Questions to Consider Before Purchasing a PTZ Camera

by: PTZOptics

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hello everybody welcome to back to basics today it's going to be a great option for those of you who have not yet invested in a PT z objects camera or we're ready to purchase your 2nd 3rd 4th however many more cameras yeah we're gonna go over the questions that you should be considering when you're thinking about integrating PTZ cameras into your lecture capture distance learning room your video conferencing space your live-streaming studio or you're just getting cameras to set up for portable use to set up a livestream anywhere in your you know your local area so we're going to talk about the camera control options so what are the options to control the cameras that you should be considering there's a lot of different options and a lot of different reasons why you might go one way or the other so we'll talk about that we'll also talk about your mounting options here you can see a ceiling mount and you might have saw that the start of our show we had a really cool ceiling camera there but there's all actually that is that camera right there but there's also a wall mounting options you can of course tripod the cameras you can pull mount them and we'll go over a lot of those options as well finally we're gonna go over all the basic questions that you should consider before choosing a PTZ camera so we're gonna get into it should we get into it I think we should alright so I have this little presentation here questions to consider if you're ready to buy like Tesla's here just my daily shopping picked up some PTZ cans at B&H you know that's hilarious and by the way this is live so if you have questions Tessa is monitoring the chat and she'll display them on the screen and I will answer them more tests will answer them but the first thing is camera placement you can see we've got a Z cam here on a little side mount wall mount just like we have we've got one right here actually Tessa's got one her close-up cam is now a really cool side shot and that's on that type of mount and then there's this the always popular ceiling mount you saw that right here we love this shot now this is kind of an odd angle normally we're shooting downward and notating on top of a document for example but hey it works and it shows off different capabilities wall mounts obviously that's probably the most popular out there very easy to use and install and then the pole mount so where is the camera gonna go usually the beauty of PTZ cameras is the fact that you can install them hundreds of feet away from where your video source is and then control them remotely so that's kind of the beauty that's kind of the first thing it's like where is this thing going to go right that will certainly Drive what type of camera you might want to purchase and then the thought of going back here ceiling wall or pole is one of those thoughts that the pole is specifically these things can go almost anywhere so if you have huge vaulted ceilings and there's 50-foot ceilings you can drop a pole down 20 feet and have it get a really nice angle so camera angles and camera placement is generally the first thing and look at that there's a PTZ optics camera on a wall mount that's upside down I saw that comment thanks to you notice a single wire let's mention that really quickly I'm going to pop over here so this camera right here as you can see just has one cable so that is one single Ethernet cable for the new tech NDI and this cable is going to provide power video and control so just some of the new stuff that we're seeing out there today something to think about Ethernet obviously a great option specifically for powering your cameras so mounting is one of the first things the next thing is with camera placement specifically is how far is this camera from your source and that may determine the cabling that you use absolutely that'll also determine what optical zoom camera that you're going to need as well yes and that has become such a popular question for us that we've put it on our website there's a calculator and we'll look at the calculator in a moment but let's start with first the difference between USB and SD I and this question actually comes up quite a lot so what I'm gonna do is I'm actually going to take you to our home page and PTZ optics.com what the first thing you'll see as we scroll down is well go into the joystick sorry the first thing you'll see is the difference between SDI USB and NDI and this is where I kind of want to just start here to make sure this is very clear SDI models are most affordable options they can run cabling hundreds of feet you can run the 100 200 300 feet with SDI cabling USB models awesome for plug-and-play plug it right into your computer but the USB 3.0 cabling that's included usually is only about maxes out at about nine feet roughly it might even be less there are some extension options of course when it comes to us babe but typically yeah you're right there are USB extension options so we could use that and then NDI and there's also SDI extension there's also HDMI extensions so there are some things that you can do to it so even SDI has a cap SDI has a cap yes ok I'm trying to remember what it is if you know in the chat let us know but I'm thinking it's like three it's it's similar to cat five which is three hundred and twenty something feet which would be the max for NDI models so new tech NDI is a new low latency camera extension that allows you to or protocol sorry that allows you to extend the camera up to three hundred feet away from your Ethernet switch provide power over ethernet you can get video and control like we mentioned the difference between the SDI models and the NDI models is just the NDI functionality both support Pio power over ethernet the USB models do not support p OE and that is because they are generally very close to the source of the USB 3.0 connection yeah to elaborate on that all of our nd ihx pre-installed cameras do come with the SDI I don't know what to call Porter connector so you could kind of have old trusty with SDI or that new versatile and the ihx function so the that should help with your considerations because if the cameras going to be hundreds of feet away you're looking at either SDI and the i/o or both but if it's going to be close and you just want to plug it right in your computer USB may be the option for you any plans for Ultra HD that would be 4k and that would be 12 GS Mitchell AHS me hi Mitchell thank you for joining yes there are some plans it's a little farther out than I'd like you know we're looking pretty far out still you know six to nine months you know there are some people who say that you can't tell the difference between 1080p and 4k I'm not going to get into that argument right now but 1080p is still what 90 something percent of all the televisions and monitors are streaming is still way more doable for the majority of people out there today in 1080p so I do want to get to 4k there's a lot of great stuff that can you can do there but we have not quite gotten there and there's no immediate plans to be there for PTZ optics now for camera connectivity how are you going to connect and we almost got ahead of ourselves there we kind of dip their toes into the options but with the ptzoptics cameras there are three options for connectivity SDI Ono four if you include HDMI USB as well as ndia checks circle those forth to us oh let's see if it works so here's where you're gonna get your ndia check so it's an arrow function here is our HDMI connector this is the SDI connector and here's your USB 3.0 connector got it alright does a 2.0 even do anything we didn't set the Telus earlier today so I think it's it's not going but that's not a big deal all right so but you guys can see it very similar the only difference is the STI in the USB now when we're looking at USB 3.0 it is backwards compatible with 2.0 but there is a bandwidth limit so you need to think about how much bandwidth you're going to have on your computer whose USB bus so a lot of times we're talking about uncompressed video but we also can talk about compressed video and that's kind of the theme up here USB 3.0 has the ability to do uncompressed 1080p 60 frames per second and that is uncompressed Chris we don't at this time have a USB PTZ optics camera that has the NDI HX functionality yes but I do believe you can upgrade the cameras still you can't USB no I don't think we have a USB model that ships with NDI but maybe our support needs to chime in on that by I'm pretty sure you can upgrade any gen 2 model I always thought it was in your anytime - SDI model I think that they change that and available I'm pretty sure you know better than I know can you repeat the p OE concept if you have time yes really quickly Power over Ethernet you can plug one PTZ optics camera into a network switch that has power over ethernet capabilities it's less than 20 watts I can't remember exactly what the wattage is but I think it's like less than 10 watts but it powers the entire camera and gives you IP connectivity to control the camera over the network now with HDMI an SDI very similar here we're getting uncompressed 1080p up to 60 frames per second video uncompressed video is higher quality than compressed video Ethernet and NDI gives us the ability to have compressed video coming over a you know one gigabit network connection nd I can actually go all the way down to sub 10 megabit streams that's using h.264 compression and then Ethernet which has always had RTSP rtmp those are streaming protocols where you can stream video as well so streaming video big the main thing here there's two there's two or three main things USB short cable run plugs into your computer can't go far HDMI can go up to 50 feet roughly you know I've heard of a hundred foot HDMI cables but I've also seen a lot of them break SD I can go hundreds of feet very strong and then Ethernet and Andy I that requires a network switch that it's bandwidth on your local area network if you're not an IT guy you might not want to that might go down that route at least not to start that you might want to start off with where you are yeah you might want to go off of your corporate network and set up a dedicated network to learn about Massimo is saying do you think 30 megabit upload speeds are enough to do three 1080p signals to YouTube definitely we only have about 25 and we do 310 ATP's you're going to have a more difficult time with the processing required on the single computer then you will with that upload speed there is an example of the USB 3.0 model that's exactly what it's made for there's a little Intel nook that you can see there behind the TV yeah it's a great scenario for videoconferencing space or any type of meeting space even small I've done streaming with it with the USB cameras too they just can't go far from your computer yeah here's one that we set up at a local theater you guys might have caught this back to basics episode this is a good example of us using our nd IH X camera but we didn't have access or knowledge of the switch that we were running off of at this location so we were able to use the backup function of SDI yeah I think I remember with this one we were doing test recordings with the SDI but we still had the NDI for the ethernet and power your own networks I think we did just for Wi-Fi control which we'll talk a little bit about in a moment and then here's another one here here is complete nd I this is a camera at a town hall meeting oh yes my user group I saw this I forget these claim your photo if you're but they did all NDI and then here's one where we're looking at this was at NAB and we did SD on the internet Matt that's a really ask my favorite kind of combo Sdn Ethernet so Daniel is asking what is the quality like between SDI and USB 3 SDI has a better rep but technically they should be very close the reason why is that USB 3 it should have the same uncompressed