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VSee adds PTZOptics camera control for Telemedicine

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VSee TeleMedicine Software announces robotic PTZ camera control support for the PTZOptics camera line

In this video Paul Richards, Dir of Business Development for PTZOptics, reviews the latest telemedicine instruments with Dr. Anne Chang of VSee. This inside look at the technology doctors will be using to perform remote telehealth appointments demonstrates the following healthcare tools in a online patient survey:

  • Calling patient from private Waiting Room queue
  • PTZ camera control for Telemedicine
  • Blood pressure reading
  • Iris scope / Dermascope
  • Stethoscope (needs to add sound)
  • X-ray sharing
  • Lab Results sharing

VSee Lab LogoVSee is the largest video telemedicine platform, combining HIPAA secure video chat, EMR screen sharing, and medical device streaming. VSee has recently partnered with PTZOptics a US-based camera manufacturer to integrate Pan, Tilt, Zoom camera control into its secure telemedicine platform.

The PTZOptics USB camera line supports absolute UVC control allowing VSee to control mechanical PTZ functions through a simple USB connection. Doctors working remotely can zoom into particular areas of interest during a telemedicine call, such as for telestroke, burn, and trauma cases.  

VSee also has a simple Virtual Waiting Room; advanced features include scheduling, call routing/triage, online payment, ePrescribe, and FitBit integration. Building complete camera control for Telemedicine into these platforms opens new functionality for robotic telemedicine.

PTZOptics encourages third parties like VSee to integrate camera controls into their software by providing open source controls, SDK’s and various standard protocols. Companies such as NewTek, RocoSoft, and Zoom Video Communications have already integrated similar projects for native camera control in their video communication programs. VSee is the first telemedicine-focused software to integrate secure camera controls with PTZOptics.

HIPAAVSee has been used by Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie as well as President Obama’s security team during his Inauguration. PTZOptics robotic camera control will help extend the reach of telemedicine everywhere.

To learn more about VSee and PTZOptics visit:


Robotic Telemedicine Case Study

By | Far End Camera Control, Healthcare, PTZ Cameras, TeleMedicine, UVC Control | No Comments

Hello Telemedicine & Healthcare Professionals!

Today we wanted to review an important case study sweeping the healthcare industry. That’s right Telehealth aka Telemedicine. Wikipedia defines Telehealth as ” the delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies. Telehealth could be as simple as two health professionals discussing a case over the telephone or as sophisticated as doing robotic surgery between facilities at different ends of the globe.”

Mobile Robotic Teleheath System

Mobile Robotic Teleheath System

Pertexa Healthcare Technologies, Inc, the California-based telemedicine organization reports they have chosen PTZOptics mechanical PTZ cameras for their primary telehealth soltuion RITA (Remote Intelligent TeleHealth Assistant). These telemedicine robots use cutting edge advancements in telehealth technology to take full PTZ camera control remotely from their secure telemedicine software. The specialties will include dermatology, cardiology, pain management ,OB/GYN , orthopedic and primary care.

PTZOptics USB camera line provides UVC control permitting Pertexa to control the automated PTZ controls through a straightforward USB connection with RITA. This permits specialists working remotely to intertact progressively with patients while zooming into specific regions of interest for telemedicine professionals.

RITA permits specialists to remotely assess the seriousness of a sickness or harm and focus the best game-plan for healthcare professionals. Doctors control the camera to analyze patients remotely and have prompt access to electronic well being records, EKG results, circulatory strain and oxygen readings, and other gear used to therapeutically analyze a damage or disease.

Pertexa, Inc. is a cutting edge telehealth organization headquartered in Ridgecrest, California fostering the innovation which created R.I.T.A. (Remote Intelligent TeleHealth Assistant) and Radekal, the country’s driving Physician’s Productivity Tool. Pertexa has been perceived as a standout amongst the most creative medicinal innovation organizations in America and works with driving restorative offices in California to enhance and progress country social insurance.

About Pertexa:

Pertexa, Inc. based in Ridgecrest, California (PRNewsFoto/Pertexa, Inc.)

Pertexa, Inc. based in Ridgecrest, California (PRNewsFoto/Pertexa, Inc.)

Pertexa, Inc. is a next-generation medical technology company headquartered in Ridgecrest, California that creates and distributes advanced technology including RITA and RADEKAL, the nationʼs leading Physicianʼs Productivity Tool, which has been shown to increase productivity by 30%. By combining both hardware and app development for worldwide medical use, Pertexa is an innovative brain trust, advancing disruptive transformational technologies for an evolving healthcare environment.

Camera Introduction Video Series

By | Broadcast, HD-SDI Cameras, HDMI Cameras, IP Camera Control, IP Streaming, Live Broadcast, Live Streaming, ONVIF, PTZ Cameras, PTZ Optics, PTZOptics | No Comments

Hello AV & IT Pros!

