GPU–accelerated video decoding

June 22, 2015

GPU Accelerated Video DecodingVideo Management Enhancements

This is the second post in our series on the Video Management Enhancements that we've made to Security Center for our 5.3 release. If you missed the first post, be sure to check out Incident Recording to find out about creating and exporting single clips from multiple camera feeds. This week's focus is GPU-accelerated Video Decoding

As the adoption of multi-megapixel and new 4k cameras increases, it will become necessary to upgrade existing workstations to cope with the demands of decoding these higher resolution video streams.  A VMS that solely utilizes a workstation's CPU to decode video will use a significant amount of processing power to display only a few cameras, thereby inhibiting an operator's ability to view additional cameras or run concurrent operations. 

GPU decoding makes deploying these next-generation cameras far more practical and affordable.  By leveraging the video graphics card to decode video and keeping the CPU available for other processes to run the system, GPU decoding makes it possible to display a greater number of cameras using off-the-shelf graphics hardware, and without having to invest in additional workstations.     

To see a demonstration of these enhancements to GPU-accelerated Video Decoding, check out this instructional video

To find out about all of our Video Management Enhancements, including Video Export and Player Enhancements as well as Cloud Archiving, check out our Security Center 5.3 page. You can also watch all of the videos in this series on the Genetec YouTube channel.


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