Blackmagic Design today released Blackmagic Camera Control, a free iPad app that lets you remotely control URSA Mini Pro cameras via Bluetooth. The new Blackmagic Camera Control app is based on the open protocol for URSA Mini Pro cameras that Blackmagic demonstrated at NAB earlier this year.
Camera 4.4 Update can be downloaded free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website. Once installed, customers can download the Blackmagic Camera Control iPad app from the Apple app store.
All URSA Mini Pro cameras feature built in bluetooth connectivity, which until now has not been enabled. The built in bluetooth will allow customers to to send and receive commands from up to 30 feet away once the camera is paired with the iPad.
- URSA Mini Pro on or off
- change all major settings
- adjust and add metadata using a digital slate
- trigger recording
The Blackmagic Camera Control app could come in handy if you need to control the camera in hard to reach places such as on cranes and drones.
To make URSA Mini Pro’s Bluetooth support even more flexible, Blackmagic Design has developed a new, open protocol and is publishing a developer API, along with sample code, for customers that wish to build their own camera control solutions. This free API and sample code will be available later this summer.
Also included in the Camera 4.4 Update is new preset timecode options on URSA Mini Pro cameras. The update also adds compatibility with Canon 18-80mm T4.4 for iris, focus and record trigger, along with improved EF, PL and B4 support, improved digital slate functionality and improved zebra stripe overlays on URSA Mini 4K cameras.
AVAILABILITY AND PRICE
Blackmagic Camera Control is available free of charge from the Apple app store. Customers downloading the app must also update their URSA Mini Pro cameras using the free Camera 4.4 Update, which is available for download from the Blackmagic Design website.