PTZOptics OBS Plugin & Dockable Controllers
The Open Broadcaster Software platform can handle advanced video production setups for those who understand how to use it. The PTZOptics OBS Plugin can be used with NDI, to increase functionality. You can use PTZOptics cameras in OBS to control the cameras with a USB connected Xbox Joystick. The plugin allows users to quickly take control of PTZ cameras inside of OBS but more advanced users often prefer using custom HTTP commands inside OBS to automatically call PTZ camera presets when a scene is clicked.
A “PTZ” or pan, tilt, and zoom camera preset is a saved camera location stored inside a PTZ camera. This “PTZ Preset” can be used to quickly move a robotic camera to a known location in your studio. PTZOptics has continued to listen to the OBS community and make improvements to the plugin including support for hotkeys. Using only an Xbox joystick, plugged into your computer via USB, you have the ability to fully control PTZOptics robotic cameras over an ethernet connection on your local area network.
About the OBS Plugin:
Download the PTZOptics camera control applications available for both Mac or PC here (An OBS plugin is also available) for Open Broadcaster Software on Windows machines. These stand-alone PTZ camera control applications have the following features:
- Control up to 8 PTZOptics cameras over an IP connection (LAN)
- xBox Joystick Controller Support (PC Only)
- Compact, Advanced and Preview Modes
- Live Video Preview Mode with automatic camera switching (Windows Only)
- Full Screen Camera Preview Modes (SD & HD Options for bandwidth conservation) (Windows Only)
- Name each unique camera
- Set up to 9 camera presets
- Name each unique preset & capture image representations
- Pan, Tilt and Zoom Speeds
- Pan & Tilt Speed Locks
- Iris Controls
- Focus Controls (With Focus Speed)
- Selectable exposure modes (Auto, Manual, SAE, AAE, and Brightness)
- Advanced image controls for Contrast, Luminance, and Hue
- Select between exposure modes
- Flip and Mirror camera image
- On Screen Display Controls
- Real-time reporting of camera options status
Additionally inside the PTZOptics Control pane, you have buttons to store camera presets. Some OBS users have reported that it is easier to build PTZ camera controls into each scene using a “Browser” input. To do this you can use the new HTTP-CGI Command Sheet from PTZOptics. This allows you to select a command and build it into your OBS scene via the web browser input. You can download the HTTP-CGI Command Sheet here PTZOptics.com/Downloads. This is an interesting example of extending the power of OBS with a video production plugin.
About the Dockable Controllers
Using versions of OBS 24.0 and newer you can set up dockable PTZ camera controls inside of your OBS interface. Once you have downloaded the latest 24.0 (or greater) version of OBS, you can install it and find a new feature for “Custom Browser Docks”.
The new feature used to create custom dockable PTZ camera controllers are called “Custom Browser Docks” and it can be found under the main “View” dropdown menu nested in the “Docks” area. You can download our pre-designed PTZ camera control modules for use with OBS or customize your own with the downloads on this page.
Note: You must have the most up to date firmware to use these apps
You can check to see if your camera is running the latest (v6.2.50 or later) version of our firmware. You can download the latest firmware here