The Vision Range of
Video Capture Cards
User Manual
Version 01.00.00
Contents
Chapter 1
Safety Instructions1
Chapter 2
Introduction2
Chapter 3
VisionRGB-E1/E1S3
Chapter 4
VisionRGB-E2/E2S13
Chapter 5
VisionRGB-X222
Chapter 6
VisionSD832
Chapter 7
VisionSD4+1/SD4+1S40
Chapter 8
VisionSDI250
Chapter 9
VisionDVI-DL59
Chapter 10
Datapath Limited 65
Chapter 11
Index67
Chapter 1
Safety Instructions
Safety Instructions (UK)
Instrucciones de seguridad (Esp)
To prevent damage to your Datapath product or injury to personnel operating the equipment, please
read the following safety precautions prior to operation. These instructions should be made available to all those who will use and operate Datapath products.
Rogamos leer las siguientes instrucciones de seguridad antes de poner en funcionamiento el equipo, a
fin de evitar daños en su producto de Datapath o lesiones al personal encargado de su manejo. Poner
estas instrucciones a disposición de todos aquellos que vayan a utilizar y/o manejar los productos de
Datapath.
Power Supply
All Datapath products require a mains power supply. This power supply must be disconnected when
equipment is being upgraded or relocated.
Cables
Do not expose cables to any liquids; doing so may cause a short circuit which could damage the
equipment. Do not place heavy objects on top of any cables as this can cause damage and possibly
lead to exposed live wires.
Ventilation
All computer equipment should be located in a well ventilated area. All ventilation holes on the
computer casing must be kept clear of any obstruction at all times. Failure to do so will result in the
system over heating and damaging your equipment.
Working Environment
The equipment should be located in an environment free from dust, moisture and extreme changes
in temperature and should be placed on a stable and solid work surface. Liquids (hot/cold drinks etc)
should not be placed near the equipment as spillage could cause serious damage.
Gas/Flammable Liquids
Electronic equipment should never be used in the presence of gas or any flammable liquid, doing so
could result in an explosion or serious fire.
Alimentación eléctrica
Todos los productos de Datapath requieren una fuente de alimentación eléctrica. Esta fuente de
alimentación eléctrica debe ser desconectada durante las tareas de renovación o traslado.
Cables
No exponer los cables a líquidos, ya que ello puede causar un cortocircuito y, por consiguiente, daños
en el equipo. No colocar objetos pesados sobre los cables, ya que esto puede ocasionar daños y poner
al descubierto los cables vivos.
Ventilación
Todos los equipos informáticos deben estar situados en un área bien ventilada. Mantener todos los
orificios de ventilación de la carcasa del ordenador siempre libres de obstrucciones de cualquier tipo.
En caso contrario, podría producirse un sobrecalentamiento del sistema y daños en el equipo.
Entorno de trabajo
El equipo debe estar emplazado en un ambiente sin polvo, humedad ni cambios bruscos de temperatura y debe ser situado sobre una superficie estable y sólida. No colocar líquidos (bebidas calientes/
frías, etc.) cerca del equipo, ya que un derrame podría causar graves daños.
Gas/líquidos inflamables
Smoke/Unusual Smells
El equipo electrónico nunca debe ser usado en presencia de gas o líquido inflamable, ya que esto
podría causar una explosión o un incendio grave.
Should you notice smoke or unusual smells being emitted from your computer, turn off and unplug
the system from the mains supply. The system should then be passed to a qualified technician for
inspection. Continued operation could result in personal injury and damage to property.
Humo/olores inusuales
En caso de percibir humo u olores inusuales provenientes de su ordenador, apagar y desenchufar el
equipo de la red eléctrica. El sistema debe ser confiado entonces a un técnico cualificado para su
Maintenance
inspección. Si el equipo continuara funcionando, esto podría ocasionar lesiones personales y daños
materiales.
Maintenance should only be carried out by competent technicians, any Datapath plug-in cards that
are physically damaged should be returned to Datapath for repair using Datapath RMA procedures.
Disposal
At the end of life all Datapath products should be disposed of as per local laws and regulations dictate. In UK contact Datapath to arrange disposal. Our WEE registration number is WEEE/AA0005ZR.
Mantenimiento
El mantenimiento solo debe ser ejecutado por técnicos capacitados. Las tarjetas insertables (plug-in)
de Datapath que estén físicamente dañadas deben ser devueltas a Datapath para su reparación según
los procedimientos RMA (Return Merchandise Agreement) de Datapath.
Eliminación
Al final de su vida útil, todos los productos de Datapath deben ser eliminados de acuerdo con las leyes
y normativas locales. En el Reino Unido, contactar a Datapath para organizar la eliminación. Nuestro
número de registro WEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) es WEEE/AA0005ZR.
Consignes de sécurité (Fr)
Sicherheitsanweisungen (D)
Afin de ne pas endommager votre produit Datapath et d’éviter tout risque de blessure du personnel
exploitant le matériel, veuillez lire les consignes de sécurité suivantes avant toute utilisation. Ces
instructions doivent être mises à disposition de toute personne souhaitant utiliser et exploiter les
produits Datapath.
Die folgenden Sicherheitsanweisungen dienen der Vermeidung von Schäden an Ihrem DatapathProdukt und Verletzungen der Nutzer. Bitte lesen Sie sie sorgfältig durch, bevor Sie Ihr Produkt in
Betrieb nehmen. Diese Anweisungen sollten allen Personen zugänglich gemacht werden, die mit der
Nutzung und der Bedienung von Datapath-Produkten betraut sind.
Alimentation électrique
Stromversorgung
Tous les produits Datapath requièrent une alimentation électrique principale. Cette alimentation
électrique doit être interrompue en cas de mise à jour ou de relocalisation du matériel.
Alle Datapath-Produkte müssen an die Hauptstromversorgung angeschlossen werden. Die Stromversorgung muss unterbrochen werden, wenn Geräte ausgetauscht oder an einer anderen Stelle platziert
werden sollen.
Câbles
Kabel
Ne pas exposer les câbles à un liquide quelconque car cela pourrait provoquer un court-circuit susceptible d’endommager le matériel.
Kabel dürfen nicht mit Flüssigkeiten in Berührung kommen, da dadurch ein Kurzschluss und somit ein
Schaden an dem Gerät ausgelöst werden könnte. Stellen Sie außerdem keine schweren Objekte auf
die Kabel, um Schäden und offen liegende stromführende Leitungen zu vermeiden.
Ne pas placer d’objets lourds sur les câbles car cela pourrait causer des dommages et conduire éventuellement à des fils électriques dénudés.
Ventilation
Tout matériel informatique doit être disposé dans un endroit bien ventilé. Veiller à ne jamais obstruer
les orifices de ventilation du boîtier de l’ordinateur ; sinon, il y a risque de surchauffe du système et
votre matériel peut être endommagé.
