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Archives > December 2013 > 7 Tips For Getting The Most Out of Your Analog Cameras With Video Encoders

7 Tips For Getting The Most Out of Your Analog Cameras With Video Encoders

Video encoders turn analog cameras into IP video - creating a video management system that is easier to manage, accessible from anywhere via web/mobile, and integrates with your other legacy systems like access control.

By: Domingo Martinez

You've invested time and money in analog cameras for your campus video surveillance system. The analogs provide a "good enough" image and they still have a lot of life left in them, but you can't help but pay attention to the migration of the video surveillance market to IP video and those crisp images.

Luckily, you don't have to purchase all new IP cameras to experience IP video technology. Using video encoders you can achieve IP quality with your existing analog cameras. And it's a lot more affordable than you think. Just make sure the Video Management Software (VMS) you choose provides the foundation you need for a fully-functional analog or hybrid (analog and IP) solution.

1. IP Video is Easier to Manage (with the right VMS)
The straight-forward user interface for a VMS helps analog video camera users ease into a high functioning IP video system. This is particularly well-suited for occasional users like education administrators and safety resource officers. The Video Insight Monitor Station immediately gives new users a clear idea of how to add cameras, view cameras, retrieve recorded video and make video clips, among many other features. Users can easily configure cameras to integrate with building and campus facility maps which can also be layered.

2. Access Video From Anywhere
An increasing number of video surveillance users need access to their cameras "on the go" - so when converting from an analog to an IP system, it's essential to find a VMS that offers robust features in both web-based and mobile formats - at no extra charge. Cameras and features need to be accessible from an internet Web Client, as well as Apple and Android smartphone and tablet applications.

3. The Ability to Integrate With Legacy Systems
Converting from an analog to an IP VMS provides users the ability to integrate their video surveillance solution with access control, storage, and specialty features such as panic button applications. Users can also be managed and easily added/removed via integration with user management applications such as Active Directory, LDAP and eDirectory.

4. Scalability - Easily Add as Many Cameras as You Need
By converting your existing analog camera system to an IP system with encoders, you increase your potential for future camera additions. Adding IP cameras to a network VMS is simple, particularly when the VMS supports a large number of cameras. There is essentially no limit to the number of cameras you can add to your system once you convert from analog to IP video. How about adding cameras to the parking lot, for example, in order to increase coverage and, perhaps, get a discernible image of a license plate on a suspicious looking vehicle? It can easily and affordably be done using video encoders.

5. Maximize Network Infrastructure
Using video encoders to obtain IP video maximizes your network infrastructure - allowing you the capability to centralize your system if you desire. Consolidate the DVRs strung around your campus with up to 160 encoder ports on one server, for example. If a DVR fails, replace it with an encoder at a much lower cost.

6. Bundled Savings
By purchasing a video encoder and using it with existing analog cameras, you can save money because - with the right VMS provider - the encoder comes pre-bundled with video management software, saving the purchase of license fees for each analog camera.

7. Superior Images
Analog cameras send images as native analog video - video that cannot directly connect to your IP network. An IP video camera, however, can directly connect to an IP network (just like computers do). Using video encoders, you can connect your existing analog cameras to an encoder, which then takes the native analog video and outputs it as digital video which can then be sent over an IP network. The result is a superior image, allowing you to breathe new life into existing analog cameras.

 

 

About The Author
Domingo Martinez

is the Director of Marketing for Video Insight, which offers a variety of video encoders for an easy transition from analog to IP video. Contact sales@video-insight.com for more information and pricing. Learn more about education solutions at www.video-insight.com/edu or call 713.621.9779.

 

 

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