How do Video Encoders Work?
If you want to upgrade to an IP system, but don't want to lose all your CCTV cameras, a video encoder is just the equipment you need. These devices are used to connect a CCTV, or analog, camera into a NVR so you can have a hybrid analog/IP video surveillance system.
Video encoders come in two different styles: standalone devices, and rackmount servers. The difference is in how many cameras you need to connect - devices range from 1 channel to 16 channels, while a server can support dozens of cameras. This allows you to select the type and size of encoder you need.
This type of combined system is useful in several different situations. If your company invested heavily in CCTV cameras and many of them still work well, but you want to move to a modern IP system, a video encoder allows you to keep the CCTV cameras that still work while replacing the other cameras with IP versions. Additionally, if you cannot afford to upgrade your entire system at once, the encoder makes it possible to upgrade cameras as your budget allows.
But how does the encoder actually work? Instead of plugging your CCTV camera into a DVR, you plug it into the video encoder. The encoder converts your camera's analog signals into digital. That encoder is then connected to your NVR, and your system will treat it like any other IP camera. You can even use a video encoder with PTZ cameras!
Because IP systems don't require expensive cabling, this means you can design a system that is more flexible and responsive to your needs. Video encoders are a valuable part of many surveillance systems, so contact our experts to see if it's the right solution for you.