Control MAD Bowler Pan & Tilt Head with PTZ Controller

PTZ Controller software can be used to control not Pan Tilt Zoom camera only, but also Pan & Tilt heads. The control commands are sent out through RS232 serial port/USB of your computer to the connected devices.

Here will show you how to use PTZ Controller software to control  Metham Aviation Design (MAD) Bowler Range of Pan & Tilt Head (RS 485 version). PTZ Controller allows you to control Pan, Tilt and setting Preset, especially setting absolute position for Preset.

MAD Bowler Pan & Tilt Head

1. Be sure you have the latest PTZ Controller software installed or Download Here.

2. Read the user manual or operating instruction of MAD Bowler Pan & Tilt head carefully. You will get the connection information for connector binder (7-way).                                

            • Pin         Function
            • 1             Not used
            • 2             Data A
            • 3             Data B
            • 4             Not used
            • 5             Not used
            • 6             0v DC Power
            • 7             +v DC Power (12v or 24v, please see product)

3. Connect the Pan & Tilt head to your computer with 7-way binder and RS485/RS232 converter, you may also need RS232/USB converter to connect to your USB port. Make sure the cable and converters work well.

 

Connect 7-way binder and RS485/RS232   

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4. Launch PTZ Controller software on your computer.

5. Click menu Setting – Camera Manager… or click Settings button on right lower corner to open Camera Manager panel.

PTZ Controller -Settings

6.  Click New button to open Camera Setting panel. Input the Name and select the Communication information for MAD Pan & Tilt Head.

  • Address: 1
  • Protocol: Pelco D
  • Com Port: your COM Port number, which is connected with the head
  • Baud Rate : 2400

PTZ Controller -Communication Settings

7. Click OK on both Camera Setting and Camera Manager panels. You will see the Pan & Tilt head is added. Now, you can control it by clicking Pan, Tilt buttons or sliders, or just click the black control area to move the position of the Pan & Tilt head. You can also control it with joystick, if you have one connected.

PTZ Controller -Control Pan Tilt

8. After moving the Pan & Tilt head, you can save or set the position to the Preset. Click one Preset, and then click Set button, or right-click the Preset item to show pop-up menu to click Set.  After changing position, select the Preset item you have set, click Go To will recall that position.

Note:

        • You can set position to Preset 1-50, which is stored in the Pan & Tilt head.
        • Preset 0 is factory set as a Home position. (Tilt platform will be horizontal, Pan axis will be in its center position.)

PTZ Controller -Set Preset

9. If you want set absolute position for Preset, double-click the device MAD Pan & Tilt Head to show Camera Setting. Check Set Absolute Position for Preset, click OK back to main panel. You can set absolute position for preset now.

PTZ Controller -Set Absolute Position for Preset

10. Select one Preset number, click Set button, Set Preset panel will be shown. The values shown on it indicate the current absolute position of Pan and Tilt. You can input the absolute position values you want for this Preset, and click OK to finish setting. Click Go To button, you will see the head moving to the absolute position.

Note:

        • When Set Preset panel shows up, it shows the current absolute position.
        • You can set absolute position to Preset 0-127, which is stored in your computer PTZ Controller software.
        • MAD Pan & Tilt Head  has limit stops for Pan and Tilt
            • Pan: 355 degrees
            • Tilt: +45 degrees (up) and  -90 degrees (down)
        • When you input value for absolute position
            • Pan: 0-355
            • Tilt: 360-315 (up) and 0-90 (down)

PTZ Controller -Get Absolute Position

Here is a demo video for setting absolute position for MAD Pan & Tilt Head with PTZ Controller software.

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Set Absolute Position for Pelco D Camera with PTZ Controller

PTZ Controller allows you to set absolute position for Pelco D protocol PTZ camera or Pan & Tilt head.

When you open Camera Setting panel to add camera, you will see an option Set Absolute Position for Preset. (It works with Pelco D protocol ONLY for now)

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This option is unchecked in default.  After the option is checked, you will find Set Preset not working like usual.

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Normally, before you check the option, when you click Set button on Presets panel, the current position of PTZ camera will be saved in selected Preset item, which is saved in your PTZ camera. Different PTZ Cameras support different preset number. For example, Sony EVI series PTZ cameras support 6 presets. Canon VC PTZ cameras support 9 presets. Some Pan & Tilt Heads support 50 presets.

For Pelco D protocol, once you select Set Absolute Position for Preset, when you click Set button, you will get the Pan, Tilt and Zoom values of current position on Set Preset panel.

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Input your required absolute position, click OK to finish setting, and click Go To button. The PTZ camera or Pan & Tilt head will move to that absolute position. The absolute position is stored in your computer PTZ Controller software.  You can set up to 128(0-127) presets for absolute position with PTZ Controller.

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Control 1-channel ProXR Relay Board with Relay Timer R1X

Relay Timer R1X software allows you to control 1-channel ProXR relay board manually and automatically according to timing schedule setting.

Here will show you how to control 1-channel ProXR relay board of National Control Devices with Relay Timer R1X software.

1. Plug-in power for 1-channel ProXR relay board, and connect it to your computer through Serial Port, USB or Ethernet interface.

1-channel ProXR Relay Board

2. Download, install and run Relay Timer R1X.

3. Click Configure button to open Configuration panel.

  • Select Manufacturer – National Control Devices
  • Select Device Type – ProXR
  • Select connection interface
    • Serial Port/USB for RS-232 and USB interface, select the right Port Name and Baud Rate 115200 for ProXR relay board
    • Network  for Ethernet interface, input IP address and Port 2101 for ProXR relay board

Relay Timer R1X - Configuration

4. Click OK button on Configuration panel. You will see the connection information about the relay board and a flashing arrow shown on the status bar. That means the ProXR relay board has been connected with Relay Timer R1X software.

Relay Timer R1X - Connection status

5. It’s ready to control the relay board manually with Relay Timer R1X.

  • Click Manual button down to step into manual control mode
  • Click  On/Off slider to control relay manually

Relay Timer R1X - Control Relay Manually

6. Click Setting button to set up timing schedule for auto control.

Relay Timer R1X - Timing Shcedule Setting

Relay Timer R1X - Shcedule Setting

7. Click Auto button to make sure the relay channel step into auto control mode. The relay channel will be turned on/off automatically according to above schedule setting.

Relay Timer R1X - Switch to Auto Control Mode

8. You can also click Override button to select option for switching to auto mode automatically.

Relay Timer R1X - Override Manual

Here is the quick start guide video for how to control 1-channel ProXR relay board with Relay Timer R1X.

See Also:

Control 2-channel ProXR Relay Board with Relay Timer R2X

Control 2-Channel ProXR Relay Board with Quick Timer R2X

What’s the difference between Relay Timer series and Quick Timer series

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Control 2-channel ProXR Relay Board with Relay Timer R2X

Relay Timer R2X software allows you to control 2-channel ProXR relay board manually and automatically according to timing schedule setting.

Here will show you how to control 2-channel ProXR relay board of National Control Devices with Relay Timer R2X software.

1. Plug-in power for 2-channel ProXR relay board, and connect it to your computer through Serial Port, USB or Ethernet interface.

2-channel ProXR Relay Board

2. Download, install and run Relay Timer R2X.

3. Click Configure button to open Configuration panel.

  • Select Manufacturer – National Control Devices
  • Select Device Type – ProXR
  • Select connection interface
    • Serial Port/USB for RS-232 and USB interface, select the right Port Name and Baud Rate 115200 for ProXR relay board
    • Network  for Ethernet interface, input IP address and Port 2101 for ProXR relay board

Relay Timer R2X - Configuration

4. Click OK button on Configuration panel. You will see the connection information about the relay board is shown on the left side of status bar. In middle of the status bar, there is a flashing arrow. That means the ProXR relay board has been connected with Relay Timer R2X software.

Relay Timer R2X - Connection status

5. It’s ready to control the relay board manually with Relay Timer R2X.

  • Click All On/All Off button to control 2 channels together
  • Or click  On/Off slider for each channel to control separately (Be sure Manual button pressed down first)

Relay Timer R2X - Control Relay Manually

6. Click Setting button for each channel to set up timing schedule for auto control.

Relay Timer R2X - Timing Shcedule Setting

7. Click All Auto button or Auto button for each channel to make sure all channels step into auto control mode. The relay channels will be turned on/off automatically according to above schedule setting.

Relay Timer R2X - Switch to Auto Control Mode

8. You can also click Override button to select option for switching to auto mode automatically.

Relay Timer R2X - Override Manual

Here is the quick start guide video for how to control 2-channel ProXR relay board with Relay Timer R2X.

See Also:

Control 2-Channel ProXR Relay Board with Quick Timer R2X

What’s the difference between Relay Timer series and Quick Timer series

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Control 4-channel ProXR Relay Board with Relay Timer R4X

Relay Timer R4X software allows you to control 4-channel ProXR relay board manually and automatically according to timing schedule setting.

Here will show you how to control 4-channel ProXR relay board of National Control Devices with Relay Timer R4X software.