Environnement de travail
Le matériel doit être placé sur une surface de travail stable et solide, dans un environnement exempt
de poussière et d’humidité et non exposé à des variations extrêmes de températures. Ne pas placer
de liquides (boissons chaudes/froides, etc.) près du matériel, car un déversement accidentel pourrait
causer de graves dommages.
Lüftung
Computerausrüstung sollte in einem gut gelüfteten Bereich aufgestellt werden. Die Lüftungslöcher
am Computergehäuse müssen stets freigehalten werden, um eine Überhitzung und somit einen
Geräteschaden zu vermeiden.
Arbeitsumgebung
Die Geräte sollten in einer staubfreien und trockenen Umgebung, in der keine extremen Temperaturänderungen zu erwarten sind, auf einer stabilen Arbeitsfläche aufgestellt werden. In der Nähe der
Geräte sollten keine Flüssigkeiten (heiße/kalte Getränke etc.) platziert werden, die verschüttet werden
und schwerwiegende Schäden anrichten könnten.
Gas/brennbare Flüssigkeiten
Elektronische Geräte sind nicht in Umgebungen zu verwenden, in denen Gas oder brennbare Flüssigkeiten vorhanden ist/sind und somit Brand- und Explosionsgefahr besteht.
Gaz/Liquides inflammables
Rauch/ungewöhnliche Gerüche
Le matériel électronique ne doit jamais être utilisé en présence de gaz ou de liquide inflammable ; cela
pourrait entraîner une explosion ou un grave incendie.
Schalten Sie das System aus und trennen Sie es von der Hauptversorgung, wenn von Ihrem Computer
Rauch ausgeht oder dieser ungewöhnliche Gerüche abgibt. Lassen Sie das System anschließend von
einem qualifizierten Techniker prüfen. Bei fortgeführtem Betrieb besteht die Gefahr von Verletzungen
und Sachschäden.
Fumée/odeurs inhabituelles
Si vous constatez la présence de fumée ou d’odeurs inhabituelles émanant de votre ordinateur,
éteignez-le et débranchez le système de l’alimentation secteur. Dans ce cas, le système devra être
confié à un technicien qualifié pour inspection. Une poursuite de son utilisation risquerait de provoquer
des blessures corporelles et des dommages matériels.
Wartung
Entretien
Entsorgung
L’entretien doit impérativement être effectué par des techniciens compétents, toute carte enfichable
Datapath physiquement endommagée est à retourner à Datapath pour réparation via la procédure
Datapath RMA.
Am Ende ihrer Nutzungsdauer sollten Datapath-Produkte gemäß den lokalen Gesetzen und
Bestimmungen entsorgt werden. Für Nutzer in Großbritannien: Bitte kontaktieren Sie Datapath, um
Vorkehrungen zur Entsorgung von Datapath-Produkten zu treffen. Unsere WEE-Registrierungsnummer lautet WEEE/AA0005ZR.
Élimination
En fin de vie, tous les produits Datapath seront éliminés conformément aux législations et réglementations locales. Au Royaume-Uni, veuillez contacter Datapath pour organiser l’élimination. Notre
numéro d’enregistrement de Déchets d’équipements électriques et électroniques : WEEE/AA0005ZR.
Wartungsarbeiten sollten nur von qualifizierten Technikern durchgeführt werden. Physisch beschädigte Plug-in-Karten von Datapath sollten zur Reparatur unter Einsatz der RMA-Verfahren von
Datapath an Datapath übergeben werden.
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Chapter 2
Introduction
The Datapath Vision range of video capture cards capture HD, HDMI, VGA/ RGB or DVI video sources
in real time enabling you to view data from PCs, MACs, industrial / medical equipment, cameras and
other video equipment.
The VisionSD8 , VisionSD4+1 and the VisionSD4+1S captures PAL, SECAM and NTSC in both composite and S-Video.
The VisionSDI2 card supports SD-SDI, HD-SDI and 3G-SDI, ideal for Multi-display presentation,
broadcasting, digital signage and machine vision. The VisionDVI-DL supports Dual-Link DVI, ideal
for display wall controllers, broadcasting, machine vision: Acquire SDI camera outputs and advanced
medical applications
The Windows® software provided with the cards allows the signal to be captured and displayed on
your desktop or recorded and saved to your hard drive.
Windows Media Encoder® may also be used to stream video across a network or save the video to
disk. Windows Media Player® can be used to display the stream or the video that has previously been
saved.
Using our SDK, you can produce or customise your own application programs.
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Chapter 3
FCC Compliance VisionRGB-E1
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with FCC Rules Part 15. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
This device may not cause harmful interference, and
This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a commercial, industrial or business environment. This equipment generates, uses
and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the manufacturers instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the
user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures.
•
Re-orient or relocate the receiving antenna
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver
•
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help
Warning! Any changes or modifications to this product not expressly approved by the manufacturer
could void any assurances of safety or performance and could result in violation of Part 15 of the FCC
Rules.
Reprinted from the Code of Federal Regulations #47, part 15.193.1993. Washington DC: Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, US Government Printing Office.
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DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
Per FCC Part 2 Section 2. 1077(a)
Responsible Party Name:
Address:
Phone:
Datapath Limited
Alfreton Road, Derby
+441332-294441
Hereby declares the product:
Product Name:
Model Number:
RGB Video Capture PCIe Card
VisionRGB-E1
Conforms to the following specifications:
FCC Part 15 Subpart b
Class A Digital Device
Supplementary Information:
This device has been shown to be in compliance with and was tested in accordance with the measurement procedures specified in the Standards & Specifications listed above and as indicated in the
measurement report number: 7G0507GUS3
Representative Persons Name: Tony Jones, Operations Director
Signature:
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Date: 22 May 2008
Introduction - VisionRGB-E1/ E1S
The VisionRGB-E1/E1S a single channel PCIe capture card can capture:
•
Component HD up to 1080P at 60 frames per second HDMI up to 1080P DVI up to 1920 x 1200 (Audio
not supported, HDCP not supported)
•
RGB/VGA up to 2048 x 1536
The data is stored in a 32MB frame buffer on the card in real time. The data is transferred using PCI bus
master DMA with scatter gather.
The data can be transferred to system memory or to off-screen memory on a Datapath graphics card
Models
VisionRGB-E1 - A single channel PCIe x4 low profile capture card - Data transfer rate 480MB/s.
VisionRGB-E1S - A single channel PCIe x4 low profile capture card - Data transfer rate 650MB/s.
