Our latest firmware 1.1.15 allows the user to set several
old and new options via a config.txt file. All orders placed
on our website after July 15th, 2013 will ship with 1.1.15
preloaded. You can upgrade your firmware to this newest
version by following the instructions towards the bottom of
1.1.15 Changes: - One firmware for all options customizable via a
config.txt file that must be on SD card
- Photo mode added with options
- Video record length can be set
- Exposure option (for bright or dim light settings)
- Option to set the time
- Audio volume setting with mute
- Firmware and watermark display option Continuous recording:
- When the microSD runs out of memory, the oldest video will
be deleted to allow for indefinite recording (providing
there is power).
- 2 to 3 seconds of footage will be lost in between videos.
- Example application would be as a security camera by
connecting the HackHD to a DVR for months worth of non HD
recording on a hardrive and have up to the last 48 hours (on
a 256GB SD card using our microSD to SD card adapter) of
footage available in full 1080P HD if a crime occurs.
- HackHD now records properly on microSDXC cards and will
save the video in 4-5 GB chunks. This allows for double the
recording time on a 64GB microSDXC. The original firmware
worked with microSDXC cards but would not save the video in
chunks and if it got too big it would not be able to be
- LED blinks fast and HackHD turns off if no memory card or
error. The original firmware allows the the unit to remain
on, thus draining the battery.
- To enter standby mode, you only have to hold down the
button approximately 1 second (until the LED goes bright).
Release and wait. Once the LED flashes quickly 2 times, the
camera is ready to record in standby mode. The original
firmware required the button be held down for 4 or 5 seconds
and has no indication that the unit entered standby mode.
- Unit will turn off when battery too low for camera
operation. The original firmware kept the unit running until
the battery ran out.
- Debounce rate set to 60ms which means that the button must
be pressed down for a minimum of 60 milliseconds (0.6% of 1
second) to count as an active button press. On the original
firmware, there were issues of accidentally entering auto
mode when trying to hold down the button to enter standby
mode since the debounce rate was too low and very sensitive
which sometimes caused the board to think the button was
released prematurely even though it was not.
- Same as 1.0.20i except the white balance has been adjusted
to get rid of the extra redness compared with other cameras
such as the GoPro. Most people prefer the extra redness but
for those who would like white balance like the GoPro, this
firmware upgrade addresses that issue. See video below:
Firmware Installation Instructions:
It is crucial these instructions are
followed correctly otherwise the HackHD can become
permanently defective. If you are having problems installing
the new firmware, try first formatting your SD card in
Fat32, NTFS, exFAT or trying another card before putting
main.elf on it.
1. Put the firmware file (always called main.elf) in the
root directory on your microSD card.
2. Insert the microSD and connect an LED, switch, and fully
charged battery or external power supply (between 3.7V and
5.5V) to the board.
3. Power up the camera in standby mode. You will know it is
in standby mode with the LED remains solid. If the LED beings slowly
flashing, it is possible the camera either booted up in auto
mode or was accidentally triggered to start recording in
standby mode. If this is the case, press the switch again,
if the LED goes solid, the camera is in standby mode ready
for the next step. If the LED turns off, the camera was in
automode so try again to enter standby mode.
4. Once you confirmed the camera is in standby mode and not
recording, hold down the switch. After a few seconds, the
LED will turn off and then a few seconds later the LED will
turn back on. As soon as the LED turns on, immediately release
the switch, it is important to do this within half a second
of the LED turning back on. The LED will remain on for up to
30 seconds at which point it will turn off with the camera.
When the LED turns off, the firmware upgrade should be
successful. The video out signal shows the
firmware version on the bottom of the feed.
Firmware upgrade troubleshooting:
If you are running into problems upgrading the firmware,
please try the following solutions:
- Use a microSD card instead of microSDXC card to load the
- Format your microSD card in FAT32 before putting main.elf
on it. If that does not work, try formatting in FAT or exFAT.
- Make sure the firmware is called main.elf and is the only
file on your microSD card.
- Try another microSD card.
- Make sure your power supply is giving at least 1100 mAH of
current (USB only gives half)