This is the DJI RS2. This is a Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro. In this video, we are going to see if we can transform that into a PTZ head that can be remotely controlled using ethernet using the Middle Things APC-R. Can we actually balance such an unconventional camera form factor on a DJI RS2 ? Let’s find out.
So here is our RS2 , on the TILTA Power Supply Base. Out of the box, I didn’t manage to balance the RS2 with this camera so I had to start by removing the right handle bar of the screen. It wasn’t very hard, but I did have to unscrew the 4 torx screws here at the back of the screen and at the bottom and open the plastic case, to access the handle bar screws. It was quite easy, but we don’t really recommend it so if you want to do it, it’s at your own risk!
Next I attached the camera to the long 3031 Smallrig plate, which is designed for the DJI RS2. Then, despite the unusual shape of the camera, I did manage to balance it with the Olympus 12-100mm F4 lens. However, there isn’t a lot of room for camera at the back. So I don’t think it would support heavier front lenses. Unless maybe there was a way to extend the DJI right arm. I did manage to connect the DJI Focus motor to the Zoom ring, but the DJI Focus support had to be tilted slightly, due to the altitude of the lens.
So now that the Camera is balanced on the RS2, let’s try and control that beast remotely ! I’ll first start to connect the blackmagic camera to an ATEM Mini using HDMI, so that I can remotely adjust the camera settings like ISO / Iris / Focus … there we go. Now let’s take a router and we are going to connect three devices : first the ATEM Mini, second the Middle Things APC-R, which will control the Gimbal and third, a laptop.
Once we’re done , let’s connect the APC-R to the gimbal using the APC-R gimbal. And now if I start Middle Control software, the APC-R will show up here, I’ll just click here to check the camera ID is set to 1. It’s also the number of the HDMI input on the ATEM Mini.
I can just move it around like this. We have a pretty good control over all the settings. Of course I don’t think it’s ideal less ideal than the Pocket Camera 4K for PTZ because the 7 inch screen isn’t very useful here, but that’s another camera the APC-R can support ! Thanks for watching, let us know in the comments what you thought and see you soon !