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Remote Control PTZ Camera with HTTP Request by PTZ Controller 3.0

Friday, July 18th, 2014

PTZ Controller 3.0 supports build-in HTTP CGI server.  It can control PTZ cameras remotely through HTTP request.

How to control PTZ Camera with HTTP request by PTZ Controller 3.0

1.  Download and install PTZ Controller 3.0 on your computer.

2. Connect PTZ Camera with your computer through serial port or USB

3. Run PTZ Controller 3.0, and make sure to select the right setting for camera. (address, protocol, Com port, baud rate)

4. Please make sure you can control your PTZ camera locally with mouse or keyboard shortcuts.

PTZ Controller 3.0 mini interface

5. Click menu Setting –> Options to select “Enable PTZ Controller Server” and set Port Number or keep it default as 8080.

Enable PTZ Controller Server

6.  To test if PTZ Controller server is running, open the internet browser, and type the following line, replace the port number if the port is set other than 8080.

http://localhost:8080

A webpage should show as below.

PTZ Controller Server is running!

Make sure the port number is allow to access in Windows firewall setting. Please visit Microsoft website to get more information about firewall setup.

7. PTZ Controller HTTP request format

http://IPaddress:port/command

IPaddress :  it’s the IP address of the computer that running PTZ Controller.

Port:  it’s the port number the server listen. It can be reset on Options panel shown above.

There are 6 HTTP request commands for Pan, Tilt and Zoom without parameters

http://IPaddress:port/PanLeft

http://IPaddress:port/PanRight

http://IPaddress:port/TiltUp

http://IPaddress:port/TiltDown

http://IPaddress:port/ZoomIn

http://IPaddress:port/ZoomOut

Stop command:

http://IPaddress:port/Stop

Commands for Pan, Tilt and Zoom with parameters

http://IPaddress:port/PtzRequest?Pan=10&Tilt=20&Zoom=10

Pan’s value: -63 to 63

Tilt’s value: -63 to 63

Zoom’s value: -63 to 63

It can be used with pan tilt only or zoom only

http://IPaddress:port/PtzRequest?Pan=10&Tilt=20

http://IPaddress:port/PtzRequest?Zoom=10

To check the IP address of your computer, click Windows Start,  run cmd.exe to open the console window, type command “ipconfig”, press Enter to get the computer’s IP address.

ipconfig

For example:

The HTTP request commands for Pan, tilt and zoom without parameters will be:

http://192.168.1.7:8080/PanLeft

http://192.168.1.7:8080/PanRight

http://192.168.1.7:8080/TiltUp

http://192.168.1.7:8080/TiltDown

http://192.168.1.7:8080/ZoomIn

http://192.168.1.7:8080/ZoomOut

Stop command need to be sent after sending commands above.

http://192.168.1.7:8080/stop

Commands for Pan, tilt and zoom with parameters will be:

http://192.168.1.7:8080/PtzRequest?Pan=10&Tilt=20&Zoom=10

http://192.168.1.7:8080/PtzRequest?Pan=10&Tilt=20

http://192.168.1.7:8080/PtzRequest?Zoom=10

8.  HTTP request for Custom Functions

There are 12 Custom Function buttons available in PTZ controller 3.0. Each custom function can be  setup a HTTP request command. The custom item function will be called when the specific HTTP request is called.

HTTP request for Cusom Functions

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For example:

http://192.168.1.7:8080/custom1

Above HTTP request will do Set Preset 1.

Note:

All commands that used for Pan, Tilt, Zoom and Stop cannot be override in custom functions.

If there are two same HTTP request commands for custom functions, the first one matched will be called.

 

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PTZ Controller supports Zoom variable speed for Sony Protocol

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

The latest version of PTZ Controller v2.9.598 supports Zoom variable  speed for Sony Protocol.

After you launch PTZ Controller, right-click the main menu icon on right-top corner to show main menu.

PTZ Controller - Main Menu

Click Options item to show Options panel. Here you can choose Variable Speed or Constant Speed for  Pan, Tilt, and Zoom.

PTZ Controller - Options

If the Variable Speed is selected, when you control Zoom, press the +/- button continuously, the speed will be faster. You can adjust the Max Speed value to meet your control speed.

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What’s the difference between PTZ keyboard hardware and PTZ Controller software?

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Both PTZ keyboard hardware and PTZ Controller software are used to control PTZ camera.

However, PTZ keyboard hardware supports limited protocols. It’s also much expensive.

PTZ Controller software is dedicated to control PTZ cameras through computer standard keyboard and mouse, as well as joystick.

It supports all functions of PTZ keyboard hardware, such as Pan, Tilt, Focus, Zoom, Iris, Preset, etc.

It supports most popular protocols such as Pelco, Sony, Bosch, Panasonic, etc. It will support more protocols in future.

It can assign meaningful name for presets and cameras instead of just number.

