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Picolo H.264 Series: High-Quality Video Capture and H.264 Compression Cards

Picolo H.264 Series: High-Quality Video Capture and H.264 Compression Cards
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The Euresys Picolo H.264 cards are top-quality video acquisition and H.264 compression cards compatible with standard PAL or NTSC cameras. They are dedicated to high-end applications in the fields of video-surveillance and mobile video-surveillance. The Picolo H.264 series also targets entry-level applications in the field of machine vision such as quality control and production monitoring including in extreme industrial environments. The Picolo H.264 series features H.264 on-board compression. This compression standard offers high image quality on top of low bit rate and low storage requirement. Each video input simultaneously delivers an H.264 compressed and uncompressed video stream. The compressed video stream may be recorded or transmitted while the uncompressed one is typically used for local display or video analytics. Both streams are independently configurable. The Picolo H.264 series features one audio input line for each video input.


  • Video standards: color (PAL, NTSC), monochrome (CCIR, EIA)

  • Image size
    - 4 CIF: 704 x 480 NTSC / EIA, 704 x 576 PAL / CCIR
    - 2 CIF, CIF and QCIF

  • Wide range of cards for up to 16 real-time cameras

  • Independently programmable frame rate and acquisition parameters
    for each video input

    - Contrast, brightness and saturation controls available
    - Video presence and video standard detection
    - Overlay caption text up to 2 lines of maximum 47 characters displayed as small rectangles on 4 pre-defined positions (corners) or anywhere in the active area (custom)
    - Privacy masking regions up to 4 rectangular regions can be masked and colored in black

  • Precise hardware-controlled time stamping

  • One selected video output with cascade capability

    On-Board Compression

  • H.264 real-time compression on each video input
    - H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10) Baseline Profile (Level 3)
    - High image quality on top of low bit rate and low storage requirement

    Output Streams

  • Two independent and simultaneous output streams for each video channel*
    - One uncompressed stream
    For immediate display of the camera signal
    For the application of real-time video analytic

    - One H.264 compressed streams
    For high-quality recording on hard disks


  • Up to 16 line-level audio inputs
    - Audio-video synchronization supported by an accurate hardware time stamping of audio and video data


  • DirectShow Drivers for Windows® (32-bit and 64-bit)
    Kernel streaming mini driver providing following filters: Board, Visual Source, Watchdog, Audio Source,
    Pass-Through Selector, Input Line, Output Line

  • Virtual File System Drivers for Linux (32-bit and 64-bit) with XML-based parameterization

    Bus Mastering

All Euresys cards are PCI bus mastering agents that directly store the acquired images into the PC physical memory without CPU involvement. The Euresys capture cards automatically recover the scatter-gather virtual memory mapping to present the data as a regular bitmap image in a user allocated memory buffer.

Picolo H.264 Comparison Chart


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