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Specification - VisionRGB-E1/ VisionRGB-E1S
Board Format
Connectors
Maximum Sample Rate
Video Sampling
Video Capture Memory
Analog RGB Mode Support
DVI Single Link Mode Support
HD Modes
Input Mode Detection
Pixel Transfer Formats
Update Rate
Video Format Options:
Operating System Support
Power Requirements
Operating Temperature
Storage Temperature
Relative Humidity
Analog Input Range
Input Offset:
Hsync
Vsync
Separate Sync Polarity
Sync On Green Polarity
Inputs
Warranty
PCIe x4 low profile card, 68.mm x 167.6mm
PCIe bus master with scatter gather DMA providing maximum data
rate of 480MB/s for the VisionRGB-E1 and 650MB/s for the
VisionRGB-E1S
One DVI-I Type connector
170 Mpixels per second analog RGB or 165MHz DVI
Analog RGB: 24 bits per pixel / 8-8-8 format
32MB per channel (updated in real time). Triple buffered
640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x
1080, 2048 x 1536, Custom modes
640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x
1080, 1920 x 1200 and Custom modes
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 567p, 480p and 480i using a Component HD connector (HDCP not supported)
Automatic detection of input modes in hardware enabling the
tracking of mode changes in the source signal
RGB: 5-5-5, 5-6-5 or 8-8-8 pixels
YUV 4:2:2 modes: UYVY, YUY2 or YVYU
MONO: 8bit
User defined, captured frame rate will match the source providing
max data rate (480MB/s -VisionRGB-E1, 650MB/s -VisionRGBE1s) is
not exceeded.
Triple buffered to eliminate tearing artifacts
Analog RGB plus HSync and VSync (5 wire)
Analog RGB with Composite Sync (4 wire)
Analog RGB with Sync on Green (3 wire)
DVI Single Link
Windows® XP, Windows® Vista, Windows® Server 2003, Windows®
Server 2008 and Windows® 7 (x86 and x64 Operating Systems)
Max current at +3.3V – 0.25A
Max current at +12V – 0.5A
Max power – 6.8 Watts
0 to 35 deg C / 32 to 96 deg F
-20 to 70 deg C / -4 to 158 deg F
5% to 90% non-condensing
Min 0.5Vpp Max 1.0Vpp
+/-2V
15kHz - 110kHz
No hardware limits, typically 25Hz - 200Hz for real signals
Positive or Negative. (Separate H & V sync, Composite Sync)
Negative
75 Ohm terminated
3 years
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Unpacking
Your packing box contains the following items:
•
The VisionRGB-E1 or VisionRGB-E1S data capture card.
•
1 x DVI/VGA, 1 x DVI/Component and 1 x DVI/HDMI Adapter
•
1 x low profile card bracket
•
Installation CD ROM
If there are any discrepancies, you should contact Datapath immediately.
Note:
All plug-in cards are static sensitive and are packed in anti-static material. Please keep the card in its
packaging until you are ready to install.
It is recommended that you do not discard the packing box until you are completely satisfied with
the VisionRGB-E1/E1S capture card and it is fully installed and working correctly. We also recommend that you make a note of the serial number of the card in a prominent place before the card is
plugged into the computer. This should hasten any query should you need to contact our Technical
Support Department. The serial number is displayed on the card itself and the box label.
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Installing the Capture Card
You are likely to need a flat blade and a Phillips head screwdriver for the installation of the capture
card; it would be useful to have these to hand before you begin.
Installing the card is a simple process, follow the steps below to be up and running in a few minutes:
•
Power down the PC (including peripherals), switch off at the mains and disconnect all the cables
connected to the computer, noting the positions for accurate reconnection. Remove the PC cover
•
Locate a vacant PCIe (x4 or above) slot for the VisionRGB-E1/E1S on the motherboard and remove
the backing plate (retain all screws). If in doubt consult your motherboard documentation to correctly identify a PCIe (PCI-express) slot. If the card is forced into a 32 or 64 bit PCI or PCI-X slot it
will be irreparably damaged when the system is powered up and the warranty will be void.
•
Remove the card from its packaging and secure it firmly into the empty PCIe slot. Extreme care
should be taken when securing the card into the slot as some motherboards may have components
that impede the siting of the card
•
Screw the card bracket to the back panel of the PC and replace the cover
•
Re-connect all cables to the PC
•
Connect the cable(s) distributing the RGB/DVI/HD signals to the connectors on the VisionRGB-E1/
E1S card located on the back panel.
•
Power up the PC and commence the software installation.
Connections
The VisionRGB-E1/E1S has one DVI-I type connector.
The card is connected using:
•
DVI-D Cable
•
DVI-A Cable
•
Analog VGA (RGB) cable (adapter supplied)
•
HDMI cable (adapter supplied)
•
Component HD cable (adapter supplied)
Connect one end of the cable to the source. Connect the other end of the cable to DVI-I type connector
located on the VisionRGB-E1/E1S card in your computer
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Installing Multiple Cards
Multiple cards can be installed in a system providing a large number of capture channels. Combinations
of Vision capture cards in the same machine are supported by the driver.
To control the order in which the driver uses the cards, it is recommended when installing multiple cards
that the J5 links on the VisionRGB-E1/E1S are configured. The illustration below shows the jumper link
settings for up to 32 cards in a single system. When two cards have the same link settings, their order is
determined by the PCI bus:
Indicates link fitted
Indicates Link not fitted
DirectShow
If you change the link ordering after installation you must run dplinks.exe. This program will update the
existing input names used by the Windows ®DirectShow interface.
To run the dplinks program open the Run by clicking on Start/Run and type dplinks and then press Enter.
The program will run, however no notifications are displayed.
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Firmware Upgrades
The VisionRGB-E1/E1S cards allow firmware upgrades to be completed on site rather than returning the
card to Datapath. Whenever a firmware upgrade is performed, LK4 MUST BE FITTED on the VisionRGBE1/E1S. To perform the upgrade, follow the step-by-step instructions provided by the upgrade
application.
In the unlikely event that something goes wrong during the upgrade process (e.g. System power outage)
it is possible to revert to the factory settings by powering down the system, temporarily removing LK4
then powering up the system with the link removed. Once the system has rebooted, replace the LK4 link
(whilst the system is powered up) and restart the firmware upgrade process.
It should be noted that the latest driver installation program includes an automatic firmware update, if
required. Therefore, prior to installing the application and driver, ensure that LK4 is fitted.
Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) - Disable Links
EDID is data provided by a display monitor and sent to the graphics device detailing the monitor’s
capabilities thereby enabling a system to identify the type of monitor that is attached.
The graphics device installed on your machine will see the card as a monitor and will expect to receive the
EDID data from the card.
However, in rare circumstances it may be necessary that the VisionRGB-E1/E1S does not report an EDID of
any kind. In this instance EDID support can be disabled by removing link LK3 on the VisionRGB-E1/E1S.
Software Installation
The Vision software (driver and application) is installed by inserting the CD that was shipped with your
card into your CD ROM drive. The installation process should start automatically.
Should the CD fail to autorun use Explorer to browse the CD, locate then double click on install.exe file e.g.
d:/install.exe and click on Install Software… and follow the installation wizard instructions as prompted.
Regular software updates are available from our website: www.datapath.co.uk
Also available on the Datapath CD:
•
The Release Notes - The release notes contain the latest information on the VisionRGB-E1/E1S
including:
Installation instructions.
Release history
Known problems
Troubleshooting
•
The application Help File - Instructions on how to use the application.
