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PTZ Camera Control with iPad App

Demo video of the PTZ camera controls using iPad app and iDVR recorder from CCTV Camera Pros.

The below video demonstrates how to control an analog / CCTV PTZ camera that is connected to an iDVR from iPad using the native MobileCMS app. Note: although a WIR12X model PTZ camera is used in this video, any standard analog PTZ camera will work with this DVR and app. As long as the PTZ camera uses analog BNC video output and supports Pelco-P or Pelco-D PTZ protocol using RS-485, you can use the iDVR and iPad app features in this demo.

Here is how it works

A PTZ-WIR12X PTZ camera is connected to an iDVR-E4 CCTV DVR. A coax cable is used to run the video from the camera to the DVR. 18/2 conductor cable is used to wire the RS-485 port of the camera to the DVR (CAT-5 cable can also be used). The RS-485 cable is used to communicate the PTZ commands from the DVR to the camera.

The iDVR is network / Internet ready which means that it has a built in Ethernet port. The DVR is connected to a network router, and the router is connected to a cable modem (for Internet access). The iPad app supports PTZ commands and communicates directly with the DVR from over the Internet. There are no service fees or monthly fees to enable this access. You can find instructions here on how to setup PTZ camera controls for iDVR surveillance DVRs. You can find the CCTV iPad app setup instructions.

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Video Transcript

The mobile CMS iPad app for the iDVR allows users to control PTZ cameras remotely over the internet and on their local area network using the iPad.

In this demonstration, CCTV camera pros connected the monitor output of an iDVR-E4 to the 42-inch LCD TV seen here. On our iPad, I will launch the mobile CMS iPad app and then select the DVR that I want to connect to.

The iPad app works in portrait and landscape modes.

Camera 1 is our PTZ-WIR-12X outdoor pan, tilt, zoom camera. I select this camera full-screen and tap on the PTZ control icon on the app so that I can control the pan, tilt, and zoom operations.

I'm going to place the iPad on the monitor stand and start moving the camera around using the iPad controls.

This particular PTZ camera supports 12 times optical resolution. The dumpster that I am zooming in on is 100 feet away from where the camera is mounted.

I move the camera to the left so that we can zoom in on the delivery truck in the distance. This delivery truck is located 190 feet away from the camera.

As you can see, the 12 times optical zoom of the PTZ camera is able to zoom in on large objects up to 200 feet away quite well.

In addition to supporting PTZ controls, the iPAD app can also support searching for and playing back recorded video surveillance footage. This feature will be demonstrated in a video in the future.

For additional information on the DVR, security cameras, and iPad app using this video, visit

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Surveillance Equipment

The following video surveillance equipment was used in the making of this video.

iDVR Surveillance DVR MobileCMS iPad App Pro
The 4 channel iDVR-E4 surveillance DVR is the recorder that was used in this video.

The MobileCMS HD Pro iPad app allows user to control CCTV PTZ cameras using these iDVR series recorders from CCTV Camera Pros.

IR PTZ Camera Dome Infrared Camera
The PTZ-WIR12X IR PTZ camera is located in camera position on in the video. This is the PTZ camera that was controlled with the iPad app. The DPRO-9620VF indoor dome IR camera is located in camera position 2 in the video.
IR Dome Camera Hidden PIR Camera
The DPRO-EC550VF2 IR dome camera is located in camera position 3 in the video. This camera monitors our warehouse. The PIR-IR60 hidden infrared camera is located in camera position 4 in the video. This camera is monitoring one ofour manager offices.

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Mike Haldas

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