Connectivity specialist Bit Part developed a remote camera control radio called bitbox for ultra-long range camera control to help cinematographers, DITs and ACs save production time and costs.

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Motion picture connectivity specialist Bit Part has developed a new remote camera control radio called bitbox that extends long range camera control to help cinematographers, DITs and ACs save time and resources over the course of production.

Whether users are shooting in challenging lighting conditions or from the top of a crane, bitbox’s 915 MHz system can remotely control filters, camera settings, live colour grading and other functions in virtually any environment. With a simple push-button interface and a boot-up time of under 5 seconds, bitbox helps camera technicians remotely manage their shots from hundreds of metres away. Bitbox maintains connectivity without the challenges of spectrum interference, the use of mesh systems, or the need to purchase components and devise temporary set-ups.

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"In an industry where precision and speed are essential, managing remote camera control has been a major obstacle for camera professionals,” said Damon Meledones, co-founder of Bit Part. “From spectrum overload to closed systems, the challenges are formidable. With its ability to penetrate objects, long range connectivity and instant boot times, bitbox is making film technicians' lives easier so they can focus on what truly matters: creating art."

Bitbox works by using existing networks and operates by replicating the functionality of plugging into a switch for both connected devices to create a uniform experience at each end of the connection, with no wireless configuration. Film technicians then set their camera’s IP to match their existing network setup.

Bitbox can be deployed across a wide range of cameras and accessories from brands including Sony, Arri, RED and Vision Research (makers of Phantom high speed cameras). Bitbox units can be reserved now and will be available in the second half of 2024.

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“As a DIT, achieving the highest possible image quality is the holy grail of film production,” said Sean Sweeney, a DIT and bitbox beta tester. “Bitbox has excelled in every single shooting scenario I’ve thrown at it in some of the worst lighting conditions imaginable. Its simplicity is unmatched among any camera control system I have found on the market today.”

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