Category Archives: IP Camera Control

Camera Introduction Video Series

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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 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 www.EasternShoreBroadcasting.com 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.”

Updates to GUI Interface

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The Web GUI interface has multiple improvements.

1. RTSP & RTMP streaming capabilities have been added.
2. On/Off for Unicast or Multicast Streaming capabilities have been added.
3. On/Off for ONVIF support has been added.
4. VISCA Address has been added for controller multiple cameras over IP (VISCA over IP).
5. For the dual IP Streaming, Audio/Video On/Off buttons have been added for each video stream.

See a picture of the updated interface here: Read More

Gaining IP Control of your PTZOptics Camera

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Hello PTZOptics Users!

Today we want to review just how easy it is to gain PTZ control of your PTZOptics camera over your network. There are a few simple steps you can take to make this process super simple. If you are looking for “far end camera control” outside your network please refer to this article: 5 Ways to use far end camera control (outside your network).

Step 1: Connecting your camera to the network

ip-camera-ptz-control-software-connection-diagram

Connect your PTZOptics camera to your network and turn on the camera. Once your PTZOptics camera is on the network you will be able to login to the IP address from any web browser using the default user name and password “admin” and “admin”for the username/password. (We recommend changing the default password once you are successfully logged in).

Step 2: Determine the IP Address

PTZOptics IP Address Tool

PTZOptics IP Address Tool

There are two easy ways to determine the IP address your camera is on. By default the IP address will be 192.168.111.88 (But in some networks this might not work). So the easiest way is to use our IP Address tool (available in the downloads area) to search your network. You can also find the IP address from your router.

Step 3: Log in to the camera and take control

PTZOptics Control GUI

At this point you can take control of your camera in a variety of different ways know that you know the IP Address. You can gain a live video feed and PTZ control from the interface built in the camera (Using Firefox or Opera… Chrome no longer supports VLC plugin required). You can use our open source control software to build a custom interface. Or you can use our premium IP control software with all the bells and whistles including PresetVisualizer and remote IP control.

Step 4: How to set a static IP address

In the following video Matthew Davis reviews how to set a static IP address for the PTZOptics cameras using the IP Address Tool available on the downloads page. Setting a static IP address is ideal in most networks to manage your IP devices efficiently.

Far End Camera Control

5 Ways to use Far End Camera Control (Outside your network)

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Hello PTZOptics Users!

As many of you know every PTZOptics camera provides pan tilt zoom controls over TCP/IP for far end camera control. The following tips are strategies that you can use to gain far end camera control from IP cameras with type of control. PTZOptics now provides camera control to the far end using both RS-232 (VISCA) and UVC Controls over a USB cable using our new UVC Camera Control Software (or the VISCA version of this software) which will be include in this review.

**Please consult your IT team to determine the best way to gain remote camera control access. You may find your IT team knows exactly what to do to accomplish these simple and secure networking strategies.

Using IP Control TCP/IP

Port Forwarding PTZOptics Camera Control

TCP/IP stands for Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol, which is a set of networking protocols that PTZOptics uses for camera control. You can use a Static IP Address on your internal network to control the camera’s Pan Tilt and Zoom plus view a live video stream at the same time. PTZOptics offers open source control codes developers can use to take control of multiple cameras with live video (using a VLC plugin).

Let’s look at three ways to get IP camera controls available to users outside your network on “the far end”. After all, local camera control over your network using a “internal IP address” will most likely not be accessible to far end users of a video conference call.

One example of a far end user would be a broadcast camera operator on a mobile device using 4G network. With open source camera controls you can serve up secure control with ultra-low bandwidth requirements with or without video. The open source code available can be stripped down to basic HTML and JavaScript which can quickly be loaded by any modern web browser. You can keep your hosted controls safe with a multitude of security protocols in your network and firewall. Plus every PTZOptics camera includes a default user name and password protection process for basic security. Read More

PTZOptics UVC and ONVIF

ONVIF & UVC Converging

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Hello AV & IT Pro’s,

The convergence between network video, usually used for video surveillance and web video conferencing, predominately used for online meetings, are benefiting organizations in some pretty cool new ways. The first time I saw these technologies come together was with the first time I used a regular USB webcam as a security camera with USB motion recording software. That was back in 2012 and a lot has changed.

