PTZOptics Camera Line Training
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Complete guide to live streaming and broadcast settings for PTZOptics cameras
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877 students enrolled
Created by Mr Paul Richards
Last updated 8/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 8 hours on-demand video
  • 23 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand complete functionality of PTZOptics Cameras
  • Understand IP Streaming and IP camera funcationality
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Requirements
  • You will need a PTZOptics camera
  • You will need a computer for access to camera video and IP interface
  • You will need a windows computer to run some of our programs
Description

This course is a complete guide to PTZOptics cameras. If you are a PTZOptics camera owner, customer or partner we hope this free course will be valuable to you. This course includes feature overviews, tutorials and best practices for getting the most of your camera. Video tutorials are made and updated by Paul Richards (Chief Streaming Officer), Matthew Davis (Lead Engineer) and Andrew Chatfield (Lead Support Technician). 

About PTZOptics: 

TZOptics provides high quality video conferencing and broadcast cameras with HDMI, HD-SDI, USB 3.0 and IP Streaming. Our approach to video camera manufacturing focuses on value. We strive to provide best in class features at affordable prices while we extend our reach with open source camera controls, free Crestron/Extron programming modules and amazing technical support.

Who is the target audience?
  • Any PTZOptics Camera Owner or Operator
  • Anyone interested in learning the details of PTZOptics Cameras
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Curriculum For This Course
59 Lectures
07:45:06
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Introduction to the course
1 Lecture 03:17

PTZOptics provides high quality video conferencing and broadcast cameras with HDMI, HD-SDI, USB 3.0 and IP Streaming. Our approach to video camera manufacturing focuses on value. We strive to provide best in class features at affordable prices while we extend our reach with open source camera controls, free Crestron/Extron programming modules and amazing technical support.

Introduction
03:17
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Back to the Basics
5 Lectures 01:29:02
How much optical zoom do we need?
10:44

Learn how to use the IR Remote with Tess Protesto on this Facebook Live recorded video.

Back to the Basics - IR Remote Control
12:07

In this episode of Back to the Basics, Paul and Tess show us how to color match multiple PTZOptics cameras during the live stream. It is important to color match your cameras when you plan to do live streaming and we suggest that is done before every live show. Lighting and other settings can change the image from your cameras and generally, it's just a good idea to compare images when you have multiple cameras and you plan to be using transitions such as cuts and fades.
Color Matching for different ptz cameras


Color Matching Different Camera Models

So luckily in our case, we are using all PTZOptics cameras. But in some instances, our customers are trying to match PTZOptics cameras with other SONY and Panasonic PTZ cameras. In these cases, it's best to use a third party application for color matching such as the NewTek Connect Pro which can color correct and provide a color grade as needed to match the camera up properly. Also, noted by Rudy in our chat room (which is displayed below) always use a good color calibrated monitor when trying to compare cameras for color quality.

One Push White Balance One Push White Balance[/caption]

Getting the proper exposure from our cameras is the end goal. But as mentioned in our chat room, once again thanks to everyone in the chat for your comments, many live streaming professionals like to start with an "auto-white balance". The auto white balance will automatically calibrate your camera's white balance based on an object in your room. So it's best to use a white or grey card with a solid background to calibrate from. Once you have run the auto-white balance, you can then go into your settings for exposure and start to adjust your camera image.

Matching Camera Exposure

Studio Camera Exposure with Wide Dynamic Range Studio Camera Exposure with Wide Dynamic Range[/caption]

When you are attempting to match multiple cameras exposure for a live shoot you should take notes from the settings of the first camera. Ideally, each camera can have the same exposure settings to ensure a match. But you may find that due to varying camera angles the exposures may need to be slightly adjusted to match perfectly. With live streaming, we cannot use post-production but we can apply a live color correction or color grade. In the camera exposure area, you can adjust wide dynamic range which can have a nice boosting effect on your live video. Try adding an equal amount of wide dynamic range to each camera shot you are color matching. As you can see we have our Wide Dynamic Range or "DRC" set to 2.

