Category Archives: Sony LANC

IoT meets Virtual Reality

The Internet of Things meets Virtual Reality. At the NAB show in Las Vegas last week, one of our customers was showing this seven camera rig used to record VR content. They are using our multi camera controller to insure that all cameras begin and end recording at exactly the same point — allowing the recordings from each camera to be digitally “stitched” together in post production.

New adapter for remote camera control

We’ve just announced our ALE726 Sony Remote to Serial adapter to the market.

This adapter, combined with our ALE716 Serial to LANC controller, allows the use of any wired Sony LANC remote over long serial or fiber optic cables.  This means that the LANC remote can be physically separated from the camera by hundreds of feet in situations where the operator is not in proximity to the camera.

Any wired LANC remote can be used and the system is compatible with Sony, Canon, and Blackmagic cameras and camcorders that are LANC compatible.

This adapter was created to fill the need for scientific and research applications with deep water ROVs, terrestrial drones, and other remote control needs in labs or in the field.  It is also useful for sporting events, movie production, and other applications requiring remote camera control.

The ALE726 Sony Remote to Serial adapter is available now and can be ordered directly from our ecommerce provider here.

Control multiple Sony DSLR cameras

We are testing a new configuration using our ALE718 Multi Camera LANC Controller with an adapter cable that converts the standard 2.5mm LANC plug into the mini “USB” plug that is compatible with the new Sony MULTI jack connector.

This new configuration allows for the remote control of recording (stop/start) as well as the shutter for photos.  Using this with our multi-camera controller, you can now sync the shutter or video recording of multiple cameras easily.

New remote for multi-camera LANC controller

Applied Logic is proud to announce the release of a wired remote for its ALE718 Multi Camera LANC Controller.  We’ve had several customers ask for this as an alternative to using the buttons onboard the controller itself, as sometimes the controller is mounted in a location that is not accessible to the operator.

 

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This remote includes a two position toggle switch (normally used for powering all cameras on and off), two rocker-type switches (that can be used for zoom, manual focus, or iris settings), and a push button control (normally used to start and stop recording on all cameras).

Used in conjunction with our ALE718 Multi Camera LANC Controller (http://appliedlogiceng.com/index_files/Page1431.htm), this remote can simultaneously control any number of cameras attached to the controller.

Email us for additional information — info@appliedlogiceng.com.

 

ALE supplies remote camera control to Woods Hole Oceanographic for BBC special

In a follow up to their landmark series, the BBC has begun filming “Blue Planet 2” in conjunction with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI). Together, they are using deep water manned submersibles to produce spectacular underwater footage for this project.

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WHOI has been using Applied Logic Engineering’s controllers and software for years to provide remote control of their underwater camera systems. Our controllers and software allow the camera operator inside the submersible the ability to control functionality of the cameras mounted outside the sub. For this project, we added some new capability for the operator located in the submersible — specifically, WHOI’s operators wanted to access a wide range of camera functionality using a video-game style controller versus using the standard PC keyboard.

“As you may be able to guess, opening up and using the laptops in the small subs has become a big issue and we are trying to find access to the things we need without using the laptop”, commented Evan Kovacs, a member of WHOI’s Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory.   With this request in mind, Applied Logic created a software interface that utilizes a Microsoft Xbox controller in conjunction with our Deluxe LANC Control software running on the laptop. Now the operator can plug the Xbox controller into the laptop, allowing the laptop to be closed and set in a convenient position inside the submersible while the operator uses the controller for filming.

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“This is a great example of how we can adapt our technology to suit a particular customer’s needs” remarked Kelly Nehowig, President and CTO of ALE. “Working together with WHOI, we developed this solution quickly to allow for implementation in their submersibles for their next shoot with the BBC in June. We’re thrilled to be able to support WHOI on their various projects and we’re pleased that our controllers and software provide solutions for them in this very challenging underwater environment”.

ALE’s control systems used by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in deep water research project

Last month, we were excited to learn that our remote camera control systems and software were being used by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) during their most current research work in Papua, New Guinea.

This research project involved deep-diving manned submersibles that were chartered with research and filming of specific deep ocean fish species in this unique locale.

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High definition cameras were mounted to the exterior of the submarine, with the monitoring and control of the cameras being managed by the camera technician aboard the sub.  Applied Logic’s remote camera controller provided the interface between the tech’s laptop PC (being used to control the camera’s operation) and the cameras on the exterior of the sub.  In addition, our remote camera control software was used by the tech in the sub to remotely control the camera’s functions, such as starting/stopping recording sessions, camera settings, still photography, and other mission critical functionality.

“Everything worked great during the recent PNG cruise, so thank you!”, reported Luis Lamar, the lead camera operator at WHOI who was responsible for operating the equipment during each dive.  The team successfully recorded important video and still images that will be used for WHOI’s on-going analysis of the marine life in deep water trenches.

“We are thrilled to continue to support WHOI’s work” said Kelly Nehowig, President and CTO of Applied Logic.  “Woods Hole Oceanographic has been a customer of Applied Logic for several years and we are excited to be able to supply our technology solutions for their use on these types of ground breaking research projects”.

New version of LANC Control software released

Applied Logic is proud to announce the new release of our ALE712 Deluxe LANC Control software for Windows PCs and Tablets. 

Providing the most comprehensive LANC remote camera control in the market, our v1.2 software has been extended to include:

* Display of camera sync information when used in conjunction with our ALE718 Multi Camera LANC Controller. Great for stereoscopic (3D) recording, this capability shows the sync differences between the two cameras being controlled.

* The addition of Iris control to our innovative Microsoft Xbox controller interface. Plug an Xbox controller into your PC and use it to control ten common camera functions — now including Iris + and Iris -.

This software can be used with any of our LANC controllers.

Get your copy here —http://appliedlogiceng.com/index_files/Page1047.htm

Tech Preview : Multi Camera LANC Controller

We are very close to releasing one of our most advanced Sony / Canon LANC controllers ever.  The ALE718 Multi Camera LANC Controller will allow the user to control virtually ANY number of Sony or Canon camcorders simultaneously — either directly from the controller (via pushbuttons) or via a connected PC running our LANC software.

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You can use this controller with two cameras for 3D recording, or add more cameras by stacking additional “daughtercard” circuit boards to the main controller.  Each board adds LANC outputs for two additional cameras.

See it in action here —

We’ve had many customers ask for this capability — we listened and here it is!

Control your camera over the Internet

We’ve had a number of people inquire about the possibility of controlling a Sony or Canon camera remotely over the Internet.

Well the good news is that it is not only possible, but it is quite easy using our ALE708 Serial to LANC adapter (http://www.appliedlogiceng.com/index_files/Page1143.htm) combined with a serial port server to provide the connection to the Internet.

Essentially it works like this — the Serial to LANC adapter connects to the camera to be controlled and is in turn connected via a serial port connection to the Serial Port Server.  This device then connects to a standard Ethernet LAN to provide the connection to the Internet.

On the software side, a virtual com port is established on a PC to create a communication path from the PC to the remote serial port server and in turn the LANC controller.  The final piece is our ALE712 Deluxe LANC Control software on the PC (http://www.appliedlogiceng.com/index_files/Page1047.htm)  — this is configured to point to the virtual COM port established for the serial port server.

Our Deluxe LANC software provides a wide range of camera control — from power on/off to record start/stop, zoom, focus, snapshot, etc., the user is given full functional control of the camera essentially from anywhere in the world.

We’ve put a short video together that shows how this all works: