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Panasonic BB-HCE481A: Possible to set location via CGI?


 
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foobarization
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:30 pm    Post subject: Panasonic BB-HCE481A: Possible to set location via CGI? Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

I'm writing a program to interact with my BB-HCE481A via the CGI interface. One of the features I'd like implement is the ability to quickly specify exactly where the camera should point and zoom. What I mean is "Go to 56.3 degrees pan, -24 degrees tilt, 12x zoom".

Currently, the only way to move the camera is through commands like "PanLeft" and "ZoomTele", which don't allow fine control over where the camera points. Does anyone here know of a way to control the camera in this fashion?

I tried calling Panasonic, and they said that while they provide the CGI interface, they don't support it, so there's no help there.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Foobarization,

I have delved into the murky waters that are the Panasonic CGI interface and am pretty sure the only way to move the camera is by using the up, down, left or right commands, or by incorporating the presets, eg - move to preset. There are no x,y values to set.

Having said that, there may be commands which are not in the documentation or are buried under a different heading (lets face it, it's not like reading the very hungry caterpiller Smile )

James
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The closest I can get is to use the /Set? CGI command twice (once for pan, once for tilt) to set the home location, then tell the camera to go home. Of course, this doesn't let me specify zoom and it takes 1-1.5 seconds to complete all three commands, but I guess it works...

It's very frustrating because the /Get? command allows me to see what the current absolute pan and tilt are, and the /Set? command gives me a 0 status code when I try to set the pan and tilt, but it doesn't actually move the camera.

I noticed that the Java Applet uses some sort of pixel-based pan (for the click-to-zoom feature). Perhaps I will play with that next...
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HI foobar,

Let me know how you get on. Its a feature I'm quite interested in.

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