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Tech Roundup: Capture/PTZ/Streaming 2020

The PTZ camera first provided the ability to get video unobtrusively, with no local operator, and enabled a single production team member to run several cameras at once. Then capture allowed us to easily record onto tiny integrated or centralized storage media. Now streaming devices have taken that video and sound, live and playback, to every corner of the world in high resolution and crystal clarity. The products shown here are typical of the sound and image revolution in which we now live and work.

1 beyond ptz camera1. The 1 Beyond AutoTracker 3 combines the ability to zoom into detail while still using an unattended camera. It does this by using facial recognition to automatically follow the established subject around the room with adjustable tracking settings. This feature can be turned off to use manual operation with a joystick, an AV control system on RS-485/232 or network with standard VISCA commands. Control and power (PoE) are received on a single twisted pair Ethernet cable. The device is actually two cameras with separate HD video outputs from the wide-angle and PTZ camera.

2. Big features are wrapped in a small package with the AJA Video Systems U-TAP HDMI USB 3.0 powered capture device. Handling HD/SD HDMI v1.4a 24, 30 or 36-bits/pixel, RGB or YUV and without any driver installation, it captures HDMI directly with Mac OS X, Windows and Linux operating systems. For use with video conferencing, streaming and other applications, the unit can be easily carried in a pocket and connected in seconds. The U-TAP HDMI uses its automatic video scaling and aspect ratio conformity to support frame rates up to 1080p@60 and it is backed by a 3-year warranty.

atlona ptz camera3. The Atlona HDVS-CAM PTZ camera was designed for soft codec applications with AV systems supporting USB interfacing and extension. Equipped with a USB 2.0 port for video and camera control, the camera is primarily intended for video conferencing, lecture capture and similar applications. Its features include fast pan/tilt and autofocusing with support for video resolutions up to 1080p@30 Hz. The model is available in black or white and it includes an IR remote along with mounting hardware. The HDVS-CAM integrates with the HDVS-300-KIT for a complete, automated conferencing system that includes AV and USB extension plus automatic input selection and display powering when a PC is connected.

4. For powerful and portable streaming, the AVPro Edge Impulse single-channel streamer/recorder can stream and simultaneously record directly to a SD card or USB flash drive. The Impulse features HDMI, component and SDI inputs, SDI output, direct audio input and an RS-232 port. Capable of handling video signals at a resolution up to 1080p, the device’s capabilities include H.264 & H.265 encoding. The USB port is on the front panel along with an LCD screen with navigation buttons for setup and operation. There is also an LED indicator that changes colors to indicate operational status. The RJ-45 port allows it to be set up and managed on IP with a web browser.

5. The Barix MA400 SIP Opus Stereo Encoder/Decoder provides a royalty-free Opus codec with SIP for VoIP and other IP based connections. It can dial another unit or respond to a call with automatic setup of a transmission link for Opus based audio streaming. Supported codecs include G.711, Speex, GSM, G.722, iLBC and OPUS. On the back panel are speaker and line outputs, mic/line input, an 8-ohm 5W speaker output and the RJ-45 port with PoE. The front panel provides a recessed reset button, status LEDs and a 9-pin RS-232 control port. The M400 version omits the amplified output.

6. The Biamp Systems TesiraCONNECT brings together all of the Biamp devices in a conference room and runs media and power over a single CATx cable. Four of its five Gigabit RJ-45 ports provide PoE+ power and the fifth RJ-45 port is used for DSP connection or daisychaining TesiraCONNECT devices. Requiring no initial configuration, it works as soon as it is unpacked. Capable of fitting into very small spaces, the TesiraCONNECT includes front panel LEDs for port connections, device status, and fault conditions. It uses an external universal power supply and is covered by a five-year warranty.

