Setting up a new PTZ Optics Camera and OBS Studio

The following is a step-by-step guide on how to set up a PTZ Optics camera system and OBS Studio to work with the TribuCast® Remote Attendance System™

What you’ll need:

The following is a step-by-step guide on how to set up a PTZ Optics camera system and OBS Studio to work with the TribuCast® Remote Attendance System™

  • PC connected to your network and internet
  • POE Ethernet switch
  • PTZ Optics 20x or 30x SDI Camera
  • Audio/Sound System connected to the camera via line in port or PC via mic port
  1. Unbox PTZ Optics camera
    • Plug camera into wall power
    • Plug camera into TV using an HDMI cable
    • Plug camera into your network using ethernet cable and power over ethernet (POE) switch
    • Plug camera into your Audio Source, Microphone or PA System’s LINE OUT port using the the LINE IN port on the back of the camera
  2. Power camera on and establish connection with TV (it is a good idea to test your audio at this point)
    • Point camera remote at camera and press #, *, 4 to put camera into DHCP mode which will give it an IP address on your network (camera will reboot)
    • Point camera remote at camera and press *, #, 4 to display the camera’s IP address and write down the address (will look something like
    • Log into the camera using a web browser on the PC by typing the displayed IP address into the address bar on the browser (user ID and Password are admin and admin)
    • Click on Network in the left column and then click the “IP Configuration Type”  drop down box to the right and change it from Dynamic IP Address to “Fixed” making sure the IP address you wrote down is displayed in the IP Address line below that. Write down and save the MAC Address along with the IP Address in a location that is easily accessible by staff as they may be needed later and then click Apply just below where the MAC Address is listed.
    • If you need to flip the camera image that is done under the Image tab and you can confirm audio is set to “Line In” and “Input Vol L and R” are set to 30 under the Audio tab (additional volume adjustments can be made in the Audio Mixer in OBS Studio by selecting the gear to the right of the audio source and selecting Advanced Audio Properties).
    • Upgrade the firmware on the camera using the Firmware Finder and instructions also found at (NOTE: You MUST upgrade the camera firmware before proceeding)
  3. Install and configure the PTZ Camera Control App on your PC (also found at
  4. Install OBS Studio software on your PC (also found at
  5. Optimize for streaming when prompted and accept the default Video Settings by clicking “Next” (NOTE: If this is not your first time installing OBS Studio at this location and you are configuring OBS Studio on an additional PC or User Account using Exported Profile and Scene configurations you can click Cancel at this point then follow the Import portion of the TribuCast OBS Studio Export/Import Configuration Instructions found under NOTES at the bottom of this page.)
  6. When prompted for Stream information choose “Custom” from the drop-down menu and in the server field enter rtmp:// [NOTE: some networks will require you to use 80 instead of 1935].
  7. The TribuCast® Stream Security Code you get for each service will be entered into the “Stream Key” field for each service (You can contact TribuCast for a temporary code for setup-testing purposes).
  8. The system will run a bandwidth test.  Click Yes and once completed, click Apply Settings
  9. Add the PTZ Optics camera to OBS Studio:
    • Click “+” under the Sources menu at the bottom of the page and select “Media Source”
    • Select “Create new” then replace the words “Media Source” with “TribuCast” plus the IP address of your camera
    • Click “OK” and on the next page Deselect “Local File”
    • In the “Input” field enter “rtsp://” followed by the IP address of your camera and follow that by a “/1” (the resulting entry should look like this but using your IP address “rtsp://” then click OK
    • The image the camera sees should appear on the computer screen in OBS Studio (if not, call us at 800-782-0104)
    • Resize the camera’s image to fill the gray and black hashed image area by right clicking on the name of the camera then clicking on “Transform” and then “Fit to screen”.
    • Under Audio Mixer, mute all audio sources other than the camera you just installed and make sure the volume on that source is turned up and functioning properly.  Select the gear next to that source and choose Advanced Audio Properties if further adjustments are needed.
  10. Now is a good time to add Welcome, Please Stand-by and Conclusion overlays if you have them as well.
  11. Optimize OBS Studio to broadcast using TribuCast®
    • Click on Settings in the bottom-right menu
    • Click on Output and change the “Output Mode” to “Advanced”
    • Click Rescale Output and set to “852×480”
    • Set “Rate Control” to “VBR” and “Bitrate” to 1500
    • Leave all other settings as they are and Click Apply
    • You are now ready to broadcast using TribuCast®
    • Click Start Streaming on the Controls menu in the bottom right at the beginning of your service and Stop Streaming at the end to stop it.  If you have questions, please call us at 800-782-0104.
  12. You can control the Pan/Tilt/Zoom of your PTZ Optics camera using the PTZ Camera Control Software
    • Open the PTZ Optics Camera Control app
    • Click on Settings and then Multi Cameras Setting
    • Rename Camera1 “TribuCast”
    • NOTE you must set the camera to FIXED IP mode prior to doing this step
    • Click OK
    • Click on IP Camera and enter the IP address of your camera
    • Click on TribuCast® and control the camera using the arrows.
    • You can save camera views by moving the camera to the view you want then clicking Set and then one of 9 save locations.  Consider naming each view to help remind you what the view will be i.e. Podium, Podium Close Up, Front, Rear, etc.