Image Contrast and Luminescence Image Contrast and Luminescence

 Final Tuning of Cameras

In our final tuning stages, we can alter contrast, luminance, sharpness, and gamma. We definitely want to use the same or very close setting on sharpness to make the transitions between each camera consistent with detail. Contrast and Luminance work together to create a sharp image with the proper amount of lighting. This part is really up to your personal and organization standards for the style your looking for but I like an image with sharp contrast and little darker rather than a little lighter. A perfect balance between luminance and contrast between all of the cameras in your production will put the finishing touch on your camera color matching. I hope this has been helpful! I have included the chat room messages from YouTube below for reference. There are some great tips from our professional audience below.

Color Matching Cameras
37:31

In this video, we review the Gen 2 IP Interface which includes some new features for RTSP, RTMP and Multicast streaming. We also have new SDK options which you can get from our team here at PTZOptics. 

Gen 2 - IP Interface Overview - Back to the Basics
11:36

H.265 RTSP STREAMING, NEWTEK NDI & VLC INTEGRATION

In this video, we review the latest h.265 compatible with PTZOptics cameras and the popular VLC Media Player. The VLC Media Player has support for h.265 encoding which is roughly 20-30% more efficient than H.264. Using H.265 RTSP streaming can be a great way to stream video from PTZOptics cameras without requiring the large bandwidth pipelines that MJPEG streaming include. PTZOptics cameras do support MJPEG streaming which is completely un-compressed video with very low latency but we suggest using a dedicated network for this to work properly.


Now for the fun stuff. Since we can stream in H.265 to the VLC Media Player we can also use the NewTek NDI Tool Kit for making that video NDI ready. We can then use this to integrate H.265 video into other video production software such as: Wirecast, vMix, Livestream, TriCaster and Isorecorder. For our example, we use the free NewTek IsoRecorder and we use the vMix multicorder which only supports Camera sources and NDI sources.

NEWTEK NDI INTEGRATION WITH H265 AND VLC

So as you can see once we connect our H.265 RTSP stream with video and audio to the VLC media player we can install the NewTek NDI Tool Kit. This tool kit will automatically update the VLC player to output NDI video and audio sources on our network. This will open up new doors for our video production workflow including support for vMix, Wirecast, Livestream and Tricaster. We can also use a host of video production tools that are free (some are premium) from NewTek. One of our favorite tools is the NewTek NDI Isocorder which will allow us to record multiple cameras in resolutions up to 4K independently.h264 Live Streaming Workflow


HOW TO CONFIGURE VLC MEDIA PLAYER WITH H265 AND NEWTEK NDI

The pictures above outline the process of setting up the VLC Media Player to work with our H.265 live RTSP stream and the NewTek NDI. Once you have the NewTek NDI tool kit installed you can simply go to preferences and setup your default audio and video sources to output via NDI. This will allow us to output low latency high quality video over our network which will automatically be detected via vMix, Wirecast, Tricasters ect….

To learn more about the NewTek NDI or the VLC Media Play visit their YouTube channels to the links below:

https://plus.google.com/+vlc

https://www.youtube.com/newtekinc

Back to the Basics - RTSP Streaming - H264, H265 & MJPEG
17:04
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Camera Line Overview
8 Lectures 17:42

Matthew Davis here with PTZOptics I'm here to do a little intro to some of the capabilities of the PTZOptics line. And some of the functionality you might fine in our wonderful camera line here. So lets start out, you might be surprised to find that the PTZOptics camera line is capable of setting multiple simultaneous video outputs. The 12X and 20X USB models you can do live video via the USB port, HDMI port, and finally streaming it over the available network port. These are all available at the same time. If you've chosen an SDI model you get all the same functionality except the USB and that's replaced with the HD-SDI output. Yet again simultaneously with the HDMI output, and the network streaming capabilities. The resolution for the USB port, HDMI port, and HD-SDI ports are all set by the yellow dial on the back of the unit. The resolution for the streaming capabilities however is found via the network interface for the cameras. On each of these units you might notice a CVBS or composite video port. This is the only connector that is not simultaneous with anything except for the network streaming. The CVBS port becomes active when you set the camera to either 480i or 576i. The PTZOptics ZCAM series features simultaneous SDI and network streaming capabilities on the VL model and only SDI outputs on the 20X model. All resolutions changes are made by the on screen display menu for the ZCAM series. Thank you, and watch our next video!

