There's three 'domains' this could be useful in: camera control, metadata, and audio control. One device could operate in all three domains, or if the crew is large enough, it could be divided amongst departments:
- Camera Control is given to the device operated by the First AC. Camera start/stop, enter timecode, frame rate, load "look" LUT, etc.
- Metadata read/write is given to the device operated by the Script Supervisor: use it to input metadata (Scene number, take, etc.) to create a digital slate (a la David Fincher's S-Two tapeless workflow); use it to read the current metadata for entering into digital or analog script notes.
- Audio control is given to the audio guys: remote audio level metering, remote level control and/or remote fader control of audio levels using a simple USB device like the tascams: http://www.tascam.com/Products/US-224.html
(You could even stream audio to the camera from a digital mixer over the USB ports... But USB audio is notoriously unreliable)
This would feed into the data-centric workflow we're talking about over in the 4K workflow forum
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