This PTZ joystick controller is designed for pan, tilt, and zoom control of SONY VISCA and PELCO-P/D compatible PTZ cameras. This Pan, tilt and zoom keyboard with joystick controller is ideal for PTZOptics cameras used with serial joystick cabling (see here). This joystick controller can connect to most PTZ cameras with an 8-pin mini-din connection using a DB9 to 8-pin mini-din connection cable. If you would like to control multiple cameras with this joystick you can connect additional cameras using a daisy-chain method. The first PTZ camera connected to this joystick controller would require the DB9 to 8-pin mini-din cable, the subsequent cameras would use RS-232 VISCA Cascade cabling. PTZ camera cascade cabling is used to connect 8-pin mini-din out ports on PTZOptics cameras to subsequent cameras in the daisy-chain. This method of daisy-chaining multiple PTZ cameras with a serial PTZ joystick controller like is ideal because there is no need for “home run” cable runs to each camera.
Tip: Setup pan limits to restrict camera operators from moving outside a given area. Set up boundaries limits for fast-moving sports games like Basketball and Hockey. In this way, your camera operators can quickly move to the left or right without ever “overshooting” the game space boundaries.
Tip: Lower tilt limits when tracking presenters on stage. If your camera operators are mainly concerned with a left to right movement, avoid accidentally tilting the camera up or down by reducing the camera’s motor speeds for this action.