Allied Vision Technologies AVT GigEGoldeye Technical information

AVT GigE (Bigeye/Pearleye/Goldeye)
How to install a GigE camera
Bigeye/Pearleye/Goldeye
V2.0.0
03 November 2011
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Contents
Contacting Allied Vision Technologies ................................................... 5
Introduction ............................................................................................................ 6
Document history............................................................................................................ 6
Manual overview ............................................................................................................. 6
Conventions used in this manual ........................................................................................ 7
Styles ....................................................................................................................... 7
Symbols .................................................................................................................... 7
Before operation............................................................................................................. 8
Safety warnings .............................................................................................................. 8
Cleaning instructions ....................................................................................................... 9
IP-based camera access: background ...................................................10
IP settings: preliminary considerations ................................................12
Obtain an IP address automatically (DHCP)......................................................................... 12
Link Local Address (LLA)................................................................................................. 12
Static IP address ........................................................................................................... 13
Static Persistent IP address ............................................................................................. 13
Static Persistent IP for GigE Vision camera ..................................................................... 14
General tips for setting IP addresses ....................................................16
Installing GigE driver from Pleora ............................................................18
Hardware connection and first power up ............................................19
LED states for different camera models.......................................................................... 19
Display camera live images..........................................................................20
Using AcquireControl ..................................................................................................... 20
Select the grabber..................................................................................................... 20
Select the IP address ................................................................................................. 21
Select the camera ..................................................................................................... 22
Select the image processing chain................................................................................ 22
Start the continuous snap........................................................................................... 23
Advanced operations ..................................................................................................... 23
Exposure control ...................................................................................................... 23
Pseudo Color & Contrast Enhancement .......................................................................... 28
Background Correction .............................................................................................. 29
Statistics & histogram................................................................................................ 29
Using Pleora Coyote....................................................................................................... 30
Using Pleora GEVPlayer................................................................................................... 32
Using Bigeye/Pearleye/Goldeye cameras with 3rd party solutions........................................... 32
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Using National Instruments software ............................................................................ 32
Performance optimization .............................................................................35
Using AcquireControl ..................................................................................................... 36
Using 3rd party solutions................................................................................................ 36
Adjusting firewall settings ............................................................................37
Troubleshooting ..................................................................................................38
Appendix ..................................................................................................................40
GigE Vision register description........................................................................................ 40
DeviceInformation .................................................................................................... 40
ImageSizeControl ..................................................................................................... 41
AcquisitionControl .................................................................................................... 42
AnalogControls ........................................................................................................ 42
CameraSpecialFeatures................................................................................................... 43
CameraSpecialFeatures\TwoPointCorrection................................................................... 45
CameraSpecialFeatures\BackgroundCorrection............................................................... 45
CameraSpecialFeatures\LUT........................................................................................ 46
CameraSpecialFeatures\IntegratorAndImageStore .......................................................... 46
CameraSpecialFeatures\BadPixelCorrection ................................................................... 46
GigE Vision timer calculations.......................................................................................... 47
Feature mapping ........................................................................................................... 48
Index...........................................................................................................................49
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Contacting Allied Vision Technologies
Contacting Allied Vision Technologies
Info
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Technical information:
http://www.alliedvisiontec.com
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Support:
support@alliedvisiontec.com
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Introduction
Introduction
This Manual describes in depth the installation of the AVT GigE cameras (Bigeye/Pearleye/Goldeye).
Note
Please read through this manual carefully.
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For more information, see
http://www.alliedvisiontec.com/emea/support/downloads/
product-literature.html
Document history
Version
Date
Description
V2.0.0
03.11.11
New Manual How to install a GigE camera (Bigeye/Pearleye/
Goldeye)
Table 1: Document history
Manual overview
This manual overview outlines the contents of each chapter of this manual.
• Chapter Contacting Allied Vision Technologies on page 5 lists AVT contact
data (phone numbers and URLs) for both:
– Technical information / ordering
– Commercial information
• Chapter Introduction on page 6 (this chapter) gives you the document history, a manual overview (short description of each chapter) and conventions used in this manual (styles and symbols).
• Chapter IP-based camera access: background on page 10 gives you background information when working with IP-based cameras.
• Chapter Installing GigE driver from Pleora on page 18 gives you installing
descriptions when working with the GigE driver from Pleora.
• Chapter Hardware connection and first power up on page 19 describes the
hardware installation procedures.
• Chapter Display camera live images on page 20 describes in general how
to get live images from IP-based cameras and display them.
