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Control your cameras over the network (for VIDEO) — LUMIX Tether

Photo Moment - July 08, 2022

LUMIX Tether is a Panasonic app for controlling cameras over USB or for some cameras, a network. In this LIVE show we'll explore its capabilities on a network environment with a focus on VIDEO production. The app also works with USB connected cameras, and also has features for still photography, so if you want to see those let me know and I'll cover that in another live show!

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I just bought an ATEM mini extreme ISO a few weeks ago and trying to decide on camera system to go with it. Just seeing your LUMIX demos just made me go nuts. Blackmagic cameras were in the running because the ATEM can control their color, iso, shutter, etc. Looks like these lumix cameras have that beat by an order of magnitude except it all has to be controlled by the PC.

Is there any chance that Blackmagic would make it so that the ATEM could control lumix cameras over HDMI with the hardware/software buttons? Or is that all proprietary communication API's in BMD's ecosystem?

I'm looking to setup a youtube shop for my mom who wants to do a sewing channel. I want to have the workflow as easy as possible with the option for more advanced producing (live) via the ATEM hardware/software buttons if my dad is willing to play producer from the corner or from another room.

My concern is that if he's in another room, he'd have to run a long HDMI run from one of the ATEM's two HDMI out's and switch what he sees through the software. Then if he's using black magic cameras, he could move the focus if needed. This setup with the lumix cameras looks like it'd be a tad more expensive but much more fleshed out.

The other option was to go with Canon DSLR or mirrorless cameras, set them to auto-focus, get the settings right for color, exposure, etc and never change them.

I'm not sure how much I'm gear geeking over these features and convincing myself to pitch BMD/these Lumix cameras because I think they're awesome vs that my parents would use these features. Am I better off pitching a few Canon Rp's if I'm content with HDMI to the ATEM and recording to external disk with the ATEM mini extreme ISO? I don't even care to record in camera since the ATEM recording seems sufficient.
Great video (and I’m now a new subscriber). I’m new to the BGH1 and I have a question. Is there a way to have the camera power up in a custom mode (in this case C4)? My BGH1 is used in venues where the power is switched off every day and at the moment, when the camera powers-up it defaults to P mode and I have to use the tether app to select C4 every day. It would be very helpful if the camera could be set to power-up in a custom mode. Is this possible?
@PhotoJoseph Thanks for the tip. I'll try and implement it tomorrow. My camera is set up in a theatrical environment where it was hung during the load-in and draws its power from the lighting system, which is switched off after the performance. It is quite difficult to access the camera so it gets hung once, and then removed at the end of the season, ready for the next venue. My setup includes a Mac Mini that I hang next to the camera. I take an SDI feed into the Mac Mini and the recording is done on software in the Mac. The BGH1 is also connected to the Mac Mini via USB-C and I remote into the Mac Mini to use the Panasonic tether software. The recorded footage is accessed via an ethernet network, or via VNC on the internet. It's a sweet setup!
Interesting! But why the Mac; wouldn’t it be a lot more affordable (and less prone to error) to just run SDI from the camera to a HyperDeck that you can keep within reach? Then run Ethernet to a switch and control all the cameras from a single computer?
@PhotoJoseph It's the theatrical environment I use the camera in. The Mac Mini runs two specialised programs for documenting theatrical lighting, and it uses the lighting console ethernet network to trigger the applications. Those apps use the SDI feed from the BGH1. It's really quite simple and versatile. I only need a power outlet and an ethernet cable from the theatre or lighting team and I can hook up my BGH1/Mac Mini system.
Fascinating! That’s very cool. How many BGH1 cameras set up like this?
@PhotoJoseph Just the one. I was going to buy a second hand Blackmagic Micro Cinema camera but I instead decided not to buy old tech, and instead get the latest & greatest. The lack of a screen on the camera is brilliant for use in live theatre too!
Hi. Enabling 'All Cameras' in LUMIX Tether, does that mean that if you control iso/exposure/aputure it will work on all cameras simultaneously?
Yes, at least for some of them. I don't know offhand exactly which commands you can execute across all cameras, but shutter speed/angle definitely works, so I think it's safe to say aperture and ISO do, too. And of course you can start/stop recording simultaneously.
This is the Tether app remote control over the network is good,
but when will the developers think that 3 potentiometers would be enough for us
1, focus
2. iris
3. iso
it could be some kind of USB gadget

it would be a great help for field work
or at least there would be a key shortcut for the Tether app
but there is none
WHY????
why do we need mice?

and here I mention that the WIFI control is an elementary disaster, useless
it would be nice if these reached the developers
THX Dani from Hungary
I have a question as how to activate recording on a Ninja V using the record button a Lumix GH6. It works on my BGH1 but I can't seem to figure it out on the GH6. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
You need to enable timecode out over hdmi. That has the start/stop signal. Makes no sense, I know!
@PhotoJoseph Thanks!
Thank you for the effort, but there's too much babbling, please try and be more to the point and informative next time. Can't waste so much time on nothing...
wow gee thanks. You do know this was a live show right? Slightly different flow than a recorded and edited one.
Thanks for the video! Interesting "features" of youtube: for some reason it does not allow me to watch it on 4K on my TV (still it allows me to watch other youtube channels on 4K). I wonder, why.
Odd; I see it in 4K on my phone. What TV platform?
@PhotoJoseph yes, what is strange, I can also see 4K on my phone, but not on TV :) My TV is made by Samsung, OS is based on Android. I will try to sort out if they are not allowing 4K of all live broadcasts (and their records), maybe this is the case...
I just checked Apple TV YouTube app and it’s 4K there 🤷
Another great video. Thank you. If you would use USB and the tether software are there any limitations compared to using ethernet? Would be nice to have a YT live with USB connected cameras like GH5, GH52, GH6 to the tether software. I think a lot of people have those cameras instead of the BHG1… Would also be interesting to know how many cameras would work through a USB C hub or if there would be a bandwidth limitation.
Hi!
Thanks for sharing!
Got a question:
When you enable “all cameras” in the app and press record, Will it be in sync? Wondering if they will share same timecode or be genlocked?
If not, would be nice to see also how to work with Atomos ultrasync one with multiple bgh1 only scenario on the set!
Many Thanks!!
No. The start/stop triggers them at the same time but it’s not designed to be frame accurate, and timecode is not distributed through Ethernet. It wouldn’t be possible to keep it in sync, due to the nature of networks. If you want timecode sync, yes using ATOMOS UltraSync is a great way to do it. If you haven’t already, check out my timecode video: https://youtu.be/Nmde6Z7fH_A
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