Camera

This function is located under the ‘Camera’ tab. It can process images that get to the application either directly from a connected camera or through HTTP API.

Connecting and setting up a camera

Basic information

When you plug a camera in your computer, select ‘Image input’ from camera and turn the ‘Camera’ slider on. Then, the application should be able to automatically recognize it (if it's an officially supported camera or path to CTI file is entered).

Officially supported cameras and CTI file path

We officially support Basler (Pylon Viewer software) and IDS (uEye Cockpit software) industrial cameras. For other cameras, it is necessary to enter a path to a ‘.cti’ file which can be found in the installation folder of the software for this camera (e.g. the standard path for Basler - Pylon software is "C:\Program Files\Basler\pylon 6\Runtime\x64\ProducerU3V.cti"). If you installed the software for Basler or IDS camera into a different folder than the default one, you will also need to enter the path to its CTI file.

Camera settings

You can let the application automatically adjust the camera settings (recommended) or you can upload an existing config file from the software which comes with your camera. Currently, only settings from Pylon Viewer are supported, but this will be expanded in future versions. Make sure you don't have the camera opened in your camera's software when you want to use it in Pekat Vision - it needs exclusive access to the camera.

Basler - Pylon Viewer

For Basler cameras, you can adjust the camera settings in Pylon Viewer software. Start the camera and change the desired settings (you can also use automatic adjustment) - more information can be found in the Pylon viewer documentation. Recommended image format is Bayer8. When you're satisfied with the settings, stop the camera and click ‘Camera’ => ‘Save features’, which saves the current settings into a ‘.pfs’ file, that can be loaded into Pekat Vision.


Processing

When ‘processing’ is on (in the left panel), the image is displayed after being processed with the detected objects or heatmap (or also rectangles which can be toggled on and off).

Capture, Save images

‘Capture’ saves the current shot to the image database. ‘Save images’ automatically saves all incoming images (this produces a high number of images, so use this feature with caution).

Show video camera in left panel

This displays the thumbnail view of the camera in the left panel, which can help you keep track of camera if you switch to other modules.

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