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SKAARHOJ makes awesome generic and yet specific VISCA controllers in any formfactor you need. For an OB Van you want an RCP “Sony-1500” form factor RCP, even for robotic cameras. Or even simpler; you just want your PTZ operator to stay clear of shading the camera colors. SKAARHOJ makes all the relevant controllers to separate these concerns properly for broadcast professionals. In this video you will see a Sony BRC-X1000 4K used, but the same and other controllers support many other VISCA cameras. Notice how we really mean *support*! We have specifically integrated each cameras command set so we offer all relevant value ranges and labels instead of cryptic numbers from the underlying protocol. The controllers also support VISCA over IP (in various forms) as well as RS-232/422/485 (via converter). For the current list of specifically supported VISCA cameras, visit the link below and browse the list for robotic cameras: List of device cores. The RCP shown in this video can be found for sale on this link. Notice how its presented as specific for BlackMagic cameras, but as this video shows the product is flexible far beyond that. To really understand the flexibility in depth you don’t even need to own a controller first! You can play with the commands at https://cores.skaarhoj.com . Try to “add a device”, select a “BRC-X1000” device core, and see how the commands appear in the list of actions you can assign to the controller interface components.

See the SKAARHOJ universal RCPs control 3 professional Sony broadcast robotic cameras and how we did it so well! For an OB Van you want an RCP “Sony-1500” form factor RCP, even for robotic cameras. Or even simpler; you just want your PTZ operator to stay clear of shading the camera colors. SKAARHOJ makes all the relevant controllers to separate these concerns properly for broadcast professionals. In this video you will see three Sony BRC-H900 used with our RCPs. We will show you how the default profile work and introduce you to the powerful online configuration interface that immediately empowers you to get the most out of your control hardware with no need for programming skills.

Adjust parameters of your IO Industries Flare 4K camera with an RCP Mini from SKAARHOJ. The SKAARHOJ RCP communicates over IP to the camera with a serial-Ethernet converter in between. Try it out yourself. Read more information about the IO Flare device core options and connectivity in the manual here. The RCP Mini can be found at SKAARHOJs website. See the list of device cores - the "apps" you can install on any SKAARHOJ controller.

Use SKAARHOJ controllers with UniSketch to play, record, stop, fast forward and rewind your ATOMOS Shogun Studio recording decks over IP! Combine it with control of other hardware like an ATEM Switcher. This video features the XC2 panel which you will find here. Play with XC2 configuration on your own to explore the wonderful flexibility of these panels. The manual for the ATOMOS Shogun Studio device core contains information on connectivity and functionality. See the list of device cores - the "apps" you can install on any SKAARHOJ controller.

SKAARHOJ has published a whitepaper outlining the options for topologies of Blackmagic Design camera chains. This video walks through the various scenarios: Whether you have multiple RCPs or a single multicamera controller, whether you have an ATEM production switcher or another brand, whether you use ATEM Talkback Converter or not and so forth. The document is online and free for download. Find it at Manuals.

See how you control B4 broadcast lenses with analog iris servo on a Blackmagic cameras, either over Ethernet, SDI with coax or fiber and even over Wifi networks! Based on information from SKAARHOJs whitepaper on Strategies for Blackmagic Camera Topologies.

You can now remote control a SKAARHOJ controller! By installing the device core “TCP Server” you can use a telnet client to log on to a SKAARHOJ controller and manipulate various memory registers including simulating triggers for hardware components - like simulating a button press or pull of a slider! Of course you can even do that with another SKAARHOJ controller having the UniSketch TCP Client installed on it. While at first this feature feels kinda strange I’m sure it’s going to be a life saver in quite a few cases where it will appear to be a very elegante solution. It also potentially will be a basic protocol converter for single commands.

In this training video we will cover basics and advanced topics of implementing support for SKAARHOJ panels running the UniSketch TCP Client device core. We will introduce you to the whole topic in general, then move on to show how an XC6 panel with displays and RGB buttons work against three Python based test servers we offer you for reference. You will be introduced to all necessary commands for reading triggers from the panel as well as sending color and display content back. The first few minutes of the video will be of general interest while the remaining time is spend on details mostly interesting to an implementation technician. Please refer to the API manual as well: https://github.com/kasperskaarhoj/SKAARHOJ-Open-Engineering/blob/master/Manuals/DC_UniSketchTCPClient.pdf

We excel in offering a panel in any form factor you need and without constraints to what the panel can do - this is also true when they are used as “dumb panels” for a custom server application. This video walks through examples beyond the XC6 from the previous video by showing C20 and C15 remotes, a Micro Smart V, a C90R rack unit, a Micro GPIO and eventually a modular case of XC3 and XC7 with encoders, T-bar and 4 way joystick. A quick scroll through the video is useful for non-technical people to get a grasp on the variety we offer while techies will enjoy numerous details outlined along the way.

Learn how the SKAARHOJ panels are dumb in smart ways - by allowing you to break the constraints of a simple single purpose piece of hardware. Thanks to the heart of any SKAARHOJ controller - UniSketch OS - you can reconfigure and extend the panel indefinitely in the future. With dumb panels obvious applications is to connect a single panel to multiple customer servers or mix in functionality with direct connections to IP based broadcast hardware. This video introduces the many details of the configuration of these aspects.

We did the research to help you get frame perfect live production out of your Blackmagic Design ATEM switchers with SKAARHOJ hardware! Kasper takes you through the theory and demonstrates the practical results of aligning two ATEM switchers and an embedded controller with trilevel sync to control the timing of commands given in parallel to both switchers.

Watch the XC3 controller hooked up to two ATEM switchers simultaneously; transition, cut, auto, source selection - it all works, perfectly in sync, frame accurate for your stereoscopic live production needs in 4K!