How to update CameraMator to iUSBportCAMERA

Brief History
HYPER (Sanho Corporation) was Usman Rashid (Wooblue Inc’s) technology and sales partner in the CameraMator project. HYPER’s involvement include manufacturing and distributing the CameraMator device, including fulfillment to Usman Rashid’s Kickstarter backers. After investing heavily to market CameraMator at CES 2013 and Macworld 2013, HYPER sold a substantial amount of units to the market. Seeing the initial success, Usman Rashid got greedy and wanted to renegotiate the distribution contract. When HYPER refused, Usman Rashid pulled the iOS app from the Apple App Store to retaliate and hold HYPER ransom, leaving all CameraMator customers in a lurch. HYPER tried to persuade Usman Rashid to relist the app to no avail so HYPER had no choice but to sue Usman Rashid and Wooblue Inc. With quick resolution unlikely, HYPER proceeded to develop their own iOS app and rebranded the product line to iUSBportCAMERA, named after the patent pending iUSBport technology, which made CameraMator possible in the first place.

iUSBportCAMERA Flyer

HYPER will provide free technical support for all CameraMator units updated to iUSBportCAMERA software.

The “iUSBport” iPad app version 1.4 can now be downloaded from the Apple App store.
Key features include:
- Wireless Tether
- Client View
- Live View
- Touch Focusing
- Video Recording
- USB media streaming

A Mac OS software which will automatically download images from the iUSBportCAMERA is also available for download. Instructions on how to use this software is available at the end of this post.

In a week’s time, version 1.5 of the app with much more features will be available for download including support for iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows PC.

The user manual on how to use the iUSBportCAMERA can be found below:

iUSBportCAMERA User Manual

Please note that this update will disable the usage of CameraMator app and enable usage of iUSBport app.

1) Download the 3 files (CAMERAMATOR.SEF, IUSBPCAM.SEF and iusbport_camera) to the main directory of a USB flash drive
2) Insert USB drive into the USB port of the CameraMator device
3) Turn on CameraMator device
4) Display will show “Update? V25 to V30″. Press power button once to confirm.
5) Device takes about a minute to update firmware and will shutdown automatically when done.
6) Turn on CameraMator device again
7) Display will show “Update? V?? to V31″. Press power button once to confirm.
8) Device takes about a minute to update firmware and will shutdown automatically when done.
9) Turn on CameraMator device again.
10) Display will show “Refresh App?”. Press power button once to confirm.
11) Once that is done. The device will restart as iUSBportCAMERA.

How to use iUSBportCAMERA Mac OS software

1) Download and unzip the iUSBportCAMERA Mac OS software
2) Connect iUSBportCAMERA (formerly CameraMator) device via USB cable to your camera
3) Turn on the camera and iUSBportCAMERA
4) Tap the power button on the iUSBportCAMERA once
5) When you see “Self-Client Mode?”, tap the power button again to activate self-client mode.
(If you see “Power Off?” instead of “Self-Client Mode?”, it means your device is not connected to a powered on DSLR camera as mentioned in Step 2 and 3. Also make sure that the iPad app is not connected to the device)
6) Connect your Mac computer to the same Wi-Fi network as iUSBportCAMERA
7) Open the iUSBportCAMERA Mac OS software
8) In the software, enter the IP address of iUSBportCAMERA (default is 192.168.0.1)
9) Select a folder where the incoming images will save to
10) Select to import RAW, JPG or both types of images
11) Click “Start” to begin importing
12) You can use Adobe Lightroom or any software to watch and auto import from the folder. In Lightroom 4, it’s File>Auto Import>Auto Import Settings>Choose Watched Folder>Enable Auto Import.

51 thoughts on “How to update CameraMator to iUSBportCAMERA

  1. Bob

    Your Mac OS software doesn’t do anything. Am I missing something? Why isn’t it in the App Store? Or is it a script?

    I upzip and run it – nothing happens. Trying to enter “Self-Client” mode by single pressing the power button gives only the option to turn off the iUSBportCamera.

    I’m very unimpressed after buying this.

    1. HyperBlog Post author

      We fixed both issues.

      Can you download this firmware from https://www.dropbox.com/s/xihz391ya34bmyv/IUSBPCAM.SEF
      1) Copy “IUSBPCAM.SEF” to the main directory of a USB flash drive
      2) Insert USB drive into the USB port of the iUSBportCAMERA device
      3) Turn on iUSBportCAMERA device
      4) Display will show “Update? V30 to V31″. Press power button once to confirm.
      5) Device takes about a minute to update firmware and will shutdown automatically when done.

