Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hybrid H.264 recorder

Bosch just announced its latest Divar XF recorder, the H.264 DVR that's just had a major brain transplant to join the DiBos as another hybrid recorder. Unlike the DiBos which focuses on MPEG-4 and JPEG cameras, the Divar XF is a pure H.264 recorder that accepts both analog cameras as well as Bosch's H.264 cameras and encoders. People will probably be familiar with Bosch's Dinion IP, FlexiDome IP, AutoDome IP and the Extreme IP cameras as well as the VIP X1600 and VideoJet X10/20/40 encoders, but with the Divar XF-specific firmware upgrade to v3.7 these cameras and encoders will stream H.264 to the Divar XF.

Firmware 3.7 is ONLY designed to record those devices on Divar XF. Please don't upgrade your VIDOS, BVMS or DiBos edge devices' firmware to v3.7 - you will have a bad day.

The other great thing about the Divar XF v2.0 is the internal RAID - a Bosch first. You don't have to use a RAID configuration - it's a licensable option, but if you do then you will sacrifice one of the hard drive's capacity for parity information, and therefore be able to survive a single drive failure with no loss of video. So with the 4TB model you will have 3TB usable. As you will no doubt remember that the drives are field replaceable from the front, so don't feel obliged to send your unit in for a drive replacement, especially since it is full of your corporate sensitive video.

Finally we've also released some models with internal DVD burners. IP video is great, and with its flexibility comes lots of components. It is quite amazing how hybrid recorders have evolved to contain so much functionality in such a small embedded unit. It's power is its simplicity.

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