PanTiltZoom allows you incredible control of your PTZOptics™ cameras using the VISCA Over IP protocol. With the multitouch interface you can pan, tilt and zoom with variable speed for a smooth camera control experience. With PanTiltZoom you can control up to eight cameras simultaneously and store up to 13 preset positions for each camera. PanTiltZoom automatically creates smooth transitions between your saved preset positions, making your production look much more professional even with a single camera.
This app has been updated by Apple to use the latest Apple signing certificate.
New feature! Now you can lock manual controls to horizontal making it easier to follow someone left and right without accidentally moving up or down.
This update also includes a few bug fixes:
- Enabling manual focus for an individual camera is now persistent when leaving the app or switching to another camera and coming back. (Thank you Rick M!)
- Minor bug fix related to the settings when launching the app for the first time
Ratings and Reviews
Very simple to set camera presets and use. Have trained a handful of volunteers and everyone of them are so relieved once they use the app once and see how easy it is. Really want to give it 4 1/2 starts, but can’t give that 1/2 star. The only thing I’d like is if the current preset was in a different color or shaded. Some people get flustered when they can’t remember what the current preset selected is.
Great feedback, thank you!
This app does everything we need it to do in effectively controlling our cameras over IP.
A couple of ideas for upgrading the software:
- make the current selected preset button highlight when its being used. When you’re switching between multiple cameras sometimes you lose track of which preset you were on.
- a button to put the cameras in standby mode. We’re currently having to use VISCA over IP to put them in standby mode, but if there was a way to implement this into the app that would be awesome.
- slow pan and slow zoom commands. It would be cool if there was a pan right/left button that you could hit that would make the camera automatically move slowly in a direction like a tracking shot. The same function with a slow zoom in or out would be great too. Trying to do those tracking sort of shots by hand can look clunky.
Great app for my church's 2 PTZOptics cameras
My church uses 2 PTZOptics 12X-SDI-Gen2 cameras and this app is a quality alternative to the more expensive options on the market to control these cameras. The app integrates well with our live streaming workflow and allows our camera volunteer to have smooth, steady control of each shot from 2 camera positions. The app developer regularly provides enhancements that have improved our videos and streaming quality, such as configurable PTZ speed controls. As a 16-year church volunteer, I highly recommend this one!
The developer, Worldwide Missionary Outreach, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.
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The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.
- Justin Brown
- 26.1 MB
- Photo & Video
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 8.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © 2018 Justin Brown
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.
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A pan–tilt–zoom camera (PTZ camera) is a camera that is capable of remote directional and zoom control.
In television production, PTZ controls are used with professional video cameras in television studios, sporting events, and other spaces. They are commonly referred to as robos, an abbreviation of robotic camera. These systems can be remotely controlled by automation systems.
PTZ is an abbreviation for pan, tilt and zoom and reflects the movement options of the camera. Other types of cameras are ePTZ or virtual pan-tilt-zoom (VPTZ) where a high-resolution camera digitally zooms and pans into portions of the image, with no physical camera movement. Ultra-low bandwidth surveillance streaming technologies use VPTZ to stream user-defined areas in higher quality without increasing overall bandwidth usage.
PTZ Cameras are commonly used in applications such as surveillance, video conferencing, live production, lecture capture and distance learning.
Some PTZ cameras have the ability to detect movement within their field of view. This can then be used to move the camera to keep the target in the center of the video frame. Once the target exits the camera's field of view, the camera returns to a pre-programmed position until further movement is detected.
Pan-tilt-zoom cameras can be an essential part of modern surveillance systems. They can direct the attention to suspicious events. Unlike fixed cameras, PTZ cameras give an operator the ability to physically move the camera remotely to survey another area.
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PTZOptics Knowledge Base
Welcome to the PTZOptics forum(s)!
This thread has been created for end users to discuss the topic of the PanTiltZoom mobile application when being used with the PTZOptics cameras.
Please make sure to respect the experience level(s) of all users at all times when posting within our forums or your account may have access removed.
