The Canon RC-IP1000 is a powerful, broadcast-level PTZ controller for high-end applications. Pairing effortlessly with professional PTZ cameras such as the Canon CR-N700 and CR-N500, the RC-IP1000 provides the ergonomic control that camera operators working in high-end live events and TV studios need.
Highlights of the RC-IP1000 PTZ controller include IP video and input monitoring, PC-less camera setup, an expansive range of professional connectivity options – including SDI and HDMI output – and a newly designed multi-function joystick.
In addition to SDI and HDMI connectivity, the RC-IP1000 supports POE+ over LAN, enabling the controller to be powered without a 12-volt power input. It features five RS-422 Serial ports, an SDI input and GPIO inputs for tally control.
As the world's first PTZ controller to offer IP video and input monitoring, the RC-IP1000 makes for a more efficient remote camera workflow, Matthew explains. "Previously you would have had to connect an external monitor to see the feed. But the RC-IP1000 controller allows you to monitor all your feeds on its 7-inch LCD touchscreen. You have different views available too, so you can choose a full-screen display, or 2x2 and 3x3 views. The RC-IP1000's SDI and HDMI outputs also enable you to monitor the full feed live on an external screen, should you wish to do so."
The touchscreen also offers enhanced functionality, such as letting you select the AF point using Touch AF. "Canon PTZ cameras have Dual Pixel CMOS AF or Hybrid AF, which is one of their major strengths," Matthew points out. "Obviously, a PTZ camera doesn't have a viewfinder or screen that enables you to manually select an AF point in the same way that you can on a mirrorless or DSLR camera, but the RC-IP1000's touchscreen solves that problem."
In addition to autofocus control, the RC-IP1000 allows you to manage specific settings within the optional Auto Tracking app that is available for selected PTZ cameras. It's also possible to adjust the video crop area using the touchscreen. "This means you're able to essentially take two separate feeds from one PTZ camera," Matthew explains. "So you can connect a CR-N700 via 12G-SDI and 3G-SDI, for example, and within the touchscreen you can draw boxes around what you want to be the main feed, and what you want to be the secondary feed.
"Previously you would have had to go into the web browser settings page to do that, but that's now all contained within the RC-IP1000."