PTZ Quickstart (Birddog)

How to connect everything between a Seervision Server and a Birddog PTZ camera.

This page guides the user through the setup of a new Seervision Server to control a Birddog PTZ. If you have a robotic head, see Quickstart for Robotic Heads instead.

You will need to have our web interface open and ready to go – if you’re not certain how to get to it, read our manual’s Getting Started chapter first.

There’s no mention of power cables on these pages, we’re going to assume that you already know how to connect those.

Updating the Birddog

Before you configure the machine, make sure your Birddog is running the latest firmware, at the very least 5.5.094 or later.

Configuring the Birddog

For improved performance, we take advantage of the FreeD output of Birddog PTZs. This needs to be configured via the web interface of the relevant Birddog PTZ through the following steps:

  1. Open up the Birddog PTZ web interface, and navigate to Cam Control > FreeD tab.
  2. Make sure FreeD is set to Enable
  3. Set IP Address to the IP address of the Seervision server
  4. Set Port to 40000, or, if you are planning to control the PTZ through the second instance of the SV Suite on your Seervision server, set the port to 40001.
  5. Hit Apply

All done!

You can now continue with the configuration of this PTZ as if it were a standard VISCA PTZ by following our guide for VISCA PTZs.