It is capable of sending user-defined Hex data to PTZ camera.

PTZ Controller software also allows you to control multiple PTZ cameras connected with different serial ports on one computer.

Here are screenshots of PTZ Controller software.

PTZ Controller Software

PTZ Controller Software - Protocols

PTZ Controller Software - Panels

 

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Focus Auto/Manual Command for Canon PTZ Camera

Monday, October 14th, 2013

PTZ Controller software supports Canon protocol.

It’s easy to control Pan, Tilt and Zoom for Canon VC series or Canon XU/BU series PTZ Camera with PTZ Controller after you select right COM Port, Protocol, Baud Rate and camera address.

PTZ Controller Setting

To control Focus with the buttons on PTZ Controller, the Focus mode of Canon PTZ camera must be in Manual.

PTZ Controller - Focus Control buttons

To set Canon PTZ camera Focus mode Manual or Auto, you can send specific command by Customized button in PTZ Controller.

1. Click “Edit Customization” on main menu.

PTZ Controller - Edit Customization

2. Click one button on Edit panel to show “Setting” dialog.  Select “Send Hex Data” and input the command here.

Focus Auto: FF 30 30 A1 30 EF

Focus Manual: FF 30 30 A1 31 EF

Set Canon - Focus Auto         Set Canon - Focus Manual

3. After setting, open the Customize panel, and click one of the button to change Focus mode in Auto or Manual.

Control Canon - Focus Auto Manual

Following above steps, you also can set other commands to control your Canon PTZ Camera.

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Control Canon PTZ Camera with PTZ Controller

Monday, October 14th, 2013

PTZ Controller software supports Canon protocol for Canon VC camera series and Canon XU/BU camera series.

PTZ Controller allows you to control your Canon Pan Tilt Zoom camera, such as VC-C4 and XU80,  with your computer.  That is you can control your Canon PTZ camera with the standard computer mouse and keyboard instead of PTZ keyboard or PTZ joystick hardware.

Download PTZ Controller

To control Canon PTZ camera with PTZ Controller software:

1. Download and install PTZ Controller software, and run PTZ Controller software.

2. Click the main menu to select Canon VC protocol or  Canon XU/BU protocol.

Control Canon PTZ Camera

3. Be sure to select the right Baud Rate and COM Port connected with your Canon PTZ camera.

4. You also need to select Camera address if you have more than one camera connected with your computer. Otherwise, just keep the camera address as default value.

5. Now, it’s ready to move the mouse or press the keyboard to control your Sony PTZ Camera.

Note: Sometime, your computer needs to be restart before you can control your Canon PTZ Camera with PTZ Controller.

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Control Sony PTZ Camera with PTZ Controller

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

PTZ Controller software supports Sony protocol, that is Sony VISCA protocol.

PTZ Controller allows you to control your Sony PTZ camera or VISCA protocol camera, such as Vaddio camera, with your computer.  You can control your Sony PTZ camera or Vaddio camera with the standard computer mouse and keyboard instead of PTZ keyboard or PTZ joystick hardware.

Download PTZ Controller

To control Sony PTZ camera with PTZ Controller software:

1. Download and install PTZ Controller software, and run PTZ Controller software.

2. Click the main menu to select Sony protocol, that is VISCA protocol.

Control Sony PTZ Camera with PTZ Controller

3. Be sure to select the right Baud Rate and COM Port connected with your Sony PTZ camera.

4. You also need to select Camera address if you have more than one camera connected with your computer. Otherwise, just keep the camera address as default value 001.

5. Now, it’s ready to move the mouse or press the keyboard to control your Sony PTZ Camera.

 

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Control Pelco PTZ Camera with PTZ Controller

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

PTZ Controller software supports Pelco protocol, which include Pelco D and Pelco P protocols.

PTZ Controller allows you to control your Pelco PTZ cameras with your computer.  You can control your Pelco PTZ camera with your mouse and keyboard instead of Pelco PTZ keyboard or PTZ joystick hardware.

Download PTZ Controller

To control Pelco PTZ camera with PTZ Controller software:

1. Download and install PTZ Controller software, and run PTZ Controller software.

2. Click the main menu to select Pelco D or Pelco P protocol according to your Pelco PTZ camera setting.

Control Pelco PTZ camera with PTZ Controller

3. Be sure to select the right Baud Rate and COM Port connected with your Pelco PTZ camera.

4. You also need to select Camera address if you have more than one camera connected with your computer. Otherwise, just keep the camera address as default value 001.

5. Now, it’s ready to move the mouse or press the keyboard to control your Pelco PTZ Camera.

 

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PTZ Controller Supports Canon XU/BU Protocol

Monday, March 18th, 2013

PTZ Controller controls PTZ Dome/Camera through serial port/USB.

It works with Canon VC series protocol.

