ClearOne announced the availability of a new camera control module, Crestron Pro 3, for Crestron control systems that is designed to work with ClearOne’s BMA 360 Beamforming Microphone Array Ceiling Tile and ClearOne’s UNITE 200. It also works with any other Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) camera that complies with the VISCA control protocol. The Crestron Pro 3 module is now available as a free software download.
The new module simplifies the configuration of the BMA 360’s camera control feature and comes with a graphical interface that associates PTZ presets in the camera with BMA 360 Beam Reports. When a local talker activates a given beam in the BMA 360, the control module recalls the associated PTZ preset in the camera. The module also supports returning the camera to a “home” position after a period of no voice activity.
Previously, ClearOne provided sample code and command documentation to help Crestron programmers build their own custom camera control modules. While that gave Crestron programmers flexibility, ClearOne’s customers asked for a pre-programmed solution that would cover most camera tracking applications. The new module developed by ClearOne represents a product-quality implementation for control of up to two PTZ cameras per Crestron module that is ready for immediate deployment by AV integrators. Multiple instances of this module can be configured to control more than two cameras.