Pomfort’s portfolio of professional solutions and apps has just grown bigger. PocketControl is an iOS app for remote controlling ARRI cameras from the palm of your hand. Let’s check out the features of this little helper.
Your ARRI Camera at Your Fingertips
Take the Camera Menu With You Wherever You Go.
PocketControl for ARRI Cameras is the first iOS app that enables you to monitor and remote control your ARRI Alexa Mini and ARRI Amira cameras. The app connects to the camera through Wifi, and allows instant access to the camera menu on your iPad and iPhone. With PocketControl you can remotely monitor and adjust camera settings such as exposure and look, and start and stop recording from a distance.
What Can I Do With the App?
With the free download of PocketControl you can monitor the camera settings of your ARRI Alexa Mini and ARRI Amira cameras from afar. No matter if the camera is out of reach on a gimble, a crane, or simply blocked by someone else - With PocketControl you always have your camera settings available on your iPad or iPhone.
Check Current Settings
All camera settings are clearly arranged in one overview on your iPhone or iPad. This way, checking settings such as ASA, sensor FPS, and White Balance, only takes you seconds.
Any changes that are made to the settings from within the camera are visible in the app instantly. This way you can be sure to always have the right settings in place, even if you aren’t operating the camera yourself.
The monitoring feature is included in the free version of the app.
Via an in-app purchase you can add the option to also remote control the camera through the app. This includes the remote adjustment of camera settings, the ability to start and stop recording remotely, and the remote management of looks within the camera.
Adjust Camera Settings
With the remote adjustment of camera settings, you can e.g. change the shutter and exposure index remotely from your iOS device. This way you can get the image you are looking for instantly without manually going into the ARRI camera menu. Other settings that you can adjust are the ND filter, EI/ASA, White Balance, and Sensor FPS. To avoid any unintended changes to the camera settings, you can choose to lock the camera controls inside the app.
You can furthermore start and stop recording remotely, by pressing the “REC” button in the app. This gives you higher flexibility to start/stop recording from anywhere on the film set, even if the camera is located in a place that’s hard to reach. With the “REC” button also displaying the current camera status, you can see immediately if the camera is ready for recording, currently recording, or if there is a problem with the camera (e.g. card is full).
PocketControl allows you to remote control looks in the camera. Conveniently display a list of looks stored in the camera, with specific support for looks from the ARRI Look Library. Choose a look on your iPad or iPhone and apply it to the camera from a distance. With the grading controls that are available in the app you can also refine the look and change contrast and pivot, or make the image warmer/cooler. You can then store the modified look in the camera.
The control features are part of the ARRI Camera Control Package that can be purchased in the app after download.
PocketControl now essentially gives me a great HUD display so I can confirm all my settings at a glance.
Interview: DIT Hunter Fairstone on PocketControl
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How PocketControl Works
Connecting via Wireless Network
PocketControl auto-discovers all Alexa Mini and Amira cameras that are in the same WiFi network as the iOS device running the app, and allows to access the camera’s functions.
The easiest way to have the camera and iOS device running in the same network is to join the camera’s own WiFi with the iPhone or iPad. If you want to quickly switch between multiple cameras, a dedicated WiFi network that all devices join, is needed.
The ARRI CAP Protocol
PocketControl communicates with cameras via the “CAP” protocol, a proprietary network protocol developed by ARRI for their cameras. The CAP functionality of the camera makes selected parameters of the camera available to be monitored and controlled via WiFi.
PocketControl currently implements the entire set of features that are available in the CAP protocol for the ARRI Alexa Mini and the ARRI Amira cameras.
PocketControl currently works with the ARRI Alexa Mini and ARRI Amira cameras with SUP 5.1 or newer.
For iPhone and iPad, iOS version 9 or newer is required.
Hear it from Our Customers
We got the DoP up and running again by him installing and using your Camera Control App...Absolute Life Saver!
“Just to say that today your PocketControl ARRI Mini App saved the day. We have a film shooting out in Mongolia and the Menu rotary button on the Mini ViewFinder stopped working.
We got the DoP up and running again by him installing and using your Camera Control App... Absolute Life Saver, thank you!!”
Haydn Parnell, Head of Service and Development, Focus24 Ltd, London
PocketControl in the Press
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PocketControl: Apply and Refine Looks from the ARRI Look Library
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Interview: DIT Hunter Fairstone on PocketControl
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PocketControl: Network Configuration Alternatives
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Get PocketControl Now
Download the App in the App Store.
PocketControl comes as a free download that includes all monitoring features of the app. The control features (including setting adjustments, recording start / stop, and look management) can be added by purchasing the ARRI Camera Control Package inside the app.