With Axis IP cameras you can enhance your broadcast by logging into the Axis Camera and controlling the camera.
The following steps will walk you through finding the camera, controlling the cameras PTZ functions and setting and choosing presets.
NOTE: If you are attempting to control the cameras from a remote location you will need to set up Remote Desktop accessibility to a computer on the same network as the camera. This can be done through any of the programs listed below or any other remote desktop system.
Windows Remote Desktop
Connecting to the Axis Camera
To connect to the camera you will first need to identify the IP address. To find the IP you will need the Axis IP Utility program which can be downloaded from this link.
After running the program it will scan and identify any Axis camera on the network. Keep in mind you will need to be on the same internet network as the camera to access it.
After it has discovered the IP address simply double click the address to bring up the Camera Controls.
You may be asked for a username and password to access the camera. If you do not know or have not set up a login please submit a Support Ticket to firstname.lastname@example.org to have one set up.
Controlling the Camera
There are two primary ways to control the PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) functions of the camera.
NOTE: Some models of cameras may have features in slightly different positions.
The two modes include Center Mode and Joystick Mode, the differences and methods for both are below. To toggle back and forth between the click the button on the far right below the Live View screen.
When in Center Mode a cross will appear in the camera view window. Anywhere you click this cross the camera will move to make that the center of the shot.
You can also click and drag to create a red box from center. When you release the click anything inside the box will become the new shot after an executed zoom.
In Simulated Joystick Mode you will notice a red crosshair fixed in the center of the camera view. As you move around this point the mouse creates an arrowhead pointing out from center. If you click and hold the camera will move in the direction the arrow is pointing. Also as you drag further away from center the speed of the move increases.
This is ideal for tracking and motion shots but can take some time to get used to.
Setting and Choosing Presets
Axis IP cameras also have the option to set multiple preset locations for the shots you will need. Keep in mind a controller will still need to call up these positions but it can make running the camera much easier for volunteers.
Begin by framing the location how you desire using the tools detailed in the "Controlling the Camera" section. Once the shot is the location you wish to save click on the Setup tab in the upper right-hand corner of the Live View.
Next, from the side menu choose PTZ.
Now in the open field type the name of the position and click Add. If you wish for this position to be the Home position of the camera check the Make Position Home box.
The position is now saved and can be called up quickly by using the drop-down list of positions in the live view.
Changing the Speed of Movements
NOTE: Some models of Axis cameras do not offer this option
Many can find the speed and movement of the camera jerky. To adjust this speed go to the Setup and PTZ pages detailed in the Setting up and Choosing Presets section.
From the left side menu choose Advanced. Below you will see a Move Speed setting, we have found 20 degrees a second is an acceptable speed but you can experiment with various speeds.