shoot in no master configuration as in the next figure:
no-master

Video by GoPro #1:

(Download MP4)

Video by GoPro #2:

(Download MP4)

In the videos above you can see a stopwatch command is running in the window (precisely, the laptop is a Mac OSX machine and the command is
while :; do gdate +%s.%6N; done
to show the current system time again and again in microsecond accuracy).
Using the videos you can check all frames from the first are synced. And if you are very cautious the video by GoPro #2 has extra one frame at the end as compared to the other. But don’t blame MewPro for this extra frame. We can say Dual Hero also sometimes has these kind of extra frames at the end of a footage, and you can safely cut them when editing for your final video products.

Acknowledge

The bug was firstly found by the researchers at Shandong Univ – Virginia Tech (SDU-VT) team. And also some other university researchers and professional videographers pointed out the bug but it was very difficult to fix for us until recently.

Note: The SDU-VT team told us that they published a result obtained by using MewPros:
Matt J. Bender, Hunter G. McClellandy, Andrew Kurdilaz, and Rolf Müller, “Recursive Bayesian Estimation of Bat Flapping Flight Using Kinematic Trees”, AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, 2016-0945, 4-8 January 2016, San Diego, California, USA. http://arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/6.2016-0945 (see VI. Acknowledgements section as there is a mention to MewPro 🙂 )

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