• Chapter Performance optimization on page 35 describes how to optimize
your system.
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Introduction
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Chapter Adjusting firewall settings on page 37 describes how to configure
the firewall settings.
Chapter Troubleshooting on page 38 helps you when you get in trouble.
Chapter Index on page 49 gives you quick access to all relevant data in
this manual.
Conventions used in this manual
To give this manual an easily understood layout and to emphasize important
information, the following typographical styles and symbols are used:
Styles
Style
Function
Example
Bold
Programs, inputs or highlighting bold
important things
Courier
Code listings etc.
Input
Upper case
Register
REGISTER
Italics
Modes, fields
Mode
Parentheses and/or blue
Links
(Link)
Table 2: Styles
Symbols
Note
This symbol highlights important information.
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Caution
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www
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This symbol highlights important instructions. You have to
follow these instructions to avoid malfunctions.
This symbol highlights URLs for further information. The URL
itself is shown in blue.
Example:
http://www.alliedvisiontec.com
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Introduction
Before operation
We place the highest demands for quality on our cameras.
Target group
This Technical Manual is the guide to detailed technical information of the
camera and is written for experts.
Note
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Caution
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Please read through this manual carefully before operating
the camera.
Before operating any AVT camera read the following safety
instructions and ESD warnings.
Safety warnings
Caution
Electrostatic discharge
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The camera contains sensible electronic components which can
be destroyed by means of electrostatic discharge.
Use sufficient grounding to minimize the risk of damage.
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Introduction
Cleaning instructions
Note
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Dark spots on the image, especially at nearly closed aperture,
are mostly caused by dust on the sensor of the camera.
Allied Vision Technologies GmbH cleans the sensors around the
lens mount thread with pure air in a clean room class 1000.
After a careful test in the clean room a seal is affixed on the lens
mount aperture.
To receive a dust-free overall system the opening of the seal
and the fitting of the optic should also be done in a dust-free
environment (clean room class better than 1000).
Therefore also a dust-free optic is necessary or rather the optic
has to be cleaned with pure air first.
If, despite of all precaution, dust is on the sensor, the sensorarea should be blown out with pure air. Therefore compressed
air aerosols are suitable (dust-off-sprays), e.g. „Druckluft 76“
from CRC Industries, D-76473 Iffezheim, Tel.: 0049-72293030.
When using the air-sprays pay attention that the sprays are not
moved or shaken. Otherwise it comes to an emission of fluid
(propellant).
Caution
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Do not touch the sensor with tough objects. The glass is often
scratched and the sensor gets damaged.
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IP-based camera access: background
IP-based camera access: background
In order to access a camera (or any other device) in the network, it is necessary
that the camera and also the Network Interface Card (NIC) have a valid IP
address. Every device in the network must have a unique IP address.
The following graphic illustrates the assembling of such network:
Figure 1: Network with IP-based cameras
The chosen IP addresses and the way the devices are connected in the illustration above are just an example. It is also possible to connect the camera directly
to a PC/notebook.
The following subchapters describe what IP addresses can be used and how they
are obtained.
In order to work properly with a AVT GigE camera please take care of the following:
Note
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AVT recommends doing machine vision applications on
standalone computers not used for internet
applications, and not networked for non-vision uses.
Mixed uses may be possible, but this adds complexity,
requires involving your corporate IT team, and may yield
sub-optimal results.
Firewalls may block the communication with the camera.
In these cases ask your local IT department about
possibilities like disabling the firewall for one NIC.
Similar things may happen with antivirus solutions.
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IP-based camera access: background
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The NIC (Network Interface Card) of the PC should be Gigabit Ethernet
(1000Base-T) compatible.
If Windows XP is used as operating system, make sure that the Microsoft
Hotfix KB926255 is installed.
After the first functional test of the camera you can try to re-enable
Firewalls and antivirus solutions step by step: see Chapter Adjusting
firewall settings on page 37.
If your PC/Notebook has more than one network port, it is recommended
to use one port for normal LAN traffic and the second port only for camera
traffic.
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IP settings: preliminary considerations
IP settings: preliminary considerations
There are several different ways the camera may get its IP address. Please refer
to the following subchapters to choose the best solution for your application.
Please also refer to Chapter General tips for setting IP addresses on page 16 for
additional information how to set an IP address for a NIC (Network Interface
Card).
Obtain an IP address automatically (DHCP)
The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol is used to set the IP address of a network device (the camera) dynamically by an external DHCP server. If your LAN
already uses a DHCP server you only have to connect the camera to the LAN and
the IP configuration is done automatically. Please contact your local network
administrator regarding DHCP.
