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Camera Control with ATEM Mini and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras (BMPCC)

Photo Moment - May 28, 2021

If you've ever looked at the Camera control tab in the ATEM Software Control app and wondered what all those color wheels are for, this is your answer. You can control the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras (BMPCC) through the app, and in this video I'll show you how it works!

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The ATEM Software Control app has a page for camera control, but it doesn't do anything, unless you have a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera attached. Then, it does a LOT of things!

In this video, I'll show all the camera control options, including Lift Gamma and Gain, color controls, Camera Gain, Shutter and White balance, aperture and even focus! You can even build macros to control many aspects of the camera as well!

And, if you're using an ATEM Mini Extreme or ATEM Mini Extreme ISO, then you even have hardware buttons on the switcher to control the camera! It's pretty cool what you can do.

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Your videos have been super helpful! Is it possible to write macros that utilize zoom lenses with the Atem and BMPCC? I currently have written macros for digital zoom in and out , but would prefer optical zooms if possible. Here’s how we use macros if you’re interested: https://youtu.be/Is5ab8jLQ9Q
Yes! But you have to have motorized lenses. This will be in my next video, actually!
Hey I’ve got a question.
Do you need a lens that works with the camera in order to use any of the CCU controls?

We’ve got 3 PCC 4Ks, and the ATEM mini extreme iso. The lenses on the cameras are not controllable, connected with mount adapters, but we were hoping that at least we could control other settings.

Both the ATEM and cameras are up to date, and connected through HDMI directly to the switcher. Is there a maximum HDMI cable length maybe? Currently we are on 25ft cables.
I actually hadn't tested through the computer. I just connected the camera with a manual lens on it to the ATEM Extreme, and used the ATEM's hardware buttons. Let me test with software… same thing, works fine. I'm able to adjust gain, shutter, etc. on the camera. Do you're cameras have the latest firmware? And the ATEM?
The ATEM itself does have the latest firmware, the software control is the latest, and only our main camera has the latest firmware.

The camera that started working is not the updated one.
I’m guessing there’s a setting we switched on by accident, or maybe the HDMI cables we use are odd.

I’ll try a few things to see if maybe that’s the problem.
do keep me posted — I'm sure this will come up again. Thanks!
Okay so it seems like the HDMI cable we use on the main camera isn’t allowing some signal to pass through.

I switched the cameras places, and the control also switched. I tried other cables, and it worked.

So.. no idea why, but we switched the cables with others, and now they all work.
Thank you for taking time to help me!
aw man… always check cables first!! ;-)
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You are the Best!!!! Thanks You very much!!! This is a good tip
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Is it possible create macros for key 2 3 4 on Atem Mini Extreme?
I don’t understand the question. The six macro buttons on the Extreme trigger the first six macros in your list. https://youtu.be/AYihgMdWCcc
@PhotoJoseph is it possible create macros for enable or disable upstream key 2, 3 and 4? Thanks
Oh. Yes, of course. Start recording a macro and enable a key and stop recording. That’s it. Or build it completely with all the settings. Remember a macro only does what you tell it to do.
Great work Joseph. I know a lot of people use GH5 via HDMI input with ATEM mini (pro). Do you know if I could use GH4 in the same way with Atem mini (pro)? Thanks!
Absolutely! I used a GH4 as my main “webcam” on an ATEM Mini for a year. Works great!
@PhotoJoseph Awesome. Thank you very much!
Hello, I have a Atem Mini and I am looking at purchasing a BMPCC original from someone, but first I would like to know is I can do color correction through the Atem software. My rig is setup for streaming so there will be no post production editing/color correction
Double check the blackmagic site but I’m quite sure that all BMPCC cameras can be controlled.
@PhotoJoseph thanks
If you hold the focus button down on the 810 mini extreme it’ll do auto focus you don’t need to set up a macro
I literally showed that capability. But there are many reasons to build something into a macro.
@PhotoJospeh maybe "Filter" setting is for the new 6K Pro variable internal ND filters???
Apparently it is! Someone else confirmed that for me. That’s awesome!
Great video!
Which lens are you using on the 6k and which settings do I need to set so the autofocus/focus control works?
Thanks!
That was a Canon 24-70 and there’s no settings… it just works!
Wish zoom control worked.
It does! With a powered zoom lens. That’s Tip No. 12, coming this week!
@PhotoJoseph gotcha. Makes sense. THANK YOU, sir 🤜🏾
@Ant Pruitt thanks for watching, amigo. Tell a friend! 😁
Thanks Joseph! We are using 5 bmpcc 4k with the extreme. They work great, despite that we haven't been able to copy-paste colors settings from one can to another in the atem software control. The menu remained greyed out.

All our cameras and atem have been updated to the latest (-1) firmware. We use direct hdmi connections, no splitter or converter in between.

Did you or some else experiences this?

Thank you
That’s weird. I’ve used it on the older ATEMs with SDI cameras and as you saw in this video, the option was there for this camera. Have you tried using another computer; maybe the installation of the ATEM Software is wonky? Have you asked BMD support?
We have a bmpcc 6k pro for our live streams at our mosque, with the ATEM Extreme Iso, the filter option is for the nd filters that are available with the bmppc 6k pro or the ursa broadcast or the ursa line of cameras in general. Great video as always.

