PTZ Quickstart (Panasonic)

How to connect everything between a Seervision DoP and Panasonic's PTZs

This page guides the user through the setup of a new Seervision DoP to control a Panasonic PTZ. If you have a robotic head, see Quickstart for Robotic Heads instead. You will need to have our web interface open and ready to go - if you're not certain how to get to it, read our manual's Getting Started chapter first.

There’s no mention of power cables on these pages, we’re going to assume that you already know how to connect those.

Configuring the Panasonic PTZ itself

Before hooking up our system, it's best to make sure the PTZ is correctly configured for control by us. That means modifying a couple of settings, all of which can be found under the Setup tab of the web interface of the PTZ. 

A note on the PTZ IP

Regardless of how you will be using it, the PTZ will always serve its own configuration interface over its LAN port. We don't change or affect that IP. If you can't find this IP, you can use Panasonic's EasyIP which will usually find it without issue (provided you are connected to the same network as the PTZs LAN port).

Make sure to double-check this step was correctly performed. Not correctly configuring the PTZ will inevitably lead to subpar performance.

  • In the left-hand menu, under Basic, navigate to System > Pan / Tilt
    PTZ Settings
  • Make sure the Install Position is set to what you're using (hanging or standing). This is important for the flipping of the output feed (which we process)
  • Change the P/T Speed Mode to the fastest available
  • Set Speed with Zoom Position to OFF
  • Only for AW-UE100: Make sure that Focus Adjust with PTZ is set to off
  • Navigate to Tracking Data Output > Connection Type and double-check that the Serial column is set to Off (it should be by default)
  • Only if you want the SV Suite to control the focus: Navigate to the Image/Audio pane in the left-hand menu bar, select the Lens option, and change Focus Mode to Manual

Connecting the DoP and the Panasonic

To enable the DoP to control the Panasonic PTZ, go into the Operations Server of the DoP and create a new configuration. 

  1. Give it a Name that is easy to remember
  2. For PTU, select the relevant PTU driver from the dropdown, which should correspond to the model you wish to control
  3. Under IP, add the IP of the PTZ
  4. Under Model and Lens, make sure to select the relevant model and corresponding lens to get the best tracking and control performance
  5. Hit Save, and launch or re-launch the system if necessary to load the configuration

That's it!

Additional configuration for the AW-UE100/AW-UE150

Both the 100 and the 150 from the Panasonic PTZ line are the fastest devices available, and offer substantially better tracking performance than the older models. They require some additional configuration of the FreeD protocol, which the older models don't support.

What you'll need:

  • A DoP
  • A PTZ (AW-UE150 or AW-UE100), connected to the same LAN as the DoP, updated to the latest Pansonic firmware
  • Make sure that both the PTZ and the DoP are on the same LAN, i.e. they can "see" eachother via IP

Getting set up:

  1. Enable FreeD on the PTZ. Navigate to the PTZ's configuration interface, then to Tracking Data Output > IP Out. There, enable any of the output clients, and configure the enabled output client to point to the LAN IP of the DoP and set the port to 1112.
    enable_tracking_data_output

If you are running multiple instances of the Seervision Suite on the same hardware DoP, this FreeD port number will increase by 1 for each additional instance. E.g. if you are automating two Panasonics 100/150 with a single DoP, the first Panasonic should be configured to use port 1112 (as written above), and the second Panasonic should use port 1113.

  1. Under Tracking Data Output > Connection Type make sure that IP Communication is enabled.
  2. Double-check that the DoP is trying to connect to the correct PTZ IP. You can do this by opening up the Operations Server on the DoP and verifying that the PTU IP field is set to the PTZ IP.
  3. Re-launch the Seervision Suite from the Operations Server to make sure it picks up the FreeD packets

Panasonic Crop Tracking

The AW-UE100 and AW-UE150 support "crop tracking", meaning the PTZ does not move, while Seervision provides tracking through a Full HD crop from the 4k output.

Crop tracking is supported in SV Suite V38 San Gottardo and later (June 2022).

Getting set up:

  1. In the Panasonic web interface, navigate to System > Format and make sure the output is set to 2160
  2. Still in the Panasonic web interface, navigate to UHD Crop. Enable Crop Mode and set either the 3G SDI Out or the NDI® Out to output the Crop depending on which feed you are sending into the DoP.
  3. Configure the DoP as you normally would for this model (see above), and relaunch the SV Suite to make sure it detects the Crop mode. This detection happens automatically on SV Suite launch when the PTZ is queried.

All done!

That should be it from a hardware perspective. The next thing you’ll want to do is hook up the SDI or NDI® feed to the DoP, we go into more depth on that here: SDI/NDI® and Seervision. If you’ve already handled that, then just directly go to the DoP Setup page.

We used to support older Panasonic model control over a serial connection, but as of April 2022, this has been deprecated in favor of controlling these PTZs over IP.

 

 

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