Outdoor Pan, Tilt and Zoom Cameras
PTZOptics cameras are rated for indoor use, but with Dotworkz professional outdoor camera enclosures you can take your broadcast-quality cameras into the great outdoors. This page includes guides for using PTZOptics cameras with vandal-proof, IP68 rated, outdoor enclosuores. These enclosures are weathertight and designed for a variety of outdoor installations. You can choose from simple vandal-proof enclosures ideal for protecting your cameras for rain or more advanced enclosures with built-in heater and blower systems. Heater and blower systems can eliminate fog and condensation that can accumulate on enclosure lenses during changing seasons and various weather patterns.
PTZ Camera Enclosure Options
The first model supported by PTZOptics cameras is called the PTZO-BASE. This enclsoure is generally recommended for indoor use OR temporary outdoor use. This enclosure is ideal for areas where you want to keep the cameras safe from flying objects or potential vandalism. A perfect example would be a school gymnasium. It is also ideal for outdoor setups where you want to keep your cameras protected from potential rain or snow during an event but do not need to permanently install them in an outside location. The second model recommended for use with PTZOptics cameras is the PTZO-HB. This enclosure has been designed for outdoor use in a variety of environments. The HB in PTZ-HB standards for heater blower which is included inside the unit. This enclosure has been designed for outdoor use in colder environments. The heater blower unit is ideal for removing condensation or fog that can accumulate on the enclosure lens and prevent the cameras from capturing clear video. Both enclosure models are designed to mount the cameras safely and securely for the PTZOptics SDI, NDI, and of course the USB cameras.
Enclosure Installation Notes:
The first thing you should do when un-packing your Dotworkz enclosure is to read through the included manual.Once you have read through the included manual you can open up the enclosure using a standard Phillips head screwdriver or electric drill. You will notice on the side of each unit that there is a weather-tight cable pathway you can use to extend Ethernet, SDI, and other cables through to connect to your camera. Once you have decided which cables you want to bring into your enclosure and you can start by pulling the wires through this weathertight port.
Next, you can mount your PTZOptics camera to the black camera bracket using the center hole with the included quarter-twenty screw and a single washer. The PTZOptics cameras require 2” of spacing for optimal fit and operation. Use one 1.5” and one .5” standoff screws to create the 2 inches of spacing between the enclosure and the bracket. You will need to create four of these with the included hardware and insert them into the designated holes inside the enclosure. Next you can mount your camera attached the mounting bracket into these holes. Once your camera is firmly mounted inside the enclosure you can connect the cables you have into your camera. Before closing the enclosure make sure everything is working properly. Once you have confirmed all cabling is working you can close your enclosure using the Philips head screwdriver or electric drill you used to open the unit.
**If you are installing the camera outdoors with a heater blower unit, you will need to determine how you will power it. The enclosures can be powered with 110-220 VAC or low voltage 24 VAC / VDC. Inside the PTZO-HB unit, you will find a step-down voltage to power the PTZOptics cameras via the 12V power port. You can also power PTZOptics NDI and SDI cameras with an ethernet cable connected to power over ethernet switch.
Outdoor Microphone Installation
The PTZO-HB unit includes an outdoor rated microphone. This microphone is ready for installation in almost any outdoor environment. You can use the second weathertight port on the PTZ camera enclosure to connect this cable to the camera. This outdoor microphone features a simple 3.5-millimeter audio cable which can connect to your PTZOptics audio in port. You can secure each side of the port with the included plastic screw-caps to make sure the cable pass through is weather-tight. *This outdoor microphone has been designed to be mounted within 1-2 feet of the camera enclosure.