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Tech Roundup: PTZ Cameras and Streaming Devices 2021

In the new COVID era of less travel, more videoconferencing and remote learning, PTZ cameras and streaming devices have taken a huge leap in popularity and implementation. Some existing systems have had significant firmware and software upgrades while new models have recently entered the market to meet skyrocketing demand. Manufacturers and users both know that security, user-friendliness and up-time reliability are all essential goals to meet with these devices.

As an all-in-one solution for PTZ camera control, streaming and capture for churches, classrooms, council rooms and videoconferencing applications, 1 Beyond introduced the Automate VX system in two versions. The control unit uses titles, graphics and voice-activated camera switching along with customizable layouts. There is a choice of several Shure microphone controllers with capacity up to 200 push-to-talk, voice-activated or ceiling mounted mics. Up to seven cameras can be placed around a room with the Automate VX Pro version.

AJA Video Systems designed the BRIDGE LIVE in partnership with Comprimato as a robust gateway appliance to deliver 12G-SDI video encoding/decoding, stream-based transcoding, flexible I/O, comprehensive metadata and closed captioning. The single rack space unit works across a variety of codecs, containers and protocols. This serves in backhauling remote live SDI video, SDI to MPEG-TS conversion and remote collaboration in production and post-production. Multiple input channels can be simultaneously encoded for up to four streams of HD or one Ultra HD stream.

Atlona’s AT-HDVS-CAM-HDBT PTZ camera features an HDBaseT output for extending video, power, and camera control over long distances up to 330ft. The camera can be locally or remotely powered. The camera’s advanced imaging uses a 1/2.8in. low-noise, HD CMOS sensor and the multi-element 10x zoom lens provides a maximum horizontal field of view of 69.9 degrees and video resolutions up to [email protected] Available in black or white, the camera has up to 255 shot presents available with ten accessible from the IR remote.

In November, AVer announced the release of the TR311 and TR313 AI Auto Tracking PTZ Streaming cameras, the latest in its lineup of artificial intelligence tracking cameras. Building on the success of the TR311HN NDI auto-tracking camera, the TR311 and the TR313 include 12X optical zoom and 12X digital zoom. The TR311 carries a 2MP camera with 1080p full HD; the TR313 includes 8MP with ultra HD 4K. Both models have built-in advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technology with a Human Detection algorithm that allows you to track your speaker (full or half body) or pre-set shoot zones so you’re free to present and let the camera do the rest. Just like other PTZ auto tracking cameras in this generation, the tracking offers two specific modes, Presenter Tracking (full or half body) and Zone Tracking without requiring any physical lanyard. With 3G-SDI/HDMI/IP/USB output, Power over Ethernet (PoE+), NDI|HX2 upgradability, Visca control, and compatibility with all popular video platforms, the TR311 and TR313 are also SRT Ready for secure, lowlatency live streaming. Last month, AVer announced iPad control for the company’s PTZ cameras.

The tiny Impulse box from AVPro Edge allows the user to stream video signals up to 1080p to any major streaming web site or local channel. The unit can connect any camera with an HDMI or SDI output to YouTube, Facebook, UStream and other web services. While that is happening, the signal can also be recorded to an SD card or flash drive using H.264 or H.265 encoding. It can be configured through a web interface or on the front panel using the LCD and nav buttons and it can be set for a variety of video resolutions.

The Barix Instreamer is a pocket-sized unit that can send audio program material into G.711, PCM or high-quality MP3 streams. These can be sent to as many as 32 different locations on the internet or LAN. Audio streams can be adjusted to suit the network bandwidth and the stream can be started and stopped with several control options. Together with a Barix encoder device such as the Instreamer, Annuncicom or Exstreamer500, the unit forms an end-to-end solution for high quality sound transport.


In a conference room system installation all roads from Biamp and Dante devices can lead to the Biamp Systems TesiraCONNECT TC-5D over category cable carrying power and data. Working with these devices, the TesiraCONNECT TC-5D can work right out of the box without any initial configuration. One of its ports is used for a DSP connection or daisy-chaining TesiraCONNECT TC-5 devices together. Compact enough to be mounted under a table, the unit can be daisy chained with as many as four others. On the front panel there are LEDs to indicate connection of all ports, device status and fault connections.

The ATEM Streaming Bridge from Blackmagic Design takes the live H.264 stream from any ATEM Mini Pro model switcher and converts it back to an SDI and HDMI video signal. The video quality goes beyond that of most conferencing systems and serves quite well for broadcast feeds. The unit can also be used as an IP converter within a local network to allow the connection of large displays and projectors in spacious public areas. The mic inputs provide inputs for professional quality lapel and desktop microphones.

When live streaming is security and surveillance-oriented, consider the advanced MIC IP family of motion cameras from Bosch Communications. The MIC IP fusion 9000i features 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.

The ClearOne UNITE 20 Pro Webcam can lend versatility to any conference or classroom by allowing a variety of seating arrangements and accommodating a large number of participants. Equipped with a full featured USB 2.0 interface, power supply and 2-channel USB video capability, the camera supports up to [email protected] full HD and zooms out to a super wide 120-degree field of view. The system can be mounted on a wall, mobile video cart, PC or laptop. The white balance can be set to Auto, Indoor, Outdoor, One Push, or Manual modes.

