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I recently began using a Zhiyun crane with my Nikon D750 and I am trying to find out if it is possible to focus the camera and/or trigger the video on the camera by means of a remote control.

As it is, reaching for the focus while managing the crane is an exercise in dexterity, so if there is a way to focus and start/stop the video using a remote that would be really handy.

Thanks for any insights.

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The general term for what you're trying to do is called tethering. The D750 supports tethering quite well. You can remotely set exposure settings, engage autofocus, trigger the shutter and/or start video recording, as well as preview and transfer images.

Note that video production usually relies on manual (perhaps motorized) focus control, via a focus puller. There are several options on the market for motorized focus control, and for adding follow-focus gearing to photographic lenses. Note: These options are beyond the scope of this site, but are on-topic at the Video Production Stack Exchange.

Some tethering connections can be made wireless, some are strictly wired. As a starting point, I suggest the following:

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