Picolo H264 Series

Picolo H264 Series

Easy-to-Integrate and High-Quality Video
Capture and H.264 Compression Cards

The Euresys Picolo H.264 cards are top-quality video acquisition and H.264 compression cards compatible with standard PAL or NTSC cameras. They are dedicated to high-end applications in the fields of video-surveillance and mobilevideo-surveillance. The Picolo H.264 series also targets entry-level applications in the field of machine vision such asproduction monitoring including in extreme industrial environments. The Picolo H.264 series features H.264 on-board compression. This compression standard offers high image quality on top of low bit rate and low storage requirement.
Each video input simultaneously delivers two or three independently configurable output streams: one raw uncompressed stream and one or two H.264 compressed streams. The compressed streams may be recorded or transmitted while the uncompressed one is typically used for local display or video analytics. The Picolo H.264 cards feature one audio input line for each video input.

The Picolo H.264 cards can be easily and quickly integrated into any video surveillance system. They come along with simple and convenient Windows and Linux standard-based drivers. Various connecting accessories are availablefor straightforward integration and immediate evaluation of the cards. The cards are also compatible with CamID(PRELIMINARY), a framework and toolkit for easy and flexible video, audio and IO signals routing throughout video surveillance systems. CamID simplifies the design, the programming and the maintenance of video surveillance applications.

Acquisition

  Video standards:   color (PAL/NTSC), monochrome (CCIR/EIA)
  Image size
4 CIF: 704 x 480 NTSC/EIA, 704 x 576 PAL/CCIR
2 CIF, CIF and QCIF
  Wide range of cards with up to 16 video inputs at 25/30 fps
–  High interchangeability between the cards in an application
–  Independently programmable frame rate and acquisition parameters for each video input
Contrast, brightness and saturation controls available
Video presence and video standard detection
Overlay caption text: up to 2 lines of maximum 47 characters displayed as small rectangles on 4 pre-defined positions (corners) or anywhere in the active area (custom)
Privacy masking regions: up to 4 rectangular regions can be masked and colored in black
  Precise hardware-controlled time stamping
  One selectable video output with cascade capability

On-Board Compression

  H.264 real-time compression on each video input
– H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10) Baseline Profile (Level 3)
– High image quality on top of low bit rate and low storage requirement

 

Output Streams

  2 or 3 independent and simultaneous destinations for each video channel
Typical configuration: subject to the amount of instantaneously available encoding power for the considered video channel
One high-fidelity, 4CIF format, full frame rate H.264 encoded stream e.g. for high-quality recording on hard disks
One additional CIF format, half frame rate H.264 encoded stream only available on Picolo U4/U8/U16 H.264
e.g. for transmission over networks with limited bandwidth including wireless networks
One raw uncompressed stream e.g. for real-time display and video analytics – subject to PCI bus available bandwidth –

Audio

  Up to 16 line-level audio inputs
  Audio-video synchronization supported by an accurate hardware time stamping of audio and video data

 

Bus Mastering

All Euresys cards are PCI bus mastering agents that directly store the acquired images into the PC physical memory without CPU involvement. The Euresys capture cards automatically recover the scatter-gather virtual memory mapping to present the data as a regular bitmap image in a user allocated memory buffer.

Simple and Convenient Standard-Based Drivers

  DirectShow Drivers for Windows® (32-bit and 64-bit)
Kernel streaming mini driver providing the following filters:
– Board – Audio Source – Input Line – Watchdog
– Visual Source – Output Line – Pass – Pass-Through Selector
  Virtual File System Drivers for Linux (32-bit and 64-bit)
Memory-based file system driver where each board appears as a file system populated with files organized as a directory tree and managed using standard file management functions of the operating system. The following board features are supported:
– Audio Inputs – Output Lines
– Video Inputs – Pass-Through Selector
– Input Lines – Watchdog

Compatible with CamID (preliminary)

