Serial PTZ Joystick
Introducing the re-designed HC-JOY-G3 PTZ joystick controller. This third generation joystick includes everything you loved about our 2nd generation joystick control with signifigant improvements for user experiences.
Making live production easier for remote camera operators around the world. This PTZ joystick controller has been designed to simplify the most important elements of PTZ camera control. This joystick includes clearly defined areas for camera switching, PTZ preset management, and camera settings access. This joystick has been designed with the novice in mind, while still providing professionals with the advanced, fast-action response times required for high-end production. Built with a sturdy metal case, this PTZ joystick controller is built to last and perform it’s dedicated task of reliable PTZ camera control.
PTZ Joystick Controller
We have redesigned this PTZ joystick controller based on your feedback. This controller now feature 6 buttons for quickly switching between cameras and advanced controls for opening up the cameras OSD (On Screen Display) menu.
Serial joystick control is the easiest way to control multiple PTZ cameras. Using tried and true serial control cabling, there is no need for an IP network. Forget about setting up camera IP addresses and managing additional networking equipment such as a router and network switch. This joystick only requires power and a direct RS-232 control cabling connection to your camera. Easily set up multiple cameras using a daisy-chain method of control using 8-Pin mini-din connectors on the back of each camera.
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This PTZ joystick controller is designed for pan, tilt, and zoom control of SONY VISCA and PELCO-P/D compatible PTZ cameras. This Pan, tilt and zoom keyboard with joystick controller is ideal for PTZOptics cameras used with serial joystick cabling (see here). This joystick controller can connect to most PTZ cameras with an 8-pin mini-din connection using a DB9 to 8-pin mini-din connection cable. If you would like to control multiple cameras with this joystick you can connect additional cameras using a daisy-chain method. The first PTZ camera connected to this joystick controller would require the DB9 to 8-pin mini-din cable, the subsequent cameras would use RS-232 VISCA Cascade cabling. PTZ camera cascade cabling is used to connect 8-pin mini-din out ports on PTZOptics cameras to subsequent cameras in the daisy-chain. This method of daisy-chaining multiple PTZ cameras with a serial PTZ joystick controller like is ideal because there is no need for “home run” cable runs to each camera.
Tip: Setup pan limits to restrict camera operators from moving outside a given area. Set up boundaries limits for fast-moving sports games like Basketball and Hockey. In this way, your camera operators can quickly move to the left or right without ever “overshooting” the game space boundaries.
Tip: Lower tilt limits when tracking presenters on stage. If your camera operators are mainly concerned with a left to right movement, avoid accidentally tilting the camera up or down by reducing the cameras motor speeds for this action.
If you would like to gain IP camera control over your PTZOptics cameras consider our IP Joystick. IP connectivity has additional benefits including the ability to control your cameras with video production software such as vMix, Wirecast, OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), MimoLive or a NewTek Tricaster. You can also look into our free PTZ camera control apps here.
Frequently Asked Serial joystick Questions
Yes. This joystick is generally used to control multiple cameras using a daisy-chain control cabling setup. When you daisy chain multiple PTZOptics cameras together, you should use the VISCA in and out ports on your camera. You can also control multiple cameras using RS422/RS485 if daisy-chaining is not an option.
The first cable needed is a DB9 to 8-pin mini din cable for most PTZ cameras. This cable is included with the joystick. Following cameras connected in a daisy chain setup will require a VISCA cascade cable. You can learn more about our PTZ camera cabling here.
Yes. A new feature integrated into the third generation of the HuddleCamHD joystick controller is the ability to select different pan, tilt and zoom speeds to control PTZ cameras. One example use case is following a presenter on a stage. You may want to limit tilt speeds and use a moderate pan speed to optimize your PTZ camera operations for tracking a subject.