Understanding the end goal and use case for any system is crucial to its design and success. Starting with a clear vision allows for figuring out what pathway and components are needed to create a solution that meets the end goal.
The combination of the Middle Things ATEM pocket controller, Ronin RS gimbals, and the Black Magic pocket 4ks, paired with Blackmagic Design’s camera control ecosystem, fulfilled all three of our feasibility, viability, and desirability requirements.
Using this combination, a total of four Blackmagic 4Ks (three on Ronin and one static wide), the cameras were able to be fully controlled by one operator. By using Panasonic 14-42mm and the Panasonic 45-175mm F/4.0-5.6 lenses, we were able to work within the confined space of the pod and maintain image quality.
The complete remote control of the gimbal was possible by using the Middle Things ATEM pocket controller (APC-R). Middle Things enables you to use a DJI Ronin gimbal as a fully remote head. The Middle control software connects with the Blackmagic ATEM software and sends the camera and Ronin control data to the APC-Rs over an Ethernet cable. The APC-R Box then takes that control data and sends it to the Ronin through the SBUS protocol and cabling. The APC/ATEM connection also controls the zoom, focus, and has complete camera control of the pocket 4k. You can control the Ronins and Pocket 4ks directly through the software or map any of the controls to a USB joystick or controller. The result is superior image quality and dynamic range over traditional PTZ cameras without sacrificing anything in the way of remote control.
The camera setup was just a portion of the tech we integrated for the podcast studio. Some of the other larger pieces in the podcast setup were an Atem Mini Extreme ISO and a 12g video assist to provide false color, waveform, and vector-scope and function as a secondary recorder.
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