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Panasonic PTZ Control-Need Your Help

Hello All, we have to integrate an existing analog Panasonic PTZ camera into a VMS. We understand that it could possibly be done by using Panasonic encoders but we would like to use Axis. Since Axis does not support the Panasonic PTZ control, we used a sennetech code translator to translate to pelco. We can control the camera fine from a Camera tester but we are not getting anything trying it with both Axis and ACTi encoders. Any ideas?

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you say that Axis “does not support the Panasonic PTZ control”, yet they do:

this driver, for instance, was found on the P7216 encoder page. you have to download it from axis and upload it to the encoder.

similarly, if you still want to use code translator to pelco, you need to download the pelco driver....

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I believe it would be helpful to list the model number of the Sennetech device, The Axis encoder you are using, and finally the signal chain of connections. The signal chain could be described or be a simple diagram. The Axis encoders I used last were the 16 channel M7016 Encoders with a few cameras that were Pelco coaxitron. In that case I bought a used Pelco translator to convert the coaxitron to RS422 which fed into one of the 4 channel banks of the M7016. It worked great.

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In that case I bought a used Pelco translator to convert the coaxitron to RS422 which fed into one of the 4 channel banks of the M7016.

do you mean convert the RS422 and video coming out of the encoder to coaxitron using the translator, and then into the camera?

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Yes, sorry if I wasn't clear. I was just describing the connection from camera to encoder.

Channel 1 example:

Camera -> Translator (has BNC in and out) -> into encoder channel 1

RS422 Output of encoder (bank 1-4) -> Translator - From there, its UTC to the camera in the scenario I originally described.

The one I used was the PELCO CM9760-CXTA

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Most, if not all, Panasonic analog PTZs also support Pelco P/D. If the native Panasonic protocol doesn't work well enough with the Axis encoder, maybe change to Pelco and try that driver as well. Also, get your hands on the manual for the camera, having the AUX commands may give you finer control than what the VMS will allow.

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