BlackMagic Bluetooth Arduino Library | Early look

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BlackMagic Bluetooth Arduino Library | Early look

PostFri Nov 29, 2019 3:53 am

Since I’ve learned about the Bluetooth functionality of the Blackmagic Cameras earlier this year, I’ve sought to bring functional and interesting hardware/software implementations to these great cameras.

To help aid in the pursuit, I’ve been developing an easy-to-use Arduino library, to enable anyone to build their own Bluetooth controllers. From experienced programmers to newcomers, should be very flexible to use.

The library is still in development and will soon be available and I highly encourage people to extend/improve this library as they see fit when it becomes available. ( likely could use some under the hood improvements as It’s my first time developing C++ Library )

Here’s an early look at a really simple piece of demo code that can create a remote trigger with live timecode ( using a $15 development device ) and an example of an integration with a Samsung Gear VR Remote to control the camera. ( really cool possibilities with this as it has lots of buttons, a touchpad, gyroscope/accelerometer and is widely available and cost effective.)

Still working on adding an example or two, would love to hear what kind of examples you’d like to see included with the library and I’ll see If I can make those happen.

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PostFri Nov 29, 2019 10:10 am

Interesting. Is the Samsung Gear VR Remote controlling directly the camera? or via the additional device.
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Re: BlackMagic Bluetooth Arduino Library | Early look

PostFri Nov 29, 2019 10:20 am

Via the ESP32 Yes, so it kinda acts as a gateway/router in that sense between the remote and the camera.
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Re: BlackMagic Bluetooth Arduino Library | Early look

PostSat Nov 30, 2019 3:49 pm

Great, let us know when the library will be available
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PostSat Nov 30, 2019 7:30 pm

The Wii controller is also prety nice and easy to interface, this is controlling gimbal with it over Ethernet. It has 5 speed ranges and instant fast speed. Tilting and rolling disables one axis. This is just for our internal testing purpose, though it actually is prety nice and durable controller. Would be easy to use also over BT with the BMD cameras once the BT library is available.



I hope BMD would make menu control available over BT.
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Re: BlackMagic Bluetooth Arduino Library | Early look

PostThu Jan 09, 2020 1:05 pm

Hi !

I landed on this page quite randomly while looking for info about the Arduino shield. I'm super excited about what I see.

I'm a software engineer and I've spent a lot of time trying to deal with the bluetooth pairing process. I ended up using RPis instead of adruinos which is much less cost effective and efficient.
I can't wait to see how you managed this :)

Do you have any idea of when it's going to be available ?

BTW, if you're looking for early adopters / testers, I'd be freaking glad to be in.

Have a nice day !
Vincent

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