OneLittleGoat

onelittlegoat

  • One Little Remote Operation Instructions

     One Little Remote Operation Instructions

    Hi,

    Thank you for purchasing the One Little Remote.  This is an on-going project so your feedback and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.  The remote software and the mobile app will be continually updated as you and I come up with new ideas. 

    Setting up your camera to use the remote

    Switch on your camera and go to the Remote menu.  Change the settings on the remote menu so they match the specified S.Bus channels below.  At present the remote functions correctly only when the setting on your camera match the diagrams below.  In future you will be able to customise the buttons (such as setting record start and stop to a button rather than the dial – just in case you find the dial press mechanism a bit heavy).

    Camera Remote Menu Settings

    Micro Cinema Camera

    Record - S.Bus 1
    IRIS - S.Bus 2
    FOCUS - S.Bus 3
    ZOOM - S.Bus 4
    ISO - S.Bus 5 (GAIN on the Micro Studio camera)
    Shutter Angle - S.Bus 6
    White Balance - S.Bus 7
    Audio - S.Bus 8

    Micro Studio Camera

    IRIS - S.Bus 2
    FOCUS - S.Bus 3
    ZOOM - S.Bus 4
    GAIN - S.Bus 5
    Shutter Speed - S.Bus 6
    White Balance - S.Bus 7
    Audio - S.Bus 8

    Note: there is no start/stop record on the studio camera because it does not record internally.

    Remote Ports

    The remote has the following ports:

    • DC 2.5mm power socket – accepts up to 12v DC and passes power through to camera plus can power remote for the Micro Studio Camera,
    • RCA video port – provides composite SD video from the Micro Cinema Camera,
    • Micro USB port – for updating firmware,
    • 2.5mm socket – pass through port for using a lanc with the camera,
    • BNC connector – for reference signal – this has been discontinued as of 26 April 2017,
    • 3.5mm socket – to be used for future peripherals and it provides 3.3v DC and a serial signal from the remote’s micro controller.

    Remote button functions

    Remote modes

    There are 3 modes on the remote – normal, lanc, focus stop.

    Normal mode

    This is the default mode of the remote. You single tap or double tap a button or the dial to activate a setting; then use the dial to adjust.
    When referring to buttons, the left button is the furthest away from the dial.

    IRIS – single tap left button
    FOCUS – single tap middle button
    ZOOM – single tap right button
    AUDIO – double tap dial
    ISO – double tap left button
    SHUTTER ANGLE – double tap middle button
    WHITE BALANCE – double tap right button
    RECORD – press dial (but do not hold) the red light will flash
    You can return to normal mode at any time by holding the dial down for 2 seconds and the red led flashes once.

    LANC MODE

    Lanc mode allows you to focus by pressing and holding buttons and adjusting the speed with the dial.
    To enter lanc mode press and hold the left button until the led flashes once.
    The middle button pulls focus back, the right button pushes focus in, the dial adjusts the speed. 

    FOCUS STOP MODE

    Focus stop mode allows you to switch between two focus stops that you can set in normal mode.  The dial allows you to choose the speed at which you move between those two stops.
    To enter focus stop mode press and hold the left button until it flashes once, then an additional two times. 
    You must have set focus stops prior to switching to focus stop mode – otherwise the remote will not function correctly.

    Setting a focus stop

    At present the focus stop function is still being written.  It works, sort of, but will be great when completed.
    To set a focus stop do the following:

    1. Switch to normal mode,
    2. Set focus to the furthest distance away,
    3. Press and hold the middle button until led flashes once (2 seconds),
    4. Set the focus to the nearest distance,
    5. Press and hold the right button until led flashes once (2 seconds),
    6. Now switch to follow focus mode and use the stops.

    A note on recording

    Due to the nature of sbus on the micro cameras the remote is running ‘blind’ which means it doesn’t get confirmation.  This means that in some circumstances the flashing led on the remote that indicates recording may be out of sync with the camera.  If the red light is flashing but the camera is not recording, then press the record button on the camera and then stop recording with the remote.  This issue will be fixed in a future addition.

    Known issues and up and coming improvements

    • The dial - the dial at present does not tick over fully when you turn it.  This means you need to turn a couple of knotches sometimes to change settings and this affects the smoothness of focussing with the dial. This will be fixed in the next firmware update shortly.
    • Focus stops – presently you need to set focus stops in a particular order, this will change and it will not matter which stop you set.  You will also be able to interrupt the movement and control focus manually with the dial and use the dial to move between the settings.
    • Record stop and start – the remote will support lanc functions such as switching to auto focus and confirmed stop and start recording, however this will require a hardware update.  I will be providing a tutorial for people who wish to do this themselves and will also provide a small service fee to update the remote for you.
    • Mobile app – the mobile app is being rewritten at present and will be available shortly. 
    • Zoom – at present zoom function is rudimentary.  I did this because most lens don’t support focus racking.  The next firmware update will allow you to switch between the current mode of zoom or zoom racking. 
    • Follow focus servo – The 3.5mm jack on the back is for a future follow focus servo that you can snap onto your rig and allows you to control zoom, focus and iris (you will need one for each) on manual lens. Stay tuned as this is not far way.
    • Mounting screws – At the moment I am pricing the manufacture of a new type of mounting screw that will allow you to screw the remote onto a rig and then screw something on top of that. Very simply but also very handy.
    • Firmware updates

    The next firmware update will be coming in June 2017.  For instructions on updating firmware please visit http://onelittlegoat.com/index.php/11-news/77-one-little-remote-update-firmware. You will need to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the latest firmware version.

     

     

     

     

  • One Little Remote update firmware

    To update the One Little Remote software do the following:

    1) Save the the latest version of the One Little Remote software to your computer (note where you save it). The latest version is 2.1. Purchasers of the One Little Remote can request the software from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    2) Download and run the Windows Teensy.exe software or the Mac OS X version

    NOTE: on Windows computers you may have to right click the Teensy.exe icon and choose 'Run as administrator' the first time you use it.  Answer Yes or OK if you are prompted by windows to continue running the program.

    The Teensy.exe program screen looks like this:

     

     

    3) Once Teensy Loader is installed, remove the top cover from your One Little Remote (you will need a small screw driver to remove the four screws). The top cover is the cover opposite the red led on the front panel,

    4) Plug the USB and DC power cable (use the transformer that comes with your camera) into the back of your One Little Remote, ensure the power is on,

    5) Plug the USB cable into your computer, the driver for the One Little Remote controller board (called a Teensy) will load,

    6) Go to the Teensy application you started in step 2 and choose File, then Open Hex File,

    7) Browse to the OLRvxxx.hex file that was emailed to you, highlight it and click Open,

    8) In the Teensy application got to Operation menu and choose Automatic Mode,

    9) Press the button on the top of the Teensy controller inside the remote as per the following image, a dialog box that reads "Programming" will appear for a moment then disapper.

    Your remote is now updated. To test simply hold the left button down for 2 seconds and the led should flash.  You can now unplug and put the lid back on.

     

     

Back to top