Matthew Davis lead engineer at PTZOptics has put together a video intro series that takes us through the core functionality of the camera line in a quick and easy video format. These video cover specific functionality and camera limitations for the PTZOptics camera line you won’t want to miss!

PTZOptics becomes a Gold Sponsor for Streaming Media West!

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PTZOptics brings new pan, tilt, zoom live streaming cameras to Streaming Media West this year as a gold sponsor

10/8/2015: Streaming Media West is on Nov 17-18 at the Hyatt Regency, Huntington Beach California. PTZOptics is proud to be a GOLD sponsor of the Streaming Media West show and will be exhibiting in booth 211. Streaming media west is a great place to learn about new products for production, live streaming, OTT, content delivery and much more.

PTZOptics is a PTZ broadcast camera manufactures operating outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Offering four PTZ cameras with HD-SDI, HDMI, USB 3.0 and IP Streaming video outputs. PTZOptics claim to fame is “simultaneous streaming” offering three HD 1080p/30 video feeds available on every camera.

With options for both 12X and 20X optical zoom PTZOptics cameras offer camera control integration with that latest NewTek Tricasters. You can actually control the cameras from any computer on your network or with traditional video protocols such as: VISCA, PELCO, ONVIF, UDP and UVC. Paul Richards director of business development mentions “USB 3.0 camera models have been surprisingly rising in popularity with lower budget studios using live streaming software such as Wirecast and vMix. While HD-SDI camera models are still preferred by most of our customers, we are trying to future our proof our offerings with h.264 IP streaming built into every camera.”

PTZOptics LivePTZOptics host live webinars every friday that are broadcast using YouTube Live’s new free streaming service. “Our broadcast is unique because we stream our interactive webinar so anyone can join in the live stream with video and audio controls.” PTZOptics uses Zoom video conferencing to host webinars every friday which are then streamed to youtube live using a RTSP feed from vMix’s live broadcasting software.

Attend the next PTZOptics Live stream every Friday at 11AM PST & 2PM EST and don’t forget to stop by Streaming Media West Nov 17-18th to see our exciting booth exhibition.

Learn more at:

Company Name: PTZOptics


Phone: 1 800 486-5276

Email: [email protected]


Vmix Review of PTZOptics

PTZOptics review from vMix CEO

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Hello PTZOptics Friends!

The “vMix Fun Time Live Show – October Edition” does a great example of what can be done using YouTube Live! PTZOptics even has a great mention and configuration diagram as the “Mystery Camera”. You can learn a ton from these Tim and Martin so enjoy the video. vMix camera control may become available soon, but you didn’t hear that from me 🙂

PTZOptics Camera Review by Tom Sinclair

PTZOptics Review by Eastern Shore Broadcast

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Hello PTZOptics Viewers!

Tom from Eastern Shore Broadcast recently reviewed his PTZOptics 12X-SDI. This honest review and test footage speaks for itself. You can learn more about Tom Sinclair at at their website. You can also follow Tom at @VidblasterGuy. Tom does great broadcast and live streaming reviews that are straight forward and knowledgeable!

“PTZOptics has really passed the test for me.”

Live Streaming a Video Conference with YouTube Live

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Hello PTZOptics Followers!

Always looking for new ways to make use of video conferencing and live broadcasting technologies, PTZOptics has put together a how to guide for “Live Streaming a Video Conference with YouTube Live”. So what does this actually mean? Well if you run a lot of video conference calls you may find that sometimes you have a important video conference call that you need to broadcast to a large audience. Most web conference solutions max out distribution at 3,000 “view only participants” but live streaming services like YouTube Live can broadcast to tens of thousands. The best part is that YouTube Live is completely free and with this tutorial you may actually find it easy!

How to Data Sheet: Live Streaming a Video Conference w/ YouTube Live

Live Stream a Video Conference Call

Live Stream a Video Conference Call

First of all let’s check out the configuration diagram we have above. This system does require two computers which is actually something of a industry “magic trick” when it comes to live broadcasting. Live streaming pioneers such as Stephen Heywood, lead technician for Wirecast and host of the “Tech Buzz” have been using this technique for a long time to host live broadcasts and pull in guest speakers over Skype. In this demonstration we are taking that concept a little further with Zoom Video Conferencing which supports up to 50 live video participants and connecting that conference with YouTube Live. I would say the Epiphan AV.IO is a the key to this system because it takes the HDMI audio and video from the computer running your video conference and brings it into your “production/broadcast” computer with super low-latency. The Epiphan AV.IO keeps all the audio and video in sync and provides a affordable (Only $349) solution for bringing a digital video source into your production. The other “secret sauce” to this live production is VMix which provides a great way to bring everything together and stream to YouTube Live.