specs but computers processing power USB buses a lot of times you might have 4 USB 3.0 ports on your computer but they share a single bus single chipset and so they're you know they're not assuming that you're going to have 4 1080p60 you know 100,000 megabit you know compressions coming off of that video stream so USB 3 if use right can be just as good as SDI but a lot of times people have issues with managing the USB processing speed on their computer whereas with SDI it plugs right into a dedicated hardware PCIe card directly attached to your motherboard or you know a hardware based switcher that's just pump and silicon that's uncompressed and so it generally has a better feed and rap in general so the next thought is what are you connecting your camera - is it a wire cast gear is it a vmix computer is it a PTZ optics producer kit that is something that you might want to think about is it a Mac is it a PC absolutely that's going to change the game for some other options that you might be looking into as well so what type of computer are you using and is a capable of handling live streaming yes so quickly obviously we always suggest an i7 processor our PTZ optics producer kit over here has a Intel nook i7 with the seventh generation Intel processors the 8th gen are just rolling out soon and it has 32 gigabytes of RAM solid state hard drive things that you want to consider obviously running everything on us say hard drive speeds everything up connecting with high quality connectors whether it be thunderbolt or a PCIe card thunderbolt and PCIe are directly connected to your motherboard so when we're running multiple cameras here's an example here of four SDI cameras connecting in via one Thunderbolt port to a computer that is part of our producer plus kit if you're interested in that product that was that video that you made test well Michael made it well video that you started Jena say was wondering if we can control and stream data via MDI to our switch while recording through the SDI to an animus for uncompressed yeah that is a great scenario and reason why we kept the SDI connectors on the NDI models so you can control the cameras monitor the cameras you can have multicast running on the NDI cameras which won't get into but allows you to view the cameras on as many devices on your local area and network as you want without adding additional bandwidth but yeah that's a great opportunity SDI uncompressed video versus compressed video it has to do with the color space so if you have crescendos of lights and smoke and layers of detail you might lose a little bit of that when things are compressed recording to uncompressed video for high highly professional video streams is something that a lot of people do for good reason so camera control we have a little joystick here maybe I'll grab one over here yeah you might be surprised at the amount of options that you actually do have at your disposal when it comes to controlling your ptzoptics cameras whoo here's the IP joystick I think the rumors out a gen 3 of this is coming very soon it's going to be awesome I've seen it I'm not gonna say anything about it cuz I'll get in trouble but people love these this is an IP joystick you can control cameras just over Ethernet hundreds of cameras hundreds of ways to control them the other really popular one is the iOS app yeah if you are well we actually have one for Android as well now so iOS users and Android users can download a PTZ control up right to your to your cell phone or iPad so everyone loves that that's now as you said available for Android there is an Amazon fire tablets that's less than $100 gives you a seven-inch touchscreen to control up to eight cameras there is a serial joystick from huddlecam that people really love that's only $2.99 yeah that's a great option and then software for PPC control has actually been integrated in some of the industry's most popular live streaming solutions such as Phoenix Wirecast OBS TriCaster MIMO live and hopefully more to come soon that's another I mean you will be surprised at the fun ways people have fought up how to control your cameras this is the mix with an Xbox controller same rope goes off that's really cool I'd like to add that in origin and of course we have our very own Mac and PC PTZ control apps yes so computer-based control apps the options are pretty much quite a few you've got you've got a lot of options there and then of course the IR remote right there in the middle Oh tres every camera you don't want to show up on a streaming event without that remote because you'll find yourself wishing you had it yeah always bring that and a couple spare batteries that we do ship with you with the camera in every box here's us with the gadget professor and live you that was a fun fun little event there's our smartphone app and a church there there's the Mac PTZ app and then just a couple of things to consider when choosing a model wrapping this up we're gonna have a post show in a moment here to answer any of your questions are you doing video conferencing are you doing video recording or are you doing video streaming take a look at our options here they have a lot of features really like to love them and join our user group to learn more but thank you for watching the guy link is where and maybe try I think there's a couple guides there oh my godness basically we want you to head to ptzoptics confrim more information on the cameras that we discussed in today's presentation we kind of forgot to mention our humongous giveaway which is a church makeover giveaway if you are part of a church or know someone that is you can go to ptzoptics comm slash church - makeover and that is where we're having a huge makeover a giveaway where we're going to be giving away multiple cameras streaming boxes the PTZ optics producer kit and more to one lucky Church in the United States stay tuned guys all this and more coming up next internet culpo show yeah


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