Blackmagic Design – Controlling a Hyperdeck remotely via TCP/IP or Telnet
Written By: James
First Published: 5 March 2022

BlackMagic Design are an established brand and have been around for many years, mainly producing high end broadcast equipment, from vision mixers, recorders, converters etc.

With more and more corporate clients wanting a more professional result during video conferencing and video production, we have found ourselves supplying more and more ‘BMD’ equipment. Especially with the advent of live streaming during the Covid19 pandemic.

One cause of confusion, is often how you integrate this sort of technology with a control system, such as Crestron, Aten, Q-SYS or Control4.

On a recent project integrating a BlackMagic Design Hyperdeck HD, we ran into such confusion, with the unit just not accepting control commands from a Q-SYS Core Nano.

 It turns out the solution wasn’t quite as difficult as it could have been.

Running the following command instructed the unit to accept other remote commands (bearing in mind it’s port 9993 this needs to be ran on): 

  • remote: enable: true\x0D\x0A\x0D

Once this command has been accepted, the full suite of commands from the API can be ran, such as: 

  • Play – play\x0D\x0A\x0D
  • Stop – stop\x0D\x0A\x0D
  • Record – record\x0D\x0A\x0D

So that’s it, quite simple really, but this may end up helping others with the same issues.