[AG-TECH] Tandberg Control panel

Robert Olson olson at mcs.anl.gov
Wed Jan 30 16:23:54 CST 2002

the LBL folks have built a network remote controller for Sony & Canon 
cameras as well:



At 12:46 PM 1/30/2002 -0900, Bob Huebert wrote:
>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 email: huebert at arsc.edu
>HPC Visualization Systems Analyst           voice: (907) 474-5751
>ARSC University of Alaska Fairbanks           FAX: (907) 474-5494
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