Blackmagic Design has added remote camera control to its ATEM suite of production switchers.

Update 6.0 allows ATEM production switcher users to control up to 20 Blackmagic Studio Cameras via a regular CCU-style control using the camera’s SDI connection.

It will give the vision mixer control over settings like focus and iris. Built-in DaVinci Resolve provides lift, gamma and gain controls which Blackmagic said would allow any colourist that is familiar with DaVinci Resolve to work on live production work.

Blackmagic Design chief executive Grant Petty said: “Since we first demonstrated the ATEM camera control the response has been amazing, and broadcasters have quickly recognised the advantage of the Blackmagic Studio Camera’s design and interoperability with ATEM switchers as well as the incredible colour corrector built right inside the camera itself.

“Now they can have full control without running any extra cables using the new SDI-based protocol.

“All that is required is a single, thin SDI optical fibre or SDI cable. This is not just a simple CCU style of colour adjustment but a full featured DaVinci primary color corrector built right into the camera.

“The benefit to the customer is that exciting creative looks can be achieved in live production that previously were only possible in post-production.”

ATEM Switchers Update 6.0 is available for all ATEM live production switcher customers. The Blackmagic Studio Camera will require the latest software update 1.8.2 or later.