How to Control PTZ Cameras with Rocosoft PTZ Camera Controller

How to Control PTZ Cameras

Rocosoft PTZJoy PTZ Camera Controller Software offers a variety of precise control options to control PTZ Cameras.

In this video, we discuss the different camera control options available in Rocosoft PTZ Camera Joystick Controller Software and demonstrate how to control cameras with our precise virtual joystick, keyboard hotkeys, with a trackball mouse, or with any connected USB joystick controller.

 

 

With PTZJoy PTZ Camera Controller, you don't need anything else to control your PTZ Cameras. Our Virtual Joystick Controller mimics a real joystick and offers precise pan/tilt/zoom controls with variable speed.

PTZJoy also has key board shortcuts programmed into the app, so you can actually control your cameras using your computer keyboard. Control pan and tilt movement, zoom in and out, switch between cameras, switch between presets, and more.

Use PTZBall Mode to control PTZ cameras using a laptop touchpad, trackball mouse, or simply using the movement of any regular mouse. In the video, we demonstrate how convenient it is to use a trackball mouse for PTZ camera control.

If you like the feel of a hardware joystick, you can connect ANY wired USB Joystick, wireless Bluetooth joystick, or gaming controller and use it as a PTZ Camera Controller. With simultaneous pan/tilt/zoom, 3 joystick performance modes, and custom button mapping, the result smooth and reliable camera control.

Video Links:

Keyboard Hotkeys Diagram: https://www.rocosoft.com/knowledge-base/controlling-cameras/keyboard-hotkeys/

Joystick Button Mapping: https://www.rocosoft.com/knowledge-base/usb-joysticks/customizing-joystick-buttons/

Rocosoft PTZ Camera Controller Software Version 8 Release is Coming Soon

New Features and Functionality with PTZJoy PTZ Camera Controller Version 8!

You asked and we listened! We have been compiling a list of feature requests from our clients and will be releasing Rocosoft PTZ Camera Controller Version 8 in the coming weeks. We are making performance improvements to the current software features and adding some really exciting new functionality.

Here’s what to look forward to:

  • Macros to control vMix, TriCaster, and Panasonic switchers and PTZ Cameras. Added possibility to execute individual custom commands, run scripts, load programs, send HTTP requests, etc.
  • Use a Serial Joystick Controller like Sony RM-BR300 Joystick or Telemetrics Joystick controller to control IP Cameras
  • Multi-Camera Direct Control Panel being added to PRO Edition
  • Joystick Button Mapping supports joysticks with up to 30 buttons
  • 4 Joystick Button Mapping Profiles – set up to 4 different configurations (profiles) of button shortcuts on your joystick
  • Support for multiple simultaneously connected USB or Bluetooth joysticks – have multiple joysticks connected and each joystick is assigned a camera to control
  • Multi-Joystick individual camera control - connect multiple joysticks and use them to control individual cameras, any joystick can control any camera
  • Three levels of Soft Joystick Mode
  • Support for Tricaster TC1
  • External Presets with Fade Speed Slider to change preset recall speed
  • Full API support to manage PTZ cameras from any device or other software using HTTP Requests
  • PTZLayer overlay feature added to PTZLive Visual Preset Panel
  • Tandberg/Cisco camera support with presets
  • Real time Iris, Shutter, Gain, White balance, R-Gain, and B-Gain monitoring and control
  • New COM Port handling in VISCA software so PTZJoy can work with Port Splitters on multiple active COM Ports.

Contact Us to be the first to get your hands on all these tools!

Rocosoft Visualets Visual Tiles

Setting and recalling PTZ camera presets using Visual Preset Tiles

Setting and recalling PTZ camera presets using Visual Preset Tiles

Easily set and recall your camera preset positions using the PTZJoy's visual preset tiles or Visualets. This tool makes preset recall even easier by allowing users to set up their most used presets as a visual button for fast recall.

  1. Click on a specific Visualet. Move your camera in desired position, and click Set.
  2. Double click on a Visualet to replace the image. Any .JPG file can be used. It can be created using our USB Video monitor (if available) or can be copied from any external device. We also provide a Snipping tool to crop an image off the screen and save it as a .jpg file. Use the Snip button for this task.
  3. Repeat for all available Visualets.
  4. To recall a preset, click on its Visualet.
  5. The Visualet images are saved per port and per camera so, when using multiple cameras, the Visualets will update with saved images every time the active camera is changed.
  6. To clear all Visualet images for a specific camera click the Clear button in the Settings panel.
Rocosoft Visualets - Visual Preset Tiles

Want to control your PTZ Cameras?

PTZ Camera Joystick Controller Software is a professional camera management software for controlling Serial and IP cameras from a PC, Tablet, TriCaster, vMix, Livestream, Wirecast, and other Live Production Systems.

PTZ Controller replaces the limited functionality hardware joystick control surface with a more precise computer-based controller that works with any USB Joystick, has a precise virtual on-screen joystick, keyboard shortcuts, far-end camera control, multi-joystick support, OSD Camera Menu Control, advanced preset management tools, visual control options, multi-camera preset control panel, camera automation features, and more.

PTZ Controller TriCaster vMix Wirecast Rocosoft Software Integration

Controlling PTZ Cameras with a USB, Bluetooth, or Gaming Joystick

Turn ANY Joystick into a PTZ Joystick Camera Controller

Rocosoft PTZ Controller PTZJoy on TriCaster vMix Wirecast

 

Instead of getting a costly dedicated joystick control surface, you can use our software to turn a budget-friendly joystick into a precise professional PTZ Joystick Camera Controller.

Rocosoft PTZ Camera Controller Software lets you connect ANY wired USB joystick, wireless Bluetooth joystick, or gaming joystick to your computer or live production system and use it to control your PTZ cameras.

Control your PTZ Cameras with simultaneous pan, tilt, zoom control as well as variable speed control with the connected joystick, a feature not usually available with many PTZ joystick controller surfaces on the market.

Joystick Performance Modes

There are also 3 joystick performance modes available that come in handy when broadcasting, live streaming, or recording with your PTZ Cameras.

  • X-Joystick Mode – Enables panning on X axis only. This is great for camera shots where you want a smooth, even pan from left to right.
  • Slow mode - Limits top joystick speed by expanding joystick travel between speed level changes. This is great for when you precision of control and to move the camera at a slower speed range. This mode eliminates any quick speed ups in movement.
  • Soft mode- Gradual joystick speed acceleration so the camera increases the speed of its movement steadily as you move the joystick, for a flying camera effect.

Customize Joystick Programmable Buttons

PTZJoy also has a settings panel where you can actually map out the buttons on your joystick (up to 30) to switch between cameras, switch presets, zoom in or out, adjust focus/iris, adjust white balance, and more. This is very practical during a broadcast because instead of switching the cameras and presets from the program interface, you can do it straight from the joystick and everything is right there at your fingertips.

So what Joysticks are supported?

As we said before, ANY wired USB joystick, wireless Bluetooth joystick, or gaming joystick works with our program, but here’s some of the ones we see a lot of our clients use:

 

 

 

 

CH IP Desktop USB Professional Joystick

Logitech Extreme 3d PRO

 

Logitech Extreme 3d PRO

Thrustmaster T1600m FCS

 

Thrustmaster T1600m FCS

CH Products Fighterstick

CH Products Fighterstick

 

 

XBox 360 Controller

 


 

Rocosoft PTZ Camera Controller Software Editions

PTZJoy
The perfect starting place for PTZ Camera Control
PTZJoy PRO
Precise camera control + advanced preset management tools
PTZJoy STUDIO
Complete Camera Automation and Control Studio