Example: PC
Camera
192.168.101.21
Set by the DHCP server automatically after every PC power up.
192.168.101.198
Set by the DHCP server automatically after every camera power up.
Link Local Address (LLA)
The Link Local Address scheme (Zero Configuration Networking or Automatic
Private IP Addressing) is the easiest way to set the IP address. The IP address of
the camera is automatically set without any external server. In order to use this
method the IP address of the NIC just has to be obtained automatically (see
Chapter Obtain an IP address automatically (DHCP) on page 12)
Example: PC
Camera
169.254.1.1
Set automatically after PC power
up.
169.254.1.152
Set automatically after every
camera power up to a random
number within the subnet.
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IP settings: preliminary considerations
Static IP address
The camera can also use a static IP address. This address can be set while connecting to the camera with the external tool AcquireControl.
Note
The Pleora driver has to be installed to run this application.
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Figure 2: Select static IP address
Example: PC
Camera
192.168.1.1
Set by the user once
192.168.1.2
Set by the user manually after
every camera power up.
Static Persistent IP address
Here the camera gets a static IP address which is stored persistently in the camera. So after every power up of the camera the same IP address is available.
Example: PC
Camera
192.168.1.1
Set by the user once
192.168.1.2
Set by the user once
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IP settings: preliminary considerations
Static Persistent IP for GigE Vision camera
To store a persistent IP for a camera with GEV firmware the Pleora software
GEVPlayer should be used. Please refer to Chapter Installing GigE driver from
Pleora on page 18 regarding installation of this software.
1.
Open GEVPlayer, select the camera and set the desired persistent IP
Figure 3: GEV Device Selection
2.
Open the “GEV Device Control” dialog and change the following values:
GevCurrentIPConfigurationPersistentIP
 Set to true
GevPersistentIPAddress
 Set IP Address
GevPersistentSubnetMask
 Set Subnet Mask
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IP settings: preliminary considerations
Figure 4: GEV Device Control
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General tips for setting IP addresses
General tips for setting IP addresses
1.
While changing Windows IP address settings make sure that no camera
application is running.
2.
To set the IP address of a PC NIC, open the network connections (Start ->
Settings -> Network connections). Then open the properties window of
the desired connection.
Figure 5: Set IP address
3.
It is also possible to add a second (or even more) IP address(es) to the
NIC. In this case the Pleora IP engine always uses the last entry of the IP
list:
Example: This NIC works with two IP ranges:
• Static IP address for LAN traffic
• LLA for a camera
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General tips for setting IP addresses
Figure 6: TCP/IP
If the two entries in this example were swapped the camera would work in the
192.168.1.XXX range.
To verify which NIC IP address is used by the Pleora IP engine, click on the NIC
entry during camera selection process.
Figure 7: IP Engine Selection
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Installing GigE driver from Pleora
Installing GigE driver from Pleora
In order to access a camera it is not necessary to install a driver.
Note
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We recommend to use the iPORT/eBUS Filterdriver architecture
for the best performance. (Manufacturers drivers usually have
a slow performance.)
It is not necessary to install any driver if you want to work with
National Instruments applications.
3rd party solutions also support GEV compliant cameras.
Before you install a driver make sure that all old Pleora drivers have been
deinstalled. After deinstallation restart the computer.
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Hardware connection and first power up
Hardware connection and first power
up
1.
Connect the camera via a CAT5e cable to the PC/notebook. This can be
done directly or over a gigabit network switch.
2.
Connect the camera to the power supply.
3.
Power on the camera and verify the state of the LEDs on the backside of
the camera. It can take up to 5 seconds until the LEDs reach their settled
state that means that the camera is ready for use.
Blinking
Constantly on
Figure 8: LED states
LED states for different camera models
Bigeye cameras
Goldeye Cameras
Pearleye cameras
L2: Constantly ON
L2: Constantly ON
L2: Constantly ON
L3: OFF (IOD or temperature state L3: OFF (Cooling state, OFF = OK) L3: OFF (Cooling state OFF = OK)
for COOL cameras)
Power: Constantly ON
Power: Constantly ON
Power: Constantly ON
L4: OFF (Exposure input)
L4: OFF (Exposure input)
L4: No function
L5: ON (for every frame)
L5: ON (for every frame)
L5: No function
Figure 9: LED states
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Display camera live images
In order to display live images from the camera several programs can be used.
The following subchapters describe how to get a live image using these programs. Please also refer to the detailed manual of the chosen application.