PTZOptics Video Signals and Outputs
02:24

Matthew Davis discusses the different control options available with many of our PTZOptics cameras.

Matthew Davis here with PTZOptics and right now I want to introduce you to the camera control options that you have for the PTZOptics line. Most of the PTZOptics line except the 20X ZCAM can be fine tuned and controlled via the respected IP interfaces once properly connected to a network first. The PTZOptics cameras are also ONVIF compatible. allowing for Pan, Tilt, and Zoom control using most ONVIF joystick controllers or software such as the ONVIF device manager. The PTZOptics 12X and 20X USB models accommodate UVC control via the USb cable. The PTZOptics USB models work with both absolute and relative UVC control. The camera line also accepts control from more traditional interfaces such as RS232 Visca, or RS485 depending on the model selected. I hope this information has been helpful, and watch out next video!

PTZOptics Camera Control Options
02:48

In this video Matthew introduces you to the IR remote that is included with any PTZOptics camera and discusses its various functions.

Matthew Davis here with PTZOptics and right now I want to introduce you to the camera control options that you have for the PTZOptics line. Most of the PTZOptics line except the 20X ZCAM can be fine tuned and controlled via the respected IP interfaces once properly connected to a network first. The PTZOptics cameras are also ONVIF compatible. allowing for Pan, Tilt, and Zoom control using most ONVIF joystick controllers or software such as the ONVIF device manager. The PTZOptics 12X and 20X USB models accommodate UVC control via the USb cable. The PTZOptics USB models work with both absolute and relative UVC control. The camera line also accepts control from more traditional interfaces such as RS232 Visca, or RS485 depending on the model selected. I hope this information has been helpful, and watch out next video!

PTZOptics IR Remote Control Overview
03:08

In this video, Matthew discusses the network streaming capabilities of PTZOptics Cameras.

PTZOptics Network Streaming RTSP & H.264
01:49

This video contains information on the network limitations on the PTZOptics cameras in regards to cabling and network capabilities. 

PTZOptics Connectivity Limitations: HD-SDI, HDMI, USB 2.0. USB 3.0, CVBS and CAT
02:25

PTZOptics offers all of the cables you will need for your video projects with the exception of USB extensions and Ethernet Category Cabling. PTZOptics cabling options are available in increments of 25 feet up to 100 feet. If your project requires longer cabling you can contact our team for a custom quotation. You can use our plenum rated HD-SDI cabling to extend video from our HD-SDI camera models. You can use DB9 cabling to extend control cabling from your joystick to the first camera. And you can use Cascade cabling for daisy-chaining your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th cameras together as shown on this diagram.…

Every PTZOptics SKU is now available with international power supplies. You can add a dash C, G or I at the end of any PTZOptics SKU to notate which power supply you wouldl ike. Power supply type C is the European standard, type G is the United Kingdom and type I is for Australia.

If you have a broadcast camera that you would like to add remote pan, tilt and zoom functionality too we have designed the PT-Broadcaster. This remotely controlled PTZ head can be used to add joystick control PTZ functionality to traditional over the shoulder broadcast cameras. 

PTZOptics Cabling and Accesories
01:44

All PTZOptics cameras include a HDMI video output. This output is ideal for a variety of uses including: confidences monitors, wireless transmitters and HDMI frame grabbers. While HDMI provides high quality digital video, HD-SDI is often preferred when running long cable distances. As we mentioned in our “connectivity limitations” video, HDMI distances should not exceed 50 feet or roughly (16 meters). HD-SDI on the other handle can be used to run cabling long distances in excess of 1,000 feet or roughly (300 meters). HD-SDI cabling is made for industrial use and therefore tends to be rugged and trustworthy. We highly recommend using HD-SDI cabling for cameras located long distances from your intended broadcasting location.

