this article is for the moveable PTZoptics SDI and NDI cameras and does not include the PTZoptics Zcams or the PTZoptics USB cameras.
the PTZoptics SDI and NDI cameras have 3 HD video outputs and 1 SD video output. these can be seen in the picture below.
VIDEO OUTPUTS: basic Info.
- the outputs on this camera that output HD video are #7 (network video), #8 (HDMI) and #9 (3G-SDI Level A). all of these ports will output video simultaneously.
- the only output on this camera that produces SD video is #2 (CVBS). this will only output video when the camera dial is set to either set to 480i and 576i. if the camera is set to run in SD mode it will no longer output video out of the SDI or HDMI ports.
- All other ports on the camera including #10 (USB), #5 (RS-232 in) and #6 (rs-232 out) DO NOT output video. ports #5 and #6 look like S-video, but they are not.
SETTING UP THE PORTS: Basic info
- if you are using the network port of the camera to get the video (NDI or RTSP) you must first set the camera's IP address to be on the same subnet as the computer that you will be using for this camera. this can be done by following the instructions in the article linked HERE. once the camera has been given an address on your network you should be able to pull the video from the camera in Softwares such as OBS, Vmix, Wirecast.
- the SDI and HDMI outputs on the camera should always be outputting video but in order to get this video into your computer, you will need something like a video mixer, an HDMI / SDI capture card, or an SDI / HDMI frame grabber (SDI/HDMI to USB). IF you try to plug the HDMI directly into your computer without some sort of input device it will not work as the HDMI built into your computer is an OUTPUT and not an INPUT. please refer to the chart below for the supported HDMI and SDI resolutions please note that these are changed by turning off the camera and changing the dial position on the dial marked "system select" on the back of the camera. more info about connecting with these ports can be found HERE.
- the SD port can be enabled by turning the camera off then changing the dial on the back of the camera to D or E. this will turn off the SDI and HDMI ports and cause the CVBS port to become active. once this port is active you will want to use something like this HERE to get the SD video from the camera. this is composite video and not component video.
If you are still having issues or something is not clear to you please reach out to support and we will be happy to help.
we can be reached by calling 610-518-2200 ext 1004 M-F 8am-6PM EST or by submitting a ticket HERE.