How to control PTZ cameras with Livestream Studio
Livestream Studio adds Pan Tilt Zoom camera controls!
PTZOptics is happy to announce PTZ camera support for Livestream Studio allowing Livestream customers the ability to quickly and easily take control of their PTZOptics cameras. Livestream Studio now supports pan, tilt and zoom controls for PTZOptics cameras connected to the same LAN (Local Area Network). Mac or PC computers using the Livestream Studio software can connect to PTZOptics cameras using HDMI, SDI, NDI, USB or RTSP video. This integration will of course work with any of the Livestream hardware systems including: Studio One, HD31, HD51 and the HD550.
Remember to take note of your PTZOptics Camera Input name inside Livestream Studio when adding your camera. Also, note that you may need to install the NDI-HX Drivers from NewTek in order to receive NDI sources from PTZOptics cameras. Now that your PTZOptics camera is connected to Livestream Studio it is now time to navigate to “input settings” where you can select your cameras input name from the drop-down menu in the top left-hand corner. With your PTZOptics camera selected click on the “PTZ” section and enter the camera’s IP Address.
Note: To reveal your camera’s IP Address you can enter “*#4” with your IR remote control. If you need to set a static IP address for your camera follow the instructions in your cameras quick start guide found at PTZOptics.com.
Once you have entered your cameras IP address you can leave the standard port as “5678” and click “connect”. If you are connecting to an NDI camera you can skip this step and simply click “Connect with NDI”.
As soon as you successfully connect to your camera, the video source will show up with a set of pan, tilt and zoom camera controls in the left-hand side. You can quickly take control of your camera with the virtual joystick controller using your mouse to click and drag your cameras pan and tilt motions. Below the virtual joystick, you will see three options to set the camera’s zoom speeds. You can choose from slow, medium and fast. You will also be able to operate camera zoom with the ability to toggle on and off auto-focus.
Under the focus controls, you will note the ability to toggle between three standard white balance modes which include: Auto, Indoor and Outdoor. Keep in mind that all exposure controls are still managed by your camera’s
main controls whether that be the free PTZOptics camera application, your IR remote or the IP configuration page.
Below your live video preview screen, you can save up to 5 presets. This is ideal for quickly moving back and forth between camera locations during a presentation or live event. To save a PTZ camera preset, click the save preset button. All the numbered buttons will turn green allowing you to click the number 1 through 5 that you would like to save. The next time you click this button it will recall the PTZ cameras saved preset. Livestream studio will intelligently display the PTZ preset you are currently on by illuminating the numbered button yellow.
Note: PTZOptics cameras can now save an Exposure, White Balance and Auto-Focus settings along with any Pan, Tilt and Zoom preset. This is ideal for setting up a preset with specific iris and shutter speed settings for example.
Finally, let’s test out the manual exposure option which will open up Iris and Shutter Speed. This will give you the ability to quickly set up a preset with a custom exposure ideal for a low lighting area of your scene. Let’s set up a preset with automatic exposure and one with manual exposures to demonstrate how this information is stored when saving a camera preset.
If you would like to move your PTZ camera controller module to another window you can click the new window button at the bottom right-hand corner of the PTZ input screen. You will then have the ability to drag your camera controller to another window and use it along with Livestream Studio.