Arecont Vision Talks Megapixel

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In my third video interview from the IP Users Group IP in Action Live technology conference last week, I talked to Michael Hodor, vice president of sales-North America for Arecont Vision, about the significance of megapixel cameras.

Hodor discusses the impact megapixel resolution has on surveillance costs, storage and analytics.

Hodor also drew some competitive differentiation with Arecont Vision's H.264 cameras, touching on their use of efficient algorithms. "With H.264, [users] are used to seeing a reduction in image quality and an increase in CPU demand by virtue of the processing that's required and the decompression of that image." That is not the case with the Arecont line, he said, because of the efficiency of the algorithms working in the camera, which take some of the load off the video management system at the head-end.

During his IP-in-Action session, Hodor presented some of this CPU usage data from partner VMS equipment. With Exacq Technology's systems, CPU usage with Arecont Vision's H.264 cameras dropped to 32 percent,compared to 96 percent usage with MJPEG. With OnSSI's, CPU use decreased to 23 percent with Arecont Vision H.264 from 42 percent with MJPEG.

Questions for comment: Do you agree with Hodor when he calls H.264 "a gamechanger." Will megapixel deliver on its potential to reduce cameras and affiliated costs? When deployed together, do megapixel images and H.264 compression enhance the value of each other?



In my third video interview from the IP Users Group IP in Action Live technology conference last week, I talked to Michael Hodor, vice president of sales-North America for Arecont Vision, about the significance of megapixel cameras.

Hodor discusses the impact megapixel resolution has on surveillance costs, storage and analytics.

Hodor also drew some competitive differentiation with Arecont Vision's H.264 cameras, touching on their use of efficient algorithms. "With H.264, [users] are used to seeing a reduction in image quality and an increase in CPU demand by virtue of the processing that's required and the decompression of that image." That is not the case with the Arecont line, he said, because of the efficiency of the algorithms working in the camera, which take some of the load off the video management system at the head-end.

During his IP-in-Action session, Hodor presented some of this CPU usage data from partner VMS equipment. With Exacq Technology's systems, CPU usage with Arecont Vision's H.264 cameras dropped to 32 percent,compared to 96 percent usage with MJPEG. With OnSSI's, CPU use decreased to 23 percent with Arecont Vision H.264 from 42 percent with MJPEG.

Questions for comment: Do you agree with Hodor when he calls H.264 "a gamechanger." Will megapixel deliver on its potential to reduce cameras and affiliated costs? When deployed together, do megapixel images and H.264 compression enhance the value of each other?



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