Government Court Room PTZ Camera Operation

Latest Government Video Case Study

PTZOptics cameras are often chosen for Government applications such as court room because the areas are large and they can benefits from the remote control and optical zoom features. In this case study, the City of Whitefish, Montana approved the installation for four PTZOptics 20X-SDI cameras to be used with a vMix video switching system. The cameras are installed in remote locations to the video production studio allowing a single camera operator to remotely control the pan, tilt and zoom of each camera. Each camera is setup with camera presets that are assigned to various areas of interest inside the courtroom.

City Hall Video Production System overview:

The City of Whitefish, Montana upgraded their facility in 2017 to include a four camera video production system in the new court room. The system is used to improve recording and video streaming. The smulti-camera switching system has been designed to allow a single operator to monitor and control all cameras to simplify the process producing high quality video recordings. The video production system includes four ceiling mounted PTZOptics 20X-SDI-GY-G2 second generation cameras connected to a vMix video switching system. Each camera can be used to zoom in to specific people of interest during the video recordings from the remote video production station. Also, included in the system is a fully programmable xKeys control surface with 124 programmable buttons to recall camera presets and other easy to access functions such as overlays.

City Hall Video Production 2

City Hall Video Production 2

In many cases, the government agency may only have a single employee responsible for video production. The vMix system installed allows the camera operations and video switching to be done in a single software platform. This allows the government to save money by employing a single video production specialist and it allows the technology to be optimized with various camera presets and easy to use control methods. From the video producers point of view they have complete control over various cameras over an IP network which also provide PoE (Power Over Ethernet) to each camera. The video producer can simply click a button inside vMix with a thumbnail displaying the area they would like the camera to zoom into. It’s that easy!

Courtroom camera installation

As you can see each camera is installed discretely out of sight from the court room workflow. The mount shown to the left is SKU: HCM-1-BK which is a wall mount installed upside down. This mount allows the city hall to install the camera on the lip of a ceiling beam . The City Hall uses HD-SDI camera models for long and reliable cable runs which they connect into a custom vMix system using an AJA Corvid PCIe capture card. The cameras can then controlled with an xBox controller, an xKeys pad and even via vMix with various options. Don’t miss the full behind the scenes video of this installation available below.

The above pictures show just how easy the system is to setup and operate. You can see the PTZ (pan, tilt and zoom) controls setup inside vMix to control the PTZOptics cameras. We also have a picture showing the PoE (Power Over Ethernet) network switch providing camera control and power to each camera. We also have the fully programmable xKeys controllers with 124 programmable keys. This is setup to call camera preset positions, so that each camera can individual preset locations all re-callable with a single button push. As you an see each camera is label and found inside vMix with the click of your mouse.