The PTZ-TOOL programming module makes programming PTZ cameras a cinch. Security Camera King offers this for sale for customers because there are many people that have more than 1 PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) camera in their system. In fact, this tool is only required if you use more than 1 PTZ camera in your system, but it can be used to control a standalone PTZ camera as well.
PTZ cameras make for a powerful addition to a digital video security system. Often times, these cameras can take the place of two or more stationary cameras making them very cost effective as well. These cameras usually come with factory pre-settings and it may be useful to “tweak” them a bit; that’s where the PTZ-TOOL programming module comes in.
Before we talk about the PTZ-TOOL programming module itself, let’s take a look at what makes up a digital video system and exactly what a PTZ camera can do in that system.
A basic digital video security and surveillance system normally consists of three components; one or more digital video cameras, a Digital Video Recorder or DVR, and one or more monitors (a monitor is needed for the initial setup of the system, but once the system is up and running a monitor is actually an optional choice).
The cameras’ primary function is to “capture” video images created by light that reflects off objects in the cameras’ field of view. The lens focuses this light onto a small sensor that ranges in size from 1/4″ up to about 1/2″ square. When light strikes its individual units (pixels for example) the sensor produces an electrical impulse that can be measured. These electrical impulses are used to create a video image that can be displayed on an electronic monitor and/or compiled into a file that can be stored on the DVR’s hard disk drive.
There are many different ways to increase or decrease the field of view for the camera. One way is to use a varifocal lens. These lenses however are often only manually operated and can only enlarge or reduce the field of view. Another way to increase security coverage is to use more than one camera in such a manner that their fields of view overlap just a little.
The third way to increase coverage is to use a PTZ camera. A PTZ camera can normally pan 360 degrees or a full circle and have a vertical movement of at least 180 degrees. In other words, picture an object that looks like a sphere cut in-half. Now imagine the camera lens in that half-sphere; generally this is the area that the camera lens can move/rotate through in order to capture video images.
PTZ cameras have become very popular, due to their extreme versatility and advanced electronically controlled features. However, there are so many different features and functions that it may seem somewhat overwhelming to the do-it-yourselfer. The PTZ-TOOL Programming Module helps to make the task of changing PTZ settings easy.
The PTZ-TOOL Programming Module is designed for use with Security Camera King’s PTZ-LX550L3X Pan/Tilt/Zoom Camera and our PT-LX540 Pan/Tilt Camera. If you use more than one PTZ-LX550L3X or PT-LX540 Pan/Tilt Camera you will need the PTZ-TOOL programming module. One of the reasons that this tool is required when using more than one PTZ or PT camera is so the address of the camera can be changed from the setting of “1.”
The DVR has virtual “ports” that are assigned to the cameras to keep them separate for the DVR’s sake. These virtual ports or addresses can range from 0-255. Programming the camera to a different address allows the DVR or other device to control that camera only. It’s the equivalent of a first name when talking about someone in a particular family. If you used the surname only, no one would know who you were talking to; mother, father or siblings. However, when you use a first name, then the individual knows exactly who you are talking to (addressing).
With the Programming Module for PTZ-LX550L3X and PT-LX540, you can assign different addresses (first names) to the cameras so that the DVR can keep track of them.
If you have any additional questions about the Programming Module for PTZ-LX550L3X and PT-LX540 contact one of our security experts today either by on-line “Live Chat” or by telephone at 1-866-573-8878 Monday through Friday from 9AM to 6PM EST.