Joystick-panel: KST-CbR-RP1

The KST-RP01 is our hardware joystick panel with focus on the robotic camera workflow. Of course it is also possible to control other peripherals like lights or virtual cameras and objects. The KST-CbR-RP1 is connected to the CamBot.remote computer via USB and interacts directly with the CamBot.remote PRO software. It is not a standalone product.

Sectional overview

The system to be controlled can be selected here. Twelve keys are installed on the panel as standard. If there are more than twelve systems to be controlled, either an external additional panel can be used, or two of the keys are used to “flip” the key assignment in steps of ten. It makes sense that CamBot also remotely controls the image mixer or the router when switching the camera to be controlled, so that the operator always has an automatically routed full image of his currently controlled camera available.

Three joysticks are installed on the panel. Two large three-axis joysticks on the left and right, which are for the normally maximum six available axes of a camera system. The right joystick is used for orientation (pan, tilt, roll) and the left joystick for the position in space. On the left, depending on the configuration, there is a thumb joystick for a seventh axis (e.g. a rail). The joysticks are arranged so that they can be comfortably operated simultaneously and ergonomically by one operator.

The panel also features a conventional zoom rocker and a large and precise focus wheel. Both parts are also available as a small separate panel, for a possibly necessary focus puller. With the innovative software features of CamBot.system, such as the target mode, the focus can also be fully automated.

The T-bar of the panel has two conceivable assignments, either it is for the global input speeds of the control panel, which is a rather conventional function of such a T-bar. Alternatively, the T-Bar can be used to change the timing of the currently running move live. Thus, a “slowmo” can be dragged into the running, programmed move. This is especially useful if the move follows the presenter, for example, but you don’t really know in advance how fast the presenter will move.

In the speed slider section, the user can quickly and easily set the input speed for each axis and switch off or invert the axis using the respective switch. Switching off individual axes is very helpful for clean panoramic pans, for example.

A central part of the panel are the matrix function keys. These communicate directly with the software CamBot.remote PRO and always correspond to the top two rows of the currently selected matrix. The buttons have small LCD panels built in, which always take the designation of the respective presets appropriately from the software. The freely assignable function keys on the right side can be assigned to any matrix function. So it is possible to control the whole matrix functionality of the software completely from the hardware panel. Especially useful for operators who develop a “tunnel vision” of their camera image and do not want to switch back and forth between the camera monitor and the software interface.

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Felix Moschkau