BMD Camera Support

Get a overview of which features we currently support for the line of BlackMagic Design Digital Film Cameras and Live Production Cameras. And learn more about what we are working on to implement.

September 2017: Altough information found on this page is still relevant, we have compiled a document for information about our BMD Camera Support:

"We are arguably the go to guys for kitting your Blackmagic Design camera chain together with switchers, remote shading, lens control and tally signals and over the last year we have solved countless challenges for customers. The scenarios are so vast that we decided to write all our knowledge into a nicely illustrated report that will be your indispensable guide when planning infrastructures with Blackmagic cameras. It’s free for download."

November 2016: As a new feature we now offer the option to get the BlackMagic Arduino 3G-SDI shield integrated in our ATEM CCU. This enables you to CCU control cameras without the need of an ATEM Switcher. The BlackMagic shield is also integrated in our RCP.

April 2016: With Camera Update 3.2 presented at NAB2016 CCU control in the URSA Mini have now been enabled.

December 2015: Zoom control is now implemented as a custom menu setting for the ATEM CCU Panel. 

This is a general introduction to the features of our ATEM CCU Panel. We have full CCU control for the:

  • Blackmagic Studio Camera (HD and 4K version)
  • Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K
  • Blackmagic URSA Mini (+ Pro)

(For the ATEM CCU Lite Panel CCU controls are narrowed to Iris + Master Black.)

Besides setting Iris + Master Black via the multi turn dials, CCU parameters are set via the menu.

Menu 1: Lift: YRGB
Menu 2: Gamma: YRGB
Menu 3: Gain: YRGB
Menu 4: Camera: Gain, shutter, focus, autoFocus
Menu 5: Contrast, saturation, hue, lum mix.

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

Note about iris, focus and zoom control

For controlling iris, focus and zoom remotely via our ATEM CCU panel (or via the software control panel for that matter) you need a compatible lens. Please check with your camera/lens supplier. For controlling iris on a analog B4 lens, we have developed the SDI-B4 Link and the ETH-B4 Link. See below.

B4 Iris Lens Control

To extend the functionality of the Blacmagic Studio Camera further we have developed the SDI-B4 Link and the ETH-B4 Link which allows for iris control on a analog B4 lens mounted on the Blackmagic Studio Camera. Learn more at both product pages.

Note about iris, focus and zoom control

For controlling iris, focus and zoom remotely via our ATEM CCU panel (or via the software control panel for that matter) you need a compatible lens. Please check with your camera/lens supplier.

B4 Broadcast Lens Control

If you have a digital B4 lens you can use the "B4 Lens" connector from the expansion cable to control a digital B4 Lens (adapter needed).

If you have a analog B4 Lens and still want control we have developed the SDI-B4 Link which allows for iris control on a analog B4 lens mounted on the Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K. Learn more at SDI-B4 Link page. We also offer the ETH-B4 Link.

PTZ

According to details about the expansion port for the Micro Studio Camera 4K, it should feature PTZ output so you can attach the camera to a motorized head. However this has not yet been implemented. With the release of ATEM 6.6 BMD offer the possibility to have PTZ control via the joystick on the ATEM 1 M/E Broadcast Panel and the ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Panel via the ATEM switcher´s RS-422 port.

We will keep and eye out for updates, which will enable pan/tilt control via the expansion port. And we are working on integrating PTZ control in our ATEM CCU Panel via a 3-axis joystick.

Remote Camera Control

After the release of Camera Update 3.2 remote camera control have now been enabled in the URSA Mini. 

B4 Broadcast Lens Control

From what we can understand, the output on the Hirose 12-pin connector (PL versions) have not yet been enabled. If this is not the case, please let us know.

In the meantime if you would like lens control we have developed the SDI-B4 Link which allows for iris control on a analog B4 lens mounted on the Blackmagic URSA Mini. Learn more at SDI-B4 Link page.