Introducing Camera Control

We are proud to present the ATEM CCU that let you take full camera control in a sweet looking hardware panel. The controller offer both ease of operation and multi-functionality with the user friendly buttons.


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 BMD Camera Support Page to learn which features we currently support for the line of BlackMagic Design Digital Film Cameras and Live Production Cameras.

  • 8 red, green or amber broadcast quality buttons for camera selection
  • Transparent button caps for custom labels
  • 35mm multi turn dial (aluminium knob) control for Iris
  • 24mm multi turn dial (aluminium knob) control for Master Black
  • 2 miniature high contrast 128x32 OLED Displays, white on black.
  • 4 RGB backlit 64x32 pixel displays
  • 5 rotary encoders
  • OLED Rocker Switch for system menu control (96x64 pixels)
  • Web configuration interface for settings
  • Option: BlackMagic 3G-SDI Arduino Shield
  • Completely self contained unit with SKAARDUINO inside
  • Dimensions: 29.5 x 18 x 7.5 cm
  • Weight: 1.100 kg
  • 100% Creative Commons/Open Source design (CC-by-sa and GNU/GPL)
Autoroute the selected camera to a specific ATEM AUX channel for engineering monitor.
Select multiple cameras to adjust settings on more cameras at the same time. Adjustments will be relative from their original position.

Camera Selector

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 the web interface you can enable autoroute to a specific ATEM AUX channel. 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. 

 

Menu

The menu works by toggling the menu button up or down to change between the 5 fixed menus and the two custom menus.

Menu 1: Lift: YRGB
Menu 2: Gamma: YRGB
Menu 3: Gain: YRGB
Menu 4: Gain, Shutter, White Balance, Focus (holding down rotary encoder will perform auto focus)
Menu 5: Contrast, Saturation, Hue, Lum mix.

The menu has two custom banks, where the following settings are possible to set for each of the 4 menu rotary encoders:

Menu 1: Lift: YRGB
Menu 2: Gamma: YRGB
Menu 3: Gain: YRGB
Menu 4: Gain, Shutter, White Balance, Focus
Menu 5: Contrast, Saturation, Hue, Lum mix.
Custom Menu Bank 1
Custom Menu Bank 2
By pressing the menu button down the 4 parameters can be linked
Normal adjustment mode for iris
Fine adjustment mode for iris

Fine Tune Mode

By default shading parameters are changed by a value of 0.01 when rotating the encoders 1 step. By pressing on the encoders you enter Fine mode where the resolution is higher. In this mode the value is changed by 0.0025 per step allowing for high precision adjustments. Iris is adjusted 1% per 1 step rotation in normal mode and 0.5% in fine tune mode.

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

Camera Support

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).

 

 

ATEM CCU

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.

Camera Support

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).

Camera Control via ATEM
Web interface for ATEM CCU

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.

When you select a source on the 1-8 camera selector, that particular source will be routed to an AUX channel for monitoring. You select which AUX channel in the web interface.

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.

Camera Control via BlackMagic Shield and Videohub

If you use a Videohub as a distributor you can configure routing, so sources selected on the camera selector on the ATEM CCU, will be routed to a specific output for CCU monitoring. This is configured in the web interface. 

Camera Control via BlackMagic Shield: Simple setup
Camera Control via BlackMagic Shield: Control of multiple cameras via SDI Distribution
Camera Control via BlackMagic Shield: Control of multiple cameras via Videohub and Videohub for CCU monitoring
Camera Control via BlackMagic Shield: Using ATEM Talkback Converter
Web interface Part 1
Web interface Part 2

Buy Now

Buy a fully assembled controller ready to work out of the box.

What you get is:

  • Fully Assembled ATEM CCU
  • Web interface
  • 12V Power Supply
  • Networking cable
  • USB programming cable
  • Preconfigured with SKAARHOJ ATEM CCU Sketch
  • Manuals and Software: See skaarhoj.com/support/manual

Designs and Options are:

  • ATEM CCU: MSRP $2.799,00 USD
  • ATEM CCU w. BlackMagic 3G-SDI Arduino Shield: MSRP 2.999,00 USD

You either place your order by PayPal or by email and pay by bank transfer - please read the "Pricing, Terms and Conditions" page for more details.

Models and Options

B4 Lens Control for BMD Cameras

Extend the functionality of the SKAARHOJ ATEM CCU panel with either the SDI-B4 Link or the ETH-B4 Link to control iris on a B4 lens as well. With this great add-on you now get the best of both worlds – full camera control together with iris control for your favorite analog B4 lens.

SDI-B4 Link
ETH-B4 Link