Upgrade Existing Cameras to H.264

Author: 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.
With these constraints, the best applications are those that simply what a single stream of lower bit rate video without video analytics.
 
Bosch notes the following devices support firmware 4.0 and the upgrade to H.264:
 
IP Cameras
  Dinion IP
    NWC?0455
    NWC?0495
  FlexiDome IP
    NWD?455
    NWD?495
  AutoDome IP
    AutoDome Easy IP
    AutoDome Modular 100 Series (with IP)
    AutoDome Modular 200 Series (with IP)
    AutoDome Modular 300 Series (with IP)
    AutoDome Modular 500i Series (with IP)

  Extreme IP cameras: EX7-IP, EX30-IP, EX36-IP, EX80-IP and EX82-IP cameras

IP Encoders
  VideoJet X10
  VideoJet X10 SN
  VideoJet X20
  VideoJet X20 SN
  VideoJet X40
  VideoJet X40 SN
  VIP X1600
  VIP X1600 XF 

Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Most Recent Industry Reports

May 2018 Camera Course on Apr 20, 2018
Save $50 on early registration until this Thursday, the 26th. Register now (save $50) for the Spring 2018 Camera Course This is the only...
Global Real-Time Video Surveillance - EarthNow on Apr 20, 2018
A new company, EarthNow, with backing from Bill Gates, Airbus and more, is claiming that: Users will be able to see places on Earth with a delay...
Dedicated Vs Converged Access Control Networks (Statistics) on Apr 20, 2018
Running one's access control system on a converged network, with one's computers and phones, can save money. On the other hand, hand, doing so can...
April 2018 IP Networking Course on Apr 19, 2018
This is the last chance to register for our IP Networking course. Register now. NEW - 2 sessions per class, 'day' and 'night' to give you double...
Rare Video Surveillance Fundraising - Verkada $15 Million on Apr 19, 2018
Fundraising in video surveillance (and the broader physical security market) has been poor recently. Highlights are few and far in between...
'Best In Show' Fails on Apr 19, 2018
ISC West's "Best In Show" has failed. For more than a decade, it has become increasingly irrelevant as the selections exhibit a cartoon level...
Security Camera Cleaning Frequency Statistics on Apr 18, 2018
150+ integrators told IPVM how often they clean cameras on customer's sites and why.  Inside we examine their answers and break down feedback...
Worst Access Control 2018 on Apr 18, 2018
Three access control providers stood out as providing the most problems for integrators. In this report, we analyze the answers to: "In the...
Axis VMD4 Analytics Tested on Apr 17, 2018
Axis is now on its 4th generation of video motion detection (VMD), which Axis calls "a free video analytics application." In this generation, Axis...
Arecont CEO And President Resign on Apr 17, 2018
This is good news for Arecont. Arecont's problems have been well known for years (e.g., most recently Worst Camera Manufacturers 2018 and starting...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact