How to connect Panasonic AW Series PTZ cameras to Wowza

How to connect Panasonic AW Series PTZ cameras to Wowza
How to connect Panasonic AW Series PTZ
cameras to Wowza Streaming Engine
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Panasonic AW series HD/UHD PTZ cameras and camera systems have built-in
network connectivity f or capturing and publishing live video over the Internet
to Wowza Streaming Engine™ media server sof tware. Wowza Streaming Engine
creates Panasonic source settings in a stream f ile, which provides a method to
re-stream the output f rom the Panasonic PTZ camera to players. This article
describes how to create connection settings to automatically conf igure your
Panasonic PTZ camera.
Notes:
Integrated publishing is included in Wowza Streaming Engine
4.5.0 and later for the following Panasonic AW series PTZ
cameras:
AW-HE40
AW-UE70
AW-HE130
Panasonic PTZ camera integration with Wowza Streaming Engine
only supports interleaved RTSP streaming (UDP isn't supported).
Panasonic is a Works with Wowza™ partner.
Contents
Connecting Panasonic PTZ cameras
Set up the Panasonic PTZ live source
Set up the Panasonic PTZ camera
Verif ying the connection
Playing the stream
Example players
Accessing Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) controls
Changing Pan/Tilt/Zoom settings
Changing the reconnect wait time
Connecting Panasonic PTZ cameras
Use the procedures in this section to set up the Panasonic source f or a live
application in Wowza Streaming Engine, and to set up your Panasonic PTZ
camera to distribute video to the live application.
Note: You can set up a Panasonic source for the live application in
Streaming Engine Manager first or you can set up the Panasonic PTZ
camera to distribute video to the live application first. If you want the
live stream to be available to users from the beginning, or if you want
to record the live stream from the beginning using the Incoming
Streams feature in Streaming Engine Manager, set up the Panasonic
PTZ camera in Wowza Streaming Engine Manager first. The live
application in the Streaming Engine will periodically try to connect to
the camera until it comes online.
Set up the Panasonic PTZ live source
1. In the Wowza Streaming Engine Manager Welcome page, click
Applications at the top of the page.
2. In the contents panel, under the live application, click Sources (Live).
3. In the Sources (Live) page, click Panasonic PT Z - AW Series.
4. Enter a name f or the stream in Stream Name.
Notes:
The name value can't contain less-than (<), greater-than (>),
colon (:), quotation (' and "), forward slash (/), backslash (),
pipe (|), question mark (?), asterisk (*), double-dot (..), and
tilde (~) characters.
The stream name is used to create a stream file that
replaces (aliases) the Panasonic PTZ camera's complex
stream URI so that players can use the stream file name in
playback URLs in place of the camera's complex stream
name. Stream files are stored in an application's streaming
file directory and have a .stream file name extension. You
must enter a stream name value that creates a unique
stream file name.
5. Enter the camera's IP address in Camera IP Address. If your camera
requires RTSP streaming authentication, add credentials in the f ollowing
f ormat: [rtsp-username]:[rtsp-password]@[camera-ipaddress]:[custom-rtsp-port].
Notes:
The camera's IP address is the network address or properly
mapped domain that you established using the Panasonic
Easy IP Setup Software and what you use to access the
web-based camera controls and video feed. If you are
missing this software, you can download it from the
Panasonic website.
Adding an optional [custom-rtsp-port] to the camera's IP
address redirects traffic through that port for the camera to
receive. Leave this value off of the camera IP address to use
the default (port 554). For more information about changing
the camera's RTSP port, see Set up the Panasonic PTZ
camera.
6. If your Panasonic camera requires PTZ authentication, enter your Camera
User Name and Camera Password. These are the Administrator or User
authentication credentials that you set up with the Easy IP Setup
Sof tware and they are used to access the camera's PTZ controls f rom this
application's Incoming Streams page. You can also edit these credentials
in the application's Stream Files page af ter a connection is created. For
more inf ormation, see Accessing Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) controls.
7. Click Create Connection to connect to the stream. If the camera is
of f line, the stream f ile will try to connect to it every 3 seconds until it can
establish a connection. For more inf ormation about how to change the
connection retry interval, see Changing the reconnect wait time.
8. Make sure the Panasonic camera is in Power ON mode and verif y that the
stream is published.
Set up the Panasonic PTZ camera
Make sure you have the latest f irmware f or your camera.
If you have multiple camera instances on your network or you are streaming
video via public internet, you may want to change the host RTSP port number
(554 by def ault). You also may want to change the def ault port f or IP control
(TCP port 80 by def ault) f or certain network conf igurations or if you are
controlling via public internet or WAN. For inf ormation on how to change
ports, see your Panasonic camera's Operating Instructions and protocol
documents
Af ter initial settings are established f or your Panasonic PTZ camera, navigate
to your camera's IP address in a web browser to remotely view and customize
the streams f rom all connected cameras. The camera control screen includes a
live screen preview, PTZ controls, JPEG and H.264 video settings, and user
authentication.
Verifying the connection
To verif y that the stream is published, click Incoming Streams f or the live
application in Wowza Streaming Engine Manager, and then click the stream
name.
The inf ormation page f or the stream displays the uptime, network throughput,
and other inf ormation about the published stream.
Playing the stream
To play the stream over various streaming f ormats, do the f ollowing:
1. Click Stream Files f or the live application in Wowza Streaming Engine
Manager, and then click the name of the stream f ile in the list that's restreaming your Panasonic PTZ camera output.
2. Click T est Players in the upper-right corner of the stream f ile page. The
T est Players window that opens includes test players that are
preconf igured to stream a live stream named myStream.stream over
various streaming f ormats. Each tab in the T est Players window either
hosts a test player that you can use to play the live stream or provides
instructions f or playing the live stream. For example, to use the Adobe
HDS protocol to play myStream.stream, click the Adobe HDS tab, and
then click Start.
The test players are also online on our Wowza Test Players webpage.
Example players
You can also use example players that are included with Wowza media server
sof tware or downloaded f rom the Wowza website to play the stream. For more
inf ormation, see the f ollowing articles:
How to play video
How to play video
HDS)
How to play video
How to play video
Streaming)
How to play video
How to play video
with the example Adobe Flash players (RTMP)
with the example Adobe Flash players (San Jose/Adobe
on Apple iOS devices (Cupertino/Apple HLS)
with the example Microsof t Silverlight players (Smooth
on RTSP/RTP players
with the example MPEG-DASH players (DASH)
Note: The example players are preconfigured to play a stream named
myStream. To use the example players to play the broadcast from
your Panasonic PTZ camera, be sure to substitute the name of the
stream file that's re-streaming your Panasonic PTZ camera output in
place of myStream in the playback URLs.
Accessing Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) controls
In Wowza Streaming Engine 4.2 (and later), you can control your camera's PTZ
f eatures f rom within Wowza Streaming Engine Manager by launching the
Pan/T ilt/Zoom Controller f rom the Incoming Streams page.
To access PTZ controls in your camera:
1. In Wowza Streaming Engine Manager, create a connection f rom your live
application to your camera and then verif y that you are connected to the
camera's stream.
2. If you didn't enter your camera security credentials when creating the
connection, edit these settings on the Stream Files page. In the live
application's Stream Files page, click the Edit icon f or the stream f ile
connecting to your Panasonic PTZ camera, ensure the correct user
credentials are entered into PT Z User Name and PT Z Password, and then
click Save.
3. In the contents panel f or your live application, click Incoming Streams,
and then click the Pan T ilt Zoom icon f or the stream connecting to your
Panasonic PTZ camera. A dialog box appears with camera controls and a
preview of the camera f eed. The preview image is a static capture that will
ref resh f requently. For more inf ormation on changing this ref resh rate,
see How to specif y per-stream settings in .stream f iles.
Note: Different camera models implement the PTZ features in
different ways. If your camera doesn't respond to these controls,
it may not be supported at this time.
4. To pan and tilt the camera, use the f our-way cursor buttons. To return the
camera to its def ault position, click the Reset button in the center. To
zoom the camera in and out, use the magnif ying glass buttons.
5. Click Close to return to the Incoming Streams page.
Changing Pan/Tilt/Zoom settings
You can customize how Wowza Streaming Engine connects to your camera's
PTZ controls and change values such as connection timeouts and the preview
ref resh rate.
To access PTZ settings:
1. In Wowza Streaming Engine Manager, click the Applications tab, and then
Stream Files under the name of your application (such as live) in the
contents panel.
2. Click the Edit icon f or the stream f ile in the list that will re-stream your
Axis camera output.
3. In the stream f ile's Properties tab, click Pan/T ilt/Zoom in the Quick
Links bar.
For more inf ormation on each PTZ property, see How to specif y per-stream
settings in .stream f iles.
Changing the reconnect wait time
If the Panasonic camera is of f line, the live application will try to connect to it
every 3 seconds by def ault until it establishes a connection. To change how
of ten the live application will try to connect to the camera, do the f ollowing:
1. Click Stream Files f or the live application in Wowza Streaming Engine
Manager, and then click the name of the stream f ile in the list that will restream your Panasonic camera output.
2. Click the Properties tab.
Note: Access to the Properties tab is limited to administrators
with advanced permissions. For more information about how to
configure access, see Manage credentials.
3. In the Common section of the properties page, click Edit.
4. To change the def ault reconnectWaitT ime property value, select the
Enabled check box f or the property, type an alternate value (in
milliseconds) in the property box, and then click Save. The f ollowing
example shows that the property value has been changed to 10000
milliseconds (10 seconds).
Originally Published: For Wowza Streaming Engine 4.5.0 on 06-23-2016.
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