AMP video codec board encodes four inputs

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Edited by the Electronicstalk editorial team Apr 16, 2010

The MPEG4cPCI 3U CompactPCI MPEG-4 video codec board is capable of simultaneously encoding four full-size (NTSC/PAL) D1 resolution, full-frame-rate real-time analogue video/audio inputs.

It can also decode and play back video and audio recordings from storage to display.

The MPEG4cPCI board can capture live video from cameras or any other source to create high-performance digital video recorders and video streamers for remote monitoring/control

A preview feature allows incoming video from each channel to be viewed simultaneously via the host-system graphics controller, while also recording all four channels.

The 32-bit PCI architecture of the MPEG4cPCI can capture live video from cameras or any other source to create high-performance digital video recorders (DVR) and video streamers for remote monitoring/control over an IP network.

The MPEG4cPCI includes front-end multiplexers, enabling up to 10 video inputs to be switched to the four recording channels.

The use of high-performance MPEG-4 compression and reduced bus utilisation enables a single CompactPCI system to host multiple MPEG4cPCI boards to create multi-channel DVR and Streamer solutions.

Another benefit of reduced bus bandwidth, according to the company, is that the system can use a more modest, low-power, fan-less host CPU board - reducing total cost and power dissipation.

In addition to video encoding/decoding, the MPEG4cPCI enables text and simple graphics annotation to be superimposed on channel A using the bit-mapped alpha-blended overlay functions.

Motion detection is also supported on all channels and includes a 'babysitting' mode, where captured data is only committed to disk when motion is detected within a region of interest.

The MPEG4cPCI is available as commercial and extended temperature (-40 to 85C) range variants, and may also be supplied with conformal coating for defence and industrial applications.

The hardware is supported by a suite of drivers and software development kits (SDK) for Windows, Linux and QNX, along with example source code for video-recording applications.

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