•
Test patterns to assist in setting up an analog RGB source .
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Application Overview
The application displays the input source in a window; it has the following features:
•
Scales the data to fit in the window
•
Ability to set up sources accurately (settings automatically saved)
•
Save a single frame to a file in one of the following formats:
BMP, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNG
•
Print a single frame
•
Record and playback captured data using DirectShow
•
Maintain the aspect ratio of the displayed data
•
Cropping
•
Display text over the data (on-screen display)
•
Command line interface
•
Help file documenting all features
Note:
The supplied drivers and software require that you are using:
• Windows® XP, Windows® Vista, Windows® Server 2003, Windows® Server 2008 or Windows® 7
(x86 and x64 Operating Systems)
• CD / DVD ROM Drive
Using the card with other Datapath products
The VisionRGB-E1/E1S captures the data and stores it in an on-board video buffer. This data is then
copied using DMA to the host system for display, storage or streaming.
When a Datapath graphics card is used, the VisionRGB-E1/E1S transfers the data directly to the graphics card thereby increasing performance. The VisionRGB-E1/E1S sends the relevant portions of each
captured image to each display channel and instructs each channel to use its graphics engine to render
the data. This fully utilises the hardware and dramatically increases performance.
When a Direct3D compatible graphics card is used the data can be transferred direct to the graphics
card in a similar manner to the Datapath graphics card with the added benefit of non-tearing captures.
When the data is displayed on a non Datapath graphics card, the VisionRGB-E1/E1S sends the data to
system memory or direct to the graphics card, dependant on the software used for display.
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Notes:
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Chapter 4
FCC Compliance VisionRGB-E2
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with FCC Rules Part 15. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
This device may not cause harmful interference, and
This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a commercial, industrial or business environment. This equipment
generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance
with the manufacturers instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures.
•
Re-orient or relocate the receiving antenna
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver
•
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help
Warning! Any changes or modifications to this product not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void any assurances of safety or performance and could result in violation of Part 15 of
the FCC Rules.
Reprinted from the Code of Federal Regulations #47, part 15.193.1993. Washington DC: Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records
Administration, US Government Printing Office.
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DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
Per FCC Part 2 Section 2. 1077(a)
Responsible Party Name:
Address:
Phone:
Datapath Limited
Alfreton Road, Derby
+441332-294441
Hereby declares the product:
Product Name:
Model Number:
RGB Video Capture PCIe Card
VisionRGB-E2
Conforms to the following specifications:
FCC Part 15 Subpart b
Class A Digital Device
Supplementary Information:
This device has been shown to be in compliance with and was tested in accordance with the measurement procedures specified in the Standards & Specifications listed above and as indicated in the
measurement report number: 7G0507GUS3
Representative Persons Name: Tony Jones, Operations Director
Signature:
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Date: 09 September 2009
Introduction – VisionRGB-E2/E2S
The VisionRGB-E2/E2S, a dual channel PCIe capture card can capture:
•
Component HD up to 1080P at 60 frames per second
•
HDMI up to 1080P (Audio not supported, HDCP not supported)
•
DVI up to 1920 x 1200
•
RGB/VGA up to 2048 x 1536
The data is stored in a 32MB frame buffer on the card in real time. The data is transferred using PCI bus
master DMA with scatter gather.
The data can be transferred to system memory or to off-screen memory on a Datapath graphics card.
Models
VisionRGB-E2/E2S - A dual channel PCIe x4 low profile capture card.
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Specification - VisionRGB-E2/E2S
Board Format
Connectors
Maximum Sample Rate
Video Sampling
Video Capture Memory
Analog RGB Mode Support
DVI Single Link Mode Support
HD Modes
Input Mode Detection
Pixel Transfer Formats
Update Rate
Video Format Options:
Operating System Support
Power Requirements
Operating Temperature
Storage Temperature
Relative Humidity
Analog Input Range
Input Offset:
Hsync
Vsync
Separate Sync Polarity
Sync On Green Polarity
Inputs
Warranty
PCIe half size plug-in card, 110mm x 170mm
PCIe bus master with scatter gather DMA providing maximum data
rate of 480MB/s for the VisionRGB-E2 and 650MB/s for the
VisionRGB-E2S
Two DVI-I Type connectors
170 Mpixels per second analog RGB or 165MHz DVI
Analog RGB: 24 bits per pixel / 8-8-8 format
64MB (updated in real time). Triple buffered
640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x
1080, 2048 x 1536, Custom modes
640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x
1080, 1920 x 1200 and Custom modes
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 567p, 480p and 480i using a Component HD
connector (HDCP not supported)
Automatic detection of input modes in hardware enabling the
tracking of mode changes in the source signal
RGB: 5-5-5, 5-6-5 or 8-8-8 pixels
YUV 4:2:2 modes: UYVY, YUY2 or YVYU
MONO: 8bit
User defined, captured frame rate will match the source providing
max data rate (480MB/s -VisionRGB-E2, 650MB/s -VisionRGBE2S) is
not exceeded.
Triple buffered to eliminate tearing artifacts
Analog RGB plus HSync and VSync (5 wire)
Analog RGB with Composite Sync (4 wire)
Analog RGB with Sync on Green (3 wire)
DVI Single Link
Windows® XP, Windows® Vista, Windows® Server 2003, Windows®
Server 2008 and Windows® 7 (x86 and x64 Operating Systems)
Max current at +3.3V – 0.25A
Max current at +12V – 1.2A
Max power – 15 Watts
0 to 35 deg C / 32 to 96 deg F
-20 to 70 deg C / -4 to 158 deg F
5% to 90% non-condensing
Min 0.5Vpp Max 1.0Vpp
+/-2V
15kHz - 110kHz
No hardware limits, typically 25Hz - 200Hz for real signals
Positive or Negative. (Separate H & V sync, Composite Sync)
Negative
75 Ohm terminated
3 years
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Unpacking
Your packing box contains the following items:
•
The VisionRGB-E2/E2S
•
2 x DVI/VGA, 1 x DVI/Component and 1 x DVI/HDMI Adapter
•
Installation CD ROM
If there are any discrepancies, you should contact Datapath immediately.
Note:
All plug-in cards are static sensitive and are packed in anti-static material. Please keep the card in its
packaging until you are ready to install.
It is recommended that you do not discard the packing box until you are completely satisfied with the
VisionRGB-E2/E2S capture card and it is fully installed and working correctly. We also recommend
that you make a note of the serial number of the card in a prominent place before the card is plugged
into the computer. This should hasten any query should you need to contact our Technical Support
Department. The serial number is displayed on the card itself and the box label.
Installing the Capture Card
You are likely to need a flat blade and a Phillips head screwdriver for the installation of the capture card; it
would be useful to have these to hand before you begin.
