These controllers focus on a single, narrowed down task which makes them perfect as interfaces for untrained operators, as a remote controller on your camera rig or a small monitor device squeezed into a crack between other bulky devices in your OB van. The SKAARHOJ Micro Series is the worlds smallest, wired, all-included Ethernet controller series. All devices offer PoE (Power over Ethernet) as an option which allows you to connect only a single ethernet cable for both power and communication. This makes it extremely simple and handy to connect and use these devices. Everything is included in the box, it will communicate directly over IP with any device we offer protocols for, just connect ethernet and power. The units are configurable through the standard SKAARHOJ web interface as well and programming and firmware upgrades are done via a standard micro-USB cable. The various types below are described with their standards shipping software installed, but in the usual SKAARHOJ style you can ask us to reprogram them as you like (or do it yourself!) to do any other thing you can imagine. That’s the beauty and freedom of Open Source and SKAARHOJs customization services. Size 9.2 x 5.7 x 2.6 cm.
This “Micro” talks to a BlackMagic Design ATEM Switcher. It’s designed to be operated by the thumb of you hand, hosting big 17.4mm square broadcast quality RGB buttons. The top button is a “CUT” button, but if you hold it down for a second it will initiate a smooth AUTO transition from Preview to Program instead. The lower button “INPUT” will cycle through the inputs on the multiviewer, bringing them to Preview. With this device in combination with a multiviewer monitor you can enable really simple operation of an ATEM switcher for small setups with only a few inputs.
Alternative implementations could include starting/stopping Hyper Decks, or turning on and off logos and lower thirds on keyers in an ATEM Switcher, activating robotic camera presets etc.