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Configuring the Polaroid Cube on Linux (or anywhere)

The Polaroid Cube is all fun and games until you see the only way to configure it is through a program for either Windows or OS X.

Fortunately that configuration program does not do anything fancy, it just edits the files Setting.txt and time.txt that live in the root level of the sdcard. These files are read by the firmware of the camera when powered on, and can be edited by any text editor. The syntax is a bit sloppy.

CUBE-V1.01 
UPDATE:N           <--- Set this field to Y before saving!
        FORMAT     <--- No idea
LightFrequency:1   <--- Europe: 50Hz(1), US: 60Hz(0)
TimeStamp:0        <--- Show a timestamp on the topleft corner of videos (dashcam)
CycleRecord:0      <--- Record a video in loop (dashcam)
BuzzerVolume:0     <--- Set this to 0 for disabling the annoying beep. 1 to 50 if you like it
-------------------------------
LightFrequency
	0 ~ 1, def:0, 0:60Hz  1:50Hz
TimeStamp
	0 ~ 1, def:0, 0:Off   1:On
CycleRecord
	0 ~ 1, def:0, 0:Off   1:On
BuzzerVolume
	0 ~ 50, def:5

Setting.txt

UPDATE:N             <--- Set this field to Y before saving!
 
2014-10-20 00:57:44  <--- Set with current date, YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS  

time.txt

Notice the two dashcam options. Is it an added feature or a hint of the Cube's hardware origin? Even if it is just a glorified dashcam with a sexy underwater case and the Polaroid brand slapped into it, this toy is well worth the buzz: nice concept, fits on the pocket, has a magnet and feels nice on the hand.

Writing a simple QML client for configuring the Polaroid Cube should be simple enough, but I guess it's not really worth the time: Text is the universal interface, maybe another day.

12 thoughts on “Configuring the Polaroid Cube on Linux (or anywhere)”

  1. Hi!

    I am really considering getting one of these little cameras, but I have a little hang-up around the video quality.

    According to this Reddit Thread, the settings for changing the video bit-rate have been exposed somewhere along a firmware update (how to upgrade) via the Settings.txt file that the device generates on the SD-Card. According to that, the bit-rate can be bumped up from 8 Mb/s to 13 Mb/s.

    Do you still have your Cube?
    Could you please test and confirm if this changes the quality of the recording?

    For me this might be the only needed push to get one of these cubes.

    Thank you!

    1. After some quick late night tinkering, I can confirm the bit-rate can be bumped up from 8 Mb/s to 13 Mb/s. :)

      With the latest firmware we also have self timer, too!

  2. I don’t know if anyone will see this, but would there be a way to add a line to actually up the bitrate of the AUDIO?… Because as far as I can see it’s only around 128kb/s, unless it’s variable. I can’t really see the bitrate “live”, not even in VLC or something like that.
    But I’d say compressed MP3-level audio really shouldn’t drop below 192-256kb/s, preferably it should go up to 320kb/s.

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