Installing the card is a simple process, follow the steps below to be up and running in a few minutes:
•
Power down the PC (including peripherals), switch off at the mains and disconnect all the cables connected to the computer, noting the positions for accurate reconnection. Remove the PC cover
•
Locate a vacant PCIe (x4 or above) slot for the VisionRGB-E2/E2S on the motherboard and remove the
backing plate (retain all screws). If in doubt consult your motherboard documentation to correctly
identify a PCIe (PCI-express) slot. If the card is forced into a 32 or 64 bit PCI or PCI-X slot it will be
irreparably damaged when the system is powered up and the warranty will be void.
•
Remove the card from its packaging and secure it firmly into the empty PCIe slot. Extreme care should
be taken when securing the card into the slot as some motherboards may have components that
impede the siting of the card
•
Screw the card bracket to the back panel of the PC and replace the cover
•
Re-connect all cables to the PC
•
Connect the cable(s) distributing the HD/HDMI/RGB/DVI signals to the connectors on the VisionRGBE2/E2S card located on the back panel.
•
Power up the PC and commence the software installation.
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Connections
The VisionRGB-E2/E2S card has two DVI-I type connectors for two separate, simultaneous inputs. The top
connector is referred to as Channel 1, the bottom connector, Channel 2.
•
Connect to the source using:
•
DVI-D Cable
•
DVI-A Cable
•
Analog VGA (RGB) cable (adapter supplied)
•
HDMI cable (adapter supplied)
•
Component HD cable (adapter supplied)
Connect one end of the cable to the source. Connect the other end of the cable to DVI-I type connector
located on the VisionRGB-E2/E2S card in your computer.
Installing Multiple Cards
Multiple cards can be installed in a system providing a large number of capture channels. Combinations of
Vision capture cards in the same machine are supported by the driver.
To control the order in which the driver uses the cards, it is recommended when installing multiple cards
that the J6 links on the VisionRGB-E2/E2S are configured. The illustration below shows the jumper link
settings for up to 32 cards in a single system. When two cards have the same link settings, their order is
determined by the PCI bus:
Indicates link fitted
Indicates Link not fitted
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DirectShow
If you change the link ordering after installation you must run dplinks.exe. This program will update the
existing input names used by the windows DirectShow interface.
To run the dplinks program open the Run by clicking on Start/Run and type dplinks and then press Enter.
The program will run, however no notifications are displayed.
Firmware Upgrades
The VisionRGB-E2/E2S cards allow firmware upgrades to be completed on site rather than returning the
card to Datapath. Whenever a firmware upgrade is performed, LK1 MUST BE FITTED on the VisionRGBE2/E2S. To perform the upgrade, follow the step-by-step instructions provided by the upgrade
application.
In the unlikely event that something goes wrong during the upgrade process (e.g. System power outage)
it is possible to revert to the factory settings by powering down the system, temporarily removing LK1
then powering up the system with the link removed. Once the system has rebooted, replace the LK1 link
(whilst the system is powered up) and restart the firmware upgrade process.
It should be noted that the latest driver installation program includes an automatic firmware update, if
required. Therefore, prior to installing the application and driver, ensure that LK1 is fitted.
Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) - Disable Links
EDID is data provided by a display monitor and sent to the graphics device detailing a monitors
capabilities thereby enabling a system to identify the type of monitor that is attached.
The graphics device installed on your machine will see the card as a monitor and will expect to receive the
EDID data from the card.
However, in rare circumstances it may be necessary that the VisionRGB-E2/E2S does not report an EDID of
any kind. In this instance EDID support can be disabled by removing links LK2 or LK3.
Removing the LK2 link will disable the EDID function on Channel 1 and removing LK3 will disable the EDID
function on Channel 2.
Software Installation
The VisionRGB software (driver and application) is installed by inserting the CD that was shipped with your
card into your CD ROM drive. The installation process should start automatically.
Should the CD fail to autorun use Explorer to browse the CD, locate then double click on install.exe
file e.g. d:/install.exe and click on Install Software… and follow the installation wizard instructions as
prompted.
Regular software updates are available from our website: www.datapath.co.uk
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Also available on the Datapath CD:
•
The Release Notes - The release notes contain the latest information on the VisionRGB-E2/E2S
Installation instructions.
Release history
Known problems
Troubleshooting
•
The application Help File - Instructions on how to use the application. The help file is in d:/software/
rgbx.chm
•
Test patterns to assist in setting up an analog RGB / DVI source (see help file topic How to set up an
RGB / DVI Source)
Application Overview
The application displays the analog RGB / DVI source in a window; it has the following features:
•
Scales the analog RGB / DVI data to fit in the window
•
Ability to set up analog RGB / DVI sources accurately (settings automatically saved)
•
Save a single frame to a file in one of the following formats:
BMP, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNG
•
Print a single frame
•
Record and playback captured data using DirectShow
•
Maintain the aspect ratio of the displayed RGB / DVI data
•
Cropping
•
Display text over the analog RGB / DVI data (on-screen display)
•
Command line interface
•
Help file documenting all features
Note:
The supplied drivers and software require that you are using:
• Windows® XP, Windows® Vista, Windows® Server 2003, Windows® Server 2008 or Windows® 7
(x86 and x64 Operating Systems)
• CD / DVD ROM Drive
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Using the card with other Datapath products
The VisionRGB-E2/E2S captures the HD/HDMI/analog RGB/DVI data and stores it in an on-board video
buffer. This data is then copied using DMA to the host system for display, storage or streaming.
When a Datapath graphics card is used, VisionRGB-E2/E2S transfers the data directly to the graphics card
thereby increasing performance. The VisionRGB-E2/E2S sends the relevant portions of each captured image to each display channel and instructs each channel to use its graphics engine to render the data. This
fully utilises the hardware and dramatically increases performance.
When a Direct3D compatible graphics card is used the data can be transferred direct to the graphics card
in a similar manner to the Datapath graphics card with the same benefit of non-tearing captures.
When the RGB/DVI data is displayed on a non Datapath graphics card, the VisionRGB-E2/E2S sends the
data to system memory or direct to the graphics card, dependant on the software used for display.
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Chapter 5
FCC Compliance VisionRGB-X2
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with FCC Rules Part 15. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
This device may not cause harmful interference, and
This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a commercial, industrial or business environment. This equipment generates, uses
and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
manufacturers instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there
is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment
off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures.
•
Re-orient or relocate the receiving antenna
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver
•
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help
Warning! Any changes or modifications to this product not expressly approved by the manufacturer
could void any assurances of safety or performance and could result in violation of Part 15 of the FCC
Rules.
Reprinted from the Code of Federal Regulations #47, part 15.193.1993. Washington DC: Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, US Government Printing Office.
