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Axis Video Encoder, What Is It and How Does it Work?


IP (Internet Protocol) video surveillance has revolutionized video surveillance as we know it. Technological advancements in IP video surveillance have provided companies with many benefits, including:

  • Improved image quality

  • Scalability

  • Event Management

  • Efficient Video Analytics

  • Lower costs of ownership

Yet, even with the benefits of IP video surveillance, there remains an abundance of analog cameras and cabling still used today. Thankfully, video encoders allow businesses to combine both technologies. By implementing an Axis video encoder, business owners can maintain existing investments while enjoying the benefits of IP-based technology and creating a future-proof platform.

What is an Axis Video Encoder?

An Axis video encoder is a connection between an analog camera system and a network video system. Axis video encoders contain an encoding chip and operating system that convert incoming analog video into digital video. The digitalized signal is transmitted over the network and recorded for easier accessibility and viewing.

Making the Switch

The investment in installing a coax cable is something that often worries business owners. In a building without a proper network infrastructure, making the switch from an analog to an IP network seems like an extensive task—and generally is a security update that most business owners would like to avoid or postpone.

With Axis video encoders, making the switch is easy and inexpensive. Instead of having to replace your whole infrastructure to support an IP network, Axis video encoders allow you to turn your analog camera systems into IP-based systems.

How do Video Encoders Work?

Axis video encoders compress and convert the analog signal into a digital one that is identical to the network camera. First, the encoder sends the video stream over an IP network. That signal is then sent to a PC server that runs VMS (video management software) for monitoring and recording.

The Axis video encoder allows users to experience the benefits of having an IP-based network with the ability to view live video on a local or remote computer, laptop, tablet, or phone.

What are the Types of Axis Video Encoders?

There are 2 main types of video encoders. These are:

1. Standalone Video Encoders

The most common type of video encoder is known as a standalone version. This version comes with single or multiple-channel connections to analog cameras. These are often positioned near analog cameras. They can also be used in scenarios where there are fewer analog cameras.

2. Video Encoder Blades

Encoder blades are designed for larger, centralized systems that require extra flexibility. The blades typically support from 4 to 6 channels and can accommodate up to 84 analog channels, providing flexibility and scalability for those who may exchange large analog installations for network video clients.

BTI Communications Group is Your Axis Network Encoder Provider

Here at BTI, we have more than 35 years of experience in the management, maintenance, and installation of communication, physical security, and IT solutions. We are committed to finding the best solutions that fit our clients’ exact needs and budgets! If you would like to know more about BTI and how we can help you improve your IT and physical security, please contact us or schedule a free consultation.


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