Step by Step Guide:

  1. Schedule your YouTube Live Event in your YouTube account “Creator Studio” in the “Live Streaming” section
    1. Be sure to take down your RTSP streaming name and key to use with VMix
  2. Schedule your Zoom Video Conference call and invite your participants
    1. If  you are host of the video conference or a participant you will be able to use Zoom just like any other conference.
  3. Save  your RTSP Streaming information in VMix and start your stream to ensure your connection to YouTube Live is “Good”
  4. Launch Zoom (or your preferred video conferencing provider) and put Zoom in full screen mode
  5. Select the Epiphan AV.IO input in vMix for audio & video
    1. This will show your Zoom video conference and set it as your live stream
  6. The last step is simply pressing “Go Live” in your “Live Control Room” in YouTube

Scheduling your YouTube Live Event

This is a great thing to learn how to do. Once you start live streaming with YouTube Live it will become instantly familiar. If you have ever used YouTube it’s going to be a piece of cake. Also, once your done setting up your live stream you can embed the live stream just like a YouTube video!

Scheduling a Live Stream with YouTube Live

Scheduling a Live Stream with YouTube Live

Scheduling your video conference call with Zoom

Scheduling a Zoom video conference call (or your preferred web conferencing service) is usually the same process. You simply click schedule which creates your meeting invitation that you can use your calendaring system (Google Calendars or Microsoft Exchange) to schedule and invite your attendees.

Scheduling a Video Conference Call with Zoom

Scheduling a Video Conference Call with Zoom

Embedding your YouTube Live Video

You can skip this step if you want to but I think it’s one of the best features of YouTube Live. No video conferencing service gives you the power to embed your conference right into a webpage. Here is an example of how PTZOptics uses the YouTube Live embed feature for weekly broadcasts.

PTZOptics YouTube Live Embedding a Video

PTZOptics YouTube Live Embedding a Video

Set up vMix for streaming to YouTube Live

This is where the magic happens. vMix could not be easier to stream live content directly to YouTube Live (you can also use Wirecast). In the picture above I have pasted the RTSP URL and the stream key given by YouTube Live. As you can see in the background I already have my live broadcast set up and ready to stream. With vMix or Wirecast you can set up video clips and layover to give you stream that professional broadcast look.

Using VMix for live streaming and video conference call

Using VMix for live streaming and video conference call

Press Go on your live stream!

There are currently two ways to stream live on YouTube Live. You can “Stream Now” or schedule a streaming event. They are both pretty straight forward. They both have access to the video control room but the “Stream Now” basically starts an instant stream and “Events” allows more control for promoting your event. I would highly suggest scheduling your event in advance and using the live control room to preview your live stream. This way you can double check everything looks good with your live stream before your event starts.

Live Streaming with YouTube Live

Live Streaming with YouTube Live


So that’s pretty much everything, step by step. If you have any questions please reach out to us or tune in every friday for our PTZOptics Live broadcasts. This is the format we use so you can see it live and join the video conference to be live participant and ask questions.


  • You can actually save a lot of money by using a basic video conferencing license instead of paying a premium for a webinar license from GoToWebinar or Zoom Webinar
  • The ability to embed your live video conference and broadcast on any webpage
  • YouTube’s  easy to use streaming system is great plus once your live stream is over YouTube automatically converts it into a video for replay
  • Television studio quality broadcast functions such as overlays, fades and the ability to play intro and outro video clips
  • Ability to stream to large audiences absolutely free!


  • Your live stream viewers won’t have access to the conference Q&A
  • Zoom Webinar has a function for taking attendee’s and promoting them to presenter status which you won’t be able to do from YouTube Live
  • This set up isn’t as easy as a simple webinar. That being said it is much more powerful and extends the maximum capacity of normal webinar.

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Introducing the PTZOptics ZCam’s

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Hello PTZOptics Follower!

You asked and we listened! PTZOptics has an exciting new pair of products that are now shipping! The PTZOptics ZCam 4X & ZCam 20X are the latest additions to the PTZOptics camera line. You asked for  lower cost HD-SDI 1080p cameras and you didn’t necessarily need pan and tilt capabilities. The ZCam’s are perfect additions to your broadcast camera set up providing either HD-SDI or IP streaming video in full 1080p quality. As always we are providing a huge amount of flexibility. For the ZCam 4X we have a completely interchangeable variable lens allowing you to select any C/CS Type Lens available on the market. We include an ultra wide 122° angle lens which was our most popular request for only $499 MSRP!

We found our customers were using our PTZOptics 12X & 20X camera options in conjunction with static cameras for ease of use. Once again PTZOptics has backwards engineered a popular HD-SDI box camera design to make it more affordable and more powerful with interchangeable lenses and network control. Our 20X ZCam is a great go-to for an affordable HD-SDI static camera shot coming in at just $799! So check out the latest specifications on the PTZOptics ZCams. Both cameras can now be found in the PTZOptics Designer for laying out your next broadcast or live streaming / video conferencing project.

