CI0
Camera IP Interface

The broadcast gateway to the IP world. Interfaces all serial or analog broadcast equipment to use seamlessly on current IP workflows.

The Swiss-Army Knife of non-IP Broadcast Equipment

Shade all your cameras over IP

CY-CI0 provides multiple flexible ports to interface serial based or analog based equipment over IP. It makes any non-IP camera or equipment discoverable and usable on IP networks using current workflows. The CI0 features 2 multi-protocol ports compatible wit any serial based camera, including Sony legacy and LANC. A wide range of cables are available for most cameras.

GPIOs are commonly used to convey tally signals and power LEDs. Other protocols are supported as well as they come handy in the specialty camera market, such as S.BUS for interfacing Gimbals.

An optional 3rd port provides even more extension possibilities with some active cables providing features like analog output to directly drive legacy Pan & Tilt analog heads.

Features

  • 10/100 Ethernet interface to serial protocols
  • Converts the following protocols
    • RS232/422/485
    • LANC (Sony and compatible)
    • Sony Legacy (8-pin remote)
    • Canon Cameras Serial Remote
    • VISCA (Sony and compatible)
    • S.BUS for gimbals and servos
    • B4 lens protocols
    • Blackmagic SDI Control (CI0-BM version)
  • 2 multi-protocol ports
  • 3 ports version for special cables like multi-channels DAC
  • LCD displays connection status between the RCP and the camera
  • 2 Built-in Tally LEDs which can be repurposed to any signalling
  • PoE+ (Power over Internet) 802.3af/at provides up to 15W to power cameras
  • A single connector and cable provides power and control to mini-cameras
  • Can control multiple cameras and equipment
  • Supports camera bus for selected protocols such as Dreamchip, IOI, Marshall, VISCA
  • 20+ cables available for most manufacturers, all pinouts available.
  • Autodiscovery on LAN, identified with the serial number
  • 1/4″ – 20 UNC bottom thread to fit on tripods or other mount options
  • Top 1/4″ – 20 UNC screw to directly attach a mini camera to the CI0 as a single block

Interface

IP workflow

Plug the CI0 and RCP on the same network and they will automatically discover each other. Add the camera in the configuration, select which CI0 port you connected the camera to everything else gets configured automatically.

Supported cameras

The following cameras are all plug and play using a CI0 interface: use the right cable and select the right model in the configuration UI.

B4 lens support

Use B4 lenses as if they were natively controlled

Both Canon and Fujinon lenses are fully supporte by the CI0 with power and data provided by a single port. The second port is typically used for camera shading.

Iris, zoom and focus can be accessed remotely from the RCP or from supported joystick panels.

Multiple cameras with a single interface

The CI0 can typically connect one camera on each although most workflows will use one camera only. For RS485 low level protocols, the CI0 will support a camera bus and allows multiple cameras to be connected to the same port, each having a different bus ID.

Add Pan & Tilt to camera control

Gimbals such as the DJI Ronin-S/SC can be controlled with pan, tilt and roll over a CI0 port configured in S.BUS. The second port typically handles camera shading.

Other Pan & Tilt heads are supported such as the Micro-L from Bradley, VISCA heads such as Rushworks or Egripment Minishot/Microshot using the 3 port version of the CI0 and the multi-channel DAC active cable.

Support for more robotic components will be added in the future.

Connection Status

Get instant feedback on the CI0 / RCP connection status and camera control status. As soon as you plug, you’ll know if the camera is ready to be operated remotely.