Camera Control

Camera control allows you to control Sony and Canon PTZ cameras that are connected to the encoder PC via a RS-232 serial interface.

You can control the Pan-Tilt-Zoom movement of the camera, turn the camera on or off and define 6 presets in the camera.

Before you can use the camera, you need to “Connect” which can only be done after Protocol and Port have been selected. Some serial port settings are not configurable. For example the speed is fixed to 9600bd.

Protocol The protocol defines either Sony or Canon Visca commandset.
Camera You can control up to 3 cameras in case you have multiple cameras connected to the same serial port. Be aware you need to define each camera as a separate video source with unique capture card.
Port The Com port defines the Serial port on the encoder PC.
Connect/Disconnect You need to release the camera connection in case you want to control the camera using other software tools at the same time.
Preset Setting the preset positions can be done by pressing the preset number for at least 3 seconds. When the preset is stored, the button will notify through a green notification border on the button. Presets are stored in the camera and will also be available on the optional remote control unit.
Preset Setting the preset positions can be done by pressing the preset number for at least 3 seconds. When the preset is stored, the button will notify through a green notification border on the button. Presets are stored in the camera and will also be available on the optional remote control unit.
Speed Pan and Tilt speed can be configured individually or locked which means they move at the same speed.
Zoom Use + or - to zoom in or out of your subject.
Camera Movement Controlling the camera is done through left-click and holding the buttons. On touch screens Left-Click (and hold) is performed through a double tap and holding on the second tap.
Reset Reset will have the same effect as turning your camera off and on. Presets will not reset.
On Turn the camera on.
Off Turn the camera off.

 

Both Canon and Sony cameras can be controlled via a serial cable (8 pin Mini Din - D-Sub 9pin) that is pinned for Sony (see schema below). Canon camera's need to be set to VC-C4 mode in the camera setup menu.

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