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Mark Suszko
Suggestions please for an HD remote PTZ cam steered by web
on Jan 6, 2010 at 3:01:22 pm

Making a wish list, looking to set up an affordable high-def remote controlled PTZ camera that can be steered thru a web interface, it needs to be able to be controlled from a few feet away as well as being able to be commanded from 200 miles away. The signal routing is already taken caer of, assume that, I'm only shopping for the camera, PTZ mechanism, and a control box that also can be remoted via a secure web conection. Looking at the Panasonic all in one HD PTZ, but is there anything that's as good but less expensive?


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maurice jansen
Re: Suggestions please for an HD remote PTZ cam steered by web
on Jan 6, 2010 at 10:06:19 pm

well

if you find something that works on good old RS232 and match your spec's you could use a Nport from MOXA for the IPpart. i guess this make your surge more easy

grt
Maurice

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Jason Wallace
Re: Suggestions please for an HD remote PTZ cam steered by web
on Jan 7, 2010 at 3:25:45 pm

Affordable is the trick.

Are you trying to send the video over the web? Or only wanting control via the web? And by how many users?

If used by only a few people, and, you're not trying to send HD over the web (you just need control) You can use a video encoder from almost any security manufacturer, combined with a RS485 PTZ platform (designed for security cameras)

Video encoders typically have the RS232 or RS485 outputs, and are controlled via a web interface. The whole thing could be done for maybe $1k to $1500 if you do it yourself.

-Jason


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Mark Suszko
Re: Suggestions please for an HD remote PTZ cam steered by web
on Jan 7, 2010 at 10:17:58 pm

Just controlling the camera via web, we already have a dedicated link using v bricks for the video. No, I don't want to run the controls thru the same system that's supplying the video, I want the control scheme separate.

Only one user. But that user might be an office worker right there in an office next door to the cam, or many miles away. The actual visual feed is already worked out and always-on. This is really just about replacing or supplementing the physical camera operator when they have to be elsewhere, but we need a shot in a press conference room right away anyway.


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Jason Wallace
Re: Suggestions please for an HD remote PTZ cam steered by web
on Jan 7, 2010 at 10:30:27 pm

I would suggest you get a IP video encoder commonly used in the security industry to convert an analog camera into an IP camera. Make sure the model you get has PTZ controls in the web interface. Axis makes one that is a bit pricy but will do the job. Since it's web based, it doesn't mater where in the world the operator is, as long as there is a network connection.

The RS485 output from the encoder controls the PTZ platform the camera is mounted on, allowing the remote operator to click on screen to move the camera. It won't be smooth, (jerky quick movements) but will do enough to line up the shot.

If you want to replace an operator, you'll need a decoder on the other end that is designed to give you an analog output. (so it would be analog camera into the encoder, send over network/internet, analog back out the other side) Those will typically have RS485 INPUTS on them, allowing you to connect a PTZ joystick to it. This will give you remote, smooth proportional control. If you go that route, get an encoder and decoder from a manufacturer called ACTi. They are fairly inexpensive and work well. ACTi doesn't have on screen controls for PTZ, but that won't matter if you're using the joystick.

-J


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Victoria Kazlausky
Re: Suggestions please for an HD remote PTZ cam steered by web
on Feb 25, 2010 at 7:22:12 pm

We're very fond of the Cannon BU-45H!
..small compact camera ( 20:1 zoom lens)
..sufficient ability to zoom-in for the close-ups
..dramatic HD shots and wide angles
..camera has special applications, including high resolution outdoor activities installations.
There's a video of it at http://www.ptz-broadcast-cameras.com

Hope it helps!
Victoria Ashley


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