Meet the Middle Control Software

Control your DJI gimbal & Blackmagic camera with any USB gaming joystick ! The perfect companion for your APC / APC-R.
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With the Middle Control Software, bring your live camera control experience to a whole new level. Using precise and low latency axis and button mapping, you can control your camera AND your gimbal, all in one place : your gamepad controller.

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Aviation meets Live Production

If the standard XBox controller is not enough for you, we suggest using the all new Thrustmaster TCA Airbus Sidestick and Quadrant / Add-On combo. You will have many axis and buttons to choose from, and map all your favorite settings ! The detents (clics) on the sliders can be removed for maximum smoothness.

Trigger Camera Recording Remotely

With the Middle Control Software, you can start / stop Blackmagic cameras remotely! Either individually by selecting the right camera number in the app. Either all at once by holding the shift key and clicking the Rec Start / Stop button in the camera page or pressing the mapped rec key.

Expand possibilities with Companion

If you have Stream Deck devices and BitFocus Companion, you can trigger actions in our Middle Control software, such as launching presets , moving the gimbal, rec start/stop, autofocus, color bars, camera ID selection.... You can also create Multi- Actions that will launch a series of actions with just a press of a button ! Learn more about the Stream Deck integration.

Flexible Workflow

To use the Middle Control Software, you install it on a computer that you connect to your ATEM router using WiFi or Ethernet. Then you set the ATEM IP adress , press connect, and you're done!

The Middle Control software sends PTZ messages to the ATEM using Ethernet / Wifi, so that the ATEM, in turn, forwards the PTZ info through the PGM SDI outputs into the APC.

The new APC-R receives the information both from the ATEM and Middle Control through the network.

Multiple Cameras / Gimbal Support

Quickly switch between cameras using the same joystick by assigning Camera IDs to Joystick buttons or Stream Deck buttons. If you have multiple Blackmagic cameras, you can start their recording remotely all at once! You can instantly toggle between a compact setup with a Pocket 4K and a DJI RS2 or a Ronin 2 with the URSA Broadcast and pristine quality broadcast lenses !

Note : the small DJI Focus Wheel is required to connect your APC to the Ronin RS2 / SC / S using our APC Gimbal Cable.

 

Easy to use desktop app

The Middle Control desktop app is easy to use, and is also the app that can update the APC / APC-R system. It can run in background alongside the ATEM Software Control for instance.

Also, you don't have to buy an APC or APC-R to use it! You can use the app just to control your camera settings such as Rec start / stop and map joystick axis to remote focus and zoom ! The APC / APC-R is only required if you need gimbal support.

A Mac OS version is under development, stay tuned!

Let me know when the Mac OS version is released

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Here you will find the lastest firmware updates and apps that the APC supports. A Mac OS desktop app is currently in development.

iOS iPhone App

In order to pair the APC / APC-R to your BMPCC, set the Camera ID, and adjust gimbal settings you have to use the ATEM Setup iOS app on the Apple App Store here or by scanning the QR Code below.

Windows 10

Download the latest Middle Control Software.

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Version 2.1.1 / September 25, 2021

Complete changelog : See what's new !

Mac OS

Coming soon, stay tuned!

Let me know when the Mac OS version is released

If you can't wait, you can use Parallels to run the Windows app on a Mac. We can't guarantee the results since Parellels is often updated, but when we did the test it worked well. Once you run Windows using Parallels, make sure to install VCRedistx86 before installing our app.

BootCamp is not supported.

Full Changelog


Middle Control Software 2.1.1 :

- Fixed a bug that prevented Presets recording the proper focus value when using + / - buttons
- Fixed a bug that could display multiple APC-R units on the same slot in the status page
- Added Focus Peaking remote toggle
- Improved the zoom speed slider control range

Middle Control Software 2.1 :

APC-R Update required

- Added Fixed IP configuration in the Setup page for APC-R
- Added compatibility with the Blackmagic Studio 4K Pro / Plus
- Added compatibility with the new Bitfocus Companion Middle Control plugin (in the latest beta builds of Companion)
- Added DJI Active Track Toggle On / Off Remotely
- Improved focus control when using the app buttons
- General performance & stability update

Middle Control Software 2.0 :
APC-R Update required

- Enhanced design & better joystick mapping UI for APC and APC-R
- NEW Gimbal controls directly from the app
- NEW Camera & Gimbal Position Presets page for DJI RS2 & APC-R
- NEW Status page to monitor all APC-R units from one location
- NEW Setup page to adjust APC-R settings using USB
- Added DJI Focus Motor control for RS2 gimbal.
- Added ATEM Mini Series Compatibility
- Added BitFocus Companion Support
- General stability update

Middle Control Software 1.6 :

- General stability update
- Joystick mapping is now being saved on application restart, without having to execute in admin mode.
- Fixed the focus / iris / zoom jump when switching Camera ID

Middle Control Software 1.5 :

- General stability update
- Fixed axis detection issues on some joysticks.

