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PTZ Cameras

Electronic PTZ (ePTZ) uses the technology of digital zoom to provide PTZ-like features on a fixed (non-PTZ) camera. Digital zoom works by simply magnifying pixels to focus only on a portion of the entire camera image at any given time, and magnifying it to fill the entire frame. Since you are only viewing a portion […]

If networking is totally new for you, don’t worry. You likely have a network in your home or office that you can use as a reference to understand this technology. The reason why a network is important to PTZ camera operators is that it can be used for IP video and IP camera control. A […]

Robots were meant to be controlled by humans. Robotic cameras are no different. With the latest advancements in PTZ camera technology, you can effectively automate many PTZ camera movements with no need for manual camera control. Automated PTZ Camera Controls There are a variety of ways to trigger a PTZ preset to go off automatically […]

Robotic control of PTZ cameras continues to improve all the time, so remain connected with the manufacturer of your PTZ camera to receive information about the latest firmware updates. New firmware updates can unlock new capabilities inside of your camera that can increase the capabilities of your device. In this chapter, you will learn about […]

It’s finally time to discuss the art of PTZ camera operations. In many ways, PTZ camera operations follow the same basic principles as camera operators have always done. In this chapter, you will learn about shot composition, viewer perspectives, and camera movement from the viewpoint of a remote camera operator.  Pan:  A panning motion is […]

Every PTZ camera operator should be concerned with getting the best possible picture from their cameras. This is done, in part, by adjusting the camera’s exposure and additional settings to adjust the picture quality. As a PTZ camera operator, you should know your camera and communicate with your team about basic parameters.  An ideal starting […]

One of the big values of PTZ cameras is their size compared to traditional over-the-shoulder broadcast cameras. Large broadcast cameras generally require tripods and even platforms in production spaces. Each traditional broadcast camera not only takes up a large amount of space, but also requires a cameraman. With PTZ cameras, a single camera operator can […]

PTZ cameras can be controlled in so many different ways, choosing your preferred option is somewhat of a personal preference. The only limitation you will come up against is the connection types that are available on your PTZ camera. Many professional PTZ camera operators will tell you that they prefer a dedicated joystick controller. Other […]

PTZ cameras can be controlled by IR remotes, joystick controllers, smartphones, and a variety of software solutions. IR remote controls usually offer a limited set of basic features for controlling the camera and recalling presets. IR remote controls are easy to use for close-range camera control but generally do not work when the camera is […]

Most PTZ cameras are distinguished by their optical zoom and video output options. It’s worth noting that motorized robotic heads are available to gain control over traditional broadcast cameras. While robotic “PTZ heads” can turn a traditional camera into a remotely controllable solution, they are not actually cameras, and therefore not included in this book. […]


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