HuddleCamHD just released a brand new Facebook Live Show, Back to Basics. This show is going to cover basic yet essential functions of HuddleCamHD’s cameras and accessories. The show is airing LIVE on Facebook every Wednesday at 10 am PST 2 pm EST. This episode covers their IR Remote.
HuddleCamHD provides reliable video conferencing cameras and accessories. With a 2 year warranty, USA based repair center, seamless integration with web conference platforms, and professional quality, they are leading the industry. This production showcases the advantages and features of their products. Taking you back to the basics, beginners and pros alike are offered a fresh take on some key functions of the devices.
HuddleCamHD IR Remote Control [equipt with every camera]
The pilot episode covers HuddleCam’s IR Remote Control, included with each of their cameras. The IR Remote allows users to control pan, tilt, and zoom functions, as well as much more. Up to four cameras can be controlled via three camera buttons, to switch between which camera the remote controls. There is also a set and call preset feature, allowing for over 60 presets.
Some other features of the IR Remote include camera color, iris, exposure, and other lighting components. The L-Limit and R-Limit buttons allow for a preset scan with and between camera shots. This would be helpful in a preshow situation, where the producer may want to set a preview of the event space before the production begins. Zoom fast and zoom slow keys allow for control of how fast or slow you’d like to focus on your subject.
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HuddleCamHD presents Back to the Basics Live, a high-definition broadcast, Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern on Facebook live. Back to the Basics is all about videoconferencing full of product line tutorials and best practices. Bring your questions for a live Q&A session in the post-show. We review online meetings and live streaming technology every week during our advanced learning sessions. And now, Back to the Basics Live.
Paul: Hello, everybody. Welcome to Back to the Basics Live.
Tess: I’m Tess Protester
Paul: and I’m Paul Richards, and today is episode one of Back to the Basics from HuddleCamHD.
Tess: Brand new show. We’re pretty excited about it. It’s similar to our sister company PTC optics’ Back to the Basic Show, but we are going to be focusing on all of the HuddleCamHD products with this show.
Paul: Yes, and we have quite a few different products right in front of us here. All the different HuddleCamHD cameras, they all have the same remote control. Before we jump right in, I wanted to mention that we are live streaming on Facebook every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern. We are not doing a pre-show as we’ve done before because there is no way to edit these videos and chop them up for distribution on Facebook, unless you use the scheduled live show, which means go live right away, which is fine, that’s what we’re going to go with, so we can boost this out to our audience. So let’s go ahead and dig into this remote control test.
Tess: …already. So the IR remote control comes with each of our cameras and it’s just pretty a straightforward way to control all of our cameras. So you have some basic features. You can zoom and you have a fast option and a slow option which is pretty cool with these remotes, you can also pan and tilt your camera as well with the arrows here.
Paul: Yeah, so Tess has the large remote next to us. I have one right in front of me here, so I’m going to use this one to demonstrate some of the advanced features and if you have any questions along the way, let us know. We have a live integration with Facebook, we’ll actually display your comments right here. If you’re watching on YouTube, leave a comment we always take a look at the videos. So you can see here that I’m controlling a HuddleCam 3x, this is our most popular camera actually, I am controlling a HuddleCam 20x and over here I have a TurtleCam 30x. So these three cameras together all being controlled by a single remote. So how do we do that? Well, on the HuddleCam, there’s actually an IR select button on the back of each camera and I’m going to go to this camera feed to show this. So if you can just hold that up, Tess, and I will zoom into it really quickly with this camera. You can see on the back that there’s an IR select button there and this is on 2. So you could have it on IR select 1, IR select 2 or IR select 3, and that is what tells us which camera will operate on camera 1 2 & 3. And I’ll just briefly mention, this is a 10 minute video, so I’m not going to go into too much detail, but one of the number one things that people say is my IR remote is not working and it’s because they have someone has pushed out camera 1 or 2 or 3 and they’re pointing it at you know this camera and saying it’s not working. Well, all you have to do is set camera 1, that’s what it’s set by default.
Tess: Ok, so you can switch between the cameras simply by just selecting the camera number.
Paul: Yes, and these are remotes that work from basically 25 to 30 feet away, so if you do need to control the cameras from further away, we have a joystick controller (Got it right here. I’ll just pull it up just really quickly), which you can extend the cabling hundreds of feet.
Tess: This is going to give you some more options for production purposes as well.