Middle Control Software 1.4 :

- Remote operation of a DJI Ronin S / SC / S2 / 2 using USB gaming joysticks.
- Supports up to 4 simultaneous gaming joysticks.
- Custom mapping of joystick axis / buttons to gimbal & camera parameters (Focus, Iris, Zoom , Pan, Tilt, Roll, Rec Start / Stop, Autofocus, Show False Colors, Show Color Bars, Show Status, Show Zebra...)
- Custom mapping of the gimbal Pan / Tilt speed on one of the joystick axis
- Adds support for Contrast / Saturation / Pedestal / Lift, Gamma & Gain Luma control on all Blackmagic cameras supported by the APC
- Adds support for Rec Start / Stop on all Blackmagic cameras supported by the APC
- Adds support for general Rec Start / Stop (all at once) on all Blackmagic camera ID 1 to 10, by pressing SHIFT + Rec Start / Stop
- Adds Gain and White Balance default mapping to joystick POV Hat by increments.
- Automatic reconnection to the ATEM upon startup
- Supports Stream Deck / Stream Deck Mini / Stream Deck XL Inputs
- Includes APC firmware update
- APC Firmware 1.3.4 : Fixed slow gimbal drifting issue observed with several electrical configurations
- APC Firmware 1.3.4 : Improved gimbal control precision

Middle Control - Mac OS update

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    Full Changelog


    Middle Control Software 2.1.1 :

    - Fixed a bug that prevented Presets recording the proper focus value when using + / - buttons
    - Fixed a bug that could display multiple APC-R units on the same slot in the status page
    - Added Focus Peaking remote toggle
    - Improved the zoom speed slider control range

    Middle Control Software 2.1 :

    APC-R Update required

    - Added Fixed IP configuration in the Setup page for APC-R
    - Added compatibility with the Blackmagic Studio 4K Pro / Plus
    - Added compatibility with the new Bitfocus Companion Middle Control plugin (in the latest beta builds of Companion)
    - Added DJI Active Track Toggle On / Off Remotely
    - Improved focus control when using the app buttons
    - General performance & stability update

    Middle Control Software 2.0 :
    APC-R Update required

    - Enhanced design & better joystick mapping UI for APC and APC-R
    - NEW Gimbal controls directly from the app
    - NEW Camera & Gimbal Position Presets page for DJI RS2 & APC-R
    - NEW Status page to monitor all APC-R units from one location
    - NEW Setup page to adjust APC-R settings using USB
    - Added DJI Focus Motor control for RS2 gimbal.
    - Added ATEM Mini Series Compatibility
    - Added BitFocus Companion Support
    - General stability update

    Middle Control Software 1.6 :

    - General stability update
    - Joystick mapping is now being saved on application restart, without having to execute in admin mode.
    - Fixed the focus / iris / zoom jump when switching Camera ID

    Middle Control Software 1.5 :

    - General stability update
    - Fixed axis detection issues on some joysticks.

    Middle Control Software 1.4 :

    - Remote operation of a DJI Ronin S / SC / S2 / 2 using USB gaming joysticks.
    - Supports up to 4 simultaneous gaming joysticks.
    - Custom mapping of joystick axis / buttons to gimbal & camera parameters (Focus, Iris, Zoom , Pan, Tilt, Roll, Rec Start / Stop, Autofocus, Show False Colors, Show Color Bars, Show Status, Show Zebra...)
    - Custom mapping of the gimbal Pan / Tilt speed on one of the joystick axis
    - Adds support for Contrast / Saturation / Pedestal / Lift, Gamma & Gain Luma control on all Blackmagic cameras supported by the APC
    - Adds support for Rec Start / Stop on all Blackmagic cameras supported by the APC
    - Adds support for general Rec Start / Stop (all at once) on all Blackmagic camera ID 1 to 10, by pressing SHIFT + Rec Start / Stop
    - Adds Gain and White Balance default mapping to joystick POV Hat by increments.
    - Automatic reconnection to the ATEM upon startup
    - Supports Stream Deck / Stream Deck Mini / Stream Deck XL Inputs
    - Includes APC firmware update
    - APC Firmware 1.3.4 : Fixed slow gimbal drifting issue observed with several electrical configurations
    - APC Firmware 1.3.4 : Improved gimbal control precision

    Middle Control - Mac OS update

    Drop us your email ! We'll let you know once the Mac OS version is released.