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#16 Firmware, Configuration, and User Manual Information

If possible, firmware updating and changing of camera settings should always be done using one of the available graphical user interface (GUI) programs now available.

This page has an overview of the current configuration setting information and download links for the instruction manual (user guide) and Windows GUI software authored by Isoprop.

This post contains information about Android apps authored by therau2000; these apps allow configuring the #16 camera on-the-go and using Android Phone/Tablet to get a live video preview when mounting camera.

New firmware and user settings can be loaded into the camera manually as a last resort (see below), but it requires specific file editing and handling procedures as well as multiple button press sequences on the camera. It is easy for user errors to cause these updates to fail! Also, there are numerous camera settings, some of which conflict with each other if both are toggled on at the same time. The GUI programs will not permit these conflicting settings to be set. The GUI programs will eliminate all of these user error possibilities, so please do yourself a favor and use them.



Optional Manual User Configuration Setting Procedure

If a GUI tool is not available or you would rather just edit the configuration text file manually, it's easy to do, just follow these steps exactly:

1. Download the camera's configuration file to the flash card in the camera (see procedure in the instruction manual referenced above).

2. Turn the camera on, connect it to your PC, and access the camera root directory when it goes into the "removable disk mode".

3. Open the config text file with a simple (ASCII) text editor (e.g. the familiar "Notepad" text editor for Windows users). The file will look similar to this:

Note: Values used by the camera are highlighted in the square brackets. The text underlined in red is NOT part of the config file, but is included here to show question marks can be used for the date/time value to keep the camera's current date/time settings. Functions shown may vary with firmware updates, but manual editing is similar. Text in curly brackets at the bottom show the firmware and boot loader versions in the camera.
4. Replace any number(s) in the square brackets with any valid alternate setting number, shown highlighted to the right of each function, with the exception of date and time. Don't delete the "-" or "/" marks or add any spaces or invalid numbers.
note: Using invalid numbers or other characters in the square brackets has not shown to cause serious problems. The camera appears to ignore them or switch to default values.
5. Save the revised file back to the flash card root directory, but do not change the file name.

6. Upload the revised configuration back into the camera. The same key-press sequence used to download the configuration from the camera will also upload it to the camera.

7. When the LED turns off, you're done! The new configuration will be in the camera and the config file will be automatically deleted from the flash card. You may check the flash card to confirm this if you wish.



Firmware

Firmware for the #16 camera does not need to be replaced with new firmware every time a user configuration change is desired. Those changes are best done using the GUI tool (see above).

Also, the GUI will determine if your camera firmware is out of date, download the latest firmware if you agree, and install it for you, taking all the potential for user error out of it. You are strongly advise to ALWAYS use a GUI tool for all camera firmware changes.


The firmware development and refinment is a continuing process, and the most recent OFFICIALLY RELEASED versions will be kept attached to this post as downloadable zip files. Any problems found with the Released Firmware should be reported to me via PM. Note: The different firmware will ALWAYS have the same name... FWMICDVR.BIN, which is necessary for the camera to identify it as firmware to be installed. When you un-zip the attached firmware archive file, the firmware FILE will be in a named FOLDER so you can tell at a glance which firmware file is in the folder. When preparing to install the firmware as detailed below, make sure to copy the firmware FILE (FWMICDVR.BIN) and NOT THE FOLDER itself to the memory card root directory. The camera will not find the firmware if it's in a folder. I keep old, obsolete firmware in case anyone needs a copy (PM me with your email address).

NOTE: BETA TEST firmware is created as part of the on-going development and is sometimes released to selected users for testing only. It is NOT officially released firmware and it may contain bugs, so is NOT intended for general distribution. .

There are two firmware types for the #16 camera:
  1. MOV firmware - this outputs standard MOV format files and is the default firmware for the camera. The individual movie clips produced by the camera's timed sequence of stop/save/continue function will normally have 2-3 seconds of lost video between clips.

  2. AVI firmware - this outputs AVI format files and has the unique advantage of producing the camera's individual movie clips with about a one second overlap. This means there is no gap in the recorded data, and the individual clips can be matched and joined by post-editing to produce an uninterrupted movie with duration limited only by the size of your flash memory card. The current AVI firmware is still in need of AVI format revision so it can be edited properly, but it should play OK and has the same video quality as the MOV format. To edit these files (even simple trimming) you need to first re-encode them with most editors, even commercial ones. If you need AVI format, but can live with the short gap in the video between saved clips, use the MOV firmware and then do a loss-less conversion (NO re-encoding) using the MP4cam2AVI conversion tool linked in post #3.

