PTZOptics Zoom Integration Videos
At PTZOptics we strive to provide integration videos for Zoom Video Conferencing. The following videos outline the integration with Zoom software we demonstrate live every Friday during our live streams. In these videos, Lead Support Technician Andrew Chatfield reviews the compatibility and limitations of the PTZOptics cameras. In general, you can connect a PTZOptics camera via USB to your Mac or PC for video conferencing and control the camera with Zoom. For more information visit our Knowledge Base.
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Far End Camera Controls
A little known feature of Zoom Video Conferencing is their “Far End Camera” control. This feature allows hosts to give other meeting participants control of their cameras. This is ideal for remote presentations where a co-host or trusted individual can help with the camera work. Remote PTZ camera controls are often difficult to obtain because of public versus private area networking issues. But with Zoom, all you need is a USB PTZOptics camera connected to your computer, an internet connection, and Zoom and you’re good to go!
Who is using remote PTZ camera controls in Zoom?
Here is a short-list of Zoom video conferencing hosts using remote PTZ camera controls. A prime use case example is in Healthcare. Doctors who are delivering their services via Telemedicine may need the ability to see the patient more clearly. Giving doctors the ability to view patients with optical zoom and pan/tilt capabilities helps doctors work better. Optical zoom lets doctors zoom into specific areas with loss-less viewing quality. Other use-cases include business presentations, worship broadcasts, and private performances.
How do remote PTZ camera controls work inside of Zoom?
Zoom video conference gives advanced PTZ (pan, tilt and zoom) camera controls to anyone in the world on a private meeting. These camera controls must be first enabled on the Zoom meeting dashboard by an admin. Once enabled the feature allows participants to request camera controls. If a Zoom host has a PTZOptics USB connected camera on the far end of the video conference call, participants can remotely operate that camera. This functionality is provided by the PTZOptics USB cameras supporting a PTZ camera control protocol called UVC. PTZOptics USB cameras are controlled with Zoom video conference through the USB 3.0 connection to any Mac or PC computer. This same USB 3.0 connection can also be used for an HD video with Zoom.
Step by step guide
The Slideshare presentation above walks you through each step of this process. Zoom video conferencing’s remote PTZ camera control functionality makes meetings more dynamic and productive. PTZOptics worked directly with the engineers at Zoom to make this integration possible. Please direct questions about this feature to email [email protected]
Camera Control in ZoomRoom
Camera Control in Zoom Call
Live Streaming Example
In this video Paul Richards and Patrick Kirby demonstrate a live example of using Zoom to host a video conferencing and live stream to YouTube Live.
This is another video demonstrating the use of vMix and Zoom. Learn how we stream our weekly live webinars.