We often see requests for the ability to add a live preview to the mobile control applications that are available for the PTZOptics cameras and until recently there was no solution we could offer.
Using the Android 7.0, or greater, platform there is a multi-window feature that was added, sometimes referred to as “split-screen,” where you can view two active applications at the same time.
With this feature we can now have a live preview of a PTZOptics camera with P/T/Z control on the same screen at the same time using the proper applications.
- PanTiltZoom - on Google Play Store for P/T/Z control
VLC - on Google Play Store for Live Preview using RTSP
Once you have installed both applications on your Android device you’ll need to open both applications and setup as follows:
Open the PanTiltZoom application
Click the “Setup” gear in the top right corner to setup your camera
Name - use any title that works for you
IP Address - Current IP address of the PTZOptics camera to control
VISCA Port - 5678 (default)
VISCA Address - 1 (default)
Exit this screen, using the back button and the close button that follows, and you should now see your name shown on the first camera selection button
Click that button with the new Name in place and the button should turn green.
You can verify you have control of the camera at this time by moving the joystick around
Your PanTiltZoom Application is now ready to be “split-screened” with VLC… we just have to get VLC setup
Open the VLC application
Click the three (3) bars in the top left of the application
For “Enter network address: e.g…” you’ll need to supply the string used to access the RTSP feed of your PTZOptics camera
HD RTSP Stream - rtsp://<camera ip>:554/1
SD RTSP Stream - rtsp://<camera ip>:554/2
Camera IP = 192.168.100.88
RTSP = rtsp://192.168.100.88:554/1
Click the “Paper Airplane” icon to start streaming a live preview Note: please be aware there may be latency experienced in viewing the stream via VLC
VLC is now setup to be “split-screened” with the PanTiltZoom application
Note: I did not need to enable “split-screen” or multi-window mode on my Android device however with different versions you may need to enable the feature before you can proceed.
Exit to the main Android screen using the “HOME” button
Now use Android to show you all active applications… for me this is done by swiping up from the “HOME” button but differs depending on the manufacturer please see the example screenshot below
You’ll notice each application has a small “bubble,” or circle, with its own icon at the top
Push and hold the “bubble” icon above VLC until a new menu appears
Select “Split-Screen” and the application will lock itself to the top of your screen
Now without exiting the application selection screen, as shown above, simply click on the PanTiltZoom application to make it the second application used with “split-screen” mode.
You can drag the bar in between the two (2) applications to adjust the size of each application until you find a comfortable fit
Please see screen-shot example of the finished solution below
Is the app 'only' compatible with PTZO hardware? I am trying to figure out if I can use this app to control an AVIPAS 1281 camera over the network.
Unfortunately since we do not manufacture the AVIPAS cameras I am unable to state if their control methods are the same as the PTZOptics cameras.
You may be able to reach out to the developer of the application to see if they have any experience with the AVIPAS models and their control solution.
Seems like a nice app. Maybe it's worth having a forum where people can post hardware that was confirmed to work with the app?
Anyway, thanks for the reply.
This is great. I really wish PTZO would take their controller and add, even a small preview screen to the app.. So you can at least see that the camera took the saved position and moved the camera. Maybe take away the thumb stick and zoom controls, but have a view and saved number pad. I have many setups in churches that do not have a media or sound team, but need to see a live view of the stream. I have found some security PTZ apps that let you see the stream, but don't seem to control the camera properly.
The PanTiltZoom application works with PTZOptics cameras but is not our solution.
If you would like to share these suggestions with the developer please feel free to do so via their support link on their main website.
For security applications and control you would likely need to ensure the application supports ONVIF and that ONVIF is enabled on the camera.
As ONVIF was designed for security it's movement may not be ideal for production use.
If you have any other questions we can help you with please don't hesitate to return to the forums.
Suddenly, my focus bar is greyed out and I can no longer manually focus my cameras i.n the ios PanTiltZoom app. How do I get that feature back? Thanks
Are you still able to control the cameras focus through the cameras web interface?
There is a setting in the camera's OSD menu that I would check on. Under the Setup sub menu make sure that Auto Focus L is set to Off.
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