Video Encoders

Find suppliers and manufacturers of video encoders for unmanned systems; drones, UAV, USV, UGV & robotics, including low latency video encoding, HD and 4K encoder systems

Video Encoders for Drones & Unmanned Systems

Video encoders for unmanned systems such as UAVs and drones, take the raw output from video cameras and imaging payloads and compress it, so that it requires less storage space and uses less bandwidth to transmit over radio, Ethernet, SATCOM and other communication methods. The algorithms used by encoder systems may reduce the amount of data by hundreds of times.

Encoder Systems

Tyton VS2X Rugged Video Encoder by EIZO

Tyton VS2X Rugged Video Encoder by EIZO

Video encoding, as well as the decoding required after transmission, is performed by hardware or software known as codecs. Codecs can use a variety of data formats and resolutions depending on the requirements for storage, transmission, processing, and image detail. High-quality video encoding standards such as H.264 and H.265 are becoming more widespread as the SWaP (size, weight and power) requirements of high performance embedded computing devices continue to shrink. These devices may enable HD (high-definition) and 4K (ultra-high definition) video encoding.

Low Latency Video Encoding

Compact HD Encoder System by Z3 Technology

Compact HD Encoder System by Z3 Technology

Video encoding can be performed by dedicated hardware devices or in software. Hardware video encoding solutions can devote all their processing power to encoding, whereas software running on a UAV’s main computing device will have to share CPU resources with other system functions. Hardware solutions will therefore provide lower-latency video encoding, meaning that the time taken for the video data to be processed and sent by the drone and received by the operators is closer to real time. This minimal lag is important for operators to maintain effective control of the aircraft as well as for real-time decision making based on information gathered by the aircraft’s imaging payload.

Successful low-latency video encoding and streaming requires very high data rates when broadcasting. This becomes harder to maintain the further a drone flies from its base station, and the video data will have to be compressed more. Eventually the video stream will become too low-resolution to make out useful details. The application of video compression is thus a tradeoff between image quality, bandwidth requirements and operational distance.

Opmeta video encoding solution by Textron Systems
Opmeta Video Encoding Solution by Textron Systems
Video Encoders: Articles
HD Video Encoder Introduced for Rugged Applications May 6, 2020
Tactical H.265 Video Encoder for UAVs Tested Sep 17, 2019
Rugged Digital Video Encoder Launched for Unmanned Systems Mar 29, 2019
VITEC Introduces Next-Generation Portable HEVC Video Encoder Sep 14, 2017
Z3 Technology Announces Dual Camera Full HD Video Encoder Jun 15, 2017
Soliton Systems Announces Miniature H.265 Video Mobile Encoders Sep 14, 2016
VITEC Announces Hardware-Based 4K Video Encoder With HEVC Compression Technology Apr 20, 2016
Z3 Technology Announces New Compact HD HEVC Video Encoder Apr 19, 2016
Streambox Announces Streaming HD Video Drone Encoder Pro Apr 9, 2015