With the Middle Things APC-R, you can control up to 8 DJI gimbals remotely from a single laptop, using a single USB gaming controller and over long distance Ethernet, just as a regular PTZ camera.
And if you use the high quality Blackmagic Pocket cameras you can even control Iris, Shutter, Focus, Color Correction etc.. within our software !
In addition to the APC-R Ethernet port that offers a wired control solution, you can use the built-in Wi-Fi receiver to control the gimbal and camera completely wirelessly. For instance, you can bring a Wi-Fi repeater close to the stage, and have a steadicam operator moving around freely while controlling the camera remotely, using our Middle Control software or the Blackmagic ATEM Software Control.
When the ethernet cable is disconnected, the APC-R will automatically switch to Wi-Fi within a few seconds. The wireless range will depend on your ATEM router. Better router, better range.
If you use supported Blackmagic Design cameras you can also remotely control Shutter / Iris / WB / Gain / Focus through Bluetooth in addition to the Pan / Tilt / Roll / Speed or Zoom motor of the gimbal.
And if you also have an ATEM switcher, you can connect our Middle Control desktop software to the ATEM to control more advanced camera settings such as Luma / Gamma / Lift / Contrast / Saturation and Sharpening.
The APC-R and Middle Control are designed to blend seamlessly in your live production environment.
When connected to an ATEM Switcher over Wi-Fi or Ethernet, the APC-R grabs all the ATEM Software Control camera controls and forwards them to the Blackmagic camera using Bluetooth. Pair that with a video transmission system, and there you have a fully wireless remote controlled camera setup!
The APC-R supports almost all Blackmagic Design switchers, please check out the support page for more information on the supported switchers.
The APC-R ships with two apps :
The Middle Setup iOS app that allows you to adjust your APC-R settings easily (bluetooth camera pairing, wi-fi & network settings, camera number…)
The Middle Control Desktop App that allows you to control all your cameras and gimbals remotely from one laptop in your control room. You can connect up to 4 USB Joysticks controllers and map camera & gimbal settings to any joystick button or axis.
When using the APC-R with the DJI RS2, you can save custom camera position presets (pan / tilt / roll / zoom ) and recall them later. And if you use Blackmagic cameras and an ATEM Switcher, you can even store a custom White Balance / ISO / Iris / Shutter / Tint preset in addition to the Pan / Tilt / Roll / Zoom status of the gimbal.
If you use an MFT lens, you can also save the lens Focus distance.
Can't find a motorized zoom lens that suits your need ? No problem. You can control the DJI Focus Motor remotely, using the Middle Control App or using ATEM Software Control. We recommend using the Focus Motor for the Zoom, because you can control the focus of most EF / MFT lenses using their built-in focus motor.