HDMI vs HD-SDI
01:10

Matthew Davis covers the warranty coverage and limitations of any PTZOptics cameras.

PTZOptics Warranty Explaination
02:14
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Camera Settings
3 Lectures 25:40

In the "Live Video Streaming Camera Settings Guide" we review the ideal camera settings for most cameras including aperture, shutter speed and gain along with a variety of advanced features. This guide is a comprehensive overview for users tuning cameras for conference spaces, production studios, live sports and even performances with low light. Tuning your camera for a proper exposure is key to effective live streaming because in many cases their is no post production. This is as true in a corporate webinar as it is for live streaming competitive sports. Enjoy this live streaming camera settings guide built to be a informative tutorial on the foundations of photography and video camera operation. 


Camera Settings Overview
19:55

One-Push Auto White Balance
03:20

Camera Resoultion Options and using Composite Video Output
02:25
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Secret Features
2 Lectures 10:47
Secret Feature of the Week - OSD Menu over IP
05:24

Accessing the OSD Menu over RS-232 via the Joystick
05:23
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Joystick Operation Videos
7 Lectures 01:26:54

Quick overview of the HC-JOY-G2 operation

RS-232 Joystick Quick Start Guide
01:33

Back to the Basics - Serial Joystick Controller Overview
15:31

In this video Paul reviews the PTZOptics RS-232 joystick as he demonstrates its functions using a PTZOptics camera which he is controlling.  You will see the many features that are enables when using joystick control on a camera.

RS-232 Joystick Review
06:50

Using SONY cameras with RS-232 Joystick
02:50

RS-232 vs RS-485 Control Cabling (DB9 and RS-422 Explained)
09:27

This video reviews the PTZOptics IP Joystick with Paul Richards and Andy Chatfield.  We will explain the setup and common functions and uses of an IP Joystick controller.  This video also contains live demonstrations using the IP Joystick displaying its ease of use and quality functions.

IP Joystick Overview
07:43


In this video, we will demonstrate the increased IP joystick functionality with the latest firmware. This will allow zoom, focus, iris and preset controls all over IP. The IP Joystick has been extremely popular because you only need to connect each device to your network and you do not need to directly cable each camera to your joystick.

The latest firmware update for the IP Joystick (SKU: PT-JOY) must be loaded to add additional features. The latest Gen 2 firmware for PTZOptics cameras must also be loaded to each camera.PT-JOY Joystick Update


New functionality includes: Iris Control, Focus Control and improved IP connectivity. 

The IP Joystick is ideal for controlling multiple PTZOptics cameras on your network without having to cable each camera directly to the controller. The IP Joystick uses ONVIF to automatically detect cameras on your network. So we need to make sure each camera has ONVIF enabled.


Enable ONVIF on your PTZOptics Camera

To enable ONVIF you have to login to your camera over the network and click on the network settings tab. You just need to click ONVIF “ON” and leave ONVIF Auth “OFF”. Once done it is a good idea to reboot your camera in the “system” tab.

If you have multiple cameras we highly suggest setting a Static IP address for each camera.

If you have never done this before please reference our knowledge base here: help.ptzoptics.com


Log into your PT-JOY

To login to the joystick controller you can type the IP address into any web-browser on your local area network.

The IP Address of the joystick controller will be displayed on the panel when it first turns on. You can change the IP address of the Joystick if you would like. To do this refer to the user manual.

IP Joystick Login Screen

Once you log into the IP Joystick you can quickly search the network for available cameras.

You can go through these cameras and “Add All” or simply “Add” the cameras you want the joystick to save for easy access.

Make sure that each camera has it’s own unique “Address”. These addresses will be used to quickly select cameras with the joystick.

Manually entering in IP Addresses

You can click the “Handle” button to manually add devices via IP address.

Once you add each camera, click “save” to save the information onto the joystick.

Port 81 is used for ONVIF. You can enter admin as the default user name and you do not need to enter a password.

