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Picolo U8 H.264

8-channel audio/video capture and compression card

At a glance
  • Eight PAL/NTSC video inputs and eight audio inputs
  • PCIe x1 bus
  • Eight video decoders, 200/240 images per second (400/480 fields per second)
  • On-board hardware H.264 compression
  • Two independently configurable H.264 compressed streams and one raw (uncompressed) stream for each of the 8 cameras

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Three simultaneous and independently configurable output streams for each video channel

  • Two H.264 compressed streams: 4CIF, 2CIF, CIF or QCIF / Configurable frame rate / Configurable bit rate control
  • Typical configuration:
    • One high-fidelity, 4CIF format, full frame rate H.264 encoded stream
    • One CIF-format half-frame-rate H.264 encoded stream
  • One raw (uncompressed) stream (subject to PCI bus available bandwidth): 4CIF, 2CIF, CIF or QCIF / Monochrome: Y8 or Color planar: YUV420PL


Windows (DirectShow) and Linux drivers available


Four high-quality audio inputs

  • Line-level audio signals
  • Selectable sampling rate: 8 kHz, 16 kHz, 22.05 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz
  • Audio encoding: Linear PCM 16-bit or G.711 64-kbps µ-law/A-law
  • Audio-video synchronization supported by accurate time stamping of audio and video data


General purpose I/O lines

  • Four contact closure inputs
  • Four solid-state relay outputs
  • Watchdog


Mechanical
Form Factor PCI Express card
Format Standard profile, half length, 1-lane PCI Express card
Dimensions L 167.65 mm x H 111.15 mm
L 6.6 in x H 4.38 in
Weight 195 g, 6.88 oz
Host bus
Standard PCI Express 1.0
Link width 1 lane
Link speed 2.5 GT/s (PCIe 1.0)
Peak delivery bandwidth 256 MB/s
Effective (sustained) delivery bandwidth 180 MB/s (Host PC motherboard dependent)
Camera / video inputs
Interface standard(s) NTSC-M, PAL-M/B/D/G/H/I/N
Connectors
  • VIDEO: high density 44-pin female Sub-D connector on the bracket
  • VIDEO IN: dual-row 34-pin .050" (1.27mm) micro header with end shroud on the PCB
Termination resistor Selectable using switches on the PCB
Frame rate
  • 25/30 images per second per input
  • Total 200/240 images per second
Number of cameras 8
Number of cameras (at full frame rate) 8
Line-scan cameras supported No
Video delivery
Raw video format(s) YUV420PL, Y8
Deliverable video resolution (SD) 4CIF, 2CIF, CIF, QCIF
Audio / Video Outputs
Loop-through One, selected, with cascade capability
Connectors
  • VIDEO CASCADE: dual-row 6-pin .100" (2.54mm) header without shroud on the PCB
Audio inputs
Number of inputs 8
Type Line-level analog
Audio format
  • 8 kHz G.711 µ-law/A-law
  • 8 kHz 16-bit LPCM
  • 16/22.05/44.1/48 kHz 16-bit LPCM
Connectors
  • AUDIO: dual-row 34-pin .050" (1.27mm) micro header with end shroud on the PCB
On-board video codec
Video encoders
  • H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10)
  • Baseline profile (Level 3)
  • 16 encoders per card
Number of streams
  • Two compressed output streams
  • One raw (uncompressed) stream
Bitrate
  • VBR (Variable Bit Rate), CPQ (Constant Picture Quality) and CBR (Constant Bit Rate)
  • Target bitrate adjustable up to 2 Mbps
Video streams resolution
  • One high-fidelity 4CIF full frame rate H.264 stream
  • One additional CIF half frame rate H.264 stream
  • One raw (uncompressed) stream (subject to PCI bus available bandwidth)
General Purpose Inputs and Outputs
Number of lines 16 I/O lines:
  • 8 inputs (IN)
  • 8 outputs (OUT)
Connectors
  • PROFESSIONAL I/O 1-8: 34-pin dual-row 0.05" (1.27mm) micro header with end shroud on the PCB
  • WATCHDOG: 4-pin dual-row 0.1" (2.54mm) header without shroud on the PCB for the watchdog
Usage General purpose IO
Electrical specifications
  • IN: Non-isolated differential polarity-insensitive inputs, compatible with
    • Digital totem-pole drivers (TTL, 5V CMOS or 12V levels)
    • Potential-free contacts (dry contacts)
    • Fixed potential contacts
  • OUT: Potential-free and polarity-insensitive solid-state relay outputs
Watchdog Yes
Software
Host PC Operating System
  • Microsoft Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP
  • MIcrosoft Windows Server 2012, 2008 R2, 2008
  • Linux Kernel version 2.6.16 up to version 3.8, compatible with a wide range of distributions
  • 32- and 64-bit versions
APIs
  • Microsoft DirectShow under Windows: Kernel streaming mini driver providing the following filters: Board, Audio Source, Input Line, Watchdog, Visual Source, Output Line, Pass-Through Selector
  • Virtual File System under Linux: 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.
Environmental conditions
Operating ambient air temperature 0 to +50 °C / +32 to +122 °F
Operating ambient air humidity 10 to 90% RH non-condensing
Storage ambient air temperature -20 to +70 °C / -4 to +158 °F
Storage ambient air humidity 10 to 90% RH non-condensing
Certifications
Electromagnetic - EMC standards
  • European Council EMC Directive 2004/108/EC
EMC - Emission
  • EN 55022:2010 Class B
EMC - Immunity
  • EN 55024:2010 Class B
Flammability PCB compliant with UL 94 V-0
RoHS European Union Directive 2011/65/EU (ROHS2)
REACH European Union Regulation 1907/2006
WEEE Must be disposed of separately from normal household waste and must be recycled according to local regulations
Ordering Information
Product code - Description
Optional accessories

