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FOOLCONTROL iOS

FOR iPHONE, iPAD OR iPOD TOUCH

QUICK TOUR VIDEO BY ANDY McLEOD AT CACTUS CAMERA

Experimenting with the new FoolControl application, for RED Dragon cameras... first impressions... very nice!!

Posted by Andy Mcleod on Saturday, September 26, 2015

RED TECH wifi Episode with LUKE YOUNGS

INTUITIVE RED DIGITAL CINEMA CAMERA CONTROL

foolcontrol iOS feature set includes :

record and playback control, camera tools, look, curves, slate metadata, lens and menu navigation.

 

foolcontrol can drive iris and focus on electronic lenses using unique tools like knob precision adjustment, user marks, focus discs and rack focus.

 

An advanced preset system allows for quick and easy change of camera setups or look presets.

foolcontrol can help to:

 

  • access control like start / stop, magnify or false colors while operating on a crane or a gimbal.

 

  • control playback seamlessly from video village or whenever no touchscreen is attached to the camera.

 

  • set HDRx mode and viewing track, Motion Mount, Gioscope, shutter angle, monitor the histogram, calibration map or genlock status.

 

  • create looks, save and recall presets for quick on set pre-grading of each scene. Martin Alhgren, DOP on House of Cards s.3, used foolcontrol for on set monitor look. Without any external LUT box or separate .rmd file the settings he adjusted were saved directly in the R3D metadatas, ready for dailies.

 

  • access advanced camera configuration menu on complex rigs, across the world via IP, underwater wired to surface or in mid-air shots.

 

  • drive electronic photo lenses with great accuracy for super light, 'no external motor' setups.

 

  • control master camera on wired ethernet multicam rigs

 

  • and much more ...

RACK FOCUS ON SLIDER BTS

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FOOLCONTROL 'AT THE BENCH' REVIEW

BY JONY PETTS AT THE NIGHT FACTORY

TOP TECH ACS

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FOOLPROOFING FOCUS EXPERIMENT

 

 

 

Does it work with RAVEN, RED ONE, what about my 1st gen iPhone ?

foolcontrol works with WEAPON, EPIC-W, SCARLET-W and RAVEN built in wifi.

It also works with EPIC, SCARLET, DRAGON... using wired GIG-E cable + wifi router, using a REDLink Bridge module or a 3rd party wifi bridge like OffHollywood's HotLink, RTMotion's Latitude, Teradek COLR...

It is not compatible with RED ONE cameras.

It runs on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch on iOS 8.1 or newer with a camera firmware above 5.2

 

 

 

Can I try the app without a camera ?

Most of the items in foolcontrol are  camera dependent (based on model, current state, accessories...) so running it alone would require a real camera simulator that can respond in real time to user's actions.

So you need to be able to connect (remotely or locally) to a RED camera to use foolcontrol.

 

 

 

How can I get a better range with wifi ?

It is always recommended to use a wifi router on set between the camera(s) and the iOS device when possible. Infrastructure mode let's you connected to an existing network and allows for a more robust signal compared to Ad hoc. You can also change the antenna on most modules for stronger one.

check foolcolor.net/tips.pdf for more info

 

 

 

 I am having unreliable wifi connections...

Very often it is required to try on another wifi channel if you run into disconnect issues with foolcontrol.

An OS X app like wifi scanner lets you easily monitor the surrounding networks and can help find the best channel to use wherever you are shooting.

On an iPhone it is also recommended to enable Airplane mode then activate only wifi and keep cellular connection off.

check foolcolor.net/tips.pdf for more info

 

 

 

Can I use a GIG-E connection with foolcontrol iOS ?

Yes, you will need to connect RED's GIG-E cable to the camera lemo and into a GIG-E wifi router's RJ-45 LAN socket. Most domestic router will only support 10/100 speeds and are NOT compatible with RED's Ethernet implementation that does require 1000 / GIG-E speed.

Once both the iOS device and camera are on same network (using DHCP) foolcontrol will discover and connect to your camera.

On DSMC2 cameras a JetPack SDI or REDVolt Expander module is required for GIG-E connectivity.

 

 

 

What about long range ?

RTMotion has a product named LATITUDE that will allow wifi and long range radio (up to 1 Km) foolcontrol, along with hand unit, thumbwheels and external motor support.

 

 

 

Can I use a cable to avoid wifi on iOS version ?

For gyrostabilized helicopters rigs, russian arm or specific solutions you can get in touch about a custom version of the app modified to work directly via a serial cable.

 

 

 

Which lenses are compatible with foolcontrol focus features ?

Any lens recognized by the camera as an AF lens or listed in RED DSMC operating guide should work with foolcontrol. To control focus using foolcontrol, the lens itself (physical switch) needs to be set to AF and the camera focus mode to 'MANUAL'.

Worth noting that most photo zoom are not parfocal and will not keep focus distance while zooming.

 

 

 

Can foolcontrol or other RCP apps display a live image from the camera ?

The RCP protocol only allows camera control. There is no image data transmitted to foolcontrol directly by the camera.

 

 

 

Can we control multiple cameras ?

foolcontrol iOS can connect to a single camera at a time. You can create presets in app easily and reconnect to another camera on the same network to apply similar values if needed. If you connect cameras via GIG-E to a router you can also enable master / slave mode (camera to camera) then control the master with foolcontrol.

 

 

 

 

What about foolcontrol-r ?

foolcontrol-r is a restricted version of the App that allows only record start stop and last clip review along with monitoring of all the camera settings as 'read only'. You will find In-App purchases to unlock the full features of the App for the duration of your shoot.

Terms of use

Privacy policy

foolcontrol-r link in the App Store

 



 

foolcontrol iOS has a built in help system with shortcuts and informations specific to each control page

 

foolcontrol is updated on a regular basis with new features and new camera or firmware specific support.

 

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