7. The Blackmagic Design Web Presenter can take an SDI or HDMI video signal and put it directly online via Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Skype or other streaming platforms. The Web Presenter features HDMI and 12G-SDI inputs, each with a loop output. There is an XLR mic input, twin hi-z unbalanced audio inputs, an SDI program output and a USB output port. With the addition of the optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel, there are input selection buttons that allow switching between video sources. Also featured is a small video monitor. The device makes any HDMI or SDI video source appear as a web cam so there are no drivers needed to connect directly to a Mac, Windows, Linux or even Chromebook computer.

bosch ptz camera

8. Among the advanced MIC IP family of motion PTZ cameras from Bosch Communications is the MIC IP fusion 9000i with optical and thermal imaging, 30x zoom, intelligent tracking, metadata fusion and analytics while moving. Capable of withstanding extreme weather conditions and impacts, the camera is also resistant to vibration. All MIC IP cameras offer Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction and intelligent streaming, combined with H.265 video compression. The system can capture images through smoke, complete darkness and in foliage. Installers can pre-configure the MIC IP cameras while they are still in the box and mount them in minutes.

clearone ptz camera9. ClearOne has the solution for sending Ultra HD 4K video between conference rooms with the UNITE 50 4K ePTZ Camera. Capable of a 120-degree field of view, 3x digital zoom and auto focus, the camera also features a USB 3.0 port for video and power. It also has a super-high signal-to-noise ratio with advanced 2D and 3D noise reduction. Control is done through an IR remote or UVC protocol. Perfect for meeting rooms, huddle spaces and executive offices, the UNITE 50 4K ePTZ Camera can integrate an existing audio system for a perfect fit to the room.

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10. The Crestron DM-TXRX-100-STR HD H.264 streaming transmitter/receiver is designed to work with a DigitalMedia switcher with one or more streaming inputs or outputs and it can operate with other systems as well transporting all video, audio, control, and power signals through a single PoE LAN connection. The system supports streaming input or output at resolutions up to HD 1080p and bitrates up to 25 Mbps while the sound uses AAC audio compression for stereo. Unicast and multicast streaming are supported, with or without RTSP. The RTSP can be used to manage the configuration of numerous connections automatically.

hanwah techwin PTZ camera11. The Hanwah Techwin QNP-6230RH PTZ camera has a maximum 2 megapixel (1920 x 1080) resolution, 23x zoom lens and a maximum viewable IR distance of over 300ft. Other features include Intelligenct Analytics, H.265, H.264 and MJPEG codec support, IP66 weather protection and MicroSD / SDHC / SDXC memory. Imaging is provided by a 1/2.8in. 2MP CMOS chip that shows color in light down to 0.05Lux. Video output formats include a wide range of resolution capability and there is web connectivity that is compatible with many browsers. The body is ivory and the head is black plastic.

12. Introduced at the 2019 NAB Show, the JVC CONNECTED CAM Studio 6000S is an all-in-one production and streaming system with a built-in H.264 encoder supporting up to 1080p streaming at up to 10Mbps with RTMP and MPEG-TS simultaneous output and direct streaming. It accepts HDMI and HD-SDI video input and it has an audio mixer, internal CG with templates, four layers of DSK, and clip store with playback. For sports production, it also offers automated multi-channel instant replay and slo-mo, as well as an integrated sports CG for scores and timers. It also provides integrated remote control for JVC cameras, including full PTZ control for the KY-PZ100 robotic PTZ production camera.

13. The new plug-and-play Jabra PanaCast features panoramic 4K video using its three integral 13-megapixel cameras and patented real-time video stitching. These provide a full 180-degree view of the conference room or huddle room. The Intelligent Zoom automatically includes all local participants in the room even under challenging lighting conditions. The unit is connected to a laptop or computer’s USB port and it’s ready to go immediately providing data and information via API. The camera system can be wall or stand mounted and it is designed to operate perfectly with a Jabra Speak Series speakerphone.

14. The Kramer Electronics KDS-EN6 encoder does 4K@60Hz (4:2:0) video streaming in addition to audio, IR, RS−232, USB on IP networks in unicast or multicast through RTSP. Sound is input on the HDMI or through the direct audio 3.5mm line-in port. The unit can handle 7.1 PCM, Dolby True–HD, and DTS–HD Master audio. The system is HDCP 2.2 compliant and it can run on an external power supply or PoE. The RS-232 port is on a terminal block and the IR connection is a 3.5mm mini-jack. The front panel includes a reset button, up and down buttons and 7-segment display along with status, link and power LEDs.

15. The Marshall Electronics VS-104-3GSDI is a 1080p@60 full HD encoder/decoder that carries stereo embedded or analog audio and supports 3GSDI, HDSDI, SDI, HDMI, and CVBS I/O. There is H.264/H.264, H.264/MJPEG streaming and two-way G.711, AAC communication. It operates on over 30 PTZ protocols. Other features include PoE operation, USB recording, RS-232, RS-422/485 communication, motion detection, direct connection for external sensor and a 2CH event alarm output. Multiple video output stream bitrates are individually adjustable. The rear panel includes master and slave LAN ports while on the front panel are indicators for power, link, status and data.

