April 18, 2015
NAB 2015

These Powerful Apps Control RED Cameras Wirelessly, Were Used on 'House of Cards'

At NAB this past week, Joe Marine caught up with Mike Lubtchansky to chat about the foolcontrol apps for Mac and iOS, which can control almost every aspect of RED cameras wirelessly, and were even used on Season 3 of House of Cards.

The foolcontrol app comes in multiple flavors. First up is the Mac app, which has three different pricing tiers depending on whether you're an individual SCARLET or EPIC owner ($79 and $149 respectively), or whether you want the app to have unrestricted access to all wifi-enabled RED cameras.

Here's the Mac app in action:

Here's what you need to make the OSX version work for your camera.

foolcontrol should work on any Mac OS X intel with OS X 10.8 and up. Required : RED GIG-E lemo cable or REDLINK Bridge wifi moduleCamera firmware 5.2 and above. Computer and camera should be connected to the same network using Ad-hoc / infrastructure or GIG-E connection. NOT COMPATIBLE with good old RED ONE cameras, only DSMC (SCARLETS, EPICS, DRAGON, MONO...) 

Once the WEAPON is released, wireless use of the app will not require any additional hardware because of the WEAPON's native wifi connectivity.

Next up is the iOS version, which comes in at $150. 

This application requires iOS 7.0 and up and will only work with RED DSMC cameras running firmware 5.2.28 and up. It does not work with the RED ONE or any other camera. Focus control requires a RED DSMC Canon or Nikon mount and a compatible electronic lens. Cinema PL glass control via external motor will require RED WMD module and motors, foolcontrol will only support PL glass control with a REDLink module or lemo GIG-E connection.

You can learn more about and purchase the foolcontrol apps over on Lubtchansky's website. You can even download a trial version of the OSX software, but it limits you to 5 minutes of connectivity at a time.


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Anyone else see Devin Graham in the background? :)

April 18, 2015 at 3:04PM, Edited April 18, 3:04PM

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Chase Butler
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Brilliant!

Video tech is a fast moving vehicle. Be sure to keep you arms and legs outside at all times. ;o>

April 18, 2015 at 6:06PM, Edited April 18, 6:06PM

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Gene Nemetz
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I hope this is one of those things that every camera maker catches onto. I just spent the day shooting raw with the pocket camera that I got for $500, so how can I really complain, but managing metadata on that camera sucks, I just don't use it at all. If black magic really wants to create game changing cameras, they need to nail the user interface like the smart phones did. Especially with the new crash cams that have no screen. Everyone has a smart phone, every camera should have this ability.

April 19, 2015 at 2:47AM, Edited April 19, 2:47AM

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Julian Faras
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I don't get how that wireless module goes on the back of the RED. It replaces the battery? How does the camera get powered if the wireless module is on the back there?

April 18, 2015 at 11:08PM, Edited April 18, 11:08PM

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That REDLINK module is part of the dev kit. You can use it with batteries on rails or get offhollywood's hotlink. Newest RED WEAPON camera has built in wifi.

April 19, 2015 at 7:01AM, Edited April 19, 7:01AM

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Christopher Probst is shooting with the pre-production Weapon 8K right now. The first samples are due out any day. Very curious to see it!

April 19, 2015 at 7:57AM

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Gene Nemetz
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Good to know these app:)

http://www.shootinchina.com

April 19, 2015 at 8:54AM

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