Panasonic introduces Smart Coding, a new technology that enhances the encoding algorithm in standard H.264 video streams, yielding up to a 70 per cent improvement in bandwidth reduction, depending on application.

The technology lessens the bandwidth demand and the amount of storage needed for surveillance video images while maintaining high picture quality and full compliance with the H.264 standard. It is available as an upgrade for all new generation Panasonic 3, 5 and 6 Series Models.

Smart Coding technology uses a variety of advanced noise reduction processes and algorithm advancements: Frequency Divided Filter (FDF), 3-D Multi-Process Noise Reduction (3D-MNR) and Group of Picture Control (GOP). Those advancements achieve a lower bit rate for images without degrading the captured and transmitted video stream, according to Panasonic.

FDF and 3D-MNR act to reduce both fine picture noise and video-grain generated under low illumination improving picture quality before compression. GOP Control removes unnecessary information in a scene which results in a lower bit rate.

These features combine to reduce bit rate in the recorded video without a loss in image quality.♦