Datavideo Tips

How to Install a PTZ Camera on a Truss | Datavideo

How to Install a PTZ Camera on a Truss

Nov 29 2016

In camera installation, using rigging, supports, and truss equipment offers more possibilities. Lighting rigging equipment can be adjusted in size and shape, but the most common size is 2 inches in diameter. In this article, we will explain how to install a PTZ camera on a standard 2-inch truss. Below, you can choose to watch a video tutorial or continue reading the article.


When deciding on the camera's installation position, we usually consider the placement and angle using a tripod, even with high-angle and extendable boom arms, which have a substantial tripod as a base. However, a truss is an excellent choice for mounting cameras, as demonstrated in the 2016 NAMM Show case study using the Datavideo PTC-150 HD/SD pan-tilt camera, where cameras installed on trusses helped in filming live stage performances.


Next, we will detail how to install the Datavideo PTC-150T camera on a truss. Before starting, you need the appropriate equipment. We recommend using a 2-inch truss clamp and an extension crossbar, which can help mount the camera at any position on the lighting rig. You will also need a one-inch long 1/4-20 bolt and some washers.


↓ First, place the PTZ camera sideways on a flat surface. Be careful not to exert too much force on the camera's housing, as it may cause damage.



↓ Next, place the 2-inch truss clamp over the 1/4-20 threaded area on top of the PTZ camera and lock in the bolt, using washers to fill gaps for reinforcement. After completing this, adjust the truss clamp to be perpendicular to the front of the camera.


↓ If you want the camera to maintain a horizontal position, you can add an extension crossbar as shown in the picture, serving as an extension to the truss. Both have the same diameter, making it convenient to install the camera using universal clamps.


↓ After connecting the extension crossbar to the truss, carefully lock the PTZ camera with the clamp onto the truss. It's best to also attach a safety rope to prevent the camera from accidentally falling during installation.


Finally, check everything again to ensure safety, and you can then start with the cabling.



You may find the related product to best fit your needs.