Video Distribution over Ip Can Be Used in Several Settings Including
* Broadcast studios
* Multimedia and graphics post-production
* Medical imaging
* Retail digital signage deployments in stores and malls
* Control rooms and command centers
* Corporate video sharing and training
1. Video-over-IP Server
Network video servers, also known as IP video servers, enable the transfer of video feeds into other video servers/PCs or deliver streams for direct playout (via IP interface or SDI). For example, in surveillance, an IP video server can be used to turn any CCTV camera into a network security camera with an IP-based video stream capable of being broadcast over an IP network.
An IP video matrix system allows video to be distributed, extended, and formatted over an IP network, unicasting or multicasting individual video signals to a matrix of screens and displaying video content on multiple video screens. This gives users an infinite number of individual video distribution configurations. It’s commonly used in applications such as broadcast, control rooms, conference rooms, healthcare, industrial manufacturing, education, and more.
Video-over-IP Solution Devices
1. Video-over-IP Encoders
Video-over-IP encoders convert video interface signals such as HDMI and analog or embedded audio signals to IP streams utilizing standardized compression methods such as H.264. FMUSER provides solutions that allow you to transmit high-quality video over a standard IP network for display of HD content on one screen — or multicast signals to multiple displays — check out the FBE200 H.264/H.265 Encoder page for more info.
2. Video-over-IP Decoders
Video-over-IP decoders extend video and audio over any IP network. FMUSER offers solutions that can receive high-quality video over a standard IP network like the H.264/H.265 Decoders. Because the decoder uses H.264 compression and requires very low bandwidth, it's extremely efficient when decoding full HD video and analog audio. It also supports AAC audio encoding, so the audio signal can be delivered with low bandwidth but high quality.
Video-over-IP Standards and Considerations for Video Distribution
Here are some takeaways when considering high-resolution image distribution for your project:
If you want to stream up to HD video, look for products that support resolutions of 1080p60 and 1920 x 1200 only. Support for higher resolutions can mean higher bandwidth consumption and higher costs, although this is not true for all solutions.
Learn about the type of compression used, since specific codecs strongly vary in price. For example, you might want to consider encoders/decoders utilizing a relatively high-priced H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec for high-quality, low-bandwidth projects.
Synchronizing video channels and using optical fiber connectivity enables video extension of resolutions up to 4K and even 8K across very long distances today. This method provides enough bandwidth for uncompressed, high-resolution DisplayPort 1.2 video signals, keyboard/mouse, RS232, USB 2.0, and audio.
The latest compression technologies allow the lossless transmission of video signals at a resolution of 4K @ 60 Hz, 10-bit color depth. Lossless compression requires more bandwidth to transmit video signals but provides crystal-clear images and latency-free operation.
Things to Consider When Deploying Your Video-over-IP Project
You should ask yourself some questions before starting your research on components to build-out your AV-related application:
Can the new AV-over-network solution be integrated into my current network topology, even at 1G Ethernet infrastructure?
What image quality and resolution will be good enough, and do I need an uncompressed video?
What video inputs and outputs will have to be supported by the AV-over-IP system?
Do I have to be prepared for the next big video standard?
What’s your latency tolerance? If you’re planning to distribute video only (no real-time interaction), you may have a high latency tolerance and don’t need to use real-time technology.
Will I have to support multiple streams for simultaneous on-premises and internet consumption?
Are there any compatibility issues with existing/legacy components?
FMUSER can help you design an AV- or KVM-over-IP distribution system tailored to your specific needs. Based on extensive experience and a unique product portfolio, our experts will recommend you the right mix of components.
FMUSER IP video solutions enable you to extend P2P or multicast HDMI video and audio to up to 256 screens on a network, making them ideal for distributing digital signage content or other HD video and audio across an Ethernet network. Visit our AV-over-IP Switching Solution – MediaCento page to find out more.
Learn more in our white paper – Video Transmission over IP: Challenges and Best Practices.
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