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Documentation » Live Cameras » Camera Movement & Zoom

Camera Movement & Zoom

In the live camera view, you will see a semi-transparent control panel with basic camera navigation controls at the bottom of the screen. You can also control the camera with just your mouse, if you wish. The controls and behaviors differ somewhat between the two camera types, Fixed-Position and PTZ.

Fixed-Position Cameras

Fixed-Position Cameras use digital zooming. This process can be thought of as stretching the image to enlarge it. The camera itself does not move or capture new pictures when you zoom in and out. To control the zoom level, you may:

  • Use the zoom slider by dragging the handle left or right
  • Click the zoom in or zoom out buttons
  • Scroll with your mousewheel while your cursor is over the image (fastest)

Once you have zoomed in, just click-hold-drag the image to drag it around.

PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) Cameras

PTZ cameras physically move to capture new pictures anytime you zoom or direct the camera. This means your images will look sharp and detailed no matter how far in you zoom, but it also means the camera has to spend time uploading new images as you navigate. To control the zoom level, you may:

  • Use the zoom slider by dragging the handle left or right
  • Click the zoom in or zoom out buttons
  • Click and drag a box anywhere on your image, and the camera will zoom to the selection

PTZ cameras can also move up/down/left/right. To aim a PTZ camera:

  1. Use the arrow buttons in the control panel. The “Home” button will return you to your starting position and zoom level.
  2. Single click anywhere on the image, and the camera will center itself where you clicked. E.g. click the left edge to move the camera left.