Crestron has a reliable, high-performance AV over IP encoder in the DM-NVX-E760 transporting 4K60 4:4:4 video over standard Gigabit Ethernet on CAT5e and standard network switches. The DM input provides interoperability with DM 8G+ output devices and DM Lite transmitters for HDBaseT compatibility. In addition to conferencing applications the system can connect to multiple displays for digital signage using its line synchronized outputs. Security is assured through a number of advanced security features and protocols.

The XNP-6400RW network PTZ camera from Hanwha Techwin features intelligent analytics, automatic object tracking and target lock tracking in addition to two megapixel imaging through a 40x optical zoom lens. The camera provides a range of resolutions from 320×240 up to 1920×1080 and it produces color images in light levels down to 0.05 lux. It can pan 360 degrees at up to 500 degrees per second. Security features include HTTPS(SSL) login authentication, digest login authentication, IP address filtering, a user access log and 802.1X authentication.

The Jabra PanaCast is a very portable videoconferencing system with a trio of built-in lenses that cover a full 180-degree field of view while using the same bandwidth as other 1080p cameras. The hardware unit can be combined with a hub or dock that connects with a speaker, video monitor, power and internet. It easily integrates with Zoom Rooms, Microsoft Teams Rooms and other conferencing systems. The built-in microphones can be activated through the Jabra Direct app.

On April 27, Jabra also debuted two new videoconferencing cameras it’s first intelligent camera/videobar, the Jabra PanaCast 50 and the Jabra PanaCast 20. The company considers both new products to be ground-breaking additions to their video conferencing lineup. The Jabra PanaCast 50 iintegrates 13-megapixel cameras mounted in a high-precision multi-camera array create an immersive 180° field of view in Panoramic-4K that covers the whole room. The Jabra PanaCast 50 can also deliver two video streams simultaneously allowing the device to perform multiple functions at once. For instance, while one video stream is busy focusing on the meeting participants, the second can be used to focus on a particular area of interest in the room. The streams also enable a built-in whiteboard sharing/streaming feature. For audio, eight beamforming microphones are backed up with intelligent algorithms that remove disruptive noise. Four Jabra-engineered speakers – two 50mm woofers and two 20mm tweeters – operate in a zero-vibration stereo setup. A key to the new videobar is the analytics capabilities. A built in independent data stream  provides anonymous people count meta-data as real-time numerical information.

The Jabra PanaCast 20 camera features AI that is managed on-device with Edge processing – and advanced experiences are generated directly on the device without extra data being sent to the cloud for processing, or the need to install additional software. For those using the camera, it has a built-in lens cover to guarantee privacy, and prevent the camera being left “on” accidentally, adding an extra layer of ‘peace of mind’ for the user. The PanaCast 20 delivers 4K Ultra HD Video, HDR video as well as personalized Intelligent Zoom, which always frames the main user properly, regardless of their environment. It also features automatic lighting correction.

JVC’s unique IP communication system allows connection via WiFi, 4G LTE or cabled LAN for the KY-PZ100 which can operate as part of a multi-camera system or completely on its own. Also capable of streaming 1080p, 1080i/60, 720p and 360p with two-channel audio, the camera system can be controlled with a web browser, the dedicated RM-LP100 remote control panel or through other remote units via standard protocol. There is onboard recording up to 50Mbps on a micro SDHC/SDXC card. Imaging is provided by a 1.28in. sensor and 30x optical zoom lens.

Kramer Electronics has a top rated 4K60 4:2:0 HDCP 2.2 video decoder in the KDS-DEC6 with analog audio embedding and de-embedding, RS-232/IR/USB extension, reliable KVM over IP and control on OSD menu, embedded web UI and open API. For streaming over the IP network in RTSP unicast or multicast configuration and video walls up to 256 screens, the unit can be run with an external power supply or on PoE. Controls include a reset button, up and down channel buttons and 7-segment channel display along with status, link and ON LEDs.

Featuring advanced NDI|HX technology, the Lumens VC-A61PN PTZ camera can connect directly to an NDI network on the widely adopted NDI IP standard. The camera uses its 1/2.5in. CMOS sensor to deliver clear 4K Ultra HD video with its 30x optical zoom lens to the 3G-SDI, HDMI and Ethernet output interfaces. For even closer shots, there is also a 12x digital zoom. This model responds to commands with pan and tilt speeds up to 300 degrees per second and it can focus on objects as close as 4.9ft. There is automatic focus, white balance and gain control.

Pocket-sized SDI streaming is made easy by Magewell in their Ultra Stream SDI dedicated SKI streaming encoder with loop-through. Provided with various powering options, the tiny device can transmit its signal on Facebook Live, YouTube or Twitch. Another handy feature is its ability to record on internal storage, associated smartphone or connected USB drive. There are 1/8in. microphone and headphone connections along with the SDI loop on BNC, Ethernet RJ45, USB and 5VDC power. Video resolution support extends from 480×270 to 1920×1080.

