AXIOM Team Talk 14.3 (Oct 2018) covered AXIOM Remote development progress.
AXIOM Remote Concept Rendering 2018 - Note: Design is subject to change as improvements are made.
This device, and its associated software, is designed to be a comprehensive remote control unit for the AXIOM Beta range of cameras. Like the devices it controls, AXIOM Remote is an open source, open hardware project and all data surrounding its research and development shall be made freely available.
Note: The concepts on this page are pre-production and thereby subject to change as improvements are made. Please do get involved with either ideas for future PCB/enclosure revisions or programming software related to GUI (general user interface).
AXIOM Remote was funded as a stretch goal in the AXIOM Beta crowd funding campaign. It features push-buttons and switches as well as 2 rotary encoders (also with push-button function) that can be used to control a wide range of camera parameters like shutter speed, gain, overlays, FPS, gamma curves etc. To keep everything as flexible as possible the buttons next to the LCD have dynamic functionality as their commands are displayed next to them on the LCD. Switches on the side allow locking of each individual dial wheel or all the buttons together.
Force Feedback for the two dials with two small built-in micro-stepper motors allowing for feeling settings (e.g. min, max reached) without users having to look at the display was considered but deemed too complex/expensive for time-being.
The AXIOM Remote is based on a 2.8" LCD screen (showing status information, camera parameters and enabling navigation through menus) and a PIC32MZ micro-controller. The connection between AXIOM Remote and an AXIOM camera will be a flexible (preferably spiral) cable with solid connectors. Expansion slots (with GPIO) will make future additions of new buttons/knobs/wheels/controllers/interfaces easy and straight forward.
|Essentials||Good to Have||Luxury|
|a few Status LEDs||single color LED under most buttons (transparent)||RGB LED under every button (transparent)|
|power supply from camera||power IN connector||own battery mount|
|wired operation||wireless operation option|
|turn LCD into touchscreen (can be disabled in menu)|
|Control all AXIOM related functionalists||Control active lens mount related functionalists||Remote Control other cameras and devices (LANC, USB, DSLR Shutter Release, etc.)|
|2x Rotary Knobs (infinite rotation)||additional slider/fader knob||Force Feedback Rotary Knobs (built-in microstepper motor)|
We do not want to copy but we do want to learn from the experience and mistake of others, also a kind of standard has established itself with the way professional cinema cameras are operated:
Arri product line: 
Panasonic Varicam: 
Sony Venice: