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!
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 🙂
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?
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.
Aeronautical Engineering and Studies
Robotics Studies and Engineering
Aerial Footage for Live Performances
Golf Courses Events
Live Sporting Events
Reviewing work site from aerial vantage points
Reviewing production lines and/or operations from aerial vantage points
Marine Research and Rescure
Many other uses are available. We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments area!
Inventory / Asset Management
Civil Engineering Design Mapping
Asset monitoring (Bridge maintanace needed?)
Mining / OIL & GAS
Oil Spill Tracking
Land Cover Mapping
The 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.
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
Use your favorite live streaming CDN or mixing software which includes:
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
Our open source control software has been downloaded and updated by 100’s of users since it’s release in the beginning of 2015! We thought it would be nice to outline the basic of PTZOptics open source control software and the differences between the built in web interface.
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
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
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.
We have had a lot of requests asking about using the cameras outdoors. These cameras perform great outdoors even in low light situations but remember they are not built to stand rain or snow. You can bring the cameras out on tripods or stands for a outdoor festival but do not leave them outside overnight (not that you would)…
Here we some really great outdoor test footage from the 12X-SDI and 20X-SDI broadcast cameras. This particular live stream was being sent to YouTube Live using the Epiphan Pearl. This footage was taken during the “Pretty Good Festival” August 26th. Cameras were actually shooting with factory default settings on automatic. There was a joystick controller being used for camera control which uses the RS-232 in and out ports on each camera to switch between each for control.
Special thanks for HavaStream for sending us the test footage. Also, thanks for Couple Days and the Sounds of Sidney for letting us use your music to demonstrate our cameras.
Today we were able to integrate the PTZOptics USB cameras with VSee PTZ camera control for both near and far end operators. This is highly useful in TeleMedicine applications giving a doctors the ability to zoom in and examine medical situations from the far end. PTZOptics USB Cameras support UVC control (Both Relative and Absolute) for Pan Tilt and Zoom operation of the cameras. In the video below, Paul Richards, reviews the PTZ camera controls built into VSee. We are using the latest version of VSee to accomplish this remote pan tilt and zoom controls for VSee. If you do not have the latest version of VSee which is compatible with the PTZOptics camera line please contact VSee at: http://Vsee.com
PTZOptics Review of BlackMagic ATEM Television Studio Compatibility
Paul Richards review the PTZOptics 12X-USB, 12X-SDI, 20X-USB and 20X-SDI compatibility with BlackMagic and the BlackMagic ATEM Television Studio. The BlackMagic ATEM Television Studio is a perfect video mixer which is super affordable. We have had so many customers ask about compatibility we made a knowledge base entry here which outlines our compatibility testing for video resolutions and configuration. Andrew Chatfield, PTZOptics lead support technicians review the entire compatibility integration in our knowledge base. When asked “Is the PTZOptics camera line compatible with BlackMagic ATEM TeleVision Studio” Andy quickly set everything up and tested the compatibility noting…
“Yes they are. The ATEM Television Production Studio is an entry level hardware piece that, as per it’s name, takes the place of an actual TV studio. The only thing to keep in mind when setting up your ATEM is that you will not get an image out of the device if the resolution and framerate settings are not the same on both your camera, and your ATEM. “
If you have further questions or compatibility inquiries regarding any video mixer or conferencing device please let us know and we will investigate compatibility 🙂