      You should be able to enter Self-Client mode now.

      For the Mac app, download it again at:
      https://www.dropbox.com/s/vyvd4djaav3m0bg/iUSBport%20Receiver%20V0.9.zip

  2. Sam

    Hi, I just tested the Mac App. But it will not start. I only see the following error in my log files:
    iUSBport Receiver V0.9[7582]): Job failed to exec(3) for weird reason: 13
    Could you check this?

  3. Markus

    Thank you very much! This was worth an entry in my blog.

    I updated CameraMotor to iUSBPortCamera and installed the MAC app.

    On my 5dIII it transfers the JPGs really fast to my MAC, much faster than with the CameraMator app.

    Not working now is the transfer of the RAW-files. I selected this option in the MAC app but RAW-files are not transferred, nor are they visible in the samba share.

  4. Andreas Straub

    Hi,

    this update works great! Finally this tool becomes really useful. What is still missing though is an iPhone app – is this planned?

    Greetings and thanks a lot
    Andreas

  5. Keith McLuckie

    I don’t seem to be able to find the iPhone version of the app – I have the iPad version installed and the USB update ready to go but would like the iPhone app as well

    Good Job by the way – I got stuffed by Usman because I got the iPad just after the app was pulled

    Keith

  6. Tony

    iUSBport requires IOS6, so bad luck to anyone with an early model iPad, like me. This whole CameraMator thing has been such a frustration. There seems to be no way out. The earlier comments reporting bugs and software not working don’t inspire confidence either. I think I will bide my time until there are reports from some customers of success. Not about to reflash my CameraMator till then.

    1. BenC

      Yeah I updated the firmware before I realized the original iPad never got updated past iOS 5.1.1, so looks like I just screwed myself being able to continue to use the Camermator app on my original iPad. :(

      I guess Hyper will make support to work over any web browser with full control, so I guess not all is lost as eventually we might have access that way. Would be nice to have a native iUSBPort app for original iPad on iOS 5.1.1 though since Apple is no longer updating firmware on original iPad.

  7. Keith McLuckie

    WOW! Just got the app working on my iPad – that’s how it should have been done – I’ve played for about 2 minutes and your firmware loads faster into the iUSBport and it shuts down faster and gives better info via the LCD screen on top of the iUSBport.

    Using it on the iPad is a delight – the Liveview is excellent and the whole thing more responsive and I don’t really know how to use it yet!

    Outstanding job guys well done – you’ve blown the tosser into the weeds

  8. Harpreet

    Good Improvement, although the app crashes after every download of a photo. I also cannot capture video. Live view is great, if only the video can be started from the iPad? Thanks for making the device useful again.

          1. HyperBlog Post author

            Can you re-update this firmware to see if it fixes some of the issues?
            https://www.dropbox.com/s/xihz391ya34bmyv/IUSBPCAM.SEF

            1) Copy “IUSBPCAM.SEF” to the main directory of a USB flash drive
            2) Insert USB drive into the USB port of the iUSBportCAMERA device
            3) Turn on iUSBportCAMERA device
            4) Display will show “Update? V30 to V31″. Press power button once to confirm.
            5) Device takes about a minute to update firmware and will shutdown automatically when done.

          2. Harpreet

            I downloaded the file and after inserting in the device with the usb the screen says FW ignored?

      1. Charles

        I received information from a chat here that the Android app was in development and would not be available for 1 to 2 months. What am I to believe? Below is the dialog with Angelo:

        (05:06:00) *** Charles joined the chat ***
        (05:06:01) Charles: In an email I received over the weekend you stated the Android app would be available this week. I have held up updating my cameramator waiting on a firm delivery of an android apk. Please advise of the status of the app. Thanks
        (05:06:08) *** Angelo joined the chat ***
        (05:06:32) Angelo: The app is still under development.
        (05:06:56) Angelo: It may take 1-2 monts for the app to be released
        (05:07:06) Charles: So that does not sound like a release for this week.
        (05:07:28) Angelo: No, it will not be released this week.
        (05:07:35) Charles: Ok
        (05:08:34) *** Charles left the chat ***

