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PTZOptics Camera Review by Tom Sinclair

PTZOptics Review by Eastern Shore Broadcast

By | Broadcast, HD-SDI Cameras, HDMI Cameras, House of Worship, IP Camera Control, Live Broadcast, Reviews | No Comments

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.”

All about Camera Control

By | Broadcast, Far End Camera Control, Healthcare, House of Worship, RS-232 Control, UVC Control, VISCA Control | No Comments

Hello PTZOptics Fans!

Today we are going to review the various you can control a PTZOptics camera. We are proud to say we have some of the industries most advanced camera control software, along with industry standards that are used in countless deployment strategies. Let’s start by outlining the control protocols PTZOptics supports:

VISCA Camera Control Cabling

  • VISCA Control
    1. Pioneered by SONY, this control protocol allows for advanced camera control with 100’s of options
    2. Commonly accessed over RS-232

UVC Camera Control Cabling

  • UVC Control
    1. UVC control is a protocol used for computers to control USB devices. Because PTZOptics offers USB and supports UVC we can now control the cameras PTZ just over one USB connection.

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White PTZOptics Camera Installation Pictures

White Ceiling Mount Installation Pictures

By | Boardroom, House of Worship, PTZ Cameras, PTZ Optics, PTZOptics | No Comments

Hello PTZOptics Followers!

These picture came in from a happy client (who wishes to remain anonymous) from a recent installation in their high end boardroom. These pictures are taken at their downtown Philadelphia location. They demonstrate quite clearly the elegant look and feel of the PTZOptics white cameras. All PTZOptics camera models are available in white and they make for a “sleek” installed look when they are on a white ceiling or wall. We have found white cameras are popular in churches and high end boardrooms. Read More

Top live streaming services for Houses of Worship

By | House of Worship, IP Streaming, Live Broadcast, Live Streaming, Wirecast, YouTube LIve | No Comments

Top live streaming services for churches

Live streaming is one of the most widely used communication tools today. Organizations small and large are utilize live streaming services to stream content to their audience. There are many platforms a user can use to show videos to his/her users such as Twitch, YouTube and Vimeo. Today we have the capability of taking this popular video presentation a step further by live streaming events to the world and having those event then converted into replayable videos. Today all of the top churches utilize live streaming to spread the good word across the world and people who cannot attend the church sessions on Sunday can just tune in to the live stream from any computer with a internet connection.

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live streaming with PTZOptics

7 Ways to live stream video and audio with PTZOptics

By | Hangouts on Air, House of Worship, Live Broadcast, Live Streaming, Wirecast, YouTube LIve | No Comments

Hello PTZOptics Followers!

Today we want to address the various ways you can do live streaming with PTZOptics cameras.

With the PTZOptics camera line you can actually take advantage of IP Streaming with simultaneous HD-SDI, HDMI and other video outputs such as USB 3.0 and CVBS. Let’s take the example above (PTZOptics 20X-SDI) to show that two IP Streams and a HDMI output are all being sent simultaneously. The beauty of IP streaming with PTZOptics is that you also get IP control. That means you can control the camera with any computer on your network (and even use our new PresetVisualizer). Let’s take a look at a couple different scenarios.

  1. Unicast IP Streaming on your network (h.264)
    1. This is used for internal viewing of your IP Camera Stream. You can view it with a software like VLC or a IP decoder. You can even use VLC to accept a stream and rebroadcast a new IP stream at the same time. PTZOptics cameras natively only support up to (2) 1080p video streams or (1) 1080p and (1) lower resolution stream.
  2. Multicast IP Streaming on your network (h.264)
    1. Multicast is extremely new but this type of network set up has extremely bandwidth sensitive options. In a multicast network environment you can stream to as many endpoints as you want without increasing your bandwidth
  3. RTSP IP Streaming inside or outside your network
    1. RTSP streams are popular for live streaming applications such as ChurchStreaming.TVWirecast, Wowza and VMix. You can easily send a RTPS stream to these services will accept the stream as a input into your live video production. PTZOptics cameras can embed audio into this stream making it a easy way to get video and audio into your live streaming production.
  4. RTMP IP Streaming inside or outside your network
    1. RTMP streaming is also popular for live streaming applications like Wowza, Telestream, Wirecast and VMix. You can also send RTMP streams directly from any PTZOptics camera which can be accepted as a video input in your live stream.
  5. Using a USB Video Mixer
    1. USB Video Mixers such as the Roland VR-50HD will provide a USB video output that can be selected in software such a YouTube Live, Wirecast, Wowza or Vmix for live streaming. These devices allows for multiple HDMI and HD-SDI video inputs to mixed and matched before the stream is sent to a computer
  6. Using a Network Streaming Mixer
    1. We are now seeing some of the first video mixers built for live streaming such as the Epiphan Pearl. This device will also accept HDMI and HD-SDI inputs, provide video mixing and then send out a mixed RTSP or RTMP stream. Products like the Epiphan Pearl provide amazing flexibility “pre-stream” and integrate with streaming services and CMS / LMS solutions like Blackboard, Moodle and more.
  7. Direct USB 3.0 connection to any computer
    1. Nowadays you can do a lot with a USB connection to your computer. Programs like YouTube Live and Google Hangouts on Air provide FREE live streaming capabilities with a USB camera and microphone. Today PTZOptics can provide both video and control over USB making USB an ideal connection that can save a lot on installation time and cabling requirements.

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