PTZOptics Producer Kit Setup

How To Set Up Your PTZOptics Producer Kit

The PTZOptics Producer Kit is a complete PTZ live streaming system. It is built for use with video production software, such as OBS, xSplit, Wirecast, vMix, Livestream Studio, and more.

In this article we will walk you through how to set up the PTZOptics producer kit. We give detailed instructions on the PTZOptics Producer Kit setup.

You can easily set up this system for use in a church, a classroom, a sporting event, and more, and it is easy to operate through the main control monitor.

What Is the PTZOptics Producer Kit?

The PTZOptics Producer Kit uses PTZ cameras to capture video. These cameras are robotic, and they can pan, tilt, and zoom through remote operation. The cameras come with remote control, but they can also be controlled by computer software, integration, a joystick controller, an app on your smartphone, and more, and this eliminates the need for manpower to operate the cameras.

This video production system can be used to create video productions and live streams. Not only is it easy to operate, but it allows you to create a high quality professional video production. The cameras can have 12X, 20X, or 30x zoom, so you can get the camera that will best serve your location and needs.

The Producer kit comes as a standard kit or a plus kit. The standard kit supports up to two plug and play SDI cameras, whereas the Producer Plus Kit supports up to four SDI cameras. You are able to upgrade the Standard Kit by purchasing the PT-Producer-Upgrade SKU.

What Comes in the Box?

2730.00 @ Church Technology Superstore
  • High Definition
  • 3 Year Camera Warranty
  • Power Over Ethernet
  • H.264 & H.265
  • One (1) PTZOptics 30X-SDI (Gray) 
  • 100' 3G-SDI Cable
  • Magewell SDI-USB Framegrabber
  • 100' Serial Control Cable
  • HC-JOY-G3 Joystick Controller
  • 6' HDMI & 6' mDP-HDMI
  • Wired Keyboard & Mouse
  • Shure MVi XLR or 1/4" Audio Input (US-Style Power)

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  • One PTZOptics 12X, 20X, or 30X SDI Camera
  • HuddleCamHD VISCA Joystick
  • Intel Skull Canyon NUC
  • Magewell SDI to USB Converter
  • Shure Motiv ¼” & XLR Audio Interface
  • HIS HD-SDI 100’ Plenum Cabling
  • HIS DB9 Extender 100’ Plenum Cabling
  • Two 6’ HDM
  • Mini DisplayPort to HDMI
  • Plugable USB 3.0 HUB
  • Logitech Wired USB Keyboard and Mouse

Setting up Your PTZOptics Producer Kit

When you open your Producer Kit, you should first read the included user manual and make sure everything is in the box. Once you have verified that you have everything, it is time to set up your system.

1. Setup NUC Skull Canyon Computer

The Intel NUC i7 Skull Canyon computer is a powerful micro PC that comes with a three-year warranty. It comes with Windows 10 pre-installed, and you can download any video production software that is compatible with Windows 10.

Inside the NUC box, you will find the computer, the power adapter, the manual, and the VESA wall with an optional black faceplate. You can remove the Skull faceplate and replace it with the standard top plate first.

You can wall mount the NUC computer if you choose. Once you have the NUC out, you should connect it to the power supply.

2. Connect Your Computer

Once the NUC is plugged in, you can connect your computer to one of the video outputs. The NUC has the ability to support a full size HDMI 2.0 output, a Mini Display port, and a DisplayPort 1.2 via USB-C. You can connect three monitors – for example, a monitor for your video production software, one for screen view options, and a third for presentation software such as PowerPoint. If you want to connect a third monitor, you will need to buy a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter.

3. Keyboard

Now you can plug in the keyboard and mouse and then turn the computer on. Once it is on and running, you should make sure that your computer is connected to the Internet. You can use Wi-Fi or a hard-wired Ethernet connection.

4. Install Video Production Software

Now you can download the video production software that you want to use for video productions. You can choose any live streaming software that is compatible with Windows 10, and you may want to use PowerPoint for presentations and a file sharing program, such as Dropbox. Whatever you want to use for your live streams, you should install it now.

5. Camera Installation

The PTZ camera can output three simultaneous video feeds, including HDMI, SDI, and an IP Stream through RTSP or RTMP.  Begin by plugging your camera into a power supply, or you can choose to use PoE and connect through an Ethernet. You should put the AAA batteries in the remote and make sure that it works. The remote control can control up to four cameras, so you can add cameras later and use one remote to control all of them.

6. Connect the Camera

Now you can plug the camera into the SDI cable to check for video. You will connect to the Magewell SDI to USB capture device. Use the SDI to mini SDI adapter to connect the SDI cable to the capture device. The capture device will then connect to your computer using the USB 3.0 male to male cable.

Once the camera is connected to the computer, you can open the video production software and add the camera as an input. There is a yellow dial switch on the back of the camera, and you can use it to send an output of up to 1080p at 60 frames per second.

7. Setup Joystick

First, you will connect the Huddle CamHD Joystick controller to power with the adapter that is included. Then, you can take the DB9 cable and connect it to your joystick. Then, you can connect the other side to the camera RS232 In Port.

8. Verify Camera Functionality

First, you should bring up the OSD of the camera, and go to “setup.” You need to make sure that the protocol is set to VISCA, the Net Mode should be Serial, the V-AddrFix should be On, and the Baud Rate should be 9600. The V_Address should be set to 1. If you have more than one camera, you will need to repeat the process.

9. Set PTZ Presets

Now you can use the joystick controller to move the camera to shots and angles that you want to use as presets. Once you reach the location you want, you can click the set button and save it for future use.

10. Setup Audio

Once your cameras are fully functional, you can add the audio. You can use the Shure MVi to plug in the microphone or audio. You can use an XLR or ¼” audio input to the Shure MVi to the NUC, and you will be able to bring the audio source into your video production.

11. Make a Test Video

You can select a recording format and make a test video. Once you have done so, you can test a live stream. You can try it on your Facebook account or any streaming software you use. Once you have successfully done so, you have successfully set up your kit.

We hope our instructions on the PTZOptics Producer Kit setup has been helpful. For more information you might want to check out the forum at PTZOptics.