Bitfocus Companion Content
Here are just some of the audiovisual devices you can control with Bitfocus Companion:
Below are the steps to set up an Elgato Stream Deck to control your PTZOptics camera:
1. Install the Stream Deck Driver
Go to the Elgato website, download, and install the driver for the Stream Deck. However, keep in mind that we will not be using the Elgato software to configure the Stream Deck.
2. Download and Install Bitfoucs Companion
Companion is open-source software that has been designed to increase the functionality of the Stream Deck. Members of the Companion community are continuously creating new modules to control even more types of video production equipment.
3. Connect Stream Deck and Launch Companion
Once the software is running, click on the “Launch GUI” button. This is where you will configure the graphical user interface (GUI), allowing customization of the buttons on the Stream Deck. This will launch with your default web-browser and connect via IP to your all of your devices.
4. Create an Instance for Each Device
Click “Add by Manufacturer,” find PTZOptics, and then click on “PTZOptics VISCA.” Under ”Label”, give the camera a name and then enter the camera’s IP address. Leave the VISCA TCP port at its default setting. Then, click “Apply Changes.” Now, you will be able to see that camera and the camera’s status under “Instances.” If the camera was connected correctly and is communicating with the Stream Deck, you will see a green “OK” under status.
5. Program Buttons
Click on the “Buttons” tab. Click any button to open the buttons programming page. You can either load a PNG graphic file to display on the button or make it a text button and set the colors for the text and backgrounds. Under “Key down/on actions,” you can program what will happen when the button is pressed.
Under the drop-down menu, you can see all of the possible commands available to control this camera instance. After you select a command, you can select any available options. For example, if you choose “Recall Preset,” you will be able to select which preset number you wish to recall.
With PTZOptics cameras, you can program pan, tilt, zoom, focus, exposure modes, iris, and saving and recalling presets. Keep in mind, when programming buttons for movements like zoom or focus, the camera will begin moving when the button is pressed and continue moving until it receives a “stop” command. To do this, you will need to program a “stop command” to occur when the key is released. Let’s say that you have selected “Tilt Up” as the key down action. Now, move down the page to “Key up/off actions,” and select “P/T Stop.” Now, the tilt will stop when the key is released. As long as we hold the button down, the camera will move, and when we release the button, the camera will stop moving.
Now, simply repeat this step for each key you wish to program. Remember, you can create a new instance for every camera you want to add. When you are done, keep the Companion software running, and you can continue controlling your PTZOptics cameras via the Stream Deck.