Teradek CTRL.5 FIZ Controller First Look

At Cine Gear 2024 in Los Angeles, Teradek was showing its upcoming CTRL.5. The CTRL.5 is a fully featured and customizable FIZ controller with an operating system that takes a lot of its cues from SmallHD’s PageOS software. 

The CTRL.5 supports an RF range of up to 5,000 feet line of sight and it utilizes the same display as SmallHD 5” Monitors.

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CTRL.5 runs CTRL.OS, which provides user access to real-time data from multiple on-set devices, all built into a 2000nit 5″ panel, which is the same used on the ULTRA 5.

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The CTRL.5 is very thin and quite compact. Teradek has mounting points on the side and top of the controller for mounting a monitor or handles.

There are 11 programmable quick-action user buttons, plus a touchscreen UI for personal and flexible setup.

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The CTRL.OS camera control builds on SmallHD and Teradek integrations with RED, ARRI, Sony and more soon. The CTRL.5 will eventually be able to bring up a live video feed through Wi-Fi. In theory, with certain cameras that can create their own Wi-Fi network, you should be able to get an image up on the CTRL.5

You can build out lens and filter kits per prep then sync to a cloud library, all inside CTRL.OS.

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The CTRL.5 is also compatible with all previous Teradek RT devices, including the Latitude MDR MK3.1, Motor MK3.1, and Handset 3.1.

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The CTRL.5 can be connected to a SmallHD monitor using the 5-pin USB port on the controller. 

You power the CTRL.5 via a single Sony NP-F/L series battery. Teradek told me that a single battery can power the FIZ unit for between 4-6 hours.

It is compatible with the CineRT, CineTape, TOF.1, and Moon Smart Focus. Auto focus is supported using TOF.1 or 3rd-party rangefinders.

Pricing & Available

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The CTRL.5 is expected to cost under $5,000 USD and it should be available sometime in September or October.

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