In order to enjoy the benefits of network video technology, without wasting the investment made on analog CCTV system, several enterprises are now opting for video encoders. Basically, an Axis video encoder is a device that helps in transforming the analog CCTV systems to network video systems.
Popularly known as video servers, the Axis video encoder connects with the analog camera via coaxial cable and aids the conversion of analog video signals into digital video streams. The converted video streams are then transmitted over an IP based network, be it LAN, Intranet or Internet.
With the aid of video encoder, the analog video system functions similarly as a network video system. The video encoder enables the user to view as well as control the live images with the use of web browser or video management software. It also allows the authorized users to access the image from analog or network camera. All the analog cameras, irrespective of their type, can be connected to the video encoder.
Remotely controlling the equipment like pan/tilt/zoom devices or time-lapse tape recorders is possible by using the serial ports of a video server. Moreover, the video encoder can also be connected to specialized cameras like miniature or microscope camera that enhances the surveillance.
With the help of video encoder, the user can manage events as they can keep a watch over everything. The video encoder can easily be integrated with the other security systems. Further, video encoders offer flexibility in video format and hence, enable the access to the video in Motion JPEG, MPEG-4 Part 2 and H.264.
The video encoder is excessively used in the industry nowadays as they provide advanced security. Network management is also possible with the video encoder as they support Internet Protocol. Therefore, the enterprises using video encoder for analog cameras can increase their profits by saving the expense of installation and equipment costs of new network video systems.