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How to use Point Grey / FLiR USB cameras with Swing Catalyst

How to use Point Grey machine vision cameras with Swing Catalyst

 

Note: Camera support is limited, and camera control is limited to the FlyCapture (Point Grey software), unless you purchase the Swing Catalyst Universal Camera Support.

Supported camera types: GigE, Firewire and USB 2.0 / 3.0 that support the FlyCap2 SDK.

For GigE camera configuration please see this article: https://support.swingcatalyst.com/hc/en-us/articles/115006992508

Drivers can be found here: https://swingcatalyst.com/drivers

Note: Spinnaker SDK is not supported.

Steps:

  1. Open the Point Grey FlyCap2 application.
  2. Make sure the camera is detected in the Point Grey software.

 

3.  Click configure selected and a new window will pop up, this is where we will configure the camera settings. Please refer to the Point Grey camera documentation for more details on using their software.

 

 In the camera settings, make sure you uncheck auto for the exposure and gain if you're in a static lighting setting, e.g indoors.

 

4. Saving camera settings

Navigate to Advance Camera Settings, and under Memory Channel, make sure it is set to Channel 1, and click Save.

 

5. Close the Point Grey FlyCap software, and confirm that the camera shows up in Swing Catalyst.

Other options:

You can also change the region of interest / area of interest under Custom Video Modes

Here we apply a Region of Interest by cropping the image down to 800x800 pixels.

In some cases this can be beneficial as it can increase your frame rate.

Make sure to save (see point 3) when you're done.

 

Note: If you are dropping frames you might want to drop the packet size down, depending on your system setup & camera, whether or not it's USB or GigE. For GigE please see this article:

https://support.swingcatalyst.com/hc/en-us/articles/115006992508

 

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