Teradek User Guide

Controllers

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CTRL.3

The CTRL.3 is a lightweight, ergonomic 3-axis lens controller with built-in lens mapping and data storage. When paired with any compatible SmallHD monitors with integrated Bolt receivers, the CTRL.3 can overlay lens focal distance directly on the monitor, creating the world’s first all-in-one wireless video & lens control solution. In addition to F/I/Z control, the CTRL.3 system enables you to remotely start/stop select HD cameras such as ARRI, Blackmagic, Phantom Flex, RED, Sony, and LANC-compatible models. 

CTRL.1

The CTRL.1 hand unit is a powerful, single-axis wireless controller with lens mapping support and data storage, saving time on calibration during lens swaps. Paired with compatible SmallHD monitors with integrated Bolt receivers, the CTRL.1 can overlay lens focal distance directly on the monitor, creating the world’s first all-in-one wireless video and lens control solution. In addition to F/I/Z control, the CTRL.1 system enables you to remotely start/stop select HD cameras such as ARRI, Blackmagic, Phantom Flex, RED, Sony, and LANC-compatible models. 

CONNECTIONS

STATUS LEDS

CONTROLLER MENU SETTINGS

LENS

The Lens Menu contains lens map configurations and lens ring options that can be accessed once you have purchased and activated the Lens Mapping license. NOTE: For detailed instructions on how to activate the lens mapping and lens data overlay features...

LENSMAP

  • SELECT - Select a stored lens map
  • EDIT - Edit a stored lens map
  • DELETE - Delete a stored lens map
  • CREATE - Create a new lens map
  • BEHAVIOR - Extend or maintain current lensmap limits
  • COC (CTRL.3 only) - Define the depth of field value

LENSRING

  • SELECT - Select the appropriate lens ring size
  • BEHAVIOR - Select whether the knob stops at the first mark of the lens ring, or if it continues past the first mark of the lens map

LENS SLDR (CTRL.3 only)
Select the appropriate iris strip slider according to the aperture values.

  • F/1
  • F/1.4
  • F/2
  • F/2.8

UNIT

  • METRIC - Applies the Metric units of measurements
  • IMPERIAL - Applies the Imperial units of measurements
  • AUTO - Automatically detects units
  • MATCH MAP - Match lensmap units of measurements 
  • MATCH RING - Match lensring units of measurements

RANGE FINDER

Use the RANGE FINDER menu to calibrate and configure the TOF.1 Rangefinder.

  • AUTOFOCUS - Enable or disable Autofocus on the TOF.1
  • CALIBRATE - Adjust the range and offset according to the distance measured between the camera’s film plane and the subject (see CALIBRATE TOF.1)
  • AUTOSPEED - Adjust the Autofocus speed (Low, Medium, or High)

MOTORS

Use the MOTORS menu to configure any of the attached motors. After the motor(s) have been attached and calibrated (RECALIB), you can adjust the RESPONSE (normal, slow, fast), CLASS (focus, iris, zoom), or alter the serial number (SERIAL) and ACCURACY of the motors.

RECALIB

  • AUTO CAL - Automatically calibrate all attached motors
  • MANUAL CAL - Manually calibrate end stops for each motor
  • BY CLASS - Recalibrate motor(s) according to class (Focus, Iris, Zoom, etc.)
  • BY SERIAL - Recalibrate motor(s) according to serial number

RESPONSE

  • NORMAL - Moderately smooth movements (default)
  • SLOW - Very smooth movements, useful for Iris or Zoom assignments
  • FAST - Very sharp movements with low latency

SET CLASS (MOTR.X only)

  • FOCUS - Adjust the focal plane by moving the focus ring
  • IRIS - Adjusts the aperture 
  • ZOOM - Alter the apparent distance of the subject by moving the zoom ring
  • ISO - Modify the camera’s light sensitivity
  • SHUTR - Adjust the shutter speed
  • PAN - Move the focal plane horizontally
  • TILT - Move the focal plane vertically
  • ROLL - Move the focal plane from side to side
  • Z-SPD - Zoom speed

SET SERIAL
Change the motor’s internal serial number. This setting is stored inside the motor.

ACCURACY
Alter the motor’s factory-calibrated backlash compensation.

SET TORQUE
Alter the motor’s factory-calibrated backlash compensation.

INPUTS

With the INPUTS menu, you can recalibrate the controller’s knob and assign or reverse the direction of a specific axis. 

AXIS OPTIONS

  • FOCUS - Focus axis
  • IRIS - Aperture axis
  • ZOOM - Zoom axis
  • ISO - Light sensitivity
  • SHUTR - Shutter speed
  • PAN - Move the focal plane horizontally
  • TILT - Move the focal plane vertically
  • ROLL - Rotate focal plane side to side
  • Z-SPD - Zoom speed

FLIP
Reverse the direction of the motor gear.

