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MPEG4000WA - 4 channel MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 / M-JPEG encoder/decoder

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The MPEG4000WA is a 4-channel MPEG / M-JPEG Codec on a single PC/104-Plus (pc104+) form factor module. The MPEG4000WA provides a powerful and flexible solution for capturing and compressing up to 4 concurrent analog video inputs to MPEG-4, MPEG-2 and M-JPEG standards. The on-board Watermark Authentication provides additional support for evidential recording and law enforcement applications. The MPEG4000WA not only provides MPEG compression but can also decompress and playback recordings from storage to display. The MPEG4000WA allows high quality real-time video / audio capture and compression from (up to) 4 concurrent NTSC or PAL video sources while at the same time allowing the data to be stored to disk and provide a preview screen for incoming video. The high performance MPEG video data compression and reduced bus utilization allows up to four MPEG4000WA cards to be fitted in a PC/104-Plus system to provide up to 16 concurrent video streams to disk or across a network.



  • Supports 4 NTSC / RS-170, PAL / CCIR analog video sources
  • MPEG-4 / MPEG-2 and M-JPEG video codec
  • 1 x D1 size encoding at full frame rate
  • 4 x D1 size encoding at 1/4 frame rate
  • 4 x CIF size encoding at full frame rate
  • MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 decode playback
  • Composite video or s-video outputs for preview or playback
  • Full bit mapped graphics overlay with four levels of alpha blending
  • Automatic detection of motion and 'blinded' camera
  • 4 channel audio encoder with single channel decoder/playback
  • Real-time video preview to system VGA or NTSC/PAL output
  • Up to 4 MPEG4000WAcards per system
  • Drivers for Windows XP/XP-Embedded and Linux
  • PC/104-Plus Universal Add-in module
  • Operating temperature: 0°C to +60°C or -40°C to +85°C

Software Development Kits

The MPEG4000WA is supported by comprehensive and well supported software development kits (SDKs) for video recording and video streaming. The SDKs are designed to significantly reduce development time in Windows and Linux environments and include support libraries, drivers and example applications to help developers fully utilize the MPEG4000WA features in complex video compression / overlay applications.

The standard Video Recording SDK and sample applications are supplied free of charge with each board and includes the services of our technical support team. The Video Streaming SDK is available for a one-time fee and enables real time streaming of compressed video data over an IP network.

The standard SDKs are available for x86 based embedded PC platforms however, we also offer SDKs suitable for PC/104-Plus based PowerPC and ARM platforms. Please contact our sales team to discuss your requirements.

Block Diagram

Block Diagram

Example Video Capture / Overlay Modes

PC/104-Plus Bus Interface

  • Compliant with PCI Rev 2.1
  • 132MBytes/sec bandwidth at 33.33 MHz bus speed
  • Live multi-stream MPEG-2/4capture to memory or disk
  • Concurrent MPEG-2/4 Capture and live preview

Analog Video Input

  • Up to 4 concurrent composite PAL or NTSC video input channels
  • Two input video multiplexer per Channel (up to 8 cameras)
  • Four 10-bit Analog-to-Digital converters
  • Anti-aliasing filters on inputs

Video Input Formats

  • Standard CCIR601-NTSC, CCIR-PAL
  • NTSC-M, NTSC-Japan

Video Input Adjustments

  • Contrast (or luma gain) adjustable from 0 - 200% of original value
  • Saturation (or chroma gain) adjustable from 0 - 200% of original value
  • Hue (or chroma phase) adjustable from -180 to +180
  • Brightness (or luma level) can be adjusted from 0 - 255 steps

Audio Input

  • Voice quality mono or microphone sound input per channel (1Vrms)
  • Provides Audio/Video Synchronization
  • Supports ADPCM PCM at 32KBits/sec per channel
  • MPEG1 Audio Layer2 (MP2) encoding

Video Encoding

  • MPEG-4 Video Encoding (ISO/IEC 14496-2, MPEG-4 ASP at Level 5)
  • MPEG-2 Video Encoding (ISO/IEC 13812-2, Main profile, Mail Level)
  • M-JPEG Video Encoding
  • 1 channel NTSC full D1 ( 720 x 480) at 30fps
  • 4 channels NTSC CIF (352 x 240) at 120fps
  • 1 channel PAL full D1 ( 720 x 576) at 25fps
  • 4 channels PAL CIF (352 x 288) at 100fps
  • 4 channels PAL/NTSC full D1 at reduced frame rates
  • Supports I, P and B Frame Compression
  • Supports Variable Bit Rate (VBR)
  • Supports Constant Bit Rate (CBR)

Video Decoding / Playback

  • Real-time MPEG-4 Video Decoding
  • ISO/IEC 14496-2, MPEG-4 ASP at Level 5
  • Playback to Composite PAL/NTSC output

Uncompressed Video Path

  • Real-time Preview to host VGA display
  • Preview to Composite PAL/NTSC output
  • Optional uncompressed RGB/YUV for downstream applications

Motion Detection

  • 1350 (NTSC) or 1620 (PAL) detection blocks
  • Masking of areas not required for motion detection
  • Adjustable sensitivity

System Requirements

  • x86 PC-Compatible PC/104-Plus Computer
  • PCI or AGP Display (if Video Preview to host is required)
  • Spare REQ/GNT on PC/104-Plus Bus
  • 3.3V signalling PC/104-Plus bus


  • Single +5V at less than 1.75A
  • Operating temp 0°C to 60°C or -40°C to +85°C (extended temp option)
  • Standard 3.6 x 3.8in PC/104-Plus form factor

Software Drivers

  • Drivers for Windows-NT/2000/XP, Linux, QNX
  • Sample video recording application in C/C++ source code

The following order codes can be used when ordering the MPEG4000WA

MPEG4000WA - MPEG-4 Video Codec (0 to 60°C)
MPEG4000WA-Ext - MPEG-4 Video Codec (-40°C to +85°C)

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