1. Plug-in power for 4-channel ProXR relay board, and connect it to your computer through Serial Port, USB or Ethernet interface.

4-channel ProXR Relay Board

2. Download, install and run Relay Timer R4X.

3. Click Configure button to open Configuration panel.

  • Select Manufacturer – National Control Devices
  • Select Device Type – ProXR
  • Select connection interface
    • Serial Port/USB for RS-232 and USB interface, select the right Port Name and Baud Rate 115200 for ProXR relay board
    • Network  for Ethernet interface, input IP address and Port 2101 for ProXR relay board

4. Click OK button on Configuration panel. You will see the connection information about the relay board is shown on the left side of status bar. In middle of the status bar, there is a flashing arrow. That means the ProXR relay board has been connected with Relay Timer R4X software.

Relay Timer R4X - Connection status

5. It’s ready to control the relay board manually with Relay Timer R4X.

  • Click All On/All Off button to control 4 channels together
  • Or click  On/Off slider for each channel to control separately (Be sure Manual button pressed down first)

Relay Timer R4X - Control Relay Manually

6. Click Setting button for each channel to set up timing schedule for auto control.

Relay Timer R4X - Timing Shcedule Setting

7. Click All Auto button or Auto button for each channel to make sure all channels step into auto control mode. The relay channels will be turned on/off automatically according to above schedule setting.

Relay Timer R4X - Switch to Auto Control Mode

8. You can also click Override button to select option for switching to auto mode automatically.

Relay Timer R4X - Override Manual

Here is the quick start guide video for how to control 4-channel ProXR relay board with Relay Timer R4X.

See Also:

Control 4-Channel ProXR Relay Board with Quick Timer R4X

What’s the difference between Relay Timer series and Quick Timer series

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Control 16-channel ProXR Relay Board with Relay Timer R16X

Relay Timer R16X software allows you to control 16-channel ProXR relay board manually and automatically according to timing schedule setting.

Here will show you how to control 16-channel ProXR relay board of National Control Devices with Relay Timer R16X software.

1. Plug-in power for 16-channel ProXR relay board, and connect it to your computer through Serial Port, USB or Ethernet interface.

16-channel ProXR Relay Board

2. Download, install and run Relay Timer R16X.

3. Click Configure button to open Configuration panel.

  • Select Manufacturer – National Control Devices
  • Select Device Type – ProXR
  • Select connection interface
    • Serial Port/USB for RS-232 and USB interface, select the right Port Name and Baud Rate 115200 for ProXR relay board
    • Network  for Ethernet interface, input IP address and Port 2101 for ProXR relay board

Relay Timer R16X - Configuration

4. Click OK button on Configuration panel. You will see the connection information about the relay board is shown on the left side of status bar. In middle of the status bar, there is a flashing arrow. That means the ProXR relay board has been connected with Relay Timer R16X software.

Relay Timer R16X - Connection status

5. It’s ready to control the relay board manually with Relay Timer R16X.

  • Click All On/All Off button to control 16 channels together
  • Or click  On/Off slider for each channel to control separately (Be sure Manual button pressed down first)

Relay Timer R16X - Control Manually

6. Click Setting button for each channel to set up timing schedule for auto control.

Relay Timer R16X - Timing Shcedule Setting

7. Click All Auto button or Auto button for each channel to make sure all channels step into auto control mode. The relay channels will be turned on/off automatically according to above schedule setting.

Relay Timer R16X - Switch to Auto Control Mode

8. You can also click Override button to select option for switching to auto mode automatically.

Relay Timer R16X - Override Manual

Here is the quick start guide video for how to control 16-channel ProXR relay board with Relay Timer R16X.

See Also:

Control 16-Channel ProXR Relay Board with Quick Timer R16X

What’s the difference between Relay Timer series and Quick Timer series

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Control 2-Channel ProXR Relay Board with Quick Timer R2X

Quick Timer R2X software is designed to set timer to control 2-channel relay boards automatically.

Here will show you how to control 2-channel ProXR relay board of National Control Devices with Quick Timer R2X.

1. Plug-in power for 2-channel ProXR relay board, and connect it to your computer through USB interface or Ethernet interface.

2. Download, install and run Quick Timer R2X software.

Quick Timer R2X

3. Click Configure button to open Configuration panel.

  • Select Manufacturer – National Control Devices
  • Select Device Type – ProXR
  • Select connection interface
    •  Serial Port/USB for RS-232 and USB interface, select the right Port Name and Baud Rate 115200 for ProXR relay board
    • Network  for Ethernet interface, input IP address and Port 2101 for ProXR relay board

Quick Timer R2X - Configuration

4. Click OK button on Configuration panel. You will see the connection information about the relay board is shown on the left side of status bar. In middle of the status bar, there is a flashing arrow. It indicates the ProXR relay board has been connected with Quick Timer R2X software.