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DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
Per FCC Part 2 Section 2. 1077(a)
Responsible Party Name:
Address:
Phone:
Datapath Limited
Alfreton Road, Derby
+441332-294441
Hereby declares the product:
Product Name:
Model Number:
RGB Video Capture PCI-X Card
VisionRGB-X2
Conforms to the following specifications:
FCC Part 15 Subpart b
Class B Digital Device
Supplementary Information:
This device has been shown to be in compliance with and was tested in accordance with the measurement procedures specified in the Standards & Specifications listed above and as indicated in the
measurement report number: 03U2396-1
Representative Persons Name: Tony Jones, Operations Director
Signature:
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Date: 17 January 2008
Introduction - VisionRGB-X2
The VisionRGB-X2, a dual channel PCI-X capture card can capture:
•
Component HD up to 1080P at 60 frames per second
•
HDMI up to 1080P ( Audio not supported, HDCP not supported)
•
DVI up to 1920 x 1200
•
RGB/VGA up to 2048 x 1536
The data is stored in a 32MB frame buffer on the card in real time. The data is transferred using PCI bus
master DMA with scatter gather.
The data can be transferred to system memory or to off-screen memory on a Datapath graphics card.
Models
VisionRGB-X2 - A dual channel PCI-X capture card.
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Specification - VisionRGB-X2
Board Format
Connectors
Maximum Sample Rate
Video Sampling
Video Capture Memory
Analog RGB Mode Support
DVI Single Link Mode Support
HD Modes
Input Mode Detection
Pixel Transfer Formats
Update Rate
Video Format Options:
Operating System Support
Power Requirements
Operating Temperature
Storage Temperature
Relative Humidity
Analog Input Range
Input Offset:
Hsync
Vsync
Separate Sync Polarity
Sync On Green Polarity
Inputs
Warranty
64 bit, up to 66MHz PCI-X, half size plug-in card 105mm x 170mm.
PCI bus master with scatter gather DMA providing maximum data
rate of 480MB/s
Two DVI-I Type connectors
170 Mpixels per second analog RGB or 165MHz DVI
Analog RGB: 24 bits per pixel / 8-8-8 format
64MB (updated in real time). Triple buffered
640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x
1080, 2048 x 1536, Custom modes
640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x
1080 Custom modes
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 567p, 480p and 480i using a Component HD
connector (HDCP not supported)
Automatic detection of input modes in hardware enabling the
tracking of mode changes in the source signal
RGB: 5-5-5, 5-6-5 or 8-8-8 pixels
YUV 4:2:2 modes: UYVY, YUY2 or YVYU
MONO: 8bit
User defined, typically up to 60 frames per second, limited by
available PCI-X or PCIe bandwidth
Triple buffered to eliminate tearing artifacts
Analog RGB plus HSync and VSync (5 wire)
Analog RGB with Composite Sync (4 wire)
Analog RGB with Sync on Green (3 wire)
DVI Single Link
Windows® XP, Windows® Vista, Windows® Server 2003, Windows®
Server 2008 and Windows® 7 (x86 and x64 Operating Systems)
Max current at +3.3V – 0.5A
Max current at +5V – 1.7A
Max power - 10 Watts
0 to 35 deg C / 32 to 96 deg F
-20 to 70 deg C / -4 to 158 deg F
5% to 90% non-condensing
Min 0.5Vpp Max 1.0Vpp
+/-2V
15kHz - 110kHz
No hardware limits, typically 25Hz - 200Hz for real signals
Positive or Negative. (Separate H & V sync, Composite Sync)
Negative
75 Ohm terminated
1 year
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Unpacking
Your packing box contains the following items:
•
The VisionRGB-X2
•
2 x DVI/VGA, 1 x DVI/Component and 1 x DVI/HDMI Adapter
•
Installation CD ROM
If there are any discrepancies, you should contact Datapath immediately.
Note:
All plug-in cards are static sensitive and are packed in anti-static material. Please keep the card in its
packaging until you are ready to install.
It is recommended that you do not discard the packing box until you are completely satisfied with the
VisionRGB-X2 capture card and it is fully installed and working correctly. We also recommend that
you make a note of the serial number of the card in a prominent place before the card is plugged into
the computer. This should hasten any query should you need to contact our Technical Support
Department. The serial number is displayed on the card itself and the box label.
Installing the Capture Card
You are likely to need a flat blade and a Phillips head screwdriver for the installation of the capture
card; it would be useful to have these to hand before you begin.
Installing the card is a simple process, follow the steps below to be up and running in a few minutes:
• Power down the PC (including peripherals), switch off at the mains and disconnect all the cables
connected to the computer, noting the positions for accurate reconnection. Remove the PC cover
• Locate a vacant PCI-X slot for the VisionRGB-X2 on the motherboard and remove the backing
plate (retain all screws). If in doubt consult your motherboard documentation to correctly identify a
PCI-X slot. If the card is forced into a non PCI-X slot it will be irreparably damaged when the system is
powered up and the warranty will be void.
• Remove the card from its packaging and secure it firmly into the empty PCI-X slot. Extreme care
should be taken when securing the card into the slot as some motherboards may have
components that impede the siting of the card
• Screw the card bracket to the back panel of the PC and replace the cover
• Re-connect all cables to the PC
• Connect the cable(s) distributing the HD/HDMI/RGB/DVI signals to the connectors on the VisionRGB-X2 card located on the back panel.
• Power up the PC and commence the software installation.
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Connections
The VisionRGB-X2 has two DVI-I type connectors for two separate, simultaneous inputs. The top
connector is referred to as Channel 1, the bottom connector, Channel 2.
Connect to the source using:
•
DVI-D Cable
•
DVI-A Cable
•
Analog VGA (RGB) cable (adapter supplied)
•
HDMI cable (adapter supplied)
•
Component HD cable (adapter supplied)
Connect one end of the cable to the input source. Connect the other end of the cable to DVI-I type
connector located on the VisionRGB-X2 card in your computer.
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Installing Multiple Cards
Multiple cards can be installed in a system providing a large number of capture channels. Combinations of
Vision capture cards in the same machine are supported by the driver.
In order to control the order in which the driver uses the cards, it is recommended when installing multiple
cards that the J6 links on the VisionRGB-X2 are configured. The illustration below shows the jumper link
settings for up to 32 cards in a single system. When two cards have the same link settings, their order is
determined by the PCI bus:
Indicates link fitted
Indicates Link not fitted
DirectShow
If you change the link ordering after installation you must run dplinks.exe. This program will update the
existing input names used by the windows DirectShow interface.
To run the dplinks program open the Run by clicking on Start/Run and type dplinks and then press Enter.
The program will run, however no notifications are displayed.
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Firmware Upgrades
The VisionRGB-X2 card allows firmware upgrades to be completed on site rather than returning the card
to Datapath. Whenever a firmware upgrade is performed, LK1 MUST BE FITTED on the VisionRGB-X2. To
perform the upgrade, follow the step-by-step instructions provided by the upgrade application.
In the unlikely event that something goes wrong during the upgrade process (e.g. System power outage)
it is possible to revert to the factory settings by powering down the system, temporarily removing LK1
then powering up the system with the link removed. Once the system has rebooted, replace the LK1 link
(whilst the system is powered up) and restart the firmware upgrade process.
