Firmware 1.4 “Dirawong” released

In the mythology of the Bundjalung Nation of Australia, the Dirawong, an unseen spiritual creature and one of the creator beings, protects and guards its people, aiding them in astronomy, technology, medicine, art, and nearly all aspects of religious and day-to-day life. After the period of creation, Dirawong and the other creator beings transformed into the landscape, becoming significant spiritual places for the Bundjalung people. The Goanna Headland in New South Wales is held to be the body of the Dirawong.

The next Digital Bolex firmware, 1.4, has been released under the name Dirawong. Starting with this revision, we will be naming each official revision for ease of reference to our user base. The previous firmware releases have been retroactively named:

  • 1.0.0 – Amarok
    In Inuit tradition, an amarok is a mythic lone wolf that will devour anyone who hunts alone at night. Folklore casts the amarok as both villian and hero in different legends that explore morality and bravery.
  • 1.2.0 – Basilisk
    The Basilisk, in European lore, is king of serpents and causes death with a mere glance. The Basilisk is thoroughly described in Pliny the Elder’s Natural History in Leonardo Da Vinci’s bestiary.
  • 1.3.0 – Cyclops
    Most recognized from Homer’s The Odyssey, the Cyclopes of Greek mythology are descendants of Titans with eyes in the middle of their foreheads. Outside of the Odyssey, the Cyclopes of legend have an association with blacksmithing.

You will now be able to see changes from revision to revision in our changelog.

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Added features include:

  • 800 ISO and 160 ISO
  • Optimized white balances to remove magenta cast
  • Added 4 additional white balance options
  • Audio in playback via headphone jack
  • Long exposures (up to 1 second) in time lapse or single shot mode
  • Gamma control in RAW mode to see more information in your blacks
  • Ability to switch between frame guides and black bars
  • Additional guide/bar aspect ratios (1.66:1, 1.85:1, 2.40:1)
  • Hitting left/right arrows on home screen flip the LCD for mirroring
  • Dead Pixel Correction update

Due to the nature of this firmware update, to install it you will be required to install a new version of the Digital Bolex Utility, which you can find on the Downloads page.

The loading process for the new firmware may take up to 5 minutes, and the first time the camera boots with new firmware the boot process may be slow.

  • Note for owners with older cameras: it is possible that there may be hiccups in updating cameras with a 199 or lower serial number; in the event this occurs, please log into your account and create a ticket. If any bugs are reported, patches will be made available. Until then, you may revert to the most recent version of the firmware.

Dirawong would not have been possible without the contributions of Eddie Barton, who we’re happy to say has been promoted to an official member of the Digital Bolex team. Eddie’s knowledge of color science has been instrumental in the strength of the new color temperatures and magenta improvement present in this firmware and new firmware going forward.

We’re already hard at work on future updates, which include:

  • Color temperature on crank
  • Volume control for playback audio
  • 30 FPS
  • Long exposure up to 60 seconds
  • More work on color output and display

Keep an eye out for these changes and more announcements in the spring.

22 thoughts on “Firmware 1.4 “Dirawong” released

  1. Hello everyone.
    I am having some issues with installing this update, and I thought i would check with you guys at the forum if any of you have experienced what I am struggling with. When i use the utility tool (latest version), everything works fine until I am told to -select update file- I then click -choose- and select the correct .bin file.
    Then I get the message -This is not a downloadable file. Please select the correct file.-
    I am totally stuck and would deeply appreciate all the help I can get.

    Best regards
    Patrick

  2. Elle,
    I’m having trouble unzipping the Utility update on my Mac and PC.
    I’ve tried third party software, terminal…, nothing works.
    My Mac is just turning it into a cpgz file, then back to zip and on and on…
    Any help?
    Blake

  3. Interesting point at which to censor the conversation Elle,

    I wonder why you chose to cut my last comment

    Clearly there’s a degree of fashion consciousness about your website…a sense of the groovy retro…the suggestion that there was an inappropriateness not altogether untoward, even bearing in mind your defence around fashion etc, and the dialogue was without doubt polite.