Quick Timer R2X - Connection Status

5. It’s ready to control the relay board manually with Quick Timer R2X.

  • Click Turn All On/Turn All Off button to control all 2 channels together.
  • Or click  On/Off switcher for each channel to control separately.

Quick Timer R2X - Control manully

6. Click Setting button for each channel to set up Duration and Action for auto control.

Quick Timer R2X - Setting for auto control

7. Press Start All button to step into auto control mode for all 2 channels, or press Start button for each channel to control the relay separately.

Quick Timer R2X - Start auto control

Here is an example video. It shows how to set timer to control 2-channel ProXR relay board with Quick Timer R2X.

See also:

Control 4-Channel ProXR Relay Board with Quick Timer R4X

Control 8-channel ProXR Relay Board with Quick Timer R8X

Control 16-Channel ProXR Relay Board with Quick Timer R16X

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Control 4-Channel ProXR Relay Board with Quick Timer R4X

Quick Timer R4X software is designed to set timer to control 4-channel relay boards automatically.

Here will show you how to control 4-channel ProXR relay board of National Control Devices with Quick Timer R4X.

1. Plug-in power for 4-channel ProXR relay board, and connect it to your computer through USB interface or Ethernet interface.

4-channel ProXR Relay Board

2. Download, install and run Quick Timer R4X software.

Quick Timer R4X

3. Click Configure button to open Configuration panel.

  • Select Manufacturer – National Control Devices
  • Select Device Type – ProXR
  • Select connection interface
    • Serial Port/USB for RS-232 and USB interface, select the right Port Name and Baud Rate 115200 for ProXR relay board
    • Network  for Ethernet interface, input IP address and Port 2101 for ProXR relay board

Quick Timer R4X - Configuration

4. Click OK button on Configuration panel. You will see the connection information about the relay board is shown on the left side of status bar. In middle of the status bar, there is a flashing arrow. It indicates the ProXR relay board has been connected with Quick Timer R4X software.

Quick Timer R4X - Connection Status

5. It’s ready to control the relay board manually with Quick Timer R4X.

  • Click Turn All On/Turn All Off button to control all 4 channels together.
  • Or click  On/Off switcher for each channel to control separately.

Quick Timer R4X - Control manully

6. Click Setting button for each channel to set up Duration and Action for auto control.

Quick Timer R4X - Setting for auto control

7. Press Start All button to step into auto control mode for all 4 channels, or press Start button for each channel to control the relay separately.

Quick Timer R4X - Start auto control

Here is an example video. It shows how to set timer to control 4-channel ProXR relay board with Quick Timer R4X.

See also:

Control 2-Channel ProXR Relay Board with Quick Timer R2X

Control 8-channel ProXR Relay Board with Quick Timer R8X

Control 16-Channel ProXR Relay Board with Quick Timer R16X

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Control 16-Channel ProXR Relay Board with Quick Timer R16X

Quick Timer R16X software is designed to set timer to control 16-channel relay boards automatically.

Here will show you how to control 16-channel ProXR relay board of National Control Devices with Quick Timer R16X.

1. Plug-in power for 16-channel ProXR relay board, and connect it to your computer through USB interface or Ethernet interface.

16-channel ProXR Relay Board

2. Download, install and run Quick Timer R16X software.

Quick Timer R16X

3. Click Configure button to open Configuration panel.

  • Select Manufacturer – National Control Devices
  • Select Device Type – ProXR
  • Select connection interface
    • Serial Port/USB for RS-232 and USB interface, select the right Port Name and Baud Rate 115200 for ProXR relay board
    • Network  for Ethernet interface, input IP address and Port 2101 for ProXR relay board

Quick Timer R16X - Configuration

4. Click OK button on Configuration panel. You will see the connection information about the relay board is shown on the left side of status bar. In middle of the status bar, there is a flashing arrow. It indicates the ProXR relay board has been connected with Quick Timer R16X software.

Quick Timer R16X - Connection Status

5. It’s ready to control the relay board manually with Quick Timer R16X.

  • Click Turn All On/Turn All Off button to control all 16 channels together.
  • Or click  On/Off switcher for each channel to control separately.

Quick Timer R16X - Control manually

6. Click Setting button for each channel to set up Duration and Action for auto control.

Quick Timer R16X - Setting for auto control

7. Press Start All button to step into auto control mode for all 16 channels, or press Start button for each channel to control the relay separately.