Notice how each saved camera address corresponds with the number camera shown on the joystick.Camera Selection on IP Joystick


New IP Joystick Firmware + Setup Video
43:00
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IP Interface for Camera
4 Lectures 21:14

In this video, Andy Chatfield (Lead Support Technician) reviews how to set a static IP address for your PTZOptics camera. The easiest way on most IP networks is to simply use our "IP Address Settings Tool" available at ptzoptics.com/downloads. But if your network does not allow for this tool to operate properly you can connect directly to the camera via a ethernet cable and use the network settings tools in Windows to connect directly to your PTZOptics camera. Once you have configured your computer's network settings to connect directly to the camera you can then set a static IP address. This is a step some customers need to take who have corporate networks that block multi-cast tools such as our IP address settings tool.

Setting up camera IP Addresses
08:47

IP Camera Interface (GUI)
02:19

How to use the Open Source Control Software
04:15

Customizing the Open Source Control Software
05:53
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Installation Videos - Camera Mounts / Cables
5 Lectures 24:23
Back to the Basics - Camera Mount Overview
11:38

PTZOptics Camera Installation Options
01:13

In this video, Paul shows you the HCM-1 camera mount which is compatible with many PTZ cameras.  He will explain how you can use this piece of hardware and also will explain how you can easily install it on your own. 

Camera Wall Mount
03:47

This video introduces you to another type of camera mount, the Universal Camera Ceiling Mount- PT-CM-1-BK.  Paul discusses the mounts specifications and compatibility with various cameras and device/junction boxes.  Paul will also review all of the hardware included in the box and explain their uses.

Universal Camera Ceiling Mount Flush - PT-CM-1-BK
04:04

This is the last video in the camera mount video series where we will cover the small ceiling mount, Universal Camera Ceiling Pole Mount - HCM-1C.  We will discuss the appropriate applications for the use of this ceiling mount as well as the technical specifications of the mount.

Universal Camera Ceiling Pole Mount
03:41
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Broadcast Market Details
2 Lectures 09:12
Frame Rates Explained
04:26

In this video Andy Chatfield introduces you to the Decimator MD-HX and shows you how you can set it up.  In addition to the set up, Andy will show you how to use the Decimator for things such as adjusting the frame rate with a PTZOptics camera.

Broadcast Frame Rates - Using a Modulator
04:46
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Common Technical Support Issues Solved
5 Lectures 25:35

This video addresses the most common support questions asked and gives a tour of the PTZOptics Knowledge base with lead support technician Andy Chatfield and Chief Streaming Officer Paul Richards of PTZOptics. This video also contains various useful tips and tricks for solving common problems users have when operating PTZ cameras.

Knowledge Base Overview
06:47

In this video PTZOptics reviews USB 3.0 extensions from: Corning, ICRON and SIIG. All three companies offer active USB 3.0 extensions that have been tested for use with our USB 3.0 live streaming cameras. Andy Chatfield also reviews how users can utilize a HD-SDI cable run with a USB 3.0 frame grabber to achieve long cable runs.

USB 3.0 Video Extensions
10:45

Use the PTZOptics IP Addressing Tool to set a static IP Address on your PTZOptics camera. All PTZOptics cameras include IP streaming capabilities so take advantage!

IP Address Settings Tool
00:53

PTZOptics Downloads Overview
06:04

PTZOptics Camera Line Quiz
5 questions

The PTZOptics IP Joystick controllers allows camera operators to control more than 100 PTZOptics over a standard ethernet network. The PTZOptics Joystick (SKU: IP-JOY) uses the ONVIF camera protocol to automatically locate and save PTZOptics cameras on your network. Therefore you can effectively control pan, tilt, zoom, presets and other camera functionality for camera spread out across your network. 

This video walks you through just how easy IP camera control is with our PT-JOY from auto-searching your network to calling presets. We hope you enjoy!

IP Joystick Quick Start Guide
01:06
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About the Instructor
Mr Paul Richards
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Chief Streaming Officer

I am a Live Streaming Expert and Chief Streaming Officer for PTZOptics. PTZOptics 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 been working in the audio visual industry for 10+ years employed at: Haverford Systems, Conference Room Systems and PTZOptics. Each of these companies 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.