Thanks
Thank you! A few folks have confirmed that for me; that’s awesome. Question for you since you’re using the 6K — are you capturing 6K bRAW for a re-edit? That’s an impressive setup.
@PhotoJoseph sorry for the late response, didn’t notice it for some reason. Yes we have 2 bmpcc 6k pros and the regular 6ks also. So we use the cameras a lot for the live streaming of our services in the mosque and unfortunately the cameras can only output 1080p signals from the hdmi (which is just really stupid of blackmagic i think) so we are limited on that. But on the occasion that we do record anything for posting later on it will depend. We have recorded 6k braw with a 8:1 compression a lot especially on projects that dont have a high turn around time for them because that gives me a lot of time to edit and get the best possible time to produce good quality. Especially a lot of our camera men are volunteers and they dont know a lot of settings on camera its always really really helpful to be able to make changes in post such as iso, white balance and so on. I always prefer that our team shoot raw because of it. There has been times where they recorded prores 4k just because of the disk space but almost every single time we regret doing that because its a nightmare to edit. I am so glad blackmagic released the braw for 4k now so i would love to try that out as well. Hope this helped. Thanks again for your great videos. Have helped a lot
That's quite the setup! And I had no idea that the BMPCC cameras were limited in HDMI output to 1080p… fascinating. Good to know! And that's awesome how flexible bRAW is for your workflow. Fantastic.
Nice video! One thing I need to do is figure out a way to make the shutter default to angle instead of speed. My cameras get switched to shutter speed every time I connect the to my ATEM.
Yes, pls
I’ll look into this
I could not find a way, sorry. Same thing happens on my loaner cameras. That sucks! Please write to BMD and request this change. They need to hear it.
Here's the gain vs ISO conversion -12 = 100, -10 = 125, -8 = 160, -6 = 200, -4 = 250, -2 = 320, 0 = 400, +2 = 500, +4 = 640, +6 = 800, +8 = 1000, +10 = 1250, +12 = 1600, +14 = 2000, +16 = 2500, +18 = 3200, +20 = 4000, +22 = 5000, +24 = 6400, +26 = 8000, +28 = 10000, +30 = 12800, +32 = 16000, +34 = 20000, +36 = 25600
Hi. Are the Black Magic Cameras the only ones that can be remote controled with the ATEM or are there other cameras, from other brands, the can be controled as well with this device ?
AFAIK the Blackmagic are the ONLY ones!
@PhotoJoseph Thanks. And what a shame. Are there other good mini switchers out there that can remote control other cameras like the Sony A7sIII or the Gh5 ?
Nope. To my knowledge this is totally unique.
Could "filter" control the ND filter on the 6K Pro?
oooh, that's a great idea. You might be right. And in fact, I have a 6K Pro in a box that just arrived for another project, so I'll have to test it. Thanks!!
Yes, it does!
I can confirm that it does control the ND filter on the 6K Pro.
@Arne van der Heijden oh that’s awesome, thanks!
Can I control the camera if I take away from Atem 30-40 meters ? I use mini converters black magic .
@Sergiu Barsan I haven’t tried those yet. Will they carry the two way information that the BMPCC needs for control?
@PhotoJoseph I researched this very topic if you can control the blackmagic cameras from the atem mini using HDMI fiber cable and there are some videos on YouTube and they confirm that you can.
@Sergiu Barsan fantastic!! Thanks for sharing that. That’s awesome!
@PhotoJoseph If you can get your hands on this cables maybe you can make a video and combine it with on camera recording and then replace the HD files recorded from the atem with the files from the cameras. I believe many people will be interested in that. If you want 4k and the mixer is HD then this is the only option. I looked at the blackmagic 4k switchers but the features found on atem iso are great.
@Sergiu Barsan I’m definitely planning a whole ISO/bRAW video. The cables are very interesting. I think that’s a separate video but is definitely worth doing. Thanks!
You da man.
Thanks a lot for a long-awaited view on the actual pairing of these gems of gear.
I have a question though, that's still holding me off from buying the Pocket cameras for use with the Atem, and that is: What powerzoom options are there really for the Pocket 4k cameras, that could be controlled from the switcher?
haha wait just one more video, and you'll see!
@PhotoJoseph Awesome! Can't wait!
Thanks, very helpful indeed. Well done! Can I hope for some more info regarding the zoom control soon?
As a matter of fact… the very next video! It's already shot; just need to edit it!
Seconded!
@PhotoJoseph Awesome! That's exactly what I was hoping. Thanks so much!
Great video as always Joseph. We have two bmpcc at our church combined with an ATEM mini pro. A superb combo. However sometimes the camera will not connect with the ATEM and sometimes it will. We haven’t figured out why. We use the same cables.
What else do you have connected to the ATEM? I found a wireless Chromstick receiver thing interfered with the BMPCC communication
Gustaf, we use 5 bmpcc 4k and it happens also to us that one cam doesn't connect and cannot be remote controlled from the atem software control.

We have not figured what happens yet. We use direct hdmi, no splitter nor converter.

We will keep investigating if some longer hdmi cables lose the connection (we use up to 40 meters)
This is a glitch in the software. This happens to me all the time. I am not sure which of my devices is interfering, but I have to remove both computers (which I use for roll in video and Keynote presentations) and then restart camera and ATEM. Then it will reconnect and restore settings that are stored. My understanding is that this is a known issue. I only say that because one of my friends diagnosed the problem based on something he had read.
@Robert Hendriks would you say that we should first plug all cameras, then connect any other hdmi sources, such as computers, we should avoid the bug?
I think it’s probably safe to unplugged all other non-camera sources, start up the ATEM, restore settings, turn of cameras NYS make sure they are being controlled... then plug the other sources in.

Thanks, for sharing the informative post.  waiting for more info regarding the zoom control soon?

Yep! That’s the very next tip! With any luck I’ll finish editing it today. 

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