How camera plans work for video encoders in Stratocast™ - Stratocast™

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Because video encoders can contain multiple cameras, each with their respective plans, recording types, and so on, choosing the right plan for cameras that are connected to video encoders requires a good evaluation of your video quality and storage retention requirements.

Camera plans apply to cameras, not video encoders. Each camera that is connected to a video encoder can have its own individual plan. As a result, video encoders are billed according to the number of channel inputs that it has. For example, if you add a video encoder that has four channel inputs, you are charged for all four, regardless of whether you are using all four. Moreover, unused channel inputs on a video encoder are billed at the same rate as the highest definition plan selected for a channel input.

You add a video encoder that has four channel inputs and you decide to only connect two cameras to this video encoder, thus leaving two channel inputs unused. Also, for one of the cameras on this video encoder you select the Premium plan and for the other camera you select the Standard plan. In this setup, the two unused channel inputs are billed at the same rate as the Premium plan.
Best Practice: Ensure that you properly evaluate your requirements for having high-quality recordings. For situations where there are unused channel inputs on your video encoder, and high definition recordings are not required, ensure that you select a standard definition plan for the used channel inputs. In this situation, the unused channel inputs are billed at the same rate as the standard definition plan.

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