EasyPTZ v1.1 (February 21, 2023)

I needed a simple controller for Dahua cameras on Windows and couldn't find anyting that wasn't over-built for my purposes or just plain slow so I built this. Posting in case it's useful to anyone else. It's designed to be an easy to use camera viewer as opposed to a full featured DVR or NVR. So far I've only tested with the Dahua SD49225T-HN but it *should* work with any Dahua camera.





Keyboard Controls


Mouse/Touchscreen Controls


Joystick Controls!


Config File Notes

Here's the docs for editing the config file. For now you make all the configurations there. Just click File -> Settings and edit the values that are already present. Once the features settle down I'll build a GUI for this.


Known Issues and Troubleshooting


To Do



- v1.1 (Februrary 21, 2023): Changed the install location to c:\EasyPTZ to make editing the config file easier.

- v0.92 (November 29, 2019): A big reduction in latency (delay) when viewing a camera outside the immediate network. Also added support for Nest Cams! It's a little jerky, but works. Search for "camera4" in the config file notes for a sample camera (and enjoy the view of the beach!)

- v0.91 (November 4, 2019): Added the ability to switch cameras during tours of presets. So it's now possible for example to show camera1's preset 1 for 5 seconds, then go to camera2's preset 1 for 5 seconds, etc. See the notes on editing the config file for more details (search for "customtour").

- v0.904 (October 23, 2019): Fixed the keyboard shortcut for focus. Now the [ and ] keys work for focusing.

- v0.903 (March 13, 2019): It now remembers the last camera opened and opens that on startup. And for now I disabled right-clicking to open the Presets window, since on a Surface I kept opening the presets menu accidentally. Feedback invited.

- v0.901 (March 2, 2019): Added basic camera iris control, the ability to remap joystick buttons without mapping the onscreen button, added "Tour of Random Presets" to the top of the Presets pulldown (chooses a random preset every 8 seconds), and ability to change keyboard pannning speed.

- v0.8996 (February 23, 2019): Added a Presets Window popup for easier presets access.

- v0.8995 (February 21, 2019): Greatly improved joystick support, and all joystick axis are now assignable. Large lists of presets get divided into submenus under the Presets menu.

- v0.8993 (February 20, 2019): Added some volume controls.

- v0.8992 (February 19, 2019): Added the ability to use "basic" authentication for the cameras (as opposed to just digest auth).

- v0.896 (February 15, 2019): Will print an error message to the log widnow (File -> Show Log Window) when loading a preset if there's an error. More debugging to come.

- v0.894 (February 15, 2019): Preset names are now retrieved from the camera! Can override the names in config file. Can now start in any state on any monitor. Added commandline args to control laucnh state. Fixed customtours. Control-left/right arrows navigates preset history. Fixed unicode support.

- v0.893 (February 14, 2019): Fixed the buttons, added the Presets menu, Camera menu now shows camera name if set in config file, added random preset button (R), added ability to specify the snapshots folder.

- v0.891 (February 13, 2019): Faster startup time, additional fullscreen modes, added the ability to have up to 30 cameras, and a bunch of under the hood improvements

- v0.872 (October 30, 2018): Made some improvements to focusing (pressing [ or ] keys or joytsick). Before it would run autofocus sometimes afterwards, losing any focus changes. Also some more mouse controls (corners control zoom and focus). And added the ability to have custom image overlays on each camera, will document shortly, let me know if you need deets sooner.

- v0.87 (October 29, 2018): Fixed issue with video window not detecting mouse clicks in some versions of Windows, and fixed issue where arrow keys sometimes stop responding. Yee haw.

- v0.83 (October 24, 2018): Added gesture support! Click or touch the video to pan.

- v0.8 (October 22, 2018): Added screenshot ability, lots of fixes.

- v0.7 (October 17, 2018): Repacked with current version of VLC included.

- v0.6 (October 12, 2018): Some love given to the GUI, and packing the VLC library with the installer. Experimental.

- v0.5 (October 11, 2018): joystick support! And it sucks considerably less. Still swatting bugs but getting there.

- v0.2 (October 9, 2018): much less latency, an installer, and lots o fixes.

- v0.1 (October 8, 2018): first version released




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