  9. Julian-H

    hej there,

    i’d like two things from you guys and I wonder if you can pull it off ;)

    one would be a full-fledged MacOS app with LiveView (since I don’t have an iPad, I’d like to you use my MacBook Pro as a LiveView Monitor)
    and the other thing would be even more awesome: teach the iUSBPortCamera how to get into the local network! Ad-hoc is nice and such, but if one can access the device from the “house” wifi – NOW THAT WOULD BE KILLER!

    other than that I got one bug to report: (Canon 60D + CameraMator updated to iUSBPortCamera)
    whenever I get to choose from “RAW, JPG or BOTH” and click on JPG I get an error:
    “JPG” cannot be converted into Type type class
    if I pick BOTH I only get to see the jpg files on my mbp.

    cheers

    1. HyperBlog Post author

      1) We will release a universal web app that will bring Live View and camera control to any device with a web browser, including Mac OS.

      2) It’s already possible for iUSBportCAMERA to join an existing network. When your MacBook is connected to iUSBportCAMERA ad-hoc Wi-Fi network, enter http://192.168.0.1 from Safari or Chrome web browser to enter the web app, click the settings icon beside the iUSBportCAMERA icon and enable “Join Existing Network”.

      3) Thanks for the bug report. We will look into it and fix it ASAP!

      1. Julian-H

        1. web app? how good will it be and how close will it come to the functionality of an iPad, where you can touch and stuff? :)
        i mean not to defend usman, but he had a native macos app.

        2. AWESOME! didn’t know that. well, now you guys made my day – twice.

        if you release the Apps soon, I gladly review them on my blog

        1. Julian-H

          Oh, and one more Bug:
          When the Camera is tethered to the device and I try to switch it off, the device asks me “Power off?” – I hot the power off to confirm and the device stays on still.

          Sorry for spamming your comment area. I’m just fiddling around… finally this piece of junk gets useful thanks to you. I’m so glad.

          1. HyperBlog Post author

            Can you re-download and re-update this firmware from
            https://www.dropbox.com/s/xihz391ya34bmyv/IUSBPCAM.SEF

            1) Copy “IUSBPCAM.SEF” to the main directory of a USB flash drive
            2) Insert USB drive into the USB port of the iUSBportCAMERA device
            3) Turn on iUSBportCAMERA device
            4) Display will show “Update? V30 to V31″. Press power button once to confirm.
            5) Device takes about a minute to update firmware and will shutdown automatically when done.

            You should be able to enter Self-Client mode now.

        2. HyperBlog Post author

          The web app will be very close to the native app. Eventually we will release a native Mac OS app. Trust me when I say we are dedicating a lot of resources to this project. Bear in mind we only took over the software portion of this product from Usman Rashid 3 weeks ago and already we have a much superior software. We don’t just want to be better than CameraMator, we want to beat CamRanger as well.

  10. E.Contee

    Hi,

    I have the 1st production version of the Cameramator (Wireless Data Transmitter), and tried to update the firmware using the method described using a USB drive, but I do not get past instruction item #(4) display will show “Update? V25 to V30″. Press power button once to confirm. What is likely to be the problem? I did notice that the
    iUSBportCAMERA file had a circle with a line through it as if not recognized by the Mac OS X 10.7.5. The other files; CAMERAMATOR.SEF, IUSBPCAM.SEF are displayed as executable flies. Please HELP!!!!!!

    1. HyperBlog Post author

      Make sure that 3 files (CAMERAMATOR.SEF, IUSBPCAM.SEF and iusbport_camera) are in the main directory of the USB drive, not in a sub-folder or in .zip format. Try downloading the files again or use another USB drive.

      1. E.Contee

        Okay I reformatted the first USB drive and downloaded the (3) files ran through the update procedures , but once again did not get passed step #4. I than opened a
        fresh packaged USB drive formated it to EXFAT download (3) new files, ran the update sequence and still not able to go passed step #4. I than plug the CameraMator in to d200 just to see if it still would work with the Ipad and it did.
        So what should I do ? I do want the functions of the new update. Who I’am to
        correspond with for support? Please advise!!!

  11. richie

    The process of firmware upgrading from Camermator to iUSBport is pretty straightforward and flawlessly. However, I observed something and would like to seek your guy further support.

    1. I am using Nikon D800E, I found the video recording function doesn’t work at all.

    2. The liveview mode of photo-taking is working but there is no focused point(box) displayed as per the user manual describe and it is should display for few seconds. Also it seems no AF lock included in the app. It lead’s the camera refocusing every times even I have ensure it got right focus in liveview mode.

