Software to Control PTZ Cameras
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PTZ Controller v3 User Manual

How to Add Camera

Click menu Setting --> Camera Manager  to open Camera Manager panel

It can also be opened by clicking button on normal main interface.

Click New button to show Camera Setting Panel to edit or select the camera's name, address, protocol, connected Com Port and baud rate. Please refer the manual of your PTZ Camera to select the right value.

  

All supported protocols are list here.

All added cameras will be list in Camera Panel on normal main interface.

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How to Control Pan

Pan Control 

5 ways to control Pan:

  • Click the button or to pan left or pan right step by step.

  • Drag the circle bar to move PTZ camera left or right continuously. 

  •  In Mouse Control Area, press down the mouse to show control arrow . Move the arrow to control.

  • Use Keyboard Shortcuts, for pan left,  for pan right.

  • If joystick or gamepad is connected, you can also control pan with joystick or gamepad.

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How to Control Tilt

Tilt Control 

5 ways to control Tilt:

  • Click the button or to tilt up or tilt down step by step.

  • Drag the circle bar to move PTZ camera up or down continuously. 

  •  In Mouse Control Area, press down the mouse to show control arrow . Move the arrow to control.

  • Use Keyboard Shortcuts, for tilt down,  for tilt up.

  • If joystick or gamepad is connected, you can also control tilt with joystick or gamepad.

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How to Control Zoom

Zoom Control 

4 ways to control Zoom:

  • Click the button or to pan left or pan right step by step.

  • Drag the circle bar to adjust zoom continuously. 

  • Use Keyboard Shortcuts, for zoom in,  for zoom out.

  • If joystick or gamepad is connected, you can also control zoom with joystick or gamepad.

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How to Control Focus

Focus Control 

3 ways to control Focus:

  • Click the Auto/Manual bar to select control focus automatically or manually. The focus near and focus far buttons are available for manual control only.

  • Use Keyboard Shortcuts, for focus far,  for focus near.

  • If joystick or gamepad is connected, you can also control focus with joystick or gamepad.

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How to Control Iris

Iris Control 

3 ways to control Iris:

  • Click the Auto/Manual bar to select control iris automatically or manually. The iris open and iris close buttons are available for manual control only.

  • Use Keyboard Shortcuts, for iris oepn,   for iris close.

  • If joystick or gamepad are connected, you can also control iris with joystick or gamepad.

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How to Set Preset

There are 127 preset position in Presets Panel. To set preset, after your move/control PTZ camera to a position, select a preset item in Presets Panel.  Click button to store current camera's position to the specified preset item.

You can also use default Custom Functions button to set preset directly. There are 6 buttons in Custom Functions 1 panel. These 6 buttons are  shortcut buttons for some custom functions. You can keep them for Set Preset function.

 

Right-click the prest item to show context menu. Click Set option to Set the preset directly.

  

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How to Go to Preset

After you have set preset, you can select the preset item in Presets Panel, click button to move the camera to the saved position.

There are 16 Go To Preset buttons already be list on main interface. You can also just click the Go To preset button directly.

Right-click the prest item to show context menu. Click Go To option to Go To the preset directly.

   

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How to Control Auto Scan

PTZ Controller 3.1 supports multiple auto scan tracks.

Click menu Setting -> Auto Scan Manager -> New to add auto scan track to Auto Scan Manager panel.

Or,  click  button to open  Auto Scan panel

PTZ Controller Auto Scan

Click Edit Track button to show Auto Scan Track Setting panel.

There are 2 ways for auto scan.

 1. Auto Scan by Preset

Add preset position to Preset Track list,  PTZ Camera will scan the preset position automatically according to the list. Each preset position can be set a stay time.

2. Auto Scan by Built-in Auto Pan

Select Clockwise or Anticlockwise option. Drag the slide bar to select the speed of rotation. PTZ camera will rotate continually according to the selected direction.

After adding or editing auto scan track, click Start button with selected track on Auto Scan panel.

PTZ Controller Auto Scan

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How to Set Custom Button

PTZ Controller 3.1 supports two group of Custom Functions. Each group includes 6 buttons. The buttons can be set to different functions.

Click menu Setting -> Custom Functions 1 Setting to show the panel below.

Click Edit button to show Function Setting panel. There are several function options.