RECAL SLDR (CTRL.3 only)
Reconfigure the slider’s physical stops according to the aperture values.

REVERSE
Reverse the direction of the controller's knob and/or slider

MARKERS
Add or delete overlay markers on your SmallHD screen. NOTE: You must first create a lens map and be connected to a compatible SmallHD monitor.

WIRELESS

Use the WIRELESS menu to pair a controller with a receiver and adjust the controller’s transmission power. 

POWER

  • USA MAX - Maximum range legal in the USA
  • EU MAX - Maximum range legal in the EU
  • MED - Medium range (best balance of range and battery life)
  • LOW - Low Range (required when very close to the camera)

FIND RECV
Find and pair a receiver within range.

CHANNEL
Select a specific channel to avoid clashing with other devices. The default channel is 23.

RESET
Perform a full reset of the controller. 

CAMERA

Use the CAMERA menu to select the type of camera the receiver is attached to. Specific cables for the different camera connections are available for purchase.

  • RED RCP - RED DSMC, DSMC2 (all models)
  • ARRI - Arri Alexa (all models)
  • SONY - Sony VENICE, Sony FS7, Sony F55
  • PH FLEX - Phantom 4K Flex (RUN/STOP MODE) 
  • PH FLEX BS - Phantom 4K Flex (BURST- used to trigger in loop mode)
  • PANA DXL - Panavision DXL
  • EPIC RS - EPIC (Run/Stop)
  • RED RS - RED (Run/Stop)
  • LANC - Camera with LANC support
  • HOLD LOW - Cameras that record while the trigger is “held low”

LIMIT

The Limits menu allows you to configure the motor’s movements to a specific range for Focus, Iris, or zoom axes. Setting limits restricts the motor from adjusting the lens past a defined range. That range can also be configured to span the entire knob’s rotation. 

  • NO LIMITS - The motor has no set limits and moves according to the lens ring’s measurements.
  • CLIP RANGE - Create a specific range between two points on the lens. Once set, the motor will move only within that range

SCREEN

Use the Screen menu to adjust the OLED’s brightness.

  • DAY - Full brightness for daytime
  • NIGHT - Low brightness for night/indoor
  • OFF - OLED is disabled

BUTTONS

Assign specific functions to the physical buttons on the controller. Below are the different functions:

BUTTON ASSIGNMENT

  • BT. 1 - ▲ button
  • BT. 2 - ▼ button
  • BT. 3 - SET button          
  • BT. 4 - POWER + ▲ button combination
  • BT. 5 - POWER + ▼ button combination
  • BT. 6 - POWER + SET button combination

BUTTON OPTIONS

  • OLED - Shortcut to the Screen menu
  • LINK - Shortcut to the wireless menu
  • AXIS - Assign a specific axis to the knob
  • MOTS - Shortcut to the Motors menu
  • CAL - Perform auto-calibration
  • PRER - Prerecording
  • LIMT (CTRL.1 only) - Shortcut to the Limits menu
  • ZAP (CTRL.3 only) - Select for rapid zooming
  • MARK (CTRL.3 only) - Shortcut to add or select focus markers
  • LMAP - Shortcut to Lens maps

RX CONFIGURATION

Assign a specific function (MODE) or class (AXIS) to the receiver’s auxiliary ports (IN-1/IN-2).

MODE OPTIONS

  • OFF - Disable the auxiliary port(s)
  • WIRED - Configure IN1 port for WIRED MODE (wired from Controller or Smartknob to Receiver to bypass radio)
  • KNOB - Thumbwheel is attached to AUX port
  • ROCKER - Zoomrocker is attached to AUX port
  • FORCE - Force Sensor is attached to AUX port

AXIS OPTIONS

  • FOCUS - Focus axis
  • IRIS - Aperture axis
  • ZOOM - Zoom lens
  • ISO - Light sensitivity
  • SHUTR - Shutter speed
  • PAN - Move the focal plane horizontally
  • TILT - Move the focal plane vertically
  • ROLL - Move the focal plane side to side
  • Z-SPD - Zoom speed

IO CONFIGURATION

Assign a communication mode (SmallHD/Wired) to the controller’s AUX input.

STATUS

The Status menu lists all devices that are connected to the controller along with their serial numbers. This is useful for determining which devices are paired to the controller, especially when multiple devices and cameras are within range.

ADVANCED (ADV) SETTINGS

Use the ADV menu to obtain information about the controller, activate licenses, and perform minor system functions (options vary depending on the type of controller). 

  • ABOUT - Information about the controller such as firmware version, UID, and serial number
  • LICENSES - Enter license for additional functionality 
  • LEDS - Adjust the LED brightness 
  • BLUETOOTH - Activate Bluetooth 
  • DEBUG - Used for diagnostic purposes. Identify any issues with the controls such as buttons and inputs. 
  • FAC. RESET - Restore controller to original settings
  • SMALLHD - Activate SMALLHD communications
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