Robotics Computer Programming - PTZ Camera Control Course

Introduction to computer programming for robotics using HTML, Javascript, Node.js, and Python with PTZOptics cameras
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1hr 15min of on-demand video
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Node js
Robotic Computer Programming
Computer Programming


  • Access to a computer
  • Access to a PTZOptics camera
  • Access to a local area network


This course reviews computer programming languages used to control the robotic movements of PTZOptics cameras. Students will learn multiple methods of remotely controlling robotic actions with a sample IP connected PTZ camera. Using IP protocols and connectivity methods, students will use standard programming languages such as HTML, JavaScript, Node.js, Python, C, and C++, to take control of precision robotics. This course will be presented in a “flipped classroom” style, with online learning materials and in-classroom discussion topics. Please reference the PTZOptics Robotics Grant Program at the end of this booklet for more information about obtaining a PTZOptics camera for this course.

Below is a list of programming languages discussed in this course:

  1. HTML

  2. JavaScript

  3. Node.js

  4. Python

  5. C (Coming Soon)

  6. C++ (Coming Soon)

  7. Visual Basic (Coming Soon)

Each unit of this course will review a different programming language. Each programming language unit will include a review video discussing the benefits and drawbacks of each programming method as they relate to robotic control. Each segment will consist of a C4 (Camera Control Coding Challenge) segment which will be used for students to test their knowledge on each subject. Finally, in-classroom discussion topics are provided for the full “flipped classroom” experience. Students are encouraged to watch the Geek Out Podcast session with concluding thoughts with the course authors, available in the include online Udemy learning course.

  1. Programming Language Overview

  2. Example Code Review

  3. Lesson Plans - Camera Control Coding Challenge

  4. Podcast Geek Out Session - Discussion Topics

By the end of the PTZOptics Robotics Computer Programming Course, students will have a better understanding of common computer programming languages used for remotely controlling robotic devices over an IP network. Using a fun live streaming IP-connected camera from PTZOptics, students will have the ability to write custom computer programs which can include live video and robust interactions with robotic IP-connected devices. Each example lesson will increase in complexity, as students progress from basic HTML into the more advanced C and C++ languages.

Course Prerequisites

This course will require the following:

  1. A PTZOptics Camera

  2. A computer with a text editor

  3. A local area network

Who this course is for:

  • Beginner robotics club members
  • Beginner computer programmers


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Paul Richards
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I am an author, coach, and Chief Streaming Officer for the Streamgeeks. I also work at PTZOptics, a company that is an industry leader in affordable live streaming technology. We host a live show on YouTube Live every Friday and we hope to help the world better understand live streaming and technology it takes to produce amazing video content! 

I host a live show on YouTube Live called "PTZOptics Live" where we review the latest in the live streaming and video conferencing industry. This is the basis of our live streaming innovation where you can learn quite a lot of about the industry. 

I have worked in the professional audio visual industry for over 10 years. Each of the companies I have worked with have kept me involved in designing, building and operating live streaming and video conferencing systems. Throughout my career continue to help others in video communication projects.

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