Using AcquireControl
Most of the following settings are stored by the application, so these configuration steps are necessary only once.
Select the grabber
Figure 10: Select grabber
Now the “IP Engine Selection” dialog pops up.
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Select the IP address
In dependence of the driver version you use, the appearance of this dialog may
differ. If an IP address could not be set automatically it can be set within this
dialog manually.
Figure 11: Select IP address
After closing the “Set IP Engine IP Address” dialog you now can select the eBUS
Filter driver entry.
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Select the camera
Bigeye cameras
Goldeye cameras
Pearleye cameras
Table 3: Select the camera model you want to use
Select the image processing chain
Figure 12: Select image processing chain
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Start the continuous snap
Figure 13: AcquireControl: Start continuous snap
Now you will get live images from the camera with the default exposure time and
default camera settings. You can stop the live image by “Stop snap” at every
time.
Advanced operations
The AcquireControl software was developed for many different cameras, so we
will try to introduce you in the basic commands for controlling your camera.
Exposure control
Figure 14: Camera control
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Figure 15: Camera control: Exposure control
Bigeye cameras
Mode
Screenshot
Continuous Mode. The camera will
use it’s build in exposure signal,
which is always constant.
IOD Timer Mode. The exposure
signal is generated by a timer,
which can be adjusted with the
dialog.
IOD Trigger Mode. The camera will
wait for an external exposure signal.
Table 4: Exposure control: continuous mode and IOD modes
Goldeye cameras
NIR cameras have an internal non uniformity correction and bad pixel correction. The non-uniformity depends on the exposure time and the gain, so you
have to change the correction in case of changing the exposure-time or gain.
To get a good image quality, we have prepared and stored different correction
sets inside the camera. So it is very easy to change the correction when changing the exposure time or gain.
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To adjust the exposure time, you always have to process two steps:
1.
Adjust the Exposure time or Continuous mode and Gain setting like
described in Chapter Bigeye cameras on page 24.
2.
Select the corresponding correction data set as follows:
Figure 16: Camera Control Terminal
Figure 17: Goldeye: Terminal example: V=0
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Figure 18: Goldeye: Terminal example: S=4
Note
V and S are upper case letters
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Pearleye cameras
For Pearleye cameras it is not possible the change the exposure time. Pearleye
cameras work always in Continuous mode.
The internal image correction in the camera should be calibrated from time to
time and some minutes after the camera has switched on.
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Figure 19: Camera Control Terminal
Figure 20: Pearleye: calibration
The calibration can be started by the command “k=0”. After some seconds the
camera is calibrated.
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Note
k is a lower case letter
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Pseudo Color & Contrast Enhancement
With the help of the “Pseudo color” dialog you can change the display of an
image. Also you have the possibility to change the contrast of the displayed
image to see more details of the 12-bit values.
Note
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Note
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Don’t scramble this with the camera parameters. The contrast
slider only changes the displayed values of the 12-bit camera
image and not the camera data itself.
The availability of this dialog depends on the chosen image
process chain (see Chapter Select the image processing chain
on page 22).
Figure 21: Pearleye: Pseudo color
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Background Correction
You can add an additional background correction (see “Image processing”
menu) in the AcquireControl to get a better image quality. Therefore you have
first record a homogeneous image and than set the average value and switch on
this correction.
Note
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The availability of this dialog depends on the chosen image
process chain (see Chapter Select the image processing chain
on page 22).
Start here
Figure 22: Pearleye: Background correction
Statistics & histogram
It can be very useful to take a look to the statistic / histogram values to be sure
that the light conditions are OK (see “Image processing” menu).
For a good light condition of the scene, the histogram of the image is balanced
to the middle of the 12 bit (2048) like the following screenshot.
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Figure 23: Pearleye: Statistics and histogram
By clicking on the Options button you can decide to calculate the histogram for
the whole image or only for an AOI.
Using Pleora Coyote
1.
Install the “GigE VDS Camera Integration DLL” available as download from
the AVT website.
2.
Start Coyote.
3.
Select the camera by clicking on “Detect…” and set IP (if necessary).
4.
Select the camera type.
5.
Click on “Connect”.
6.
Go to the “Acquisition” tab and click on “Start”.
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If the “GigE VDS Camera Integration DLL” is not installed, the Programmable
Logic Controller of the IP Engine and the image format has to be setup manually:
7.
After connecting to the camera click on “Configure”.
8.
Adjust the settings for I0 … I7 and the Lookup Table as follows:
Figure 24: Pleora Coyote: Configuration
9.
