CCTV Video Compression Technologies

CCTV Video Compression Technologies

Change is the law of nature. Once, the VCR’s played vital role in surveillance & CCTV industry but introduction of Digital Video Recorder was the revolution.  It was not an expensive deal to buy a DVR compared to VCR where we have to store the tapes of stored data. Human brain thinks faster than the speed of light, tapes are gone but storage on hard drives again became point of concern as file size & cost of storage matters.

Nothing stops & experts started thinking on the compression technologies. The earliest DVR was introduced in 1990 and storage time was not longer, the recording technique was same like VCR’s but this time the video was stored on Hard Disks.

The video compression techniques are often classified on basis of frames and streams. Like JPEG, JPEG 2000 & Wavelet are based on frames while as MPEG compression is based on streams. Again the compression like MPEG 4 is software compression whiles H.264 is the hardware compression technique and both belong to the steam classifications. The widely used compression technologies are briefly as below

JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group is widely used for digital images & snapshots of the videos, is suitable for very low frame levels. Since the file size is large, it is very difficult to store or transmit such images or videos.

M-JPEG stands for Motion JPEG is a video compression format where each frame or field is compressed using the JPEG still-image compression algorithm and is widely used in CCTV industry.

MPEG-4 stands for Moving Picture Experts Group is the widely used compression technology & is very efficient for the higher frame rates compared to JPEG or M JPEG. The file size is smaller compared to M JPEG & JPEG, hence ensures for the huge data retention period for same size of hard drives.

Wavelet compression delivers high-quality moving images by starting with still images and putting them together to form moving pictures. It is up to four times more effective in reducing the volume of data than JPEG and M-JPEG.

JPEG 2000 is based on wavelet theory and is the only standard compression scheme that provides for both lossless and lossy compression hence provides high-quality images despite limitations on storage or transmission bandwidths.

H.264 is the video compression technology, referred as hardware compression, in the MPEG-4 standard, also known as MPEG-4 Part 10. H264 almost equals the MPEG-2 quality unto the half of data rate. H264 also delivers excellent video quality across the entire bandwidth spectrum: from 3G to HD, everything from 40 Kbps ~ 10 Mbps


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