THE ROBOTIC WORKFORCE OF THE VIDEO INDUSTRY

If you have PTZ cameras, then you have probably tried using the camera controller built into the switcher to move and manage those cameras. Web based camera control is slow and inaccurate, but they allow someone else to move the camera and leave the Technical Director (TD) focused on the show. The controllers built into the switcher are best suited for creating presets, but to do real work means getting deep in menus or means getting in the way of the TD when you try and take control of the flight stick. That is unless you are the TD and you just took your eyes off the show to make adjustments to a camera that could mean missing a shot. Creating presets at the switcher allows the TD to quickly find primary camera positions and that also means camera positions can be triggered by Macros.

CONTROLLER DROIDS

This is the reason for external camera controllers. These controllers are not new, but some of the previous generations of affordable controllers are very generic and bury features under menus and have non-distinct buttons. You are forced to label these buttons yourself or practice getting to the feature you need so you can do it on the fly. Plus, the screens on these are tiny and hard to see in a hurry.

Most of these controllers only offer one control protocol. They are either Serial Based or IP based. If Serial, then you are limited to the number of cameras you can control and wiring these can get well complicated. If IP based, then you have limited choices of IP only cameras, and if you’re like us then you are adding cameras to your system and could have a mixed bag of control needs.

LUMENS TO THE RESCUE

Lumens has answered the call with the release of the VS-KB30. This is a hybrid camera controller offering both Serial and Visca over IP control as well as a few others. Multiple control protocols living in one camera controller. First off, this camera controller is built like a tank. All metal construction, while maintaining an ergonomic design. It has a solid base so there’s no fear of it slipping away while you are pushing the joy stick around. The knobs are heavy and smooth and won’t run away from you when making adjustments. It even has a magnetic rubber wedge to prop the camera controller up at an angle for better off axis viewing. Don’t like it. Pop it off and keep working.

ONE PUSH BUTTONS

  • Focus
  • Color
  • White Balance
  • Pan, Tilt, and Zoom have dedicated speed control

Most importantly this camera controller solves the issues of needing to go deep in menu to make changes by putting the most common everyday features right on the controller face. These features are given dedicated dials and buttons clearly labeled with micro led reference points, so you know exactly how each feature is set. There are no multifunction buttons here which mean less chance of making an error during the show.And a four-axis control stick that gives the operator pan, tilt, and zoom operations with a single hand leaving the other free to use other broadcasting equipment or to switch between cameras.

CAMERA CONNECTIONS

This is the reason for external camera controllers. These controllers are not new, but some of the previous generations of affordable controllers are very generic and bury features under menus and have non-distinct buttons. You are forced to label these buttons yourself or practice getting to the feature you need so you can do it on the fly. Plus, the screens on these are tiny and hard to see in a hurry.

Most of these controllers only offer one control protocol. They are either Serial Based or IP based. If Serial, then you are limited to the number of cameras you can control and wiring these can get well complicated. If IP based, then you have limited choices of IP only cameras, and if you’re like us then you are adding cameras to your system and could have a mixed bag of control needs.

SETUP

Most IP systems require you to know the cameras IP address and, in this case, if you do great. If you don’t then this controller has a search feature that scours the network for controllable IP cameras making set up the easiest of any IP controller.

VS-KB30 CAMERA CONTROLLER

The VS-KB30 is a joystick IP Camera Controller that is able to control PTZ cameras. This accessory is suitable for easy operation and different camera adjustments with Sony VISCA protocol, Pelco P&D, VISCA Over IP, and ONVIF. With its auto backlight keypad display, the VSKB30 is suitable for different environments.

KEY FEATURES PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

  • Joystick for Pan / Tilt / Zoom
  • Easy operation of versatile camera adjustments
  • The RS-232C / RS-422 x2 / Ethernet communication interfaces allow long distance communication
  • High brightness LCD display
  • Backlight keypad
  • Protocol by VISCA, Pelco P&D, VISCA Over IP, ONVIF
  • PoE
  • Up to 255 Camera Addresses & Zoom control
  • Hot key: Shutter, Iris, Gain, Focus, Speed, Zoom, and 6 user-assignable keys

Single Camera Connection

Multi-Camera Connection

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About Lumens

Lumens Digital Optics Inc., a Pegatron Group Company, is a leader in optical products. Lumens’ product offerings include portable document cameras, desktop document cameras, a ceiling document camera, HD PTZ cameras, and projection engines. Founded in 1998, the company was created by a team with a deep technological heritage of image processing, video electronics, and optical technology. With the support of the Pegatron Group, Lumens is continuously improving product designs to be used in classrooms, conference rooms, and for distance learning. | mylumens.com

 

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