I have had this Cisco Tandberg PrecisionHD 1080 4X camera for quite some time now, but I never really had a go at making it work.
This morning I decided to give it a quick go and got it going right away!
I looked up some manuals online:
From these I was able to find the pinout of the ‘control’ port on the back of the camera.
There is a section in the last link that has the pinouts for things.
I then used some random pinouts of the DB-9 Serial port and RJ45 Jack, to figure out what should go where.
I had a console cable for SOMETHING laying around, so I used a multimeter to trace out where the pins went on the RJ-45 end from the DB-9 end. I labelled these out of an RJ-45 jack and then took my cable from the camera and hooked up the RX to TX, TX to RX and GND to GND.
It looked like a monster..
I cleaned it up a fair bit once I knew it was working, here’s an imgur album:
I was able to connect to the camera over serial with some random non-freeware that I used a trial of, but it wasn’t that great. seemed to be a little jerky in its control.
Then I found a link to a zip file provided by Sony for their cameras also using the VISCA protocol.
Here’s where I found it:
I will attach a mirror in case it gets lost. (d30e.zip)
I just started it with default options and hey presto! The camera worked! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsV55G9IztM
The software looks like this:
PT and Z work, but the others not so much. Speed does nothing, and the aperture controls can turn it off (closed) but aren’t so great at opening it again! (it turns off the camera and closes the iris but does not re-open it when you turn the camera back on, and I can’t find how to open it manually…)
I think now I will clean the camera a bit cosmetically, and it will be good to go for the use I have 🙂 (live streaming camera through HDMI capture card)
Found out what the USB is for, “Future use” 🙁