I've been reading all I can about using FireCapture effectively and have some observations and one big question: How to force Fire Capture to use 10-bit ADC, 8-bit image depth, or otherwise achieve a higher fps rate with my ZWO ASI224MC.
To begin with, I'm using a hand-tracked EQ mount which dramatically limits / impacts what works and what doesn't for me.
FC's ROI tool does not seem to be useful for hand-tracking. Unless I'm using it wrong, I gather ROI is best used in conjunction with a tracking mount since it significantly narrows the preview-screen FOV. You can narrow the ROI to only what you need, get a higher frame rate and lower file size... but when hand-tracking, the planet moves out of the smaller field of view way faster. Also, for some reasons my computer almost freezes, and I get a "capture failed" notice on screen when using ROI. Kind of moot since I don't think it's particularly useful when hand-tracking.
FC's cut-out tool is awesome! It tracks the planet as its moving across my view, keeps file sizes nice and manageable by only recording what I want, but still displays the full field of the photo chip making hand-tracking easier. I can adjust my mount to bring the planet back to the other side for another run, and the cutout moves with it. Yay! I wish ROI worked like that.
Auto-centering is really nice for focusing, etc... and the red dots are useful guides for adjusting. When hand-tracking, I'm using the cut-out tool (smaller file size) in conjunction with auto-centering (easier focusing, etc.). But I am not using ROI for the reasons noted above.
My remaining challenge is getting a higher frame-rate out of my camera.
While cutout reduces file size, my frame rate still maxes out at 64 fps. When I run ROI (and it's not freezing / crashing), I can get frame-rates of 200+. I think that is a combination of ROI 1) using an 8-bit depth and the 2) much smaller image area the camera needs to track.
According to the ZWO spec sheet (see screenshot), the ASI224MC camera will get frame rates in the 150 fps, even while imaging the full chip pixel area, as long as I'm in 10-bit ADC... or course, I really only need 8-bit from everything I've read. However, I cannot seem to figure out how to make FireCapture use 10bit ADC or 8-bit depth. Just seeing higher fps to round-out my set-up. Any suggestions are welcome... Thanks!