VITEC MGW PICO Low-Latency H.264 AVC HD Encoder and Streaming Appliance

VITEC MGW PICO Low-Latency H.264 AVC HD Encoder and Streaming Appliance

VITEC MGW PICO Low-Latency H.264 AVC HD Encoder and Streaming Appliance


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VITEC MGW Pico overview

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The MGW PICO Low-Latency H.264 AVC HD Encoder and Streaming Appliance from VITEC is a portable multi-channel H.264 AVC appliance that enables low-latency delivery of HD video over IP. This pocket-sized, portable appliance features no moving parts and delivers a diverse range of video/audio inputs to support any type of IPTV, FMV, and ISR applications. It features an HD-SDI/SD-SDI and a serial RS-232 interface. This standalone encoder has a low power consumption of under 5W and is offered with an enclosure or as board-only, making it suitable for integration projects, particularly in portable and demanding applications such as manned and unmanned airborne platforms or live-field broadcasting.

With a processing power of up to 2 HD channels from multiple video sources or a single input with up to 4 secondary streams, this Optibase MGW PICO Encoder supports a video capacity of any small form factor and professional-grade H.264 encoder. Thanks to the TurboVideo IP streaming technology, the encoder distributes standard-definition video sources across the enterprise network and to remote sites. This HD encoder disseminates IP video at broadcast-quality resolutions at variable bit and frame rates.

A built-in video matrix and scaler enable frame rates and resolutions of incoming feeds to be scaled and a single video source to be routed to multiple compression cores for simultaneous encoding at up to five different resolutions and frame rates. This encoder offers real-time embedded video and metadata engines that provide the reliability and resilience necessary to operate in harsh environments.

With the MIL-STD Certification, the unit is optimized for mission critical ingestion and dissemination of Full Motion Video (FMV). The unit supports Cursor-on-Target (CoT) and Key-Length-Value (KLV) metadata and generates MISB/STANAG compliant streams.

Featuring hardware-based AES encryption module, this portable encoder can be used to provide a secure end-to-end IP video delivery solution in conjunction with EZ TV and FITIS IPTV Software Systems or with the MGW Premium Decoder appliance that support AES decryption capability. An image stabilization chip incorporated into the encoder enhances viewing quality in real-time and reduces bandwidth utilization when streaming motion-intensive content.

  • HD H.264 AVC compression quality - up to Full HD 1080p
  • Less than 65 millisecond encoding latency
  • Ethernet (MGMT+STRM) and HD/ SD-SDI video inputs
  • Compact form factor makes it suitable for mobile applications
  • Transport infrastructure agnostic: Satellite, xDSL, LANs, WANs, 3G/4G/LTE, and FTTx
  • Consumes under 4W power, suitable for integration into vehicles or for use with battery packs
  • Industry-standard, open architecture allows decoding TurboVideo streams with any H.264 players in low delay
  • Low power consumption allows use with battery packs
  • SD H.264 AVC compression
  • Supports a wide range of bit rates, frame rates, and resolutions
  • Less than 65 ms latency with metadata insertion
  • Built-in AES encryption, interoperable with VITEC’s software players and MGW Premium Decoder appliance (available separately)
  • KLV and CoT metadata processing — ingest from serial, IP, and SDI (VANC)
  • Ability to encode a video source up to 5 times at different resolutions and data rates in parallel
  • API for integrating control and monitoring via 3rd party software (not included)
  • Status LED's for power, network activity, streaming and video source indications
  • Built-in scaler converts and scales high-resolution imagery to any size and rate
  • Secure Web-based remote management interface (HTTPS)
  • Dashboard with dynamically updating I/O signal detection and streaming stats
  • SSH interface with get/set or XML API for integration with 3rd party control software
  • Autostart mode recovers saved configuration after power cycle
  • Remote firmware and software upgrade capability via command line
  • Adjustable mounting holes for seamless installation in vehicles / flat surface
  • System and channel event logging
  • Password-protected HTTP and CLI control interfaces
  • Real-time image stabilization chip optimized for footage from ground and airborne vehicles
  • Motion-adaptive adjustment of bit-rate utilization during static scenes
  • PID re-mapping for audio and video programs
  • Rugged, fanless design with no moving parts for silent operation


