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AU$ 15,482 pledged of AU$ 40,000 goal
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By Philip Lemon
AU$ 15,482 pledged of AU$ 40,000 goal
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About this project

You can now pre-order devices

Even though the campaign didn't reach its target, there has been enough support to justify proceeding with a smaller run.  Go to the One Little Goat website to place your order!

Thank you very much for your support.

Cheers,

Phil

Love the camera, hate the menu buttons

Blackmagic Micro
Blackmagic Micro

I love my Micro Cinema Camera but the camera's buttons are tiny, fiddly and this makes changing even simple setting like ISO and IRIS difficult. 

That's why I made the One Little Remote...because I wanted to make filming easier. 

One Little Remote
One Little Remote

The One Little Remote is powerful, sturdy and compact.  It works with both the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera (4k).

What the One Little Remote does

The remote is for mounting on your camera rig and it provides the fastest, most intuitive way to change camera settings.  The One Little Remote controls the following:

  • Stop and start recording,
  • Iris,
  • Zoom,
  • Focus,
  • White balance,
  • ISO,
  • Shutter angle,
  • Audio levels

The One Little Remote also provides the following:

  • Remote control via Bluetooth 4 up to 20m (Bluetooth version only),
  • Remembers your settings so it can pick up where you left off,
  • 4 quick select buttons,
  • unique remote profiles (see below),
  • DC power pass-through - so you can use the remote and still run your camera off mains power,
  • Lanc pass-through - use your lanc and your remote at the same time,
  • USB input - for updating software or providing additional external power to your remote.
Back of One Little Remote
Back of One Little Remote

 

Top of One Little Remote
Top of One Little Remote

Remote profiles

The remote comes with 3 'profiles'.  These allow you to do some specialty actions such as:

  • Programmable focus stops so you can pull focus at set speeds and distances by pressing a single button,
  • Programmable iris so you can open or shut the iris with the press of a button (great if you have a continuous shot from a dark space to a light space or visa versa),
  • Programmable push-pull; maintain the correct zoom to focus ratio for those Hitchock-esque shots.
  • Anything you want! You can programme your own menu and upload additional profiles.

Here's an example of a push-pull shot.

Open source menu

Anyone can write their own menu! This is the most exciting thing for me. The code for the remote is built on libraries available on the internet and all the code for the remote will be open source. The remote uses an Arduino compatible micro controller which anyone can upload their own software to. This will allow the One Little Remote's functionality to be expanded over time.  The same principal applies to the mobile app. I'll be providing a simple Arduino library so anyone will be able to write apps to control the remote (and thus the camera). You will also be able to control multiple cameras simultaneously and write remote profiles that allow you to do specialist tricks with the remote.

The background

I made the first version of the One Little Remote in September 2016 and it has proven very popular - so much so that I was run ragged trying to build the remotes while working a full time job. 

Some of the 100+ remotes I've made in the last couple of months.
Some of the 100+ remotes I've made in the last couple of months.

Here's the first video I made for the original version.

During the past few months I have received many requests and suggested improvements for my remote, and this project is the end result!

Here is the second video about the second version of my remote (sorry about the lighting).

Why Kickstarter

Why am I doing a Kickstarter campaign?  I want to build a quality product at a reasonable price and this is only possible by having the remote made in bulk. The minimum quantity necessary to get a decent price point is 250 and so I have priced the overall target to take this into account.  

Risks and challenges

I've been building and shipping remotes for a few months and so have learned a lot about the hidden costs of manufacturing and the ins and outs of world wide distribution. I've mitigated the risks by factoring them into the pricing of the remote and doing copious amounts of development , design and testing. My supply and distribution are already in place so I know that I can supply a great end product. There is enough margin in the reward pricing to ensure that I can still deliver even if there are issues along the way.

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    Has no one thought of this already?

    I get this a lot :) If you're not in the market for a remote but think the idea is grand and want to see the world of Blackmagic hand held cinematography feel the love; tip a little into the bucket. In return you'll get a shout-out on the website and have your name in the list of legends included with the remote's software source code - forever preserved.

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    One Little Remote - Early Adopter

    Get in early and bag a bargain price remote with Bluetooth 4, mobile app, 25cm cable, fancy packaging - just like a store bought one :) Remote lets you easily adjust the following:

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    One Little Remote - saver

    Missed the early bird price? Well, it's still a bargain at this price. You get the remote, Bluetooth 4, mobile app, 25cm cable, fancy packaging - just like a store bought one :) Remote lets you easily adjust the following:

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    One Little Remote

    Don't miss out on this fantastic product. You will love your Micro camera even more. You get the remote, Bluetooth 4, 25cm cable, fancy packaging - just like a store bought one :) Remote lets you easily adjust the following:

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