Milestone Client Problems With Displaying Full HD Cameras

We do some specialized surveillance that requires us to provide full HD images from cameras running at high bit rates, served up at the local client. We have been using Exacqvision but recently switched to Milestone for various reasons... we are having serious issues running the cameras at decent bit rates or frame rates. The client response becomes seriously sluggish. Smart client quickly consumes at least 95% of the processors as soon as we bring up 8 cameras on our two 50" monitors. It seems to me that the Milestone client is doing far more work then the Exacqvision client...

We ran all of our cameras on "11"... (Spinal Tap reference)... including 30fps and easily ran this on Exacqvision.

We run between 12 and 25 Sony SNC EP580 cameras on a system at a time, set up at Full HD and full bitrate and 30fps. We were not able to come close to that on our last project using Milestone.

I would appreciate any thoughts on:

A. Is there anything that can be done with hardware or software set up to help this Milestone issue?

B. Does anyone understand why there would be such a difference in performance of the clients... Exacq vs Milestone?

Thanks!

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