More test footage and control capability testing to come… Until next time 🙂

Don’t need Pan & Tilt? Try a ZCam!

PTZOptics ZCam 4X

PTZOptics ZCam 20X

Live Streaming with DJI Phantom 3 Drone to YouTube LIve

Live Streaming with: YouTube Live, DJI Phantom 3 & PTZOptics

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Hello PTZOptics Followers!

You might be wondering why PTZOptics, a PTZ camera manufacture, is live streaming with DJI drones? Well PTZOptics is known for bringing products and solutions to market faster and more reliably then the industry giants we grew up. It’s our goal to test our cameras compatibility with every major video conferencing/mixing software and hardware system in the industry. We are working with everyone from BlackMagic to NewTek in the broadcast industry and Acano to Zoom.US in the web conferencing industry. We plan to release the industries first h.265 live streaming PTZ cameras before the end of the year!

When you make PTZ cameras with HDMI, HD-SDI, USB and IP streaming that means you most likely integrate with the majority of hardware and software manufactures. So it has become our job to test out technology that our end users are integrating together (Yeah, it’s a fun job). Today we are taking that initiative further by integrating a proven live streaming configuration with the Epiphan Pearl and adding the popular DJI Phantom 3 to s live streaming mix we send to YouTube Live. It’s a fun video and who doesn’t love HD aerial footage during a live broadcast?

 Join Our Live Streaming with Drones Webinar October 8th!

Example Use Cases:

In the following use cases live broadcasting may not be required. But video conferencing will improve communications. Stay tuned for our video conferencing with Drones blog post coming soon. And sign up for our webinar which will include both topics.

  • Education
    • Graduation Ceremony
    • Environmental Studies
    • Sporting Events
    • Aeronautical Engineering and Studies
    • Robotics Studies and Engineering
  • Live Broadcast
    • Aerial Footage for Live Performances
    • Weddings
    • Golf Courses Events
    • Live Sporting Events
    • Traffic Reporting
  • Manufacturing
    • Reviewing work site from aerial vantage points
  • Corporate
    • Reviewing production lines and/or operations from aerial vantage points
  • Government
    • Disaster Response
    • Marine Research and Rescure
  • Many other uses are available. We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments area!
  • Insurance
    • Claims Adjustment
    • Inventory / Asset Management
  • Engineering
    • Civil Engineering Design Mapping
    • Asset monitoring (Bridge maintanace needed?)
  • Mining / OIL & GAS
    • Oil Spill Tracking
    • Pipeline Monitoring
  • Mapping
    • Land Cover Mapping
    • Agricultural/Forestry Mapping
Live Streaming to YouTubve Live with DJI Phantom 3 and PTZOptics

Live Streaming Phantom 3 SystemThe use case scenario is live broadcast and professional recording. We have a PTZOptics 12X-SDI and a PTZOptics 20X-SDI connected to the Epiphan Pearl to get our wide and zoomed in shots of the live show. For those of you who are not familiar with the Epiphan Pearl, it can live stream and mix up to 4 HD video sources. In this video, we are streaming to YouTube Live with branded content and multiple pre-configured layouts that we switch between during the broadcast. As far as the Epiphan Pearl is concerned the DJI Phantom 3 is just another HDMI input (You will need the Phantom 3 Advanced or Pro w/ the HDMI output card). To control the PTZOptics camera we are using our RS-232 Joystick controller. We chose the “old school” RS-232 joystick for a quick and easy set up. If we had more time to set up the system with a PC we would use our PresetVisualizer software for control over the network of both cameras. In fact, let’s take a look at the same scenario using VMix, Wirecast or Wowza.

Drone Application Diagram Wirecast, Wowza, VMix

When we use a PC based streaming service like VMix, Wowza or Wirecast, we have switched our camera models from the SDI models to the USB models. Our desktop PC can now run our UVC control software and we have the camera preset/control software available right through our computer. Because we have HDMI coming out of our DJI Phantom 3 we will have to use the Epiphan AV.IO to convert HDMI to USB 3.0. Desktop live streaming services are extremely popular for small production studios and broadcasters who like the flexibility and low start up budget. Software streaming services also offer a lot of bells and whistles but they don’t offer the easy mobility or touch screen that the Epiphan Pearl offers.

As you can see the live stream to YouTube Live and the HD recordings of the PTZOptics cameras and the DJI Phantom 3 camera out great. The Epiphan Pearl actually recorded each input independently for professional post production. All told we have a live broadcast solution that anyone can use to take professional HD video footage and stream to any major CDN.

PTZOptics Live Streaming with Drones

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  • Akamai
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  • ScaleEngine
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  • StreamGuys
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