The most up-to-date firmware is available for manual download at the bottom of this page.


Optional Manual Firmware Update Procedure

The following procedure is for manually updating your camera firmware. It is no longer necessary to do this if you use one of the latest GUI configuration programs. It will determine if your camera firmware is out of date, download the latest firmware if you agree, and install it for you, taking all the potential for user error out of it. You are strongly advise to ALWAYS use the GUI tools for all camera firmware changes.


ALERT:
  • READ THE UPDATING INSTRUCTIONS FULLY BEFORE STARTING
  • DO NOT BEGIN UNTIL YOU UNDERSTAND EACH STEP
  • DO NOT SKIP ANY STEPS
1. Copy the new firmware file into the camera's flash card root directory (the one that opens when the camera connects as a removable drive). This can be done with the card in the camera connected to the computer as a Removable Drive, or externally in a card reader. But do NOT rename the file. If you do, the camera will not install it!

2. Disconnect the camera and turn it off.

3. Insert the flash card containing the new firmware file into the camera (if not already in the camera).

4. Press the Power button until the Yellow LED turns on and begins to flash. RELEASE THE POWER BUTTON AS SOON AS LED FLASHING BEGINS! If you keep pressing it longer, you may turn off the camera before the update process is done.

5. To confirm the firmware is being loaded into the camera, the Yellow LED will first blink. The blinking may continue until the LED finally turns off, or the LED may turn on solid for several seconds before turning off (depends on camera). In either case DO NOT PRESS ANY BUTTONS while the yellow LED is still on or blinking! If you do, the firmware may not fully install and the camera will not function properly. If you find this to be the case AFTER COMPLETING THE REST OF THESE STEPS, repeat the firmware installation and make sure you follow all the steps EXACTLY as stated.

6. When the firmware is fully installed, the Yellow LED will turn off and the camera will shut down.

Note: v3 boot loader file should be installed to make the following Step 7 unnecessary once it is installed and running. It will automatically delete any new firmware (or boot loader) .BIN file from the camera memory card after it is installed and running. Installing it is optional, but recommended, and cameras are now shipping with this new boot loader installed.[/b]

7. Delete the firmware file from the flash card. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!
  • After the updating process is completed, the firmware file will remain on the flash card and will NOT be automatically deleted from the flash card by the camera. [B]You MUST delete it manually or the camera will reload the firmware file every time it is turned on, and will shut down afterwards. The camera will be UNUSABLE until a card is used that has no firmware file on it.

    NOTE: If you have v3 Boot loader installed in your camera, the firmware file will be automatically deleted, and the camera will go to normal Standby Mode (Yellow LED stays on) when the installation is done, making this step unnecessary. The v3 Boot loader is also available for download below. It is installed just like a firmware file.
  • Use ONE of the following methods to delete the file:

    External PC method
    • Remove the card from the camera and insert it into a card reader. You cannot use another #16 camera for this.
    • Delete the firmware file (FWMICDVR.BIN).
    • Insert the card back into the camera and it is ready for use. YOU ARE DONE!

    OR,

    In-camera "backdoor" method:
    • Make sure the camera is turned off.
    • Remove the card from the camera.
    • Turn on the camera and wait for the yellow LED to blink, indicating it needs a flash card.
    • Insert the card back into the camera. DO NOT PUSH ANY BUTTONS.
    • Connect the camera to the PC using a standard USB cable.
    • When the camera connects as a removable disk, delete the firmware file (FWMICDVR.BIN) from the disk.
    • Unplug the camera from the USB cable. It is now ready for use. YOU ARE DONE!


Firmware Download Site

[B]FW v1.12 has been posted. This adds new Power On auto-recording, auto-connect to USB data ports, and USB charging ON/OFF toggle FOR V3 #16 CAMERAS ONLY! Requires GUI 2.0.2.2. or higher for PC configuration (see post #16522 for details). This FW can load and run in V1 and V2 cameras, BUT you will not get the added functionality with it. I have removed FW V67 for this reason (no need for a separate FW for earlier camera versions).
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Last edited by Tom Frank; Jan 06, 2014 at 09:54 AM. Reason: Revised the FW info text... had info pertaining to Mobius
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