The black CV730-NDI PTZ camera from Marshall Electronics features a 30x optical zoom, simultaneous 12GSDI and HDMI outputs and low latency, frame accurate video images up to 3840x2160p at 60fps. A single cable connected on the RJ45 Ethernet port can provide video, audio control, tally and PoE. The 8.5-megapixel 1/1.8in. UHD image sensor, 340-degree pan, 120-degree tilt and 2.5mm TRS stereo audio over I/O cable allow an unmatched level of versatility and creative remote control. The output setting is adjustable and there is a 12VDC power cable included. The white finish model is the CV730-NDIW.

Matrox has a stream decoding solution with a range of options in the Maevex 6152. This unit can decode up to four 4K streams and work with even more streams at lower resolutions. The Matrox Maevex PowerStream Plus AV-over-IP management software with which it is compatible provides complete control of the entire Maevex network including device discovery, hardware access, content management and stream monitoring. There are pre-configured layouts for each display connected to the four HDMI output ports. The unit may be used as a stand-alone item or it can be rack mounted in a 1RU half rack space.

Compatible with Newtec’s NDI, Secure Reliable Transport (SRT), FreeD and other video transmission protocols, the Panasonic AW-UE100 provides UHD (3840 x 2160) and 12G-SDI output. The camera has a 1/2.5-type 4K MOS sensor and a 24x optical zoom for outstanding imaging and visual detail. When zoomed out, the lens allows a 74.1-degree horizontal angle of view. The pan and tilt speeds can be varied between .08 degrees per second and 180 degrees per second. Other features include Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).

As we go to press, PTZOptics introduced the SuperJoy, a PTZ camera joystick controller. The controller features on-screen-display controls, quick camera select buttons, and Power over Ethernet support, plus an enhanced ergonomic experience with rubberized buttons. The SuperJoy supports both serial and IP camera connections making it a flexible 2-in-1 production solution; NDIv4 is also supported. Operators can save cameras into unique groups, enabling the SuperJoy to be used in multiple locations and even control multiple cameras at once for scene changes. The SuperJoy also includes four custom buttons to take control of other IP-connected devices. Live video preview is supported via HDMI port


The PTZ 12×72 and PTZ 20×60 IP conference cameras from QSC add conference video to the Q-SYS platform and peripherals with an option on the field of view. Producing video resolutions up to 1080p, the cameras feature auto exposure, autofocus and auto white balance. Whether placed flat on the conference table or wall-mounted they distribute video via the Q-LAN network originating from a 1/2.7in. low noise CMOS image sensor capable of producing images in light levels down to 0.05 lux at F1.8.

Sony developed the BRC-X1000 4K PTZ camera to output high-quality video, pan and tilt quietly and work in low light conditions. Equipped with 3G-SDI and HDMI connections, this model finds uses not only in broadcasting but also in churches, newsrooms, courtrooms and sports venues. The 1.0-type Exmor R CMOS image sensor works with the 12x optical zoom and the system can digitally extend further with the Clear Image Zoom feature. Professional level features include support for PoE+ and genlock.

The HTPTZ20T 2MP HD-TVI Indoor/Outdoor PTZ camera from Speco Technologies is a dome model with a 20x optical zoom lens. Outputting full HD 1080p at 30fps, the camera operates in daylight and dark with 240 preset positions, 4 alarm inputs, 2 alarm outputs, a 16x digital zoom and an additional analog output for 960H. The unit can respond to commands quickly with a 380-degree per second pan/tilt speed. It is IP66 compliant and weather resistant. There is a wide assortment of mounting hardware, adapter cables and powering options.

Tekvox has an all-in-one complete system with their 71208-DI Dual-Camera Live-Streaming Drop-In Kit. It includes two HDBaseT PTZ cameras with dozens of preset positions and 5x or 20x optical zoom, a 4-input HDMI switcher, ShareView encoder and a StreamDeck Mini controller. The system provides professional quality live streaming and it is ready to use after minimal setup. The cameras support video resolution up to 1080p at 60Hz and the video signal can be sent up to 230ft. with both cameras streaming simultaneously. The cameras are connected to the streaming device on one cable carrying video, serial control and power.

Continuing the video, control and power on single cable approach, the Vaddio RoboSHOT 20 UHD OneLINK Bridge System features cameras with simultaneous HDMI, USB 3.0, IP streaming and HD-SDI outputs. There is also a configurable audio matrix AEC and up to 1080p/60 resolution over uncompressed USB. Included are quick start guides, four 3-position Phoenix connectors, USB A to B cable and the EZCamera RS-232 control adapter. The Vaddio IR Remote Commander can be used for each camera.

The credit card sized MGW Pico TOUGH from Vitec is a low latency streaming device that can send out SDI and composite video at the same time. It also provides hardware-based resolution and frame rate scaling, motion-adaptive adjustment of bit-rate utilization in static scenes and a fast boot time of 18 seconds from power-on to streaming video. The micro-sized unit is sealed in an airborne and marine certified enclosure. There is also real-time image cropping and video scaling, Forward Error Correction streaming (FEC) and JITC compliant output stream capability.

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