Blackmagic Micro Studio 4K PTZ with a Ronin-SC

A Pan / Tilt PTZ solution for the Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K (BMMSC) using a Ronin-SC

If you have a Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K and wish to use it as a PTZ head with an ATEM Switcher, here is a solution you can use to combine the Ronin-SC and the Micro Studio into a remote controlled PTZ head.

What you will need : 

  • a Ronin – SC or any gimbal compatible with the APC
  • the DJI Focus Wheel
  • an Atem Pocket Controller (APC) with the DJI Gimbal cable
  • a USB joystick or the ATEM Advanced Panel 1M/E joystick

The idea is to extract the gimbal Pan / Tilt data from the ATEM Switcher SDI Program Feed , and convert it to a readable format for the DJI gimbals, here S.BUS.

So you take the SDI Program Out or one of the  SDI Camera Out of the ATEM and connect it to the SDI IN of the APC. Then, you take the SDI LOOP OUT signal of the APC to your Micro Studio 4K SDI Input. Next, you connect the APC Gimbal Cable to the Ronin-S / SC / S2 using the DJI Focus Wheel. Make sure the Focus Wheel switch is set to the SBUS Position. We recommend you read the DJI Ronin Gimbal APC Setup Guide to configure your Ronin-SC settings properly.

Bring power to your APC using the 12V power supply. Using the ATEM Pocket Control iOS app, you set the ATEM Pocket Controller Camera ID (which has to match the Micro Studio 4K Camera ID).

Then, you can control the Pan / Tilt  of the gimbal using the ATEM Advanced Panel 1 M/E by selecting the proper camera ID in the Camera Control section of the panel.

If you don’t have a 1 M/E Panel, you can use the Middle Control software on a laptop with a USB joystick connected to it. Connect your laptop to your ATEM Router using Wifi or Ethernet, set the IP adress, press Connect. And the switcher will show up.

You can map any of your joystick axis to the Pan / Tilt of the gimbal. You can also map other axis or buttons to camera settings (Focus / Zoom / Auto Focus / Iris / WB…) . Check out the Middle Control Video for more information on the software. It’s worth noting that you can also map a joystick axis to the pan / tilt speed of the gimbal, so that you have more precise control.

Hope you like this solution, we’d be happy to help if you have any questions.