Click on the “Pixel” tab and select the correct “Color space” and “Pixel
depth”.
10. Click on the “Image” tab and adjust the image size corresponding to the
used camera.
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Using Pleora GEVPlayer
The Pleora GEVPlayer is an application which can grab images from a camera
with GigE Vision configuration. All Bigeye/Pearleye/Goldeye cameras are GigE
Vision V1.2 compliant.
Note
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In order to work with a GigE Vision compatible camera it is necessary to use at least Pleora driver version 2.3.3.
1.
Start GEVPlayer.
2.
Select the camera by clicking on “Select / Connect” and set IP (if necessary).
3.
Click “Play”.
4.
If you want to switch between a GigE Vision application (e.g. GEVPlayer)
and an iPORT application (e.g. AcquireControl), it is necessary to power
cycle the camera.
Using Bigeye/Pearleye/Goldeye cameras with
3rd party solutions
Using National Instruments software
In order to work with LabView or compatible applications, it is necessary to have
the NI IMAQdx driver installed. Without this driver it is not possible to access a
GigE Vision camera!
To test the camera, start the MAX (Measurement & Automation Explorer) software.
1.
Whether the IMAQdx driver is installed correctly can be verified in the
“Software” branch:
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Figure 25: IMAQdx driver
2.
Open the “Devices and Interfaces” branch. After a few seconds the camera
should appear.
3.
Click once on the camera entry. Now every register of the camera is read
which can take a few seconds.
4.
In the lower pane of the MAX software now several controls appear for
accessing the camera parameters. Please also refer to Chapter Appendix
on page 40 for more information regarding the registers.
Figure 26: MAX: CameraAttributes
5.
Click on the “Grab” button to start continuous grab.
6.
In some situations the software can’t access the camera correctly anymore. Here it may help to reset the device cache of the NI software. Quit
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all NI applications and delete all files and folders within the following
directory:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\National Instruments\NIIMAQdx\Data
7.
When you want to switch between a GigE Vision application (e.g. NI MAX)
and an iPORT application (e.g. Coyote), it is necessary to power cycle the
camera.
8.
In some situations the MAX software is not able to confirm the used pixel
format. In this case open the “Acquisition Attributes” tab and reselect the
desired “Pixel Format”.
9.
The default setting for the packet size of the NI MAX software is 8000
bytes. If your network card can’t handle packets of this size, check the
Jumbo Frames settings of your network adaptor (see Chapter Performance
optimization on page 35) or reduce the packet size in
NI MAX ( Acquisition Attributes  Packet Size).
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Performance optimization
Performance optimization
The video data from the camera is (like all other data in the network) transferred
in packets. The default value for this packet size is 1440 bytes. In some cases it
can be an advantage to increase this packet size because then fewer packets are
needed to transfer the image data. This results in less overhead and better performance. But these oversized packets are not standardized so not every network card / device supports it. To determine if your network card supports it follow these steps:
1.
Open the device manager
2.
Open the properties of the network card. Try to find a value called “Jumbo
Frames”, “Jumbo Packets” or “Packet Size” and change it to the maximum,
e.g. 9014 Bytes.
If the camera is not connected directly to the PC but over a switched network, it
is important to know that also the Switches must support Jumbo Frames.
The following illustration shows an example for a network with several
switches. The maximum packet size between the PC and the camera in this
example is 4088 bytes.
Figure 27:
Refer to the technical data of the used switches to determine if Jumbo Frames
are supported.
If you have determined the maximum size of a packet you can modify the used
packet size in your application.
Note

The maximum packet size the iPORT protocol can use is 8128
bytes.
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Performance optimization
Using AcquireControl
1.
Close AcquireControl.
2.
Go to the installation directory.
3.
Open the file UniGrab.ini with a text editor.
4.
Find the “GRABBER_” section with the description Gigabit Ethernet
(iPORT)
5.
Find the value PacketSize and enter the determined Jumbo Frame size –
72 bytes.
6.
Save the file and start AcquireControl again.
Using 3rd party solutions
Using National Instruments software
1.
Start MAX.
2.
Open the camera.
3.
In the lower pane open the “Acquisition Attributes” tab, find the “packet
size” value and enter the determined Jumbo Frame size – 72 bytes.
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Adjusting firewall settings
Adjusting firewall settings
1.
For the first test all firewalls and antivirus solutions should be disabled.
Only when the camera can be accessed properly without any firewall one
can try to adjust firewall settings step by step.