    Was it because the affront felt by Bundjalung people was manifest and unable to be intellectually argued against [given it was an immediate quality of felt expression for the people who’s cultural information you utilised?]

    I’d be happy to arrange a statement from a peak Bundjalung body, if you felt the suggestion unsubstantiated.

    Best regards.

    • We do not censor conversations unless a poster is being inappropriate or posting spam, we do however hold all comments for moderation until business hours due to spam. If there is a comment you posted that was not received, please let me know!

    • We were trying to be inclusive of and educating about different cultures’ mythology, as can be seen by the retro-named previous releases that reference Inuit, Greek, and European mythology. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t?

      • I don’t think anyone’s going to damn you for not appropriating threatened culture’s information systems. Did you speak to a Bundjalung elder to ask of appropriateness? It’s not a stretch to imagine, even for a North American, that a people who’s culture has been decimated by British colonialism might be affronted by US cultural imperialism. If someone appropriated the code of your firmware, I’m quite sure you’d have something to say about it. Think of it in terms you can understand, perhaps, it’s IP!

        • Cultural appropriation is a difficult topic that is hard to solve via comment on online thread.

          That being said, appropriation typically involves crass, insensitive reinterpretation, or usage of sacred, symbolic, or religious artifacts for inappropriate purposes (typically fashion-related), without respect for or any intent to educate about the original meaning or purpose of the subject or object being appropriated. Our intent is solely to educate and appreciate the mythology of different cultures, hence the included upfront description of the chosen name in our announcement. We included the mythology of aboriginal Australians as equal to the typically presented European and Greek legends, with a right to co-exist alongside those cultures’ mythology, and for the express purpose of presenting a less narrow view of mythology than is typically shown in popular culture.

          A great post I read on the subject postulates that: “using someone else’s cultural symbols to satisfy a personal need for self-expression is an exercise in privilege.” I think this is an excellent description, and helps to define the difference between appropriation and appreciation in a meaningful way, and explains why utilizing tribal or religious symbols as fashion or why “ethnic” used as a synonym for “unique” is inappropriate.

          It’s important to be aware of when you are maligning, taking advantage of, or unintentionally offending cultures with a history of exploitation and colonialism, however it’s also important to be positive when cultures that have been unfairly undermined or made less visible by the previously mentioned practices are being honored in an appropriate, respectful, and egalitarian manner. We are only intending the latter.

          • You are indeed correct regarding the appropriateness of venue for the discussion.

            It was simply a heads up regarding that possibility not having been considered.

            Crassness is, of course, subjective, but people may perceive, as I did, the naming of a firmware upgrade as a Bundjalung creation hero to be crass. I understand your intent was not to be so.

            In that culture, however, it’s important to note that information is not free, it is held by appropriate people and shared in very regulated structures of initiation…as I said, IP.

            In any case my point not an academic one, I didn’t come to it by reading a post by a non Indigenous author, I simply asked Bundjalung people and those asked were offended by the notion, finding it crass commercialisation of culture…especially as permission for usage not sought.

            ..but I’ll not try and convince you of anything further.

            Success to you in your firmware endeavours

          • I truly appreciate your voicing your concerns. This is an important topic, and one that has created much discussion among our users, including those who learned this particular story in school as a celebrated creation myth that is commonly known and taught. In choosing a naming scheme based on mythology, the inclusion of traditionally less visible cultures and voices was extremely important to me as a supporter of international artists from diverse backgrounds whose heritages are often not presented as equal to Euro/Greek legends that are commonly known and repeated within popular culture. Based on the feedback I have received from the conversation your thoughtful comments generated, I believe we are on the right track, even if our first presentation was not as effective as it could have been in your eyes, however I believe it’s clear that our goal is not crass commercialization and our intentions with this name were purely positive, inclusive, and educative. Thank you for reaching out, and hopefully next time we’ll have your, and any other approval necessary to make our intentions clear.

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