  1. The PTZ Optics Camera Control Software may occasionally lose its connection with the camera.  If this happens, simply close and reopen the Camera Control Software app.
  2. Once the PTZ Optics Camera is configured to use POE, an ethernet cable and an audio source connection will be the only two connections the camera will need to operate.
  3. If you wish to install OBS Studio on multiple PCs and/or multiple user accounts on the same PC using the same settings, use the Profile Export/Import and Scene Collection Export/Import functions to save time:

TribuCast OBS Studio Export/Import Configuration Instructions

Use these instructions for Exporting OBS Studio Profile and Scene configurations for use on additional PCs and with additional User Accounts on existing PCs.


After confirming OBS Studio is correctly configured on the PC and User Account you are working from:

  1. click Profile in the top menu, note that “Untitled” is checked and rename it TribuCast Profile Settings
  2. Click “Export” which will create and save a folder named TribuCast Profile Settings in a location you specify. Choose a folder location on a USB drive or network drive accessible by the next pc you wish to configure and click “Select Folder”
  3. Under the Scenes menu in the bottom left corner of OBS “right click” on the word “Scene” and rename it “TribuCast Scene Settings”
  4. Make sure the sources you want to transfer to the next PC are accurately represented under Sources in the menu to the right of Scenes
  5. Click “Scene Collection” on the menu at the top of the screen and confirm TribuCast Scene Settings is checked then click Export and export a file named TribuCastSceneSettings.json to the same folder location you saved the TribuCast Profile Settings folder.


Go to the pc you wish to configure using the settings you’ve just Exported and saved and install/open OBS Studio. Click Cancel when asked if you are optimizing for streaming. Do not worry about configuring any specific settings, streaming or camera sources. This process will automatically import the settings from the previous pc.

  1. Click “Profile” on the OBS Studio top menu and select Import.
  2. Find the USB drive or network drive location where you saved the TribuCast Profile Settings folder and select it then click “Select Folder”. This will import the profile settings from the previous pc in to the one you are now working on.
  3. Go back into the Profile menu and select TribuCast Profile Settings to activate it
  4. Click “Scene Collection” on the OBS Studio top menu and select Import
  5. By clicking the three dots to the right of the “Collection Path” field, find the USB drive or network location where you saved the TribuCastSceneSettings.json file, highlight it and click “Open” then click “Import”
  6. Go back into the Scene Collection menu and make sure the TribuCast Scene Settings option is checked.
  7. You should now see all your cameras and your instance of OBS Studio should be configured.


NOTE: If you are using Overlays or accessing additional media assets such as videos or music, they will either need to be stored on a common network path that each user and pc can access, or they will need to be added to each User Account and PC manually.


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