The communication from and to the camera is done in the UDP protocol.
2.
A global rule for incoming and outgoing traffic should be created
Rule: Pleora outgoing (Allow)
• Protocol: UDP
• Direction: Outgoing, Packet type: Local
• Remote Host: 255.255.255.255
xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
IP range the camera is in,
e.g. 169.254.*.*
•
Remote Port: 4
68
3956
20200
20201
20202
Rule: Pleora incoming (Allow)
• Protocol: UDP
• Direction: Incoming
• Remote Host: xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
IP range the camera is in,
e.g. 169.254.*.*
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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
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If the camera can be detected but no images can be grabbed, verify the
camera operation mode. Basically every AVT camera can work in three
modes:
– Continuous Mode – The camera generates the images with a constant
exposure time independently. This exposure time cannot be adjusted.
– Image On Demand (IOD) Trigger mode – The camera produces no image
until an external trigger impulse reaches the trigger input pin of the
camera.
– Image On Demand (IOD) Timer mode – The trigger impulses are generated internally by a timer which can be adjusted in the software.
Sometimes the camera was adjusted to an IOD mode by a mistake. Verify
the following settings:
AcquireControl
– Open the “Camera control” dialog
– Check if in the “Misc” group either “Continuous (IOD = Off)” with disabled “Timer” or “IOD = On” with enabled “Timer” was chosen.
– Remember that the settings within the “Shutter time” group and the
“Interval time” group are only used when “IOD = On” with enabled
“Timer” was chosen.
Coyote
– Make sure that the “GigE VDS Camera Integration DLL” was installed.
– Open the “Configuration – Advanced” dialog and select the “Camera
Properties” tab.
– Verify the settings of “Timer Mode”, “Image On Demand”, “Exposure
Time ms” and “Dark Time ms”
GEVPlayer & NI MAX
– Go to the “AcquisitionAndTriggerControls” branch
– Check state of “TriggerMode”
– Check state of “StartExposureTimer”
– Verify the values of “DarkTimeAbs“ and “ExposureTimeAbs”
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If the camera cannot be detected, verify all settings from the driver installation description. Make sure that no third party network filter driver (e.g.
VPN driver) conflicts with the Pleora driver. Disable all Firewalls and antivirus solutions. Power cycle the camera.
Restart the computer.
Do you have Jumbo Packets enabled? Ensure that every network device
supports the adjusted packet size. Try setting to the default packet size of
1440 bytes.
Launch the “Information Gathering Tool” which was installed with the
Pleora driver package. A shortcut to this program can be found in the
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Troubleshooting
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•
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“Pleora Technologies Inc” folder of the Start menu. Save the generated
output to a file.
Make screenshots of the problem and the network connection dialogs of
windows.
Write down the state of the LED’s on the backside of the GIP-1000 camera
module.
Mail all the files to the AVT support support@alliedvisiontec.com with a
detailed description of the problem including:
– Camera model name.
– Camera serial number.
– Type of Power Supply used (AVT or own).
– Used operating system, 32 or 64 bit edition.
– Used Pleora driver/SDK version.
– Used application version (AcquireControl, …).
– If possible, open the terminal window in AcquireControl for the following commands (please note the capital letters for the commands!).
Enter “Y=1”. Press RETURN. Enter “V=1”. Press RETURN. Press the COPY
button and paste the output into a text file.
– If you use AcquireControl >= V3.6.1 click on Help ? Generate Support
file and send us the file.
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Appendix
Appendix
GigE Vision register description
Note

This chapter describes all GigE Vision features. In dependence
of the used camera the availability of certain features may
vary.
DeviceInformation
Feature
Description
DeviceModeName
Name of the attached camera model.
DeviceID
Unique 32 bit device ID of the AVT camera model.
DeviceUserID
User ID field. This field can be accessed (R/W) by the user to store
an additional device identifier.
DeviceScanType
This feature specifies the scan type of the sensor (Areascan or
Linescan).
Table 5: Standard: DeviceInformation
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ImageSizeControl
Feature
Description
SensorWidth
Maximum width of the sensor in pixels.
SensorHeight
Maximum height of the sensor in pixels.
WidthMax
This feature represents the maximum width (in pixels) of the
image after horizontal binning, decimation or any other function
changing the horizontal dimensions of the image.
HeightMax
This feature represents the maximum height (in pixels) of the
image after vertical binning, decimation or any other function
changing the vertical dimensions of the image.
Width
This feature represents the actual image width expelled by the
camera (in pixels).
