How to Choose the Best PTZ Camera for Lecture Capture

Don’t forget the cameras!

Pulling together a robust lecture capture solution requires flexible tech at every step of the process. A good Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera boasts the feature-set and functionality to get your lecture capture off to a great start.

Here are a few traits to look for in that perfect PTZ camera:

Sharp and Accurate Image Sensors

Using excellent equipment to encode, transcode, and publish can preserve the quality of your video footage, but those steps won’t make your footage better. It’s critical to capture clear, vivid video at the outset.

In addition to image clarity, the quality of sensor will determine how color is represented in the video.

In terms of resolution, 1080p/60 is a great rule-of-thumb.

Smooth Motion and Tracking

With most methods of steering a PTZ camera, the most persistent challenge is trying to pan and tilt the camera without jerking or stuttering.

Scope out the motors on potential cameras to confirm a smooth pan and low noise output. Adjusting the camera angle shouldn’t compromise your video or sound.

A Variety of Optical Zooms

You’ll want a range of optical zooms to ensure quality video across your lecture capture solution.

In most cases, it’s not a must-have for the individual camera to boast multiple zoom options. Few capture scenarios will require changing the zoom.

However, you will want a camera lens that is optimized for each particular room. When choosing a camera, skim the provider’s portfolio to confirm that there are versions of your preferred model with the necessary zoom.

Clean, Easy Integrations

A good PTZ camera choice will have plug-and-play functionality with an array of collaboration software, like Skype or Webex. It’s a tremendous hassle when special drivers are required to facilitate your key integrations.

You also want to ensure that you have a variety of input and output options to cleanly integrate with any number of A/V system configurations.

A Few Suggestions

The RoboSHOT series, putout by Vaddio, hits all of these checkpoints with the bonus of great support. The RoboSHOT 12, 20, and 30 hit all of the critical zoom optics with the full range of inputs and outputs.

Are you willing to sacrifice features and functionality to meet your budget? Minrray offers a PTZ model at lower price bracket.

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