Edit above panel to set the functions for custom buttons on Custom Functions 1 and Custom Functions 2 panels.

PTZ Controller Custom Function

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How to Send HTTP Request

PTZ Controller 3.1 supports build-in HTTP CGI server.  It allow to control PTZ cameras remotely through HTTP request.

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

Enable PTZ Controller Server

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. That means PTZ Controller server is running. Click the button on the webpage will send HTTP request to control PTZ Camera.

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

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.

Port number can be reset on Options panel shown above.

You can control Pan, Tilt and Zoom without parameters, or with parameters. The value of Pan, Tilt and Zoom is -63 to 63. It can be used with pan tilt only or zoom only.

Command Format Example
http://IPaddress:port/PanLeft http://192.168.1.9:8080/PanLeft
http://IPaddress:port/PanRight://IPaddress:port/PanRight http://192.168.1.9:8080/PanRight
http://IPaddress:port/TiltUPtp://IPaddress:port/TiltUP http://192.168.1.9:8080/TiltUp
http://IPaddress:port/TiltDown://IPaddress:port/TiltDown http://192.168.1.9:8080/TiltDown
http://IPaddress:port/ZoomIntp://IPaddress:port/ZoomIn http://192.168.1.9:8080/ZoomIn
http://IPaddress:port/ZoomOutp://IPaddress:port/ZoomOut http://192.168.1.9:8080/ZoomOut
http://IPaddress:port/Stophttp://IPaddress:port/Stop http://192.168.1.9:8080/stop
http://IPaddress:port/PtzRequest?Pan=XX&Tilt=XX&Zoom=XXXX&Tilt=XX&Zoom=XX http://192.168.1.9:8080/PtzRequest?Pan=10&Tilt=20&Zoom=10
http://IPaddress:port/PtzRequest?Pan=XX&Tilt=XXRequest?Pan=XX&Tilt=XX http://192.168.1.9:8080/PtzRequest?Pan=10&Tilt=20
http://IPaddress:port/PtzRequest?Zoom=XXss:port/PtzRequest?Zoom=XX http://192.168.1.9:8080/PtzRequest?Zoom=10

In PTZ Controller 3.1, the command buttons are built in the webpage. Click the button to control Pan, Tilt and Zoom directly. 

 

Each custom function can be  set up a HTTP request command also.

For example, according the Custom Function Setting, the HTTP request below will do "Set Preset 1".

http://192.168.1.9:8080/custom1

 

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How to Connect with Joystick

PTZ Controller 3.1 supports built-in joystick. Connect your USB joystick with computer. We recommend Logitech’s extreme 3D joystick or Logitech RumblePad. Once the joystick is connected with your computer, you will see the info in PTZ Controller Log panel.

Click menu Joystick -> Connect to select the detected joystick or gamepad.

PTZ Controller Connect Joystick

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How to Configure Joystick

Click menu Joystick -> Configuration to show Joystick Configuration panel.

PTZ Controller Joystick Configuration

Click Setting button to select stick or button to map the function for Pan, Tilt, Zoom, Focus, Iris, Camera, Preset, and Custom Functions as you want.  Here is the example for Pan control setting.

You can Export or Import your configuration, as well as Reset to Default setting.

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How to Calibrate Joystick

After you have joystick connected, click menu Joystick -> Calibrate to show the panel below. Move stick or press buttons on your joystick, you will see the action on this panel.  You also can adjust the start position, max speed for the sticks here.

PTZ Controller Calibrate Joystick

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How to Switch Control Interface

Click menu View-> Normal to show full control interface.

PTZ Controller 3.1

Click menu View -> Compact to get smaller Size.

PTZ Controller 3.1 Compact

Click menu View -> Mini to get minimize Size.

PTZ Controller 3.1 mini

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How to Control with Keyboard Shortcuts

PTZ Controller supports standard windows keyboard shortcuts.

Standard Keyboard

Key Function   Key Function

Focus Far Focus Near

Zoom Out Zoom In

Iris Close Iris Open

Tilt Up Tilt Down

Pan Left Pan Right

Pan Left + Tilt Up Pan Right + Tilt Up

Pan Left + Tilt Down Pan Right + Tilt Down
 + 1-9 Go to Preset 1~9  + 0 Go to Preset 10

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