Height
This feature represents the actual image height expelled by the
camera (in pixels).
OffsetX
This feature represents the horizontal offset from the origin to
the AOI (in pixels).
OffsetY
This feature represents the vertical offset from the origin to the
AOI (in pixels).
BinningVertical
Number of vertical photo-sensitive cells to combine together.
This increases the intensity (or signal-to-noise ratio) of the
pixels and reduces the horizontal resolution (width) of the
image.
BinningHorizontal
Number of horizontal photo-sensitive cells to combine together.
This increases the intensity (or signal-to-noise ratio) of the
pixels and reduces the horizontal resolution (width) of the
image.
DecimationHorizontal
Unused.
DecimationVertical
Unused.
PixelFormat
List with all available pixel formats of the camera, e.g. MONO12.
TestImageSelector
Enables or disables the internal test image generator of the
camera.
HighSpeedMode
Turn on or off the high-speed mode with reduced resolution.
Table 6: Camera standard feature: ImageSizeControl
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AcquisitionControl
Feature
Description
AcquisitionMode
This feature controls the acquisition mode of the software. This
feature works independently (!) of the chosen camera mode
(Continuous, IOD hardware trigger, IOD hardware timer). It
describes how many frames should be acquired.
AcquisitionStart
Starts the image acquisition of the camera.
AcquisitionStop
Stops the image acquisition of the camera.
TriggerMode
Modifies the trigger mode of the camera. When the trigger mode
is “Off”, the camera will generate frames independently. When
the trigger mode is “On” the camera is switched to the so called
IOD (Image On Demand) mode. In this mode the camera waits for
an external trigger signal or an timer pulse generated internally.
To control exposure and dark time trigger mode must be switched
to “On”.
ExposureMode
Start or stop the internal exposure signal timer.
ExposureTime
This feature is used to set the Exposure time (in microseconds).
ExposureTimeAbs
This feature is used to set the Exposure time (in microseconds).
ExposureTimeGranularity
Exposure time granularity
ExposureTimeAbsMs
This feature is used to set the Exposure time (in milliseconds).
DarkTime
This feature is used to set the Dark time (in microseconds).
DarkTimeAbs
This feature is used to set the Dark time (in microseconds).
DarkTimeGranularity
Dark time granularity
DarkTimeAbsMs
This feature is used to set the Dark time (in milliseconds).
Table 7: Camera standard feature: AcquisitionControl
AnalogControls
Feature
Description
Gain
This feature controls the selected gain as a raw integer value.
Table 8: Camera standard feature: AnalogControls
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CameraSpecialFeatures
What is a CameraSpecialFeature?
This section contains camera depending commands like serial commands (if
available). For each command within this branch you will find a description text
in your GigE Vision software.
The description contains a reference to the serial command which can be found
in the base manual of the camera for further information.
Feature
Description
DigitalGain
Digital Gain Mode
(G=<value> command)
Table 9: Camera special feature: DigitalGain
Feature
Description
AutoCalibrateOnce
Start the automatic calibration once.
(k=0 command)
The processing of this command can take several seconds,
depending on the current image rate and the number of
correction data sets available.
AutoCalibrationMode
Configure mode of the automatic calibration function.
(j=<value> command)
AutoCalibrationInterval
Setup the automatic calibration interval. 0 = Calibrate one-time,
1..65535 = Calibrate every k*256 frames.
(k=<value> command)
CorrectionDataSet
Number of the correction data set to activate.
(S=<value> command)
ReloadCameraSpecialFeatures
Force a reload of all parameters from the CameraSpecialFeatures
section.
Table 10: Camera special feature: Calibration and correction data
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Feature
Description
CameraTemperatureState
Camera temperature state.
0 = The camera temperature is OK.
1 = The camera temperature is outside the optimum range.
CameraTemperatureStateReg
Camera temperature state register.
QueryCameraTemperatureState
Query camera temperature state.
(T=1 command)
Table 11: Camera special feature: Camera temperature
Feature
Description
SensorTemperatureState
Camera sensor temperature state.
0 = The sensor temperature is OK.
1 = The sensor temperature is outside the optimum range.
SensorTemperatureStateReg
Camera sensor temperature state register.
QuerySensorTemperatureState
Query camera sensor temperature state.
(T=1 command)
Table 12: Camera special feature: Camera sensor temperature
Feature
Description
ShutterTemperatureValue
Shutter temperature value in degree Celsius.
ShutterTemperatureValueReg
Shutter temperature value register.
QueryShutterTemperatureValue
Query camera shutter temperature state.