Video acquisition from multiple cameras with H.264 compression

The Picolo H.264 series cards are video capture cards with on-board H.264 compression for PC-based Digital Video Recording applications.

Video acquisition from multiple cameras with H.264 compression

The Picolo H.264 series cards are video capture cards with on-board H.264 compression for PC-based Digital Video Recording applications.

PC-based digital video recorder (DVR)

The Picolo H.264 series cards are video capture cards with on-board H.264 compression for PC-based Digital Video Recording applications.

  • Critical infrastructure surveillance
  • Production line monitoring
Picolo U4/U8/U16 H.264 Driver for Windows
  Download File size Operating system
Release Notes picolo-u4-u8-u16-h264-win-2.5.0-ds-releasenotes.pdf 0.8 MB Windows
Documentation picolo-u4-u8-u16-h264-win-2.2.0.61-ds-documentation.pdf 13 MB Windows
picolo-u4-u8-u16-h264-win-2.2.0.61-ds-documentation.zip 8 MB Windows
Connecting_Accessories_for_PICOLOH264_Documentation.pdf 5 MB Windows
Connecting_Accessories_for_PICOLOH264_Documentation.zip 5.9 MB Windows
Setup Files picolo-u4-u8-u16-h264-win-2.5.0.140-ds-driver.exe 3.2 MB Windows
Sample Programs picolo-u4-u8-u16-h264-win-2.0.0.105-ds-sampleprograms.zip 0.8 MB Windows
picolo-u4-u8-u16-h264-win-2.0.0.105-samplesdescription.pdf 57 kB Windows
Picolo U4/U8/U16 H.264 File System Driver for Linux
  Download File size Operating system
Release Notes picolo-u4-u8-u16-h264-linux-2.0.0-vfs-releasenotes.pdf 0.4 MB Linux
Documentation picolo-u4-u8-u16-h264-linux-2.0.0.60-vfs-documentation.pdf 16 MB Linux
picolo-u4-u8-u16-h264-linux-2.0.0.60-vfs-documentation.tar.gz 8.2 MB Linux
Connecting_Accessories_for_PICOLOH264_Documentation.pdf 5 MB Linux
Connecting_Accessories_for_PICOLOH264_Documentation.tar.gz 6.5 MB Linux
Setup Files picolo-u4-u8-u16-h264-linux-x86-2.0.0.15-vfs-driver.tar.gz 3.1 MB Linux
picolo-u4-u8-u16-h264-linux-x86-64-2.0.0.15-vfs-driver.tar.gz 3.2 MB Linux
Sample Programs picolo-series-h264-linux-1.0.0.10-vfs-sampleprograms.pdf 69 kB Linux
picolo-u4-u8-u16-h264-linux-2.0.0.15-vfs-sampleprograms.tar.gz 0.2 MB Linux
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