    3. I found the app will close automatically (crashes) in my mini ipad after I use liveview mode to take few pictures.

    4. In liveview mode, I can take pictures but I cannot retrieve or browse the picture directly unless I go to local folder.

    5. In local folder, browse every picture take MUCH MUCH longer time than the build-in “Camera Roll”.

    5. Also, when I use the iUSBport app and go to local folder and display some pictures, the app will close automatically (crashes).

    Hope your software engineer could address the above issue shortly. This iUSBPort is really a good stuff.

    1. HyperBlog Post author

      Can you update to this firmware to see if it resolves some of the issues?
      https://www.dropbox.com/s/xihz391ya34bmyv/IUSBPCAM.SEF

      1) Copy “IUSBPCAM.SEF” to the main directory of a USB flash drive
      2) Insert USB drive into the USB port of the iUSBportCAMERA device
      3) Turn on iUSBportCAMERA device
      4) Display will show “Update? V30 to V31″. Press power button once to confirm.
      5) Device takes about a minute to update firmware and will shutdown automatically when done.

      1. Richie

        Hi, I downloaded the firmware and try to update to my device. However, a message displayed saying “FW ignored”. I believe this message indicated I have the updated firmware V31 in my device already.

        I am using Nikon D800E, the issues that I stated in my previous post still occur.

        1. The video recording function doesn’t work at all.
        2. The liveview mode no focused point(box) displayed
        3. Also it seems no AF lock included in the app. It lead’s the camera refocusing every times even I have ensure it got right focus in liveview mode.
        4. The app crashes when I take few pictures either in livemode or client mode.
        5. In liveview mode cannot access the captured picture directly.
        6. In local folder, browse picture takes MUCH MUCH longer time than the build-in “Camera Roll”.

        Please pass this information to your development team as I do believe the app or firmware somehow no 100% supporting Nikon.

        I really hope all the above issues can be resolved in coming app V1.5 or update firmware.

        In fact, I found the technical support from Hyper is much much better then Usman. So, you guys won’t let me down, will you?

        Richie

  12. Ben

    I updated the firmware last night without issue, but am disappointed there is no intervalometer function in your iUSBPort app, nor is there support for original iPad that only can go as high as iOS 5.1.1. CameraMator supported both of these things. I do see you are making an iPhone app for release something this week. Can you make support for the original iPad? If LiveView is not possible on the original iPad, I would still like the ability to use that iPad as maybe a slave mode viewer.

    I am concerned that I made a mistake updating the firmware based on this article: http://www.prlog.org/12096188-sanho-surrenders-cameramatortm-to-wooblue.html
    Will you continue to produce the iUSBPortCAMERA and add enhancement to your software?

    1. HyperBlog Post author

      We will add intervalometer function in the later versions. We felt that more users wanted live view, video recording and touch focusing. We will also release a web app that will work on the original iPad.

      The press release from Usman Rashid is misleading. The “CameraMator” name and trademark belongs to Usman Rashid to begin with. HYPER/Sanho had permission to use the trademark when we were still working with Usman Rashid. Now that we are not working together and have since rebranded the product to “iUSBportCAMERA”, there is no reason for us to use the “CameraMator” trademark anymore.

      Please do not confuse the “CameraMator” trademark which Usman Rashid owns with the underlying technology used to make the CameraMator, which HYPER/Sanho owns.

      Moving forward, HYPER/Sanho will continue to develop and support iUSBportCAMERA (including CameraMators that were updated to iUSBportCAMERA). At this moment, we have clearly demonstrated that we have a much superior software. Together with our deep knowledge of the hardware, the iUSBportCAMERA will only get better.

  13. Craig

    I have a few questions.
    Is there anyway to have the images autosave rather than having to select each image individually?
    Will you be including uploading to social media sites (facebook,twitter,etc..)from within the app?

    Just a thought, but a nice feature would be having the ability to add a watermark within the app.

  14. Ken Hillblom

    Do you have any thoughts on putting up a forum for support ? I understand you probably have a ton of things on your plate but in the long run it would consolidate all the questions and answers into a user friendly environment.

  15. Richie

    Hi, I downloaded the firmware and try to update to my device. However, a message displayed saying “FW ignored”. I believe this message indicated I have the updated firmware V31 in my device already.

