Using an Xbox Controller with Hive

Leveraging an Xbox controller for PTZ camera control offers a flexible and intuitive way to manage your video production setup. PTZOptics Hive supports USB-connected Xbox controllers, allowing you to control PTZ cameras and the Hive interface from anywhere in the world. This guide will walk you through the setup and usage of an Xbox controller with Hive, highlighting the various functionalities and controls available.

Xbox Controller for PTZ Control

Setting Up Your Xbox Controller with Hive

Connecting an Xbox controller to PTZOptics Hive is straightforward. Here’s how you can get started:

  1. Connect the Controller

    • Plug your Xbox controller into your computer via USB.
    • Ensure your computer recognizes the controller. Most modern operating systems will automatically install the necessary drivers.
  2. Open PTZOptics Hive

    • Launch the Hive software on your computer.
    • Navigate to the settings menu and select the controller setup section.
  3. Configure the Controller

    • Follow the on-screen instructions to map the Xbox controller buttons and joysticks to Hive’s controls.
    • Save your configuration and ensure the controller is responsive within the Hive interface.
Xbox Controller PTZ Buttons

Using the Xbox Controller with Hive

Once your Xbox controller is set up, you can use it to control various aspects of the PTZOptics Hive interface and PTZ camera functionalities:

  1. Pan and Tilt Control

    • Use the top left joystick to control the pan and tilt of your PTZ camera. Move the joystick left or right to pan, and up or down to tilt the camera.
  2. Zoom Control

    • The bottom right joystick is designated for zoom control. Push the joystick forward to zoom in and pull it back to zoom out.
  3. Camera Selection

    • The X, Y, A, and B buttons allow you to navigate through your selectable cameras. Assign each button to a specific camera for quick switching.
  4. Navigating the Interface

    • Use the directional pad (D-pad) to switch between different cameras and adjust the interface on the screen. This makes it easy to access different controls and settings without using a mouse or keyboard.
Hotkeys for PTZ Controllers in Hive

Enhanced Functionality with Hotkeys

In addition to the Xbox controller, PTZOptics Hive supports a full list of hotkeys compatible with other controllers like the Elgato StreamDeck and Xkeys. These hotkeys can be customized to perform various functions, such as switching camera views, adjusting settings, and more. Here’s how you can benefit from these additional control options:

  1. Customizable Shortcuts

    • Assign specific functions to hotkeys, allowing for rapid access to frequently used commands.
    • Create profiles tailored to different production scenarios, ensuring you have the right controls at your fingertips.
  2. Streamlined Workflow

    • Using devices like the Elgato StreamDeck and Xkeys in conjunction with your Xbox controller can further streamline your workflow.
    • Integrate multiple control devices to cover all aspects of your production, from camera control to scene transitions.


Using a USB-connected Xbox controller with PTZOptics Hive provides a versatile and user-friendly method to control your PTZ cameras and the Hive interface. With intuitive joystick controls for pan, tilt, and zoom, along with customizable hotkeys for enhanced functionality, you can manage your video production setup with ease and precision. Explore the full potential of PTZOptics Hive and elevate your remote production capabilities today.

Ready to revolutionize your PTZ camera control? Connect your Xbox controller to PTZOptics Hive and experience seamless and intuitive camera management. Visit our website for more details and tutorials on optimizing your remote production setup with Hive.