Bluetooth+ for Blackmagic by We Are Empire PTY LTD (Universal)
Released: May 9, 2018
Version: 1.4
Size: 40 MB
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Bluetooth+ for Blackmagic

We Are Empire PTY LTD
Connect to your Pocket Cinema Camera 4K / 6K and Ursa Mini Pro right from your iPhone or iPad in one universal app.

Using the built-in Bluetooth in your camera, BMD Bluetooth Control+ gives you the ability to wirelessly control the following functions:
- Follow Focus (limited support for EF Mount cameras). See below for more info
- Record Start/Stop
- White Balance, including 5 helpful presets and Auto White Balance
- Green/Magenta Tint
- Trigger Autofocus (for supported electronic lenses with autofocus enabled on lens)
- Off-speed frame rates
- Aperture (for supported electronic lenses)
- Shutter Angle
- Active Card
- Power On/Off
- Monitor Overalys
- 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.

-- 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 1.4
As always, a big thanks to all our users, and for those providing feedback. This update has some key improvements, including:
- Limited Focus support for EF mount cameras
- Due to hardware limitations, it is only possible to offset focus relative to its current position, so setting focus marks is not possible
- Smoothness of the focus will depend on the lens in use. Some EF lenses can be quite jerky
- This feature is primarily useful setting focus before shooting, and may not be smooth enough to pull focus during a take
- Much improved UI, with tabbed navigation and…
- Mini Menu
- See key settings all in one place
- Tap a setting to jump its page
- Just swipe to hide/show the menu
- A new setting to lock controls while recording
- A number of bug fixes and improvements
Screenshot #1 (iPhone)
Our verdict: Great!
  • + Bluetooth+ for Blackmagic is a highly rated app (5-star).
  • + Bluetooth+ for Blackmagic is currently ranked #47 in paid Photo-Video apps for iPad.
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