NewTek NDI® PTZ1 Camera - Remote Control Using a Production System
February 27, 2018 by Rex Olson and Chuck Baker
The NewTek NDI® PTZ1 Camera can be controlled from within the UI of a networked NewTek live production system or NewTek video production application. Many third party NDI-enabled production systems and applications can also directly use and control this camera. For this demonstration, Rex Olson shows us this capability with a TriCaster® Mini system on the same 1GB Ethernet network as the PTZ1 camera.
Rex reviews the power options - PTZ1 can be used with the included power supply, or it can operate from Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), allowing single cable operation providing video, audio, control, power and tally. PoE itself offers choices - many late model routers and switchers offer PoE on all or some of their ports, or you can use your existing non-PoE components and add a PoE power injector between a network switch and your PTZ1 camera. An example of such an injector is shown in the video.
One of the strengths of the TriCaster for live production is the ability to create camera shot presets, and this capability has been built into the PTZ1 camera. The PTZ control tab in the TriCaster UI shows the presets that are available in the camera’s internal storage, and the operator can pan, tilt, zoom, adjust the iris and the focus, and save a new preset into the camera into an available preset slot. Those presets are available to any operator for the camera, so a producer working from any device on the network can set up a series of presets ahead of a live production, and those can be seen and used by any another operator on a networked device or production system that can control the PTZ1.
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NewTek NDI PTZ1 Camera is the first NDI-native camera, supports up to 1080p60 resolution, 20x optical zoom, 3G-SDI and HDMI output, and offers video, audio, control, tally and power all over a single Ethernet cable.