Cisco Video Surveillance Encoders

Cisco Video Surveillance 8-Port Encoder

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Product Overview

Cisco ® Video Surveillance Encoders are standalone devices that can be used to convert analog video sources into digital formats so they can be integrated into a networked, IP-based video surveillance system. The 8-port model (CIVS-SENC-8P) supports eight analog video inputs and can be stacked, wall mounted, or rack-mounted. A power supply is included.

Figure 1. Cisco Video Surveillance 8-Port Encoder

Protocols Supported

The 8-port encoder supports a single video stream per port. The stream can be compressed in H.264, MPEG-4, or MJPEG formats and can be configured with different resolutions, frame rates, and bit rates.

PTZ Interface

The encoder provides an RS-485 interface to allow for connection to PTZ control units supporting the Pelco-D protocol, in order to control PTZ functions in an external camera or PTZ mount.

Digital Inputs/ Outputs

The encoder has eight digital outputs and eight digital inputs to connect to and from external sensors.

Web Interface

The encoders support Internet Explorer ® 8.0 for remote setup and administration.

Video Management

The encoder connects to Cisco Video Surveillance Manager Version 6.3.2 and later.

Product Specifications

Features and Benefits

Features include the following:

• Up to D1 resolution per port

• Up to 30 frames per second (FPS) at D1 resolution (180 FPS maximum across all ports/channels)

• H.264, MPEG-4, and MJPEG compression options

• Up to five privacy mask windows per port

• Up to three motion detection windows per port

Table 1 lists product specifications for the Cisco Video Surveillance 8-Port Encoder.

Table 1. Product Specifications


Analog Video Input Ports


Digital Alarm Inputs

8 (maximum voltage 12V; maximum sync 100mA)

Digital Alarm Outputs



Password-protected administrative interface;
HTTPS access to the administrative interface


CE, FCC Class B, C-Tick
UL/cUL listed



RJ-45 connector for 100/1000 BASE-TX

Cable Type

Cat5 or better

Power Input

12 VDC/24 VAC (power supply included)

Power Consumption

24W (max)


Operational Temperature

50° to 122°F (10° to 50°C)

Operational Humidity

20% to 80%, noncondensing


Dimensions (LxWxH)

189 x 153 x 49.3 mm



Video & Audio

Video Encoding

H.264, MPEG-4, and MJPEG (for both PAL and NTSC)

Video Streams

Single stream per port

Audio In

RCA connector
G.711 audio encoding (64 Kbps)
μ-Law or A-Law mode selectable
Audio input (up to 1V RMS)
Supports two-way audio (per channel)
Supports audio mute

Audio Out

Terminal block x 8
Supports two-way audio (per channel)
Mono output

PTZ Serial Interface

RS-485 Half-Duplex, supporting Pelco-D protocol

Available Resolutions

The following are definitions of resolutions used in the table.

D1: 720 x 480 (NTSC), 720 x 576 (PAL)

4CIF: 704 x 480 (NTSC), 704 x 576 (PAL)

CIF: 352 x 240 (NTSC), 352 x 288 (PAL)

Table 2 lists the supported video stream configurations on the Cisco Video Surveillance 8 Port Encoder.

Table 2. Stream Configurations


Maximum resolution

Maximum frame rate (fps), bit rate (Kbps), or quality/intra-frame period (S)



30 fps
2000 Kbps



30 fps
2000 Kbps



30 fps

Table 3 shows the minimum PC client requirements.

Table 3. Minimum PC Client Requirements


Intel® Core® 2 Duo microprocessor, 2.6 GHz

Operating System

Microsoft® Windows® 7



Network Interface Card

100 megabits (or greater)


Minimum of 1024 x 768 resolution, 16- or 32-bit pixel color resolution


Internet Explorer® 8.0, QuickTime 6.5 and later

Warranty Information

Find warranty information on at the Product Warranties page.

Ordering Information


The Cisco Video Surveillance 8-Port Encoder is available through Cisco Advanced Technology Provider (ATP) program partners. Table 4 lists ordering information.

Table 4. Ordering Information

Product Name

Part Number

Cisco Video Surveillance 8-Port Encoder (standalone)


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