It should be noted that the latest driver installation program includes an automatic firmware update, if
required. Therefore, prior to installing the application and driver, ensure that LK1 is fitted.
Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) - Disable Links
EDID is data provided by a display monitor and sent to the graphics device detailing monitors capabilities
thereby enabling a system to identify the type of monitor that is attached.
The graphics device installed on your machine will see the card as a monitor and will expect to receive the
EDID data from the card.
However, in rare circumstances it may be necessary that the VisionRGB-X2 does not report an EDID of any
kind. In this instance EDID support can be disabled by removing links LK2 or LK3.
Removing the LK2 link on the VisionRGB-X2 card will disable the EDID function on Channel 1 and
removing LK3 will disable the EDID function on Channel 2.
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Software Installation
The Vision software (driver and application) is installed by inserting the CD that was shipped with your
card into your CD ROM drive. The installation process should start automatically.
Should the CD fail to autorun use Explorer to browse the CD, locate then double click on install.exe file e.g.
d:/install.exe and click on Install Software… and follow the installation wizard instructions as prompted.
Regular software updates are available from our website: www.datapath.co.uk
Also available on the Datapath CD:
•
The Release Notes - The release notes contain the latest information on the VisionRGB-X2
Installation instructions.
Release history
Known problems
Troubleshooting
•
The application Help File - Instructions on how to use the application.
•
Test patterns to assist in setting up an analog RGB / DVI source (see help file topic How to set up an
RGB / DVI Source)
Application Overview
The application displays the analog RGB / DVI source in a window; it has the following features:
•
Scales the analog RGB / DVI data to fit in the window
•
Ability to set up analog RGB / DVI sources accurately (settings automatically saved)
•
Save a single frame to a file in one of the following formats:
•
BMP, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNG
•
Print a single frame
•
Record and playback captured data using DirectShow
•
Maintain the aspect ratio of the displayed RGB / DVI data
•
Cropping
•
Display text over the analog RGB / DVI data (on-screen display)
•
Command line interface
•
Help file documenting all features
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Note:
The supplied drivers and software require that you are using:
• Windows® XP, Windows® Vista, Windows® Server 2003, Windows® Server 2008 or Windows®
7 (x86 and x64 Operating Systems)
• CD / DVD ROM Drive
Using the card with other Datapath products
The VisionRGB-X2 captures the HD/HDMI/ RGB/DVI data and stores it in an on-board video buffer.
This data is then copied using DMA to the host system for display, storage or streaming.
When a Datapath graphics card is used, the VisionRGB-X2 transfers the data directly to the graphics
card thereby increasing performance. The VisionRGB-X2 sends the relevant portions of each
captured image to each display channel and instructs each channel to use its graphics engine to
render the data. This fully utilises the hardware and dramatically increases performance.
When a Direct3D compatible graphics card is used the data can be transferred direct to the graphics
card in a similar manner to the Datapath graphics card with the same benefit of non-tearing
captures.
When the data is displayed on a non Datapath graphics card, the VisionRGB-X2 sends the data to
system memory or direct to the graphics card, dependant on the software used for display.
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Chapter 6
FCC Compliance VisionSD8
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with FCC Rules Part 15. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
This device may not cause harmful interference, and
This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a commercial, industrial or business environment. This equipment generates, uses
and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
manufacturers instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is
no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures.
•
Re-orient or relocate the receiving antenna
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver
•
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help
Warning! Any changes or modifications to this product not expressly approved by the manufacturer
could void any assurances of safety or performance and could result in violation of Part 15 of the FCC
Rules.
Reprinted from the Code of Federal Regulations #47, part 15.193.1993. Washington DC: Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, US Government Printing Office.
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DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
Per FCC Part 2 Section 2. 1077(a)
Responsible Party Name:
Address:
Phone:
Datapath Limited
Alfreton Road, Derby
+441332-294441
Hereby declares the product:
Product Name:
Model Number:
SD Video Capture PCI-e x4 Card
VisionSD8
Conforms to the following specifications:
FCC Part 15 Subpart b
Class A Digital Device
Supplementary Information:
This device has been shown to be in compliance with and was tested in accordance with the measurement procedures specified in the Standards & Specifications listed above and as indicated in the
measurement report number: 9G2498GUS2
Representative Persons Name: Tony Jones, Operations Director
Signature:
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Date: 09 September 2009
Introduction – VisionSD8
The VisionSD8 is an eight channel PCI express video capture card. The card supports PAL, NTSC and
SECAM in both composite and S-Video input formats, supports de-interlaced video capture and allows
display at 25/30 frames/sec for real-time video overlays.
The Windows® software provided with the card allows the analog video signal to be captured and
displayed on your desktop.
Windows Media Encoder® may also be used to stream video across a network or save the video to disk.
Windows Media Player® can be used to display the stream or the video that has previously been saved.
Hardware Overview
The VisionSD8 is an eight channel PCIe capture card and can capture up to 8x 720x576x16bit from eight
simultaneous capture channels for real time video overlays.
•
Four Lane PCI express video capture card
•
Eight simultaneous capture channels
•
Support for any mix of NTSC,PAL and SECAM
•
Eight composite/S-Video inputs
•
32MB on board frame buffer
•
Auto video mode and no-signal detection
•
Daisy chain input to output with selectable termination
•
High performance DMA with scatter gather
•
Data Transfer at 480MB/s
•
Supports up to 16 windows with any mix of input channels
•
SDK available for OEM customers
Models
VisionSD8 - Eight channel PCIe capture card
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Specification - VisionSD8
Board Format
Connectors
Maximum Capture Resolution
Frame Buffer Memory
4 lane PCI express 110x170mm (approx)
Two 26 Way D Connectors
8x 720x576x16bit
32MB
Supported Video Formats
Operating System Support
PAL, NTSC, SECAM or S-Video for SD inputs.
Windows® XP Professional (x86 and x64), Windows® Server 2003
(x86 and x64), Windows Vista® (x86 and x64), Windows® Server
2008 (x86 and x64) and Windows 7
16 (128 capture channels)
Max Number of Cards per
System
Power Requirements
Operating Temperature
Storage Temperature
Relative Humidity
MTBF
Warranty
Max current at +3.3V – 0.25A
Max current at +12V – 0.6A
0 to 35 deg C / 32 to 96 deg F
-20 to 70 deg C / -4 to 158 deg F
5% to 90% non-condensing
100,000hrs
3 years
Unpacking
Your packing box contains the following items:
•
VisionSD8
•
BNC16 Input Cable
•
Installation CD ROM
If there are any discrepancies, you should contact Datapath immediately.
Note:
All plug-in cards are static sensitive and are packed in anti-static material. Please keep the card in its
packaging until you are ready to install.
It is recommended that you do not discard the packing box until you are completely satisfied with
the VisionSD8 video capture card and it is fully installed and working correctly. We also recommend
that you make a note of the serial number of the card in a prominent place before the card is plugged
into the computer. This should hasten any query should you need to contact our Technical Support
Department. The serial number is displayed on the card itself and the box label.