  • Streaming IP video to TV’s and desktops on any organization's network
  • Dissemination of situational awareness and FMV content across LANs and WANs
  • Intelligence Security and Surveillance (ISR) video from mobile and airborne vehicles
  • SD resolution monitoring and command and control
  • Encoding and multicasting HDMI, DVI, and computer sources
  • Mirroring PC applications on large screens and software IPTV players
  • Point-to-point video contribution with low delay
  • Digital signage video streaming


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VITEC MGW PICO Low-Latency H.264 AVC HD Encoder and Streaming Appliance
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    VITEC MGW Pico specs

    Video Inputs 1 x HD-SDI/SD-SDI (SMPTE 259M-C, SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 274M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 424M, SMPTE 425M)
    1 x Analog Composite (BNC, 75 Ω)
    Resolutions & Frame Rates 1920 x 1080p @ 30, 29.97, 25, 24 Hz
    1920 x 1080i @ 60, 59.94, 50 Hz
    1280 x 720p @ 60, 59.94, 50, 30, 29.97, 25 Hz
    720 x 480p @ 30, 29.97 Hz
    720 x 480i @ 59.94 Hz
    720 x 576p @ 25 Hz
    720 x 576i @ 50 Hz
    Audio Inputs 1 x SDI Embedded audio (Stereo or Mono)
    Video Output H.264 (ISO\IEC 14496-10 AVC MPEG-4 part 10)
    Modes: Baseline Profile L3, main profile L3 and L4, high profile L4 and L4.2 Bit Rate: 100 kb/s to 14 Mb/s
    Frame Rate: 5 to 60 fps
    Down Sampling Modes: Third, half, three quarters
    Bit Rate Regulation Modes: Constant (CBR), Variable (VBR)
    Output Resolutions: Configurable from QCIF up to SD
    Encoding Latency: 65 ms (TurboVideo mode)
    Audio Output MPEG-4 AAC-LC (ISO/IEC 14496-3), MPEG-1 L2
    Stereo and mono modes
    Bit Rate: 32 kb/s to 256 kb/s in stereo, 16 kb/s to 128 kb/s in mono
    Sampling Rate: 16 kHz to 48 kHz
    Network Protocol Streaming: UDP, RTSP, SAP, MPEG-2 transport encapsulation, unicast, and multicast modes
    Peripheral: HTTPS, DHCP, NTP, SSH, SAP
    Metadata CoT over serial RS-232, KLV over IP
    UAS Datalink Local Metadata Set (MISB STD 0601.5, STD 0902)
    Time Stamping and Transport of Compressed Motion Imagery and Metadata (MISB STD 0604.2)
    Cursor on Target (CoT) Conversions to Key-Length-Value (KLV) Metadata (MISB EG 0805)
    Security Metadata Universal and Local Sets for Digital Motion Imagery (MISB STD 0102.8)
    STANAG 4609 output stream over UDP/IP
    Operating Temperature -40 to 158ºF (-40 to 70ºC)
    Relative Humidity 5 to 95% (non-condensing)
    Certification EMC Standards: FCC part 15 class B and CE
    MIL-STD810F certified
    Power 5 to 48 VDC

    Power supply not included

    MTBF Ground: 16.00 years
    Airborne: 25.59 years (as per MIL-HDBK-217F)
    Power Consumption 4 W maximum
    Enclosure Industrial-grade rugged aluminum case
    Dimensions (H x W x D) With Enclosure: 1.1 x 2.7 x 3.2" (2.9 x 6.9 x 8.0 cm)
    Board Only: 0.8 x 2.4 x 2.9" (2.0 x 6.1 x 7.5 cm)
    Weight With Enclosure: 0.42 lb (0.19 kg)
    Board Only: 0.14 lb (0.06 kg)

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