The Robocam Manual

RoboCam

© 2014-2016 First Intercontinental Software

RoboCam Feature list

Supported Cameras

 

Lumix DMC-GH3 *

Lumix DMC-GH4

Lumix DMC-FZ1000

Lumix DMC-LX100

Lumix DMC-G6

Lumix DMC-GX7

Lumix DMC-GF6

Lumix DMC-GF7

Lumix DMC-GM1

Lumix DMC-GM5

Lumix DMC-TZ60

 

* The GH3 is unfortunately not a great wifi performer in comparison with GH4, for example. The most important limitation being that it is not possible to stop video recording over wifi. This is a limitation of the camera – not something we can do anything about, sadly.

 

General Features

 

  • Connect and manage up to 2 cameras simultaneously ** (Current version of Robocam Field Recorder 1.0.4)
  • Runs on Windows and OS X
  • Magnifier cursor mode
  • Touch point cursor mode
  • Zoom
  • Focus
  • No live View Sleep (Robo)
  • Reduce Output Framerate (Robo)
  • Reverse Zoom (Robo)
  • Fast Zoom (Robo)
  • Fast Focus (Robo)
  • TP Recording
  • General Camera Info list
  • Save configuration; includes stop motion, camera & window settings.
  • Hot key customization
  • Customizable program buttons
  • Start Tele 2*
  • Start Wide 2*
  • Tele Auto Cycle*
  • High Precision Zoom*
  • Focus*
  • Rack Focus*

 

Photo Specific

 

  • Take picture
  • Stop Motion (Robo)
  • Number of images in motion buffer (Robo)
  • Motion buffer playback FPS (Robo)
  • Motion buffer transparency (Robo)
  • Motion Buffer pause (Robo)
  • Clear motion buffer (Robo)
  • Time Lapse*
  • Tele Cycle Shot*
  • Luma Trigger*

 

Video Specific

 

  • Rec
  • Touch & Go*
  • Video Luma Trigger *
  • Restart Recording (Robo)

 

(Robo) = Feature is available within the “Robo” tab in the settings tray.

   *     = Feature is available within the customizable program buttons (long click).

  **     = Stability varies depending on network capability. Optimal conditions require dedicated network, with    5GHz, 802.11ac wifi connection to computer (or wired), and 2.4GHz wifi connection for cameras.

 

IMPORTANT UI NOTICE

 

RoboCam uses a “sticky” selection model – cameras are always selected, unless you deselect/select them by Ctrl-Clicking in the camera view.

 

Selections are important when using global buttons: Lets say you have 2 cameras connected and you want to shoot stills with 1 camera while recording video with the other. You achieve this by deselecting the second camera, only the remaining selected camera will then fire when you hit the global trigger button.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE ON PERFORMANCE

 

Connecting RoboCam to more than 1 camera requires a good networking environment. If you need to work with multiple cameras, we recommend one of two setups:

 

  1. If you have a Wireless Access Point with both 2.4 and 5 Ghz networking, connect your computer to the 5Ghz network and let the cameras share the 2.4Ghz network.

 

  1. Use a network cable to connect the Computer to the Wireless Access Point. This will also reserve the available 2.4Ghz wifi bandwidth to the cameras.

 

Using a dedicated wifi network for critical applications is always recommended.

 

In general you need to remember that RoboCam sends requests to the camera – but there is no guarantee that the camera is able to fulfil those requests. If you set up a RoboCam timelaps to take a 1000 images in a second, RoboCam will ask the camera to take 1000 pictures, but the camera will ignore most of them!

 

So if you run into problems – always consider what it is you are asking the camera to do. RoboCam can only operate within the limits of the camera!

 

CONNECTING YOUR CAMERA

 

Your Lumix camera supports two connection modes: Direct and via a network router.

 

Direct Connect method:

 

Press “WiFi” button

Select “New Connection”

Select “Remote Shooting & View”.

 

“Direct connect” only allows you to connect one camera to RoboCam at once. “Direct Connect” also requires that you connect your computer’s wifi connection to the camera before trying to connect RoboCam to the camera.

 

If you want to connect via network, you do the same steps as with “Direct Connect”, but once you are in the connect menu, you do the following:

 

Press “DISP” button

Select “Via Network”

Select “From list”

Select your router from the list and fill out the router password when asked to do so. Once the camera is connected to the router, it can be accessed from RoboCam.

 

HINT: If you have already connected your camera to the same network before, you can save time by pressing the “wifi” button and then selecting “History Connection”. Here you can directly select the wifi to connect to without having to enter the connection details again. From the “History Connection” you may add the camera to your “Favourite Connections” list.

 

RECOMMENDED CAMERA SETTINGS

 

RoboCam is designed to work with your camera in P,A,S,M or Video mode.

 

You should in general turn off “power saving” or “ECO” modes. The camera needs to operate at its maximum to provide a good and stable wifi connection.

 

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEMS

 

Windows 7, 8 & OSX

 

DISCLAIMER

 

First Intercontinental Software is furnishing RoboCam “as is”. F.I.S. does not provide any warranty of the software whatsoever, whether express, implied, or statutory, including, but not limited to, any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or any warranty that the contents of the item will be error-free. In no respect shall F.I.S. incur any liability for any damages, including, but limited to, direct, indirect, special, or consequential damages arising out of, resulting from, or any way connected to the use of RoboCam, whether or not based upon warranty, contract, tort, or otherwise; whether or not injury was sustained by persons or property or otherwise; and whether or not loss was sustained from, or arose out of, the results of, the item, or any services that may be provided by F.I.S.