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Installing the VisionSD8 Capture Card
You are likely to need a flat blade and a Phillips head screwdriver for the installation of the capture card; it
would be useful to have these to hand before you begin.
Installing the card is a simple process, follow the steps below to be up and running in a few minutes:
•
Power down the PC (including peripherals), switch off at the mains and disconnect all the cables
connected to the computer, noting the positions for accurate reconnection. Remove the PC cover
•
Locate a vacant PCIe (x4 or above) slot on the motherboard and remove the backing plate (retain all
screws). If in doubt consult your motherboard documentation to correctly identify a PCIe (PCI-express) slot. If the card is forced into a 32 or 64 bit PCI or PCI-X slot it will be irreparably damaged when
the system is powered up and the warranty will be void.
•
Remove the card from its packaging and secure it firmly into the empty PCIe slot. Extreme care should
be taken when securing the card into the slot as some motherboards may have components that
impede the siting of the card
•
Screw the card bracket to the back panel of the PC and replace the cover
•
Re-connect all cables to the PC
•
Connect the BNC16 Input cable
•
Power up the PC and commence the software installation
Connections
The VisionSD8 has two 26 Way D- type connectors. Either connector can be used to input video signals
using a 16-way splitter cable (provided). The splitter cable consists of 16 BNC sockets numbered 1-16,
connected to a 26-way D connector. To connect a video input, connect the Composite/S-Video Luma and
Chroma as indicated in the table below.
Input
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Composite/S-Video Luma = BNC
Connector
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
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Chroma = BNC Connector
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
Video Passthrough
By connecting a second BNC16 Input Cable (available from Datapath) to the second VisionSD8
connector it is possible to daisy-chain the video signals to another device. In this case the video will
normally be terminated on the downstream device; therefore, the inbuilt terminations on the Vision SD8
should be disabled by removing the links as shown in the following table:
Video Input
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Termination Links
J2 + J6
J7 + J9
J12 + J13
J10+J11
J14+J17
J15+J16
J18+J21
J19+J20
Installing Multiple Cards
Multiple cards can be installed in a system providing a large number of capture channels. Combinations of
Vision capture cards in the same machine are supported by the driver.
To control the order in which the driver uses the cards, it is recommended when installing multiple cards
that the J5 links on the VisionSD8 are configured. The illustration below shows the jumper link settings for
up to 32 cards in a single system. When two cards have the same link settings, their order is determined
by the PCI bus:
Indicates link fitted
Indicates Link not fitted
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DirectShow
If you change the link ordering after installation you must run dplinks.exe. This program will update the
existing input names used by the windows DirectShow interface.
To run the dplinks program open the Run by clicking on Start/Run and type dplinks and then press Enter.
The program will run, however no notifications are displayed.
Firmware Upgrades
The VisionSD8 card allows firmware upgrades to be completed on site rather than returning the card to
Datapath. Whenever a firmware upgrade is performed, LK4 MUST BE FITTED on the VisionSD8. To
perform the upgrade, follow the step-by-step instructions provided by the upgrade application.
In the unlikely event that something goes wrong during the upgrade process (e.g. System power outage)
it is possible to revert to the factory settings by powering down the system, temporarily removing LK4
then powering up the system with the link removed. Once the system has rebooted, replace the LK4 link
(whilst the system is powered up) and restart the firmware upgrade process.
It should be noted that the driver installation program (Version 01.07.00 and above) includes an automatic
firmware update, if required. Therefore, prior to installing the application and driver, ensure that LK4 is
fitted.
Software Installation
The Vision software (driver and application) is installed by inserting the CD that was shipped with your
card into your CD ROM drive. The installation process should start automatically.
Should the CD fail to autorun use Explorer to browse the CD, locate then double click on install.exe file e.g.
d:/install.exe and click on Install Software… and follow the installation wizard instructions as prompted.
Regular software updates are available from our website: www.datapath.co.uk
Also available on the Datapath CD:
•
The Release Notes - The release notes contain the latest information on the VisionSD8
Installation instructions
Release history
Known problems
Troubleshooting
•
The application Help File - Instructions on how to use the application.
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Application Overview
The application displays the video source in a window; it has the following features:
•
Scales the video data to fit in the window
•
Save a single frame to a file in one of the following formats:
BMP, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNG
•
Print a single frame
•
Record and playback captured data using DirectShow
•
Maintain the aspect ratio of the displayed video data
•
Cropping
•
Display text over the video data (on-screen display)
•
Command line interface
•
Help file documenting all features
Note:
The supplied drivers and software require that you are using:
•
Windows® XP PRO/Server 2003/Server 2008, Windows®Vista or Windows® 7
•
CD / DVD ROM Drive
Using the card with other Datapath products
The VisionSD8 captures video data and stores it in an on-board video buffer. This data is then copied using
bus master DMA to the host system for display, storage or streaming.
When a Datapath graphics card is used, the VisionSD8 transfers the data directly to the graphics card
thereby increasing performance. The VisionSD8 sends the relevant portions of each captured image to
each display channel and instructs each channel to use its graphics engine to render the data. This fully
utilises the hardware and dramatically increases performance.
When a Direct3D compatible graphics card is used the data can be transferred direct to the graphics card
in a similar manner to the Datapath graphics card with the same benefit of non-tearing captures.
When the video data is displayed on a non Datapath graphics card, the VisionSD8 sends the data to
system memory or direct to the graphics card, dependant on the software used for display.
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Chapter 7
FCC Compliance VisionSD4+1
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with FCC Rules Part 15. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
This device may not cause harmful interference, and
This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a commercial, industrial or business environment. This equipment generates,
uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
manufacturers instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there
is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
measures.
•
Re-orient or relocate the receiving antenna
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver
•
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help
Warning! Any changes or modifications to this product not expressly approved by the manufacturer
could void any assurances of safety or performance and could result in violation of Part 15 of the FCC
Rules.
Reprinted from the Code of Federal Regulations #47, part 15.193.1993. Washington DC: Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, US Government Printing Office.
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DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
Per FCC Part 2 Section 2. 1077(a)
Responsible Party Name:
Address:
Phone:
Datapath Limited
Alfreton Road, Derby
+441332-294441
Hereby declares the product:
Product Name:
Model Number:
SD Video/RGB/DVI Capture PCI-e x4 Card
VisionSD4+1 (DGC 151)
Conforms to the following specifications:
FCC Part 15 Subpart b
Class A Digital Device
Supplementary Information:
This device has been shown to be in compliance with and was tested in accordance with the measurement procedures specified in the Standards & Specifications listed above and as indicated in the
measurement report number: 9G2498GUS2
Representative Persons Name: Tony Jones, Operations Director
Signature:
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Date: 09 September 2009
Introduction – VisionSD4+1/SD4+1S
The VisionSD4+1/SD4+1S is an ideal solution for applications that require the capture of up to four SD video
sources and a single Component HD/HDMI/RGