Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Quest for a universal interface V 1.0

Jon Pandone and I have been working on a new project which will allow for complete control over any given camera's remote accessible options.   We are starting with a five trigger configuration right hand triggers 1 = Start/Stop 2 = MODE switch between options controlled left hand (exposure, focus (softs stops) and zoom (S, M, & F) & 3 = F4  Menu (digital loop) / auto focus.  Left hand will increase / decrease values within a selected mode, it is very likely that we will replace the triggers with a rheostat.

Handles are connected to a small breakout box (powered by arduino) that interfaces with your cameras lanc port. Blackmagic, Canon, Sony, and other LANC-compatible cameras are currently supported, with plans to add wi-fi support for RED and ARRI cameras in development. 

In addition to controlling electronic lenses via camera, the controls can also be used with stepper or servo motors to drive mechanical lenses. All software is open-source, so the end user can modify commands/ functionality to suit their needs. Ergocine grips are built to last a lifetime, and user-upgradeable firmware ensures that they will remain compatible with future generations of your favorite camera.

I am included a LED mode module for Joe, to indicate the functions of the triggers on the left hand side.  

I am also showing prototype 15mm rods with a channel the size of a XLR cable.

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