[AG-TECH] Tandberg Control panel

Bob Huebert huebert at arsc.edu
Wed Jan 30 15:46:38 CST 2002

Hi Satish,

Remote control of our EVI-D30 Sony cameras was a lot easier than I 
expected. While we don't have a 'ready-for-primetime' system, the 
Sony EVI camera control software looks promising.

The 'VISCA' cable is not very special, it just performs a connector 
translation between the 'VISCA' 8pin mini din and a conventional 
d-shell 9pin serial connector. I wasn't able to find the command list 
or cable information at Sony's site, but did find this reference:

http://www.vision.auc.dk/~tbm/Sony/EVID30.pdf This describes the 
cable construction and the command language understood by the EVI-D30.

For a Sony EVI-D30, get the application (for windoze) at:

Hope this helps.


At 6:41 PM -0600 1/29/02, Satish Devarapalli wrote:
>Can some one suggest a vendor for getting the Camera control software and
>the visca cables. Can we daisy chain these cameras and connect them all
>to a single port ? If yes, do we use any separate cables for daisy chaining.
>(I see VISCA IN and OUT, so possibly we can daisy chain them).
>-- Original Message --
>>We haven't played with the Tandberg Panel but have had some tech-talks
>>A/V firms that use AMX type panels.  They are pretty nice but expensive
>>purchase and costly to install.  From what we saw they didn't seem to add
>>enough value for the money for the average Grid node.  They may be
>>appropriate though for a very high end location that will also serve other
>>functions like the conference room you mentioned. Most of these systems
>>allow you to control all aspects of the room - lighting, camera,
>>projections, sound, drapes/curtains, etc - but require that the items to
>>controlled use devices that work with the companies panel.  That's were
>>gets expensive.
>>If you are looking to add camera control, the Sony and Cannon cameras have
>>software which can run on the display machine to control the cameras.
>>connect up using a visca control cable in series through the cameras which
>>then connects back into the serial port on the display machine or other.
>>The cameras are IDed by the system and controlled individually, or through
>>presets, by the software.  It's actually pretty slick and the cost is pretty
>>Gary A. Refka
>>INSORS Integrated Communications, Inc.
>>111 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1412
>>Chicago, IL 60604
>>Email: grefka at insors.com
>>On the Web: www.insors.com
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: owner-ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov [mailto:owner-ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov]On
>>Behalf Of David E. Bernholdt
>>Sent: Monday, January 14, 2002 9:03 AM
>>To: Satish Devarapalli
>>Cc: ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov; bernholdtde at ornl.gov
>>Subject: Re: [AG-TECH] Tandberg Control panel
>>On Fri, 11 Jan 2002 19:40:19 -0600  Satish Devarapalli wrote:
>>>  Has any used Tandberg Control Panel to control the cameras we use in
>>I am not directly familiar with the Tandberg control panel (though
>>I've seen one), but my guess is that it uses AMX, an industry standard
>>protocol for the control of A/V, lighting, etc. which is widely used
>>in high-end conference rooms, lecture halls, etc.
>>As AG becomes a more established and widespread tool, I expect that
>>integration of AMX interface capabilities into AG would be interesting
>>for some customers.  For example: we're building some new buildings
>>here shortly, and there will be a couple of connference rooms and
>>lecture rooms which would be good candidates for AG nodes (not clear
>>how many we'll have) and also good candidates to have AMX control
>>systems (I don't know exactly what's planned in this respect).  It
>>would be nice if they could all play nicely together.
>>On the other hand, given its nature, I suspect that AMX integration is
>>more likely to come from A/V vendors who supply conference room
>>systems and become interested in AG as an addition to their product
>  >line rather than the research community that currently dominates AG
>>Just my opinion.
>>David E. Bernholdt                   |   Email: bernholdtde at ornl.gov
>>Oak Ridge National Laboratory        |   Phone: +1 (865) 574 3147
>>http://www.csm.ornl.gov/~bernhold/   |   Fax:   +1 (865) 574 0680

Bob Huebert 
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