Quick Timer R16X - Start Auto Control

Here is an example video. It shows how to set timer to control 16-channel ProXR relay board with Quick Timer R16X.

See also:

Control 2-Channel ProXR Relay Board with Quick Timer R2X

Control 4-Channel ProXR Relay Board with Quick Timer R4X

Control 8-channel ProXR Relay Board with Quick Timer R8X

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Conditional Control Relays with N-Button

N-Button software allows you to create widgets to control relay boards.  You can not only simply turn relay on or off, but set up conditional rule to control relays.

Here will show you an example about how to set up conditional rule to control relays.

We will use the push button of push notification board to control relay board. Both of the push notification board and relay board are from National Control Devices. We already have a blog about how to control/toggle relays by push notification board.

N-Button Automation: Toggle Relay by Push Notification Board

We will add conditional rule to avoid Relay 1 and Relay 2 to be on at the same time. That is,

  • When Relay 1 is ON, Relay 2 can NOT be ON;
  • When Relay 2 is ON, Relay 1 can NOT be ON;

This might be happened when you use relay board to control two different doors or valves, if you don’t want them to be opened at the same time.

Step 1: Be sure you already installed N-Button software, connected push notification board and relay board to your computer.

Relay Board and Push Notification Board

Step 2: Run N-Button Lite or Pro, add push notification board and relay board to Device Manager.

N-Button software - Add Devices

Step 3: Add two Relay Buttons to toggle Relay 1 and Relay 2 separately.

N-Button software - Add Relay Button

You will see the Relay Button widgets on your desktop. Click the button with your mouse to turn on/off Relay 1 and Relay 2 separately. Green means the relay is ON. Red means the relay is OFF.

N-Button software -Relay Button Widget

Step 4: Add two Scan Channel widgets to indicate the status of Push Button 1 and Push Button 2.N-Button software -Add Scan Channel Widget

You will see the Scan Channel widgets on your desktop. Both of them show red. When you press one of the Push Button down it will turn green.

N-Button software - Scan Channel Widget

Step 5:  Add two simple Conditions for Relay 1 and Relay 2 separately. The initial status of conditions are Meet. The condition works as a mark for relay channel. The relay will be controlled as long as the condition is Meet.

N-Button software - Add Conditions

Step 6: Add two Actions List for both Push Buttons. Once the Push Button is pressed, the Actions on the list will be executed one by one.

N-Button software - Add Actions List

For Push Button 1, when the button is pressed there are 5 actions will be executed.

  • Lock Relay 2 : It is a Condition Action to set the Condition 2 (Mark for Relay 2) as Not Meet.
  • Turn Relay 1 On: It is a Relay Action to turn Relay 1 On.
  • Wait: It is a Wait Action. Input the time you want the Relay 1 keeping On.
  • Turn Relay 1 Off: It is a Relay Action to turn Relay 1 Off.
  • Unlock Relay 2 : It is a Condition Action to set the Condition 2 (Mark for Relay 2) as Meet.

In the same way, the 5 actions for Push Button 2 shown as below.

N-Button software - Actions List

  • Lock Relay 1 : It is a Condition Action to set the Condition 1 (Mark for Relay 1) as Not Meet.
  • Turn Relay 2 On: It is a Relay Action to turn Relay 2 On.
  • Wait: It is a Wait Action. Input the time you want the Relay 2 keeping On.
  • Turn Relay 2 Off: It is a Relay Action to turn Relay 2 Off.
  • Unlock Relay 1 : It is a Condition Action to set the Condition 1 (Mark for Relay 1) as Meet.

We have finished all settings. You will see 4 widgets on your desktop.

N-Button software - Widgets 

When you press Push Button 1, you will see the Relay Button 1 and Scan Channel 1 turn green. Try to press push button 2 during 5 seconds after you press the Push Button 1, there is no action for Relay 2.

 N-Button software - Widgets - Relay1 ON

After 5 seconds, Relay 1 is Off. Press the Push Button 2, you will see the Relay Button 2 and Scan Channel 2 turn green. Try to press Push Button 1 during 5 seconds after you press the Push Button 2, there is no action for Relay 1 also.

N-Button software - Widgets - Relay 2 ON

The video shows how it works.

Here we just set the Relay 1 and Relay 2 keeping On for 5 seconds, you can set the time you want.  With the condition rule, you have more ways to control relays with N-Button software.

See also:

N-Button Automation: Control Relay with Push Notification Board

N-Button Automation: Toggle Relay by Push Notification Board

N-Button Automation Control Device with Conditional Rule

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