    I am using Nikon D800E, the issues that I stated in my previous post still occur.

    1. The video recording function doesn’t work at all.
    2. The liveview mode no focused point(box) displayed
    3. Also it seems no AF lock included in the app. It lead’s the camera refocusing every times even I have ensure it got right focus in liveview mode.
    4. The app crashes when I take few pictures either in livemode or client mode.
    5. In liveview mode cannot access the captured picture directly.
    6. In local folder, browse picture takes MUCH MUCH longer time than the build-in “Camera Roll”.

    Please pass this information to your development team as I do believe the app or firmware somehow no 100% supporting Nikon.

    I really hope all the above issues can be resolved in coming app V1.5 or update firmware.

    In fact, I found the technical support from Hyper is much much better then Usman. So, you guys won’t let me down, will you?

    Richie

  16. Karsten

    Thanks for turning this infamous Cameramator Story into a positive direction. providing a migration path from the cameramator hardware to a full-blown iUSBPortCamera was a good idea – i do not regret upgrading.

    i do have some issues with the software, though:
    - focussing in liveview mode works, but unfortunately when i press the shutterbutton, the camera refocusses using the center AF point. i have already the latest firmware installed
    - when in manual or shutter priority mode the selectable shutterspeed starts at 1/8000s but is only selectable up to 1/100s. longer speeds i.e. 30 secs, 15 secs, 1/15 sec are not selectable. this one really bugs me…
    - the mac os x software / automator script works fairly well (apart from the fact that i don’t get RAW files to be transferred, although i use the latest version of the script), although the installation under mountain lion required me to allow the installation of non-signed software in the system settings. i’m looking forward to the full-blown mac os x app and i would also be willing to pay something for that app.
    - interval and timelapse functions are not yet available, but as i saw some posts earlier, you are planning to implement that. right?
    - “video recording doesn’t work with my D800″ -> i saw some posts earlier, you are working on that one, too?
    - the cameramator/iUSBPortCamera Device is unfortunately unable to connect to a frequently used WPA2(CCMP) secured wireless network.

    apart from that the software works like a charm!

    in case you run out of ideas for new features i would love to see some of those features included: sound trigger (by clapping), timelapse with easing-in/easing-out option, release by distance (using the builtin positioning system of the ipad/iphone/ipod), geotagging of the images when storing them locally, release with face detection (ios device is used for facedetection…), release by vibration (using the ios device’s builtin functions, trigger using the gyro sensor if movement or shaking of the ios device is detected, magnetic trigger using the builtin direction sensor…

  17. Corey

    I am struggling with the Mac OS App. I go through all the steps to get it all working and set up, but nothing transfers. I have this problem

    If you see “Power Off?” instead of “Self-Client Mode?”, it means your device is not connected to a powered on DSLR camera as mentioned in Step 2 and 3. Also make sure that the iPad app is not connected to the device).

    It is not connected to the iPad app (wifi has been disconnected on the iPad) and I have the latest firmware, but when I choose the “self control” (not self-client) I get CacheErr! . When I press the button it does the “Power Off”. This all works fine with the iPad app, just not the Mac.

  18. chris

    hello,
    I tried to update the version and it seemed to update ok but it is still not working on my iPad. On the little screen it says iUSBport camera tethered. (i have canon 5D MKIII) On my ipad, i choose the iUSBport wifi and go to the app. On the app, i cannot seem to find the iUSBport. I try to refresh it and even hae tried to add (+) a network and click on iUSBport and try to enter the address 192.168.0.1 and it still does not work. (the ipad is a new version running the latest iOS6)

    thanks!

  19. Johnh

    Hi

    So I assume the hardware in the new version (iUSBPort) is not quite the same as the original CameraMator?

    Can you please explain the differences? Only the original units are available in the UK camera stores at the moment, hence the question

    John

  20. Sam

    Is it possible to support the Canon EOS 20D? Currently I only get a “Camera Not Supported” when I try to use this camera with iUSBPort Camera.

    I would like to have a better USB cable for the iUSBPort Camera.
    Does anyone know where to get a short “Right Angle USB A” to “Left Angle Mini-B” ( I think this would be the best for a Canon-Camera) cable which is not too expensive?

  21. Joe90

    Hi,

    I would like to add my name to the list of those who would like to see the intervalometer function put into the app. This was the most important function on the device.

    Thank you

    Joe

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