Upgrade Existing Cameras to H.264By: John Honovich, Published on Oct 12, 2009
Most IP camera manufacturers migrating to H.264 require the purchase of new hardware. If you are using existing MPEG-4 cameras and want to upgrade to H.264, you generally need to replace them with new cameras that support H.264.
In Bosch's recent 4.0 software release, existing Bosch cameras currently running MPEG-4 may be field upgraded to H.264.
The main constraints of this upgrade include:
- The maximum resolution for H.264 for existing hardware is 2CIF compared to 4CIF for MPEG-4.
- Using H.264 codec, only 1 stream of video is supported while with MPEG-4, 2 simultaneous streams are supported.
- Bosch does not recommend running IVA (video analytics) when the H.264 codec is being used.
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