(T=2 command)
MechanicalShutter
Set the mechanical shutter state manually.
(I=<value> command)
Table 13: Camera special feature: Shutter
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CameraSpecialFeatures\TwoPointCorrection
Feature
Description
TPC_OperationMode
Operation mode of the two-point correction.
(E=<value> command)
TPC_CorrectionData_FileNumber
File number of the flash file containing the set values for the
two-point correction.
(N=<value> command)
TPC_SetValue_LowRef
Define the set value for the low reference image of the two-point
correction.
(J=<value> command)
TPC_SetValue_HighRef
Define the set value for the high reference image of the twopoint correction.
(K=<value> command)
TPC_FirstImage_LowRef
File number of the first low reference image of the two-point
correction. (A=<value> command).
TPC_FirstImage_HighRef
File number of the first high reference image of the two-point
correction. (B=<value> command).
Table 14: Camera special feature: TwoPointCorrection
CameraSpecialFeatures\BackgroundCorrection
Feature
Description
BGC_OperationMode
Operation mode of the background correction.
(U=<value> command)
While reading this feature the MSB shows the state of the
integration process.
(0=Idle, 1=Busy)
BGC_OffsetValue
Offset value for the background correction.
(M=<value> command)
BGC_StartIntegration_1
Save the next frame as background image.
(I=0 command)
BGC_ StartIntegration_4
Integrate the next 4 frames and store the result as background
image.
(I=1 command)
Table 15: Camera special feature: BackgroundCorrection
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CameraSpecialFeatures\LUT
Feature
Description
LUT_OperationMode
Operation mode of the LUT.
(G=<value> command)
LUT_CorrectionData_FileNumber
File number of the data for the LUT.
(D=<value> command)
Table 16: Camera special feature: LUT
CameraSpecialFeatures\IntegratorAndImageStore
Feature
Description
IIS_OperationMode
Operation mode of the integrator and image store.
(H=<value> command)
While reading this feature the MSB shows the state of the
integration process.
(0=Idle, 1=Busy)
Table 17: Camera special feature: IntegratorAndImageStore
CameraSpecialFeatures\BadPixelCorrection
Feature
Description
BPC_OperationMode
Operation mode of the bad pixel correction.
(F=<value> command)
BPC_CorrectionData_FileNumber
File number of the correction data for the bad pixel correction.
(C=<value> command)
Table 18: Camera special feature: BadPixelCorrection
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GigE Vision timer calculations
The following graphic shows how an exposure signal is generated.
Figure 28: GigE Vision timer calculations
In order to adjust tExp and tDark of the TREX pulse in each case two parameters
are available:
• ExposureTime & ExposureTimeGranularity
• DarkTime & DarkTimeGranularity
The granularities are integer values in the range from 0…65535 which define
the minimum and maximum pulse widths. The minimum pulse width is equal to
the time granularity.
 ExposureTimeGranularity + 1   30ns
t ExpMIN  μs  = -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1000
 ExposureTimeGranularity + 1   30ns  65535
t ExpMAX  μs  = ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1000
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Feature mapping
This table shows the mapping of the camera features to the corresponding features in the GigE Vision naming convention.
AVT camera feature
Camera Link CC port
GigE Vision feature names
TREX
CC1
ExposureMode, ExposureTime,
DarkTime
TREX is an input signal. The LOW
time defines the exposure time.
The HIGH time defines the dark
time.
BIN
CC2
BinningVertical. If the camera
has 2x2 binning implemented,
the BinningHorizontal feature is
set automatically.
SV2
CC3
GainRaw
IOD
CC4
TriggerMode
Table 19: Feature mapping
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Index
Index
A
T
AcquireControl
using ................................................ 20
Technical information ................................. 5
timer calculations..................................... 47
Troubleshooting....................................... 38
C
camera live images ................................... 20
Conformity .............................................. 10
Contacting ................................................ 5
D
declaration of conformity ........................... 10
DHCP...................................................... 12
document history ....................................... 6
F
Feature mapping ...................................... 48
G
GigE driver from Pleora .............................. 18
GigE Vision register description ................... 40
I
IP settings .............................................. 12
L
LED states ............................................... 19
Legal notice .............................................. 2
Link Local Address .................................... 12
LLA ........................................................ 12
S
specifications .......................................... 18
Static IP address....................................... 13
Static Persistent IP
GigE Vision cameras............................. 14
Static Persistent IP address......................... 13
styles ....................................................... 7
Support .................................................... 5
symbols .................................................... 7
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