CamID is a system framework including a toolkit for easy and flexible video, audio and IO signal assignation and routing throughout a video surveillance system. It strongly simplifies the design and programming of any surveillance applications on top of facilitating the maintenance.The Picolo H.264 cards and connecting accessories are available in the System.
Click to view the CamID Editor

 

The PICOLO H.264 Series Comparison Chart

 PICOLO U4 H.264PICOLO U8 H.264PICOLO U16 H.264PICOLO V16 H.264PICOLO U4 H.264PCI-104
PCI interface(s)PCI Express x1PCI Express x1PCI Express x1PCI Express x1PCI-104
Video resolution4CIF, 2CIF, CIF, QCIF4CIF, 2CIF, CIF, QCIF4CIF, 2CIF, CIF, QCIF4CIF, 2CIF, CIF, QCIF4CIF, 2CIF, CIF, QCIF
Video acquisition rate
fps= fields per second
ips=images per second
100/120 ips200/240 ips400/480 ips400/480 ips100/120 ips
Nr. of real time cameras per card4816164
Max. number of cameras per card4816164
Video acquisition typeReal-timeReal-timeReal-timeReal-timeReal-time
Hardware compressionH.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10):
Baseline Profile (Level 3)
H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10):
Baseline Profile (Level 3)
H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10):
Baseline Profile (Level 3)
H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10):
Baseline Profile (Level 3)
H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10):
Baseline Profile (Level 3)
Simultaneous compressed and
uncompressed video output streams per video input
2 compressed output streams
1 raw uncompressed stream
2 compressed output streams
1 raw uncompressed stream
2 compressed output streams
1 raw uncompressed stream
1 compressed output stream
1 raw uncompressed stream
1 compressed output stream
1 raw uncompressed stream
Output image formats
Monochrome: Y8
Color packed: RGB15, RGB16, RGB24, RGB32, YUV422
Color planar: YUV420PL

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Video input connector
On the bracket
Internally
75-Ohm termination resistor
HD44F
Internal headers
Internal slides-switches
HD44F
Internal headers
Internal slides-switches
HD44F
Internal headers
Internal slides-switches
HD44F
Internal headers
Internal slides-switches
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PH14M
Slides-switches
Video output1 selected with cascade capability1 selected with cascade capability1 selected with cascade capability1 selected with cascade capability1 selected with cascade capability
SizeFull height
Half length
Full height
Half length
Full height
Half length
Full height
Half length
PCI-104 compliant add-in module
96 x 90 mm (3.775 x 3.555 in)
Audio
Audio lines4816164
Audio formats
8 kHz G.711 µ-law/A-law, 8 kHz 16-bit LPCM
16/22.05/44.1/48 kHz 16-bit LPCM








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Internal connectorFTSH34MFTSH34MFTSH34MFTSH34MPH10M
Input Output Lines
I/O connector(s) On the bracket
Internal
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FTSH34M (watchdog: PH4M)
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FTSH34M (watchdog: PH4M)
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FTSH34M (watchdog: PH4M)
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FTSH34M (watchdog: PH4M)
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PH20M
Max I/O lines
On-board input lines
On-board output lines
8 professionals
4 contact-closure
4 solid-state relay
16 professionals
8 contact-closure
8 solid-state relay
32 professionals
16 contact-closure
16 solid-state relay
32 professionals
16 contact-closure
16 solid-state relay
8 professionals
4 contact-closure
4 solid-state relay
Watchdog
Modules and Accessories
BNC or RCA Breakout CableWith Adapters
AdaptersFTSH34 to HD44F AdapterFTSH34 to HD44F AdapterFTSH34 to HD44F AdapterFTSH34 to HD44F AdapterHeader 10 or 14 to HD44F Adapters, Audio/Video on DB25F Adapter for Picolo U4 H.264 PC-104
Audio-on-Bracket Link for Picolo U4/U8 H.264---
Drivers
Drivers for Windows ® 32-bit and 64-bitDirectShowDirectShowDirectShowDirectShowDirectShow
Drivers for Linux 32-bit and 64-bitVirtual File SystemVirtual File SystemVirtual File SystemVirtual File SystemVirtual File System
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