Before you install the camera, read the safety information in the camera documentation.

Ensure that the camera is using the correct settings according to the documentation that accompanies it as PTZ camera settings can vary.

PTZ cameras are supplied without a remote control as you control the camera with the StarLeaf room system.

In this topic:

Camera control for PTZ cameras

The Camera control on the Touch 2045 home screen provides you with controls for the PTZ camera.

Camera control on the Group Telepresence 3351:

Camera presets are pre-defined camera positions. For example, a pre-defined position that points the camera at the whiteboard, or that changes the camera to a wide-angled view. Select the position you require from the touchscreen controller.

If you have more than one camera attached to the Group Telepresence 3351, the active camera selector allows you to select which camera you want to use.

Camera presets

Camera presets allow you to save up to five pre-defined camera positions. Users can then select these positions from the touchscreen controller.

To create camera presets:

  1. Use the touchscreen controller to move the camera to the required position.
  2. Go to the Room systems page on your Admin Portal, and click the edit icon in the row of the room system which you want to create a preset for. You are directed to the Edit room system page:

  3. Open the Audio and video settings dropdown.
  4. Under Camera presets, enter a name for the preset and select Save. To try out presets without saving them, click Test next to a preset. To delete a preset, select Clear.

Active cameras

You can have up to three cameras connected to the Group Telepresence 3351, but only one camera can be active at a time. You can set up to five preset positions, as described above, across these cameras. When multiple cameras are connected to the codec, the active camera is selected using the Camera control on the touchscreen controller:

Selecting any of the other cameras with the Camera control makes the one you’ve selected the active camera. If done while in a call, the video immediately switches to that camera and the configured preset view.

This is especially useful in situations where presets alone are not the ideal solution, for example in very large rooms or rooms with multiple speaker locations. Additional cameras provide better placement and zoom levels compared to using only a single camera for one large space. Presets for each of the cameras should focus on areas within a reasonable distance of that camera, rather than heavily zooming in on another location where a camera could be placed.

For example, consider an auditorium with audience seating, and a podium with a lectern and a whiteboard. Two cameras are installed in the room:

  • One camera facing the podium
  • One camera facing the audience

Presets could be configured for these two cameras:

  • One preset called “Lectern”, which would activate the podium-facing camera and position it to frame the lectern
  • One preset called “Whiteboard”, which would activate the podium-facing camera and position it to frame the whiteboard
  • One preset called “Audience”, which would activate the audience-facing camera and position it to take a wide shot of the audience

These presets allow you to quickly switch between any of those predefined positions for the two connected cameras.