Now PTZOptics offers cameras with built in UVC control, a camera control protocol for web conferencing software providers like GoToMeeting and Zoom.US, & ONVIF control, a camera control protocol used for surveillance video software like Axis, ExacqVision and Milestone, all built into just one camera! This means AV professionals can install 1 camera that that takes care of HD video conferencing and video surveillance all in one solution. Most video surveillance systems such as: Milestone, ExacqVision and Axis warmly accept H.264 IP streams with ONVIF control. Since the PTZOptics line also has USB 3.0 you can use the same camera with almost any web conferencing provider from Google Hangouts to WebEX. So now the high end board room users and facilities managers can finally agree on a win win camera solution!

PTZOptics_UVC_and_ONVIF

What is ONVIF?ONVIF_Control

ONVIF stands for Open Network Video Interface and wikipedia says “ONVIF is a global and open industry forum with the goal to facilitate the development and use of a global open standard for the interface of physical IP-based security products.” Bascially this standard is used for video surveillance software to interact with the Pan Tilt Zoom controls of a network IP camera.

UVC_USB_camera_ControlWhat is UVC Control?

UVC stands for “USB Video Class” Control software which is mainly used by web video conferencing software providers like GoToMeeting and Zoom.US. This control protocol allows web conferencing software to build in Pan Tilt Zoom control through the USB connection of a capable camera.

Here are just a few cameras that support UVC Control:

  • Logitech CC3000e
  • HuddleCam 12X
  • HuddleCam 18X
  • PTZOptics 12X-USB
  • PTZOptics 20X-USB

Local Network vs the Cloud?

Most IT departments will prefer local network control for cameras when possible. In this case IP control is ideal because it’s low bandwidth and the users never have to leave the network. For cloud conferencing software providers like VSee, Zoom.US and GoToMeeting UVC control is preferred. I personally always prefer local control in a web-browser but UVC control has been getting better in recent history and it is nice to have everything managed in one app. In the future most control will come delivered right through UVC controllable cameras and software.

How can open source camera control help?

If you have made it this far in our technical blog post you might also be interested in PTZOptics open source control platform. PTZOptics offers a completely open source IP control software to software developers with a HTML and Javascript know-how. Software developers can integrate the open source code into custom projects as simple as a custom web browser and as complex as existing web conferencing software. With open source UVC, UDP and TCP protocols PTZOptics offers something for any programmer.

Get the Open Source Code!

I’m not that tech savvy:
That’s okay don’t worry. The PTZOptics cameras come with a stock IP control software GUI. Plus you can download a free Android app to control the camera over your network. Customizing the software is only something experienced programmers work with. But you may still be able to benefit from the community of programmers on GitHub trading ideas and offering improved scripts.

I’m more of a Crestron/AMX/Extron Programmer
Cool! That’s the world we live in. You can download our pre-written modules for Crestron or VISCA command modules that will work with AMX/Extron. We can help you integrate your control system with RS-232 so your programmers can spend more time on the project where they need to!

Download the Crestron/Extron Programming Codes

I just want to learn more:

If you just want to learn more maybe the PTZOptics Academy is the right place for you! The PTZOptics Academy offers free training available 24/7 for online classes. You can log in and start taking interactive Audio Visual classes to get up to speed quickly and easily.

PTZOptics Open Source TCP UDP CGI Control

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Hello everyone!

Welcome to the PTZOptics community! So you know what “open source” is. But what is “TCP UDP CGI” Control. TCP stands for Transmission Control Protocol. UDP stands for User Datagram Protocol. Both protocols provide a way to send data over IP. For PTZOptics that means we have prebuilt HTML & Javascript files you can customize to build custom web interface controls for your cameras. Our customers have had so much success with this we have decided to create a open source file database where our technical engineers oversee revisions and changes. You can request a download of our open source code here and you can learn more about the protocol here.

PTZOptics IP Control GUI open source

New PTZOptics IP Control Software

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Hey Folks!

PTZOptics is now offering new software addition for our IP Control software! If you have already seen our IP GUI control software then you know each PTZOptics camera includes IP control. With this additional software (completely free and open source) you can customize your experience and add preset buttons. This software has been used by houses of worship and enterprise clients alike to control multiple cameras using a simple web browser. For example: You can use multiple chrome browser tabs for each camera view OR design one layout that in a single chrome browser tab to control multiple cameras and presets. Take a look at the open source free panel that you can customize to your liking. (Click to view full image)

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