Bluetooth+ for Blackmagic by We Are Empire PTY LTD (Universal)
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Released: May 9, 2018
Version: 2.1
Size: 33 MB
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Bluetooth+ for Blackmagic

We Are Empire PTY LTD
-- INTRODUCING MULTI-CAM MODE --

Multi-Cam Mode is a one-time in-app purchase that unlocks these fantastic features:
• Control up to 12 Blackmagic cameras at once
• Create up to 3 distinct Control Groups, to give you fine-grain control over different settings for different cameras
• You can choose to have changes made on one camera automatically update all the other cameras in its Control Group, or control everything straight from Bluetooth+
• Give your cameras Nicknames to quick, easy control

Multi-Cam gives you control over the following features synced across an entire Group:
• Start/Stop Recording
• White Balance + Tint
• Project frame rate (off-speed frame rates not supported)
• Shutter Angle/Speed
• ISO
• Overlays
• Slate
• Trigger Auto-focus

You can still control all other settings on a camera-by-camera basis, including:
• Trigger stills capture
• Iris control
• Focus + Zoom (on supported lenses)
• Codec + Resolution
• Playback control
• You can also set ISO specifically, rather than by camera group


And of course, everyone has access to all of these amazing features:

Using the built-in Bluetooth in your camera, Bluetooth+ gives you the ability to wirelessly control the following functions:
• Follow Focus (limited support for EF Mount cameras). See below for more info
• Zoom Control on supported lenses
• Trigger Stills capture
• Record Start/Stop
• White Balance + Tint, including 5 helpful presets and Auto White Balance
• Audio Controls
• Trigger Autofocus (for supported electronic lenses with autofocus enabled on lens)
• Off-speed frame rates
• Aperture (for supported electronic lenses)
• Shutter Angle
• ISO
• Auto-Exposure Control
• Active Card
• Power On/Off
• Monitor Overlays
• Codec & Resolution
• Enter metadata in the Digital Slate (including location data from your iPhone or iPad if you give permission)
• Control Lock - locks critical controls while recording, preventing accidental settings changes during takes


-- Follow Focus --
You can now pull focus wirelessly right from your iPhone or iPad. There are some limitations outlined below.
• Currently only fully supports Pocket 4K, but as of v1.4 we now have limited support for EF mount cameras - Pocket 6K, Ursa Mini Pro G1 & G2
• The camera does not supply the app with any information on the lenses current focus distance, so the app will not update in real time if you pull focus manually on the lens
• Due to the nature of bluetooth, focus pulls may not be 100% smooth. It works well for nice slow pulls, but fast pulls my not feel entirely natural and organic. Unfortunately this is a limitation of the available technology.
• On EF mount cameras, we can only offset focus from its current position, with no broader knowledge of where the lens is in its focus range. This means that focus marks are not possible. In addition, focus pulls on EF mount cameras can be quite jerky depending on the lens in use.


-- Playback Control --
With Bluetooth+ you can control the playback of clips right from your iOS device. There are some notable limitations at this point. Currently you can:
• Start playing a clip, either forwards or backwards
• Navigate between clips, either forwards or backwards

For now, you will not be able to:
• Pause a clip that is already playing
• Change the speed of a clip that is already playing
• Control clip looping


-- Zoom Control --
Control the zoom level on supported lenses. For the most part, this will only work on MFT lenses with electronic zoom. We are currently unaware of EF lenses that support this feature


-- Slate-Only Mode --
As the name suggests, this feature locks the app into Slate-Only mode, without the ability to change critical camera settings or start/stop recording. This means you can let an assistant keep metadata up to date without the fear of interfering with important camera settings.

What's new in version 2.1
• Audio Level Controls, with some limitations:
- Levels can be set from Bluetooth+, but changes made on camera are not sent to the app, so we recommend validating settings before recording
- Input source selection is limited to either Internal Mics, or XLR
- Changing the Input Source setting on Ursa Mini Pro will change the setting for both audio channels, on Pocket Cameras it can only change Channel 1 input
• Added False Color control (currently supported on Pocket cams only)
• iPad UI fixes

MULTI-CAM MODE IS HERE

This represents a lot of work, and behind the scenes, a complete re-write of Bluetooth+

Multi-Cam Mode is available via a one-time in-app purchase. With Multi-Cam Mode, you'll get these fantastic features:
• Control up to 12 Blackmagic cameras at once
• Create up to 3 distinct Control Groups, to give you fine-grain control over different settings for different cameras
• You can choose to have changes made on one camera automatically update all the other cameras in its Control Group
• Give your cameras Nicknames for quick, easy control


Multi-Cam gives you control over the following features synced across the entire Group:
• Start/Stop Recording
• White Balance + Tint
• Project frame rate (off-speed frame rates not supported)
• Shutter Angle/Speed
• ISO
• Overlays (Zebras, Frame Guides, Grids, Focus Assist)
• Slate
• Trigger Auto-focus

You can still control all other settings on a camera-by-camera basis, including:
• Trigger stills capture
• Iris control
• Focus + Zoom (on supported lenses)
• Codec + Resolution
• Playback control
• You can also set ISO specifically, rather than by camera group, for cases where you may have a mix of Pocket cams and Ursa Minis in the same Control Group
Screenshot #1 (iPhone)
Our verdict: Good
  • + Bluetooth+ for Blackmagic is a highly rated app (5-star).
  • + Bluetooth+ for Blackmagic is currently ranked #107 in paid Photo-Video apps for iPhone, as well as #109 in paid Photo-Video apps for iPad.
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