The latest version v2.9 build 587 supports Canon XU/BU Protocol.

Download the latest version HERE.

PTZ Controller Canon XU/BU

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USB PTZ Joystick Plug-in for PTZ Controller

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

PTZ Controller supports PTZ Joystick plug-in.

Download PTZ Joystick Plug-in

How to use PTZ Joystick to control PTZ Camera

  1. Download and Install PTZ Controller (http://www.serialporttool.com/PTZ.htm)
  2. Download PTZ Joystick plug-in
  3. Connect PTZ Camera with your PC through RS232 serial port
  4. Connect USB PTZ Joystick with your PC
  5. Run PTZ Controller
  6. Run JoystickPlugin.exe
  7. Control PTZ Camera with the PTZ Joystick now!

Note:

Please update your Windows and install the latest DirectX. Here is the download link.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35

  • PTZ Joystick Plug-in

The latest version of PTZ Joystick plug-in allows you to set the functions for buttons of PTZ Joystick.

Click Configuration button to open the Joystick Configuration dialog.

Click Setting button to select the stick or button to control Pan, Tilt, Zoom, Focus, Iris, Camera, Preset and Customized Functions.

PTZ Joystick Plug-in Configuration

The default configuration for PTZ Joystick is X/Y Axis for Pan/Tilt and rotates handle for Zoom out/in.

There are 12 buttons, 2 on handle and 10 on base housing. Here is the table of the button’s functions.

Button # Function
1 Focus Far
2 Focus Near
3 Iris Open
4 Iris Close
5 Next Preset
6 Previous Preset
7 Next Camera
8 Previous Camera
9 Customized Button 1
10 Customized Button 2
11 Customized Button 3
12 Customized Button 4

 

PTZ Joystick

 

 

 

 

 

Note: The Customized Buttons indicate the buttons on Customize panel of PTZ Controller.

customizedButton

Here are links for USB PTZ Joystick.

* If you want to use a less expensive solution for PTZ Joystick, you may choose USB Game Joystick or USB Gamepad.

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Related Link:

USB Game Joystick Plug-in for PTZ Controller

USB Game Pad Plug-in for PTZ Controller

USB Game Joystick Plug-in for PTZ Controller

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

We got many feature request emails about support USB game joystick for PTZ Controller. Compare to PTZ joystick, game joystick is much less expensive solution.

PTZ Controller supports plug-in from version 2.8. The first plug-in is USB Game Joystick Plug-in.

Now, we have new version of Joystick Plug-in. It allows you to set the functions for buttons of game joystick.

Download Game Joystick Plug-in

We recommend Logitech’s extreme 3D joystick. It is available from NewEgg.com at the price about $30.  It also works well with other game joysticks.

How to use Game Joystick to control PTZ Camera

  1. Download and Install PTZ Controller (http://www.serialporttool.com/PTZ.htm)
  2. Download Game Joystick plug-in
  3. Connect PTZ Camera with your PC through RS232 serial port
  4. Connect USB Game Joystick with your PC
  5. Run PTZ Controller
  6. Run JoystickPlugin.exe
  7. Control PTZ Camera with the Game Joystick now!

The joystick works just like a professional PTZ camera Keyboard. It can control pan, tilt, iris, focus and zoom with PTZ Controller. The rotate of the joystick is Zoom, just same as PTZ Keyboard. There are 12 buttons available, with those buttons, it is possible to switch camera address and set preset by one hand!

Note:

Please update your Windows and install the latest DirectX. Here is the download link.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35

  • Game Joystick Plug-in    

    Click Configuration button to open the Configuration dialog.

  • Click Setting button to select the stick or button to control Pan, Tilt, Zoom, Focus, Iris, Camera, Preset and Customized Functions.

Game Joystick Plug-in Configuration

For Logitech’s extreme 3D joystick, the default function mapping shown as below.

  • X Axis Pan Logitech Joystick
  • Y Axis Tilt
  • Z Axis Zoom

Pov are mapping to Iris and Focus.

  • Pov Up         Iris –
  • Pov Down    Iris +
  • Pov Left       Focus –
  • Pov Right     Focus +

Logitech Game Joystick       Logitech Game Joystick

Button’s Function

  • Button 1      Next Preset
  • Button 2      Previous Preset
  • Button 3      Next Camera
  • Button 4      Previous Camera
  • Button 5      —
  • Button 6      —
  • Button 7      Customized Button 1
  • Button 8      Customized Button 2
  • Button 9      Customized Button 3
  • Button 10    Customized Button 4
  • Button 11    Customized Button 5
  • Button 12    Customized Button 6

Logitech Game Joystick Buttons

The Customized Buttons indicate the buttons on Customize panel of PTZ Controller.

Customized Buttons

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Related Link:

USB Game Pad Plug-in for PTZ Controller 

USB PTZ Joystick Plug-in for PTZ Controller