Ember Firmware

Firmware Update Instructions:

Firmware Update Video Tutorial

The camera firmware can be updated over USB using the following procedure:

  1. Power on the camera while holding down the Select Button to enter Firmware Update mode. Continue to hold down the Select Button until the LED flashes green slowly.

  2. Plug in the USB cable. The camera will appear as a USB drive. This drive is separate from the one where clips are stored, so your footage won’t be visible, but is safe and not affected by the firmware update.

  3. Copy the new firmware file (EMBER.BIN) into the 'fw' folder.

  4. Click the Select Button. The LED will begin to flash green quickly as the firmware is updated.

  5. Wait for the camera to automatically restart with the new firmware. This should take up to two minutes.

Latest Firmware: v1.5.2 (2023-12-04)

Release Notes

  • Support for Stabilization using the latest Ember App. (Wired connections only)

  • Updates to timed metadata so that it is preserved when trimming clips.

  • Additional metadata optimizations and bugfixes.

Previous Versions

v1.4.17 (2023-10-11)

Release Notes

  • Optimizations to improve USB transfer speed. Expected improvement is 30-50% on USB 3.x hosts. Typical transfer speeds are now 300-350MB/s.

  • Bugfix to address an issue that could cause dropped frames or software crash with long clips at max frame rate, especially in the second half of the SSD.

  • See Release Notes for v1.4.14 below for new features introduced in v1.4.x if you are upgrading from v1.3.x.

v1.4.14 (2023-09-20)

Release Notes

  • Adds setting for Project Frame Rate (Time Base). This sets the playback speed of captured video, which gets encoded in the video file. Common settings from 23.976 to 120.000 are available. See Menu and Settings for more information on how Project Frame Rate and capture FPS are related. Note: Changing Project Frame Rate may also change the HDMI output frame rate, which will cause monitors to resynchronize.

  • File system improvements including safe shutdown, SSD TRIM (improves write performance), and reduced delays with many clips on the SSD. Note: Formatting may take up to 60s now.

  • Support for App Control, Playback, and Export via Ethernet.

  • Support for App Playback and Export via USB (fastest method).

  • Improvements to App Playback and Export speed across all interfaces.

  • Support for Remote Menu Control via UART. See Pinouts and Remote Control for the public interface definition. MōVI Pro/XL/Carbon support via MōVI Controller also coming soon.

  • Improved timestamp accuracy for frame and IMU metadata.

  • Restored User FPS all the way down to 1fps.

  • On-camera UI tweaks including dedicated Play Icon (►) for one-click switch to Playback, HDMI viewport scaling to not be covered by on-screen display, new FPS list w/ speed multipliers.

  • Bugfix for occasional sensor link training failures on some cameras that would cause magenta blocks to appear until a reboot.

  • Other minor bugfixes and optimizations.

v1.3.15 (2023-08-16)

Release Notes

  • Fixes a bug that would cause sensor link training to occasionally fail on some cameras, resulting in magenta bars in the image that could only be cleared by power cycling.

  • This firmware version is still compatible with the Beta iOS Freefly Ember App, which is available on TestFlight.

v1.3.14 (2023-07-24)

Release Notes

  • Fixes a bug that prevented saving clips in native ProRes format after trimming in QuickTime. With the fix, it's possible to open a clip from the camera drive, trim it in QuickTime, and save the trimmed version in native ProRes format to another drive.

  • The fix also allows trimming in Finder, but only for clips already transferred to a local drive. (The camera's drive is considered read-only in Finder.)

  • This firmware version is still compatible with the Beta iOS Freefly Ember App, which is available on TestFlight.

v1.3.13 (2023-07-14)

Release Notes

  • Fixes a bug that caused the camera to crash when previewing clips from the camera's drive in macOS while also transferring files off the drive in the background.

  • Fixes a bug that could cause missing or corrupted frames when starting a new clip immediately after viewing a clip of a different resolution in Playback.

  • Updates to support factory calibration process.

  • This firmware version is still compatible with the Beta iOS Freefly Ember App, which is available on TestFlight.

v1.3.11 (2023-06-21)

Release Notes

  • Updates to on-camera UI

  • Firmware support for Beta iOS Freefly Ember App, Available on Testflight

  • Enables on-camera Wifi for iOS App Support

  • Bug Fixes for edge cases related to additional per-frame metadata

  • Bugfix for playback speed control, some playback issues for clips of shorter lengths

Additional Notes

  • Fan Mode 'LOW' will now disable active cooling after 30s or when Recording starts when in ideal thermal conditions

  • Firmware Update instructions are unchanged, but Firmware restart may take up to 120 seconds instead of 40 seconds

v1.2.4 (2023-05-24)

  • Adds IMU and additional per-frame metadata to recorded clips. Metadata format and parsing tools will be released later.

  • Optimizations for power reduction in color processing pipeline.

  • Optimizations for sensor link training to improve robustness over wider temperature changes during long clips.

  • Fan profiles updated to force high fan speed when recording in 5K at 400fps or above. In testing, this was beneficial to reduce large temperature changes during long clips.

  • User FPS is limited to a minimum of 16fps - lower values were not being properly set up in hardware. They will return in a later release.

  • UX Improvements: Always show REC when recording, auto-select Playback when opening Mode menu, improve scroll wheel feel for entering custom values (e.g. User FPS).

  • Back-end setup for iOS App (coming soon).

v1.1.2 (2023-04-28)

  • Increases signal amplitude from image sensor to SoC for improved link training margin.

v1.1.0 (2023-04-13)

  • Fixes a bug that could cause the ProRes Encoder to fail after several minutes of recording at max frame rate in 5K.

v1.0.6 (2023-04-07)

  • Adds on-camera playback.

  • To prevent media access contention, menus and recording are locked out when USB is connected. USB connection is locked out while recording.

  • Fixes a bug that would cause artifacts in the middle of the right edge of Ember clips on certain viewers, including Dropbox.

  • Fixes a bug that would allow the User FPS to be set higher than the maximum value at a given resolution and not match the actual recorded frame rate.

v1.0.2 (2023-03-21)

  • Initial release

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