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 CH IP Desktop USB Professional Joystick for PTZ Camera Control

Using the Button Shortcuts on a USB Joystick

Using the Button Shortcuts on a USB Joystick

All USB joysticks are different, but most of them have special shortcut buttons that can be assigned specific commands. You can easily create your own button mapping scenario in the Settings panel.

It’s easy to reconfigure the buttons on the joystick controller to your needs.

It can be done in the Settings Panel. Simply press a button on the joystick and you will see what number it is assigned to. Select the desired command from the drop-down menu for that button.

Repeat for all buttons and click the Set button to save changes.

PTZJoy Control Software

This blog is in relation to our PTZJoy Camera Controller Software. We designed PTZJoy with one idea in mind: to simplify PTZ control without sacrificing power. PTZJoy simplifies every aspect of managing your PTZ cameras, while also bringing a host of powerful features to your fingertips.
Click on either of the links to the right to learn 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