This week's NDI November webinar is all about NDI and PTZ Cameras. We discuss the advantages of PTZ Cameras, where they can be used, and some tech knowledge you'll need to carry out a great production with these cameras. We also walk through all of the PTZ Cameras we carry at Videoguys, and show you which one is the right camera for you!
Check out the webinar, below:
Why Should I Consider a PTZ Camera?
PTZ Cameras are a forefront technology that takes advantage of NDI. This technology pairing means more camera angles without adding camera operators, and limiting the cameras to only one angle. NDI technology allows cameras to be controlled, send a picture, and receive power, all over a single ethernet cable.
PTZ Cameras are:
- Easy to set-up and use
- No additional personnel required
- Mount it Anywhere in the Room!
NDI and PTZ means you can Easily Multiply Cameras without Adding Operators
- Cameras can be controlled by volunteers or professionals at any level of experience
- Multiple cameras can be controlled by one single operator
- Presets simplify operation by programming movements to one button
PTZ Cameras can be controlled via these Methods:
- NDI Studio Monitor and Other Control Softwares
- NDI Smartphone and Tablet Control Apps
- NDI PTZ Camera Controllers
NDI and High Zoom Capabilities like 30x Means you can have the Cameras Further Away from the Control Center
With control, power and transmission happening over a single cable, and expanded zoom capabilities, you no longer need an operator to stand behind your camera.
NDI Allows One Cable to Rule Them All
Use one single Cat6 Ethernet cable to provide:
- Video transmission
- Power over Ethernet (PoE)
- Camera control
PoE is a technology that lets network cables carry electrical power
PoE: Power over Ethernet
- PoE 15.4 Watts
- PoE+ 30 Watts
- PoE++ (Ultra) 60 -100 Watts depending on version (Type 3 and Type 4)
Note: Make sure your switch has enough total capacity to support
all your PoE devices
Videoguys Tech Tip: Make sure your switch has enough power for all of your devices
Videoguys Tech Tip: Get the Right Switch
Videoguys Recommends a Netgear M-4250 Switch.
- 8x1G PoE+
- TPD 125W
- 8x1G PoE+
- TPD 240W
- 8x1G Ultra90 PoE++ 802.3bt
- TPD 720W
There's a PTZ Camera For Every Need and Every Budget
BirdDog: One of the Most Versatile PTZ Camera Lines with NDI:
BirdDog Case Studies:
Check out this case study of the BirdDog Eyes P200 in Action at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center.
Check out this case study of the BirdDog Eyes A200 in action streaming an outdoor competitive swimming event for Amazon Prime.
Videoguys Tech Tip: Color Match Cameras
Mix and Match Requires Color Balancing
- This will avoid a jarring effect when switching between each camera
- BirdDog and PTZOptics offer excellent software and UI options for color matching and color balancing
Panasonic Pro PTZ Cameras
Panasonic creates a wide range of Professional Level NDI|HX, with Silent and Fluid Motion. Non NDI Panasonic Cameras can be upgraded to include NDI as well, with the NDI|HX Upgrade available for Panasonic cameras at $299.
Check out this Demonstration video from Panasonic using NDI with the AW-UE100, and showing just how easy it is to use NDI with these cameras.
PTZOptics PTZ Cameras
Affordable NDI|HX Cameras
These cameras are:
- Available in 12x, 20x, 30x
PTZOptics NDI Cameras are available in three flavors:
PTZOptics SDI cameras can also be upgraded to NDI with the PTZOptics NDI License Upgrade, at $399.
More Videoguys' NDI Tech Tips
- Get the right cam for the right shot
- Longer zoom for back of room
- Smoother motion for moving subjects
- Lighting still matters
- 4K is future proof!
NewTek PTZ Cameras
NewTek PTZ Cameras are perfect for your TriCaster Workflow, or in your NewTek NDI video ecosystem.
A 1080p NDI PTZ Camera that's perfect for your TriCaster Workflow.
- 20x Zoom
All the features of the NewTek PTZ2 with a 4K UHD Picture
- 30x Zoom
This is a higher end PTZ camera for sophisticated productions with Grass Valley switchers.
- 4K NDI|HX
- 35x Optical Zoom and 2x Digital Zoom
RGBlink has also introduced a low end and affordable NDI PTZ camera that pairs great with their switchers, or as an entry level for those just looking to get started with PTZ Cameras.
- 20x Optical Zoom and 10x Digital Zoom
Videoguys Tech Tip: Use an IP Controller
Get a controller for a workflow with more than 3 cameras
Check out our recent webinar rounding up all the options we offer for PTZ Camera Controllers:
Remember to join us for the remainder of our NDI November webinars, and be sure to register for notifications when the latest webinar has been released. Registering will also offer you a chance to enter our giveaways at the end of the month.