With the launch of the Blackmagic Studio Camera, BMD entered yet another domain in live production. The Studio Camera series and the URSA Mini offers DaVinci Resolve primary color corrector and with the integrated CCU in the Software Panel you’re able to remotely control color, cameras settings and lens control. But we have great news - you are no longer limited to tweak your cameras in the software. We proudly present the ATEM CCU - it's full remote camera control from a dedicated control surface. The control surface lets you adjust multiple parameters simultaneously. The master black and iris adjustment are controlled by multi turn dials, and the illuminated buttons and displays provides high visibility even in dark locations. The OLED menu rocker switch let you toggle between all the settings you need to adjust and refine for each camera´s image. Check out our Strategies for Blackmagic Design Camera Control document to learn more about controlling the line of BlackMagic Design Digital Film Cameras and Live Production Cameras.
From September 2017 our ATEM CCU will ship with UniSketch OS
By default the ATEM CCU selects between CAM 1-8 on the camera selector. Alternatively you can configure the ATEM CCU to select between the 8 cameras on MultiViewer 1 or MultiViewer 2, by selecting this option in the web interface.
If a selected camera is on preview on the ATEM Switcher the button will light up green. If the selected camera is on program the button will blink red.
In UniSketch OS you can enable autoroute to a specific ATEM AUX channel or any other device capable of video routing (see Device Core overview). This is a great feature if you have a engineering monitor to match your cameras.
By pressing and holding buttons on the camera selector you can control multiple cameras at the same time. In this mode cameras will be adjusted relatively from their original position. All shading parameters can be adjusted in this mode.
The menu works by toggling the menu button up or down to change between the 5 pre set menus and the one custom menu.
Menu 1: Lift: YRGB
Menu 2: Gamma: YRGB
Menu 3: Gain: YRGB
Menu 4: Contrast, Saturation, Hue
Menu 5: Gain, Shutter, White Balance, Focus (holding down rotary encoder will perform auto focus)
Menu 6: Gain, Shutter, White Balance, Zoom
You can add/remove function as you would like via UniSketch OS - try it out for yourself at cores.skaarhoj.com
ATEM CCU w. BlackMagic 3G-SDI Arduino Shield
Select this option if you want to relay CCU information to BlackMagic Cameras without the need of an ATEM Switcher. In order to distribute the SDI return feed to multiple cameras you need to use a SDI Distribution unit (or something similar like a VideoHub). This will allow you to distribute the SDI control signal from the BlackMagic Arduino Shield mounted in our ATEM CCU to multiple cameras.
The ATEM CCU w. BlackMagic 3G-SDI Arduino Shield can work either via the Arduino Shield or via IP to the ATEM Swticher. You select which option you want in the web interface.
The BlacMagic 3g-SDI Arduino Shield supports the following outputs: 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94 and 1080p60, but the camera doesn´t have to be running the same video format as the program input, so you can use cameras in Ultra HD while the camera protocol is sent over HD signal to the camera.
The ATEM CCU with the BlackMagic 3G-SDI Arduino Shield controls any BlackMagic camera that supports CCU over the return SDI feed. This includes the Micro Studio Camera 4K, Studio Cameras and the URSA Mini (+ Pro).
Select this option if you want to relay CCU information to BlackMagic Cameras by the use of an ATEM Switcher. In short the ATEM CCU connects to an ATEM Switcher via IP and the CCU information to the cameras are transmitted via the ATEM Switcher. If you have control of your cameras via the ATEM Software Control Panel then this option will work for you.
Any camera that supports CCU control over the return SDI feed will work. This includes the Micro Studio Camera 4K, Studio Cameras and the URSA Mini (+ Pro).
The ATEM CCU connects either directly to the ATEM Switcher via Ethernet or via a network switch/hub. Once connected our ATEM CCU communicates with the ATEM Switcher which, then relays CCU shading information to the cameras. You need an SDI return feed to the cameras you want to control (for instance a AUX channel) to relay the CCU data. This setup is similar to using the ATEM Software Control Panel.
The ATEM Software Control Panel and the ATEM CCU are in sync, so when changing shading parameters these will be reflected both places.
This section is only relevant if you get the ATEM CCU with the "BlackMagic 3G-SDI Arduino Shield" option.
Here we present some of the principles for how you can control cameras via the ATEM CCU and the BlackMagic Arduino Shield. One setup does not necessarily rule out another. Please contact us for questions.
The ATEM CCU is able to send CCU data in two ways; either through the Arduino Shields SDI out connector or via an connected ATEM switcher. What you prefer is up to you. Using the ATEM route is known to work with any recent ATEM firmware to this date.
Camera Control via BlackMagic Shield
The BlackMagic Arduino Shield makes it possible to relay CCU information to cameras directly without the need of an ATEM Switcher. In order to control more than 1 camera from the Arduino Shield you need to distribute the return SDI signal to multiple cameras. This can be achieved by using a SDI Distribution unit or something similar. See Strategies for Blackmagic Design Camera Control
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