NewTek NDI® PTZ1 Camera - Advanced Controls
March 15, 2018 by Rex Olson and Chuck Baker
The NewTek NDI® PTZ1 Camera is a professional remote control camera geared for live production in any environment from studio to event venue to outdoors in the field. The PTZ1 camera provides a complete set of advanced controls that allow you to optimize the camera for your production needs. Rex Olson provides a thorough tour of the configuration web page interface to the camera, which provides access to all the controls.
First up, with a simple single-cable hook-up, the PTZ camera can be remote controlled over NDI using a standard computer network to pan, tilt, and zoom the camera as well as adjust iris, focus, white balance, image processing and many other adjustments. Presets can be then be saved to the camera and recalled from the NDI Studio Monitor control panel, the configuration web page, a handheld remote, or any NDI enabled production system or application. This means you can have a ready made set of shot angles and zooms to choose from during your production, and the camera will smoothly transition between any of these during your production.
The PTZ1 also offers a multitude of camera controls that let you adjust the image quality for any production environment, in the Audio/Video Settings tab of the configuration web page. The video settings exposure controls (shown in the top image for this article) include dynamic range, gain, shutter speed, black level, gamma range and more. A full set of proc amp controls is included, as well as auto/manual white balance adjustment and focus/autofocus controls. Audio controls include the ability to enable and disable audio, Mic or Line level selection, and input volume.
Rex wraps up with a look at the options on the administration tab, which include the ability to update the firmware of the camera, change the administrative password (we recommend that users change away from the default when they first operate the camera), reset to factory defaults, along with other controls and information such as the firmware revision, serial number.
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NewTek NDI PTZ1 Camera is the first NDI-native camera, supports up to 1080p60 resolution, 20x optical zoom, 3G-SDI and HDMI output, and offers video, audio, control, tally and power all over a single Ethernet cable.