Back Catalog Item

This unit is part of our Back Catalog items. This means the product will not necessarily be in stock and support will be limited. The product will work as described here, but development and improvements have stopped. No future firmwares are expected to be developed.

RCP Mini - Compact and Versatile Shading Panel for Blackmagic Cameras

We present the RCP Mini - a remote control panel (RCP) for Blackmagic Cameras, such as the URSA Mini (+ Pro) and the Studio Camera series. The RCP Mini is a highly versatile control panel designed with OLED displays and user friendly buttons which makes it a panel that offers both ease of operation and multi-functionality. The RCP Mini is a little brother to our highly popular RCP, and although it´s more compact you can still control cameras without the need of an ATEM switcher thanks to the BMD Arduino Shield inside.

 

 

  • CCU controls BlackMagic URSA Mini (+ Pro) or Studio Camera series compatible camera ("BlackMagic Video Device Embedded Control Protocol" must be supported on SDI return feed)
  • Familiar CCU operation via a single axis joystick iris control with master black wheel and top push button
  • Same form factor as Sony RCP-1000 Series (2 3/4"/68mm wide)
  • Embeds CCU data on the 3G-SDI return feed via a BlackMagic Design Arduino Shield. Alternatively, sends CCU data via a BlackMagic ATEM Switcher (currently subject to limitation in connected ATEM clients)
  • Customize the RCP Mini to your liking via the awesome new SKAARHOJ UniSketch web interface (all RCP Mini interface components included!)
  • Use a BlackMagic Design Videohub or ATEM switcher AUX output to control CCU operator monitor via joystick push button
  • Connect external trigger and control external devices with the DB-9 "EXT I/O" relay output and GPI trigger connector
  • Clear ID indication with large 8 character Camera ID display featuring Tally-colored backlight
  • Shade with dedicated encoder knobs for lift, gamma and gain
  • Access other camera settings like shutter speed, sensor gain, contrast, saturation, details etc.
  • Advanced functions like "Active Panel", "Relative" and limits functions
  • Awesome overview of encoder settings with the crisp OLED displays
  • Store and recall settings with 2 scene stores and dedicated control buttons
  • Send Auto Iris command via ATEM or via BlacMagic 3G-SDI Arduino Shield (camera must support this feature)
Connections on RCP Mini
Blackmagic 3G-SDI Arduino Shield

On the backside of the controller, you find a 3G-SDI in and out BNC plug. Route the return feed to the camera through this connection to insert CCU data on the signal.

If you use the Blackmagic 3G-SDI Arduino Shield for camera control the following outputs are supported: 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94 and 1080p60, but the camera doesn´t have to be running the same video format as the program input, so you can use cameras in Ultra HD while the camera protocol is sent over HD signal to the camera.

Camera Support

The RCP Mini controls any Blackmagic camera that supports CCU over the return SDI feed. This includes the Micro Studio Camera 4K, Studio Cameras and the URSA Mini (+ Pro). The CCU data is inserted on the SDI return feed.

The RCP Mini has the same form factor (width and height) as the Sony RCP-1000 series. Depth is slightly larger.

Dimensions (W x H x D): 68 x 244 x 140 mm (top of joystick)

Weight: 0.770 kg

RCP Mini Dimensions
Sony RCP-1000 Dimensions
Joystick with push button

The RCP Mini feature a push button on the top of the joystick that will bring up the source on a local monitor. This can be achieved in three ways:

  • Through the AUX output of an ATEM switcher (so, the RCP Mini will have to be connected to an ATEM switcher
  • Through connection to a VideoHub which will route sources to the monitor
  • Via a traditional Sony DB-9 relay plug (pin 1+2+3), also known as "EXT I/O".

The device will ship with a great default configuration that make it work out of the box. However, the unit will run on the SKAARHOJ UniSketch OS which will provide a fantastic online configuration tool to change, extend or limit the functionality of the controller including shift levels, controller states and presets to add flexibility and conditions and which ensures new features and hardware supports will be available through software upgrades from SKAARHOJ over time.

 

 

The web interface features a beautiful SVG rendition of the controller which lets you click any component to edit its function.
The controllers IP address can be set in the interface in addition to enabling communication with external hardware such as an ATEM switcher, SmartScope, VideoHub and of course the Blackmagic SDI Shield.
Presets saves complete configurations in EEPROM memory so they can be recalled easily when the RCP is moved from one hardware and network context to another.

This is an example of a RCP Mini with a setup of 4 different states. The functionality we are looking at here is for Encoder1 (Enc1).

By pressing on button 1-4 you select between the 4 different states named "WHITE", "BLACK", "GAMMA" and "CAM". For each of these states you can set the functionality of all the hardware interface components on the RCP Mini.

This allows you to set different functions under different conditions, making it possible for you to configure the RCP Mini just as you would like.

Below we provide some information for setting up the RCP Mini. As the methology is the same as for the RCP the explenation is taken from the RCP page.


Warning: Picture from the RCP for illustrative purposes.

Multi Turn Dial

Get the RCP Mini with a 35mm multi turn dial (aluminium knob) instead of the joystick. The RCP Mini controller will be fitted with the joystick, if this option is not selected.


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Back Catalog Item

This unit is part of our Back Catalog items. This means the product will not necessarily be in stock and support will be limited. The product will work as described here, but development and improvements have stopped. No future firmwares are expected to be developed.

€ 1749

- for customers worldwide (except USA)  

Models and Options

$ 1999

- for customers in USA

Models and Options

Included:


Shipping Configurations:

Note for SKAARHOJ controllers with Blackmagic 3G-SDI Arduino Shields and Studio Fiber Converter/Camera Fiber Converter:

We have tested Blackmagics fiber converter products in general to work with SDI output. This includes the Mini Converter, ATEM Camera Converter, ATEM Studio Converter and ATEM Talkback Converter 4K. The only product we know does not work is the Studio Fiber Converter/Camera Fiber Converter. This product is not compatible with their own 3G-SDI shield which is the component we use inside the RCPs and other products. While the Studio Fiber Converter/Camera Fiber Converter will forward shading data from an ATEM switcher it will not do so for the 3G-SDI shield.

Bottom line is this: We cannot change this situation, only Blackmagic Design can decide to upgrade either the Studio Fiber Converter/Camera Fiber Converter or the 3G-SDI Arduino Shield to make it work. At this point we can suggest that you rather connects a controller to an ATEM switcher which will work as the master for sending out the shading data. You might employ a cheap ATEM switcher for only this purpose.

Embedding CCU data on the the 3G-SDI return feed

For controllers with the SDI option, you find a 3G-SDI in and out BNC plug. Route the return feed to the camera through this connection to insert CCU data on the signal.

If you use the Blacmagic 3G-SDI Arduino Shield for camera control the following outputs are supported: 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94 and 1080p60, but the camera doesn´t have to be running the same video format as the program input, so you can use cameras in Ultra HD while the camera protocol is sent over HD signal to the camera.

BMD Camera Support

SKAARHOJ units with the SDI option controls any Blackmagic camera that supports CCU over the return SDI feed. The CCU data is inserted on the SDI return feed.

Compatibility for CCU Control, Tally and Program Return Feed for the BMD 3G-SDI Arduino Shield