Paul: …and you can control up to seven cameras with this over saudi visca as opposed to just three with the IR remote. We do have some churches and different customers that use you know more than one or two. So let’s just go down the list here. The first thing I wanted to show is how to set a preset because you can see that’s kind of the top level there, so let’s see which camera am I on now. So let’s do the camera in the middle here. So all you have to do is hit the button that you want. So let’s say number one and then you just hit set and now I’m going to move the location and I’m going to hit number two and set. And now all I have to do is hit 2 call and it will go back to that position, 1 call and it will go back to that position. It’s doing so extremely slowly because I have the…
Tess: Now, about how many presets can a person set with their IR remote?
Paul: So with the IR remote, you can do 64 presets. I think I have this set to an extremely slow PTZ because it’s fully zoomed in, so let me do this with camera 3x here. So again we’ll do 1 and set and then we’ll go over and we’ll do 2 and set and then all I have to do is hit call number one or two and call and they’ll go back and forth between those positions. I think I have this one set to a really slow zoom. It’s taking a while.
Tess: That kind of leads us to another feature that you can do with the remote.
Paul: …the slow and fast pan tilt zoom. It’s a good point. So we can do a fast zoom and a slow zoom. We actually have two different areas here for that, and in between there is the OSD menu, the on-screen display menu. And Tess, you put together a nice little cheat sheet here for what these buttons do.
Tess: Yes, so the dome option is going to allow you to control the motor of the cameras which would include the speed of the panning and the zooming and whatnot. The lens option allows you to have the image control, color, the IRS, the exposure and so on and so forth. The L limit and R limit stands for left limit and right limit. Allows you to set a preset scanning option for between two different cameras. Is that correct?
Paul: Yes, that is what that one does. So that a very interesting… and I’ll actually put the cameras in scan mode for a second here so you can kind of see them in action. You’ll see that what it’ll do is it’ll go all the way to the left and then all the way to the right. And this is really popular like pre-shows. So if you’ve got a pre-show for a large concert or church or something like that, you scan the area automatically back, left and right throughout your broadcast.
Tess: Just give your audience an idea of maybe what’s going on, so it’s not just a static image.
Paul: …which works really nicely with vmix Wirecast…
Tess: I’m still trying to get her [unclear 07:22], but that’s alright.
Paul: Well, we can look at it over here as well, and we’ll pull that in if there’s any interesting question. So we looked at that, the digital zoom is one that I wanted to show, which is at the bottom there, the D zoom. That is available for all of the models from the 10x g3 up, so 10x g3, 20x, the 3x wide, the 20x to the 30x. And what that means is once you’ve used the optical zoom, optical zoom in a camera allows you to zoom in and change the field of view into a tight narrow field of view so you can see an object very closely, but it doesn’t degrade the quality. So when the lens is moving, it changes the light going on to the sensor. Now once you’ve got that information on the sensor, the sensor itself can digitally enhance portions of the sensor, but it actually adds a pixelating slightly.
Tess: Okay, so it’s not as clear quality. But you know, if there’s something that you don’t need that clear quality, just need to see close up, it would work for that.
Paul: For example, let’s say you’re using zoom video conferencing that’s only 720p, you’ve got a 1080p sensor, and all of our cameras are mainly 1080p, you could zoom in and actually not degrade the quality because you know, zoom is only really accepting 720. That’s the reason why you would use that, and that pretty much covers it except for the Rev button I wanted to show here. The Rev button will flip the image, so if you are mounting the camera upside down, you can hit the Rev button and Rev button will…
Tess: That’s definitely handy.
Paul: The other thing I almost forgot to mention is the 3x the 10 X 720. They have a different way, there is no dip switches on the back, so they have a different way of changing which setting is on the camera. [whispers] *So if I can get that just like that – perfect.* You can hopefully you can see that. Basically, instead of having that IR select button, there’s dip switches here and there’s a little cheat sheet here that allows you to change it from camera 1, 2 or 3. So those are the IR remote cameras there. So for the 3 X 10 X 720 and the JED 110 X, you can switch those dips which is there, in order to assign it to IR remote 1, 2 or 3. So it’s a little different on the 3x models as opposed to the larger base apparent camera models. So that is our broadcast. I think we covered everything we wanted to.
Tess: Yeah, those are the main features.
Paul: There is a reset button here. That reset button will reset the camera to factory default, so…
Tess: If you ever need screw it up big time, go ahead and press the reset and it will get you back to basics.
Paul: Yeah, back to basics. And I really think we did a pretty good job there, showing our broadcast. So thank you so much for watching, everybody. If you’re watching on YouTube, don’t forget to Like and subscribe to our Channel, and if you’re watching on Facebook, hang out for the post show. Thanks, everybody.
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- How to use RS232 over USB for far end camera control here.
- New far end camera control software for Windows computers here.
- HuddleCamHD IR Remote Control overview here.
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