16. For stand-alone lecture capture or live webcasting, Matrox offers the Monarch LCS, a dual-channel, dual-input H.264 encoder with 3G-SDI and HDMI inputs and HD recording while streaming. There are a number of operational modes that include picture-in-picture and side-by-side video layouts. Also available is a switcher mode that allows changing inputs during capture. For webcasting the input device is connected and a single button push starts the webcast. The device provides scaling, de-interlacing, and noise reduction in resolutions up to 1080p/30. With its dual-channel streaming each channel can be assigned separately and each can stream up to 8 Mb/s.

panasonic ptz camera17. The Panasonic AW-UE4 wide-angle 4K PTZ camera has built-in streaming capability with a 111-degree field of view, 4x digital zoom and its output formats include USB, LAN and HDMI. Powered either by USB or PoE, the model is available in black or white. Sound capability includes an internal microphone with mute function. A green power indicator LED is on the front along with a red tally LED for multi-camera setups. The camera’s panning range is 220 degrees (110 in each direction). Accessories include the Panasonic BT-LH1770 16.5in. production monitor and the AW-RM50 Professional PTZ Remote.

sony ptz camera18. A primary feature behind the Sony SRG-300H PTZ camera is that it can be located in an unobtrusive corner and still get ultra-clear close-up images from all over the room with its 30x optical zoom, Exmor CMOS sensor and 60fps frame rate. Capable of getting good video in light levels down to 0.35 lx in High Sensitivity mode, the SRG-300H has 16 preset positions, the system adds a 12x digital zoom and control with VISCA command protocols over IP and RS-232C/RS-422. The HDMI output enables direct connection to a conference or recording system.

speco ptz camera19. All-weather functionality through IP66 compliant construction makes the Speco Technologies O4P30X 4K PTZ camera a great choice for high performance in rough climates. Its 4.5-135mm 30x optical zoom lens has a viewing angle from 60 to 2.2degrees to find subjects at long distances and the built-in PoE+ (IEEE 802.3at) simplifies installation. There is also local SD card recording, sensor inputs and relay outputs, RS485 control and 2-way audio communication. The progressive scan 1/3in. CMOS, 4MP imaging chip produces video resolution up to 2592×1520 while the camera pans a full continuous 360 degrees and tilts 180 degrees.

20. The TEKVOX 79060 can be connected to a PC or laptop for videoconferencing or recording while simultaneously sending HDMI to a confidence monitor and a USB selected sound source. Powered from its USB connection, the unit supports video capture of resolutions up to 480i~1080p@60Hz. The tiny device can also input PC selectable HDMI as well as analog stereo sound on a 3.5mm port. The 79060 is compatible with Windows, Linux and OS X operating systems and is small enough to be tucked safely away just about anywhere. An added feature is the 3.5mm direct stereo audio output.

vaddio ptz cameras21. As far as Vaddio is concerned, the way to begin NDI technology implementation is with their RoboSHOT 30E NDI PTZ camera and NewTek control software. The unit’s 1/2.5-type Exmor R CMOS sensor delivers 1080p/60 video in low light conditions and its 20x optical zoom is augmented by 10x IntelliZoom image processing. This compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns to make better images. Featuring both HDMI and NewTek NDI streaming outputs, this nimble little machine uses Vaddio’s Tri-Synchronous Motion technology to allow simultaneous three-axis movement for the same smoothness of a live camera operator.

22. The VITEC MGW ACE Encoder uses HEVC/H.265 compression to use less bandwidth and provide ultra low latency HEVC streaming down to 16ms glass-to-glass while still supporting H.264 as well. Powered by the VITEC HEVC GEN2+ encoder, the unit enables Time-Synchronized Playback and it features a portable, low-power hardware design running on 28 volts. The system ensures perfect synchronization of multiple independent IP streams. Input formats include 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, SD-SDI, DVI, HDMI and Composite video along with analog and digital sound. A built-in video matrix enables routing of video sources to both the HEVC and H.264 compression cores for simultaneous H.265 and H.264 streaming.

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