Canon Europe expands the video streaming functionality of PTZ cameras

Canon Europe has released a new downloadable driver for PTZ cameras, making video conferencing and streaming via the CR-N300, CR-N500 and CR-X300 – three Canon PTZ cameras with incredible 4K image quality and versatility IP compatibility – perfect for educational and religious institutions, as well as for work environments. The pandemic has been a catalyst for video conferencing and streaming demands, with access to high-quality, easy-to-implement streaming solutions required more institutions than ever before. In addition, Canon is launching support for two new protocols on the CR-N300 and CR-N500 – SRT[i] i FreeD[ii] – which provide perfect integration into simple and cost-effective solutions for VR and AR productions, as well as for high-quality streaming with minimal downtime.

Perfect integration and optimized work processes

Webcam Driver efficiently connects Canon’s remote PTZ cameras to Windows OS-compatible computers, giving them webcam functionality for high-quality live streaming. PTZ cameras can then be integrated into applications such as Microsoft Teams, Skype and Zoom – which is great for hybrid meetings. Also suitable for educational institutions, these cameras can be used to stream live lectures on the Panopto platform linked to Lecture Capture applications for recording and streaming videos.

This software simplifies live streaming processes by automatically recognizing any Canon PTZ camera on the same network as the user’s computer, allowing for an easy setup process, meaning streaming can begin immediately. In addition, it is possible to register and use up to five cameras at the same time for a multi-camera setup – perfect for situations where multiple angles or multiple cameras are needed in different rooms, such as religious institutions or demonstration lectures.

Webcam Driver achieves impressive image quality with flexibility. When using a LAN connection, users can make video conferencing up to 4K 30p – achieving full camera output resolution, without the distance limitations most commonly encountered when using USB cables, providing flexibility in choosing camera locations at planned positions. Thanks to cable lengths up to 100 m and more, the LAN connection allows use in larger areas where the PTZ camera must be away from the computer with which it is paired.

Two new protocols: SRT and FreeD

Both the CR-N500 and CR-N300 will have two new protocols, allowing users to improve workflows, content and quality. Once downloaded, the FreeD protocol allows camera position information – such as zoom, focus, aperture and tilt or rotation – to be sent to processor technology, without the need for additional position tracking equipment. This allows broadcasters and event companies to easily integrate PTZ cameras into AR and VR business processes, providing high-quality ‘virtual’ content. When working with a green screen in news, weather, sports and live events, it allows you to combine live footage effortlessly with computer graphics.

The Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) protocol is a video transmission protocol that has a high reputation in the remote production market. It has high security encryption for video data and reliable video transmission. This protocol ensures reliability and stability thanks to retransmission / recovery mechanism of lost packets, as well as stable delivery of high quality video with low latency – even in environments with unstable flow rates, thanks to network monitoring and highly flexible buffer management system. Together with the NDI protocol HX, it has wide application in remote production in the broadcasting market.

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