Picolo H.264 series

Video capture cards for standard PAL/NTSC cameras with on-board H.264 compression

At a glance
  • Up to sixteen PAL/NTSC video and audio inputs
  • PCIe x1 or PCI-104 bus
  • On-board hardware H.264 compression
  • Multiple H.264 compressed streams and raw (uncompressed) streams for each of the cameras
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
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


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Mechanical
Form Factor
PCI Express card
PCI Express card
PCI Express card
Format
Standard profile, half length, 1-lane PCI Express card
Standard profile, half length, 1-lane PCI Express card
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
L 167.65 mm x H 111.15 mm L 6.6 in x H 4.38 in
L 167.65 mm x H 111.15 mm L 6.6 in x H 4.38 in
Weight
185 g, 6.53 oz
195 g, 6.88 oz
200 g, 7.05 oz
Host bus
Standard
PCI Express 1.0
PCI Express 1.0
PCI Express 1.0
Link width
1 lane
1 lane
1 lane
Link speed
2.5 GT/s (PCIe 1.0)
2.5 GT/s (PCIe 1.0)
2.5 GT/s (PCIe 1.0)
Peak delivery bandwidth
256 MB/s
256 MB/s
256 MB/s
Effective (sustained) delivery bandwidth
180 MB/s (Host PC motherboard dependent)
180 MB/s (Host PC motherboard dependent)
180 MB/s (Host PC motherboard dependent)
Camera / video inputs
Interface standard(s)
NTSC-M, PAL-M/B/D/G/H/I/N
NTSC-M, PAL-M/B/D/G/H/I/N
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
  • 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
  • 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
Selectable using switches on the PCB
Selectable using switches on the PCB
Frame rate
  • 25/30 images per second per input
  • Total 100/120 images per second
  • 25/30 images per second per input
  • Total 200/240 images per second
  • 25/30 images per second per input
  • Total 400/480 images per second
Number of cameras
4
8
16
Number of cameras (at full frame rate)
4
8
16
Line-scan cameras supported
No
No
No
Video delivery
Raw video format(s)
YUV420PL, Y8
YUV420PL, Y8
YUV420PL, Y8
Deliverable video resolution (SD)
4CIF, 2CIF, CIF, QCIF
4CIF, 2CIF, CIF, QCIF
4CIF, 2CIF, CIF, QCIF
Audio / Video Outputs
Loop-through
One, selected, with cascade capability
One, selected, with cascade capability
One, selected, with cascade capability
Connectors
  • VIDEO CASCADE: dual-row 6-pin .100" (2.54mm) header without shroud on the PCB
  • VIDEO CASCADE: dual-row 6-pin .100" (2.54mm) header without shroud on the PCB
  • VIDEO CASCADE: dual-row 6-pin .100" (2.54mm) header without shroud on the PCB
Audio inputs
Number of inputs
4
8
16
Type
Line-level analog
Line-level analog
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
  • 8 kHz G.711 µ-law/A-law
  • 8 kHz 16-bit LPCM
  • 16/22.05/44.1/48 kHz 16-bit LPCM
  • 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
  • AUDIO: dual-row 34-pin .050" (1.27mm) micro header with end shroud on the PCB
  • 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)
  • 8 encoders per card
  • H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10)
  • Baseline profile (Level 3)
  • 16 encoders per card
  • H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10)
  • Baseline profile (Level 3)
  • 32 encoders per card
Number of streams
  • Two compressed output streams
  • One raw (uncompressed) stream
  • Two compressed output streams
  • One raw (uncompressed) stream
  • 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
  • VBR (Variable Bit Rate), CPQ (Constant Picture Quality) and CBR (Constant Bit Rate)
  • Target bitrate adjustable up to 2 Mbps
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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
8 I/O lines:
  • IN: 4 inputs
  • OUT: 4 outputs
16 I/O lines:
  • 8 inputs (IN)
  • 8 outputs (OUT)
32 I/O lines:
  • 16 inputs (IN)
  • 16 outputs (OUT)
Connectors
  • PROFESSIONAL I/O 1-4: 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
  • 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
  • PROFESSIONAL I/O 1-8: 34-pin dual-row 0.05" (1.27mm) micro header with end shroud on the PCB
  • PROFESSIONAL I/O 9-16: 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
General purpose IO
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
  • 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
  • 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
Yes
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 to 3.8, compatible with a wide range of distributions
  • 32- and 64-bit versions
  • Microsoft Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012, 2008 R2, 2008
  • Linux kernel version 2.6.16 to 3.8, compatible with a wide range of distributions
  • 32- and 64-bit versions
  • Microsoft Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012, 2008 R2, 2008
  • Linux kernel version 2.6.16 to 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
0 to +50 °C / +32 to +122 °F
0 to +50 °C / +32 to +122 °F
Operating ambient air humidity
10 to 90% RH non-condensing
10 to 90% RH non-condensing
10 to 90% RH non-condensing
Storage ambient air temperature
-20 to +70 °C / -4 to +158 °F
-20 to +70 °C / -4 to +158 °F
-20 to +70 °C / -4 to +158 °F
Storage ambient air humidity
10 to 90% RH non-condensing
10 to 90% RH non-condensing
10 to 90% RH non-condensing
Certifications
Electromagnetic - EMC standards
  • European Council EMC Directive 2004/108/EC
  • European Council EMC Directive 2004/108/EC
  • European Council EMC Directive 2004/108/EC
EMC - Emission
  • EN 55022:2010 Class B
  • EN 55022:2010 Class B
  • EN 55022:2010 Class B
EMC - Immunity
  • EN 55024:2010 Class B
  • EN 55024:2010 Class B
  • EN 55024:2010 Class B
Flammability
PCB compliant with UL 94 V-0
PCB compliant with UL 94 V-0
PCB compliant with UL 94 V-0
RoHS
European Union Directive 2011/65/EU (ROHS2)
European Union Directive 2011/65/EU (ROHS2)
European Union Directive 2011/65/EU (ROHS2)
REACH
European Union Regulation 1907/2006
European Union Regulation 1907/2006
European Union Regulation 1907/2006
WEEE
Must be disposed of separately from normal household waste and must be recycled according to local regulations
Must be disposed of separately from normal household waste and must be recycled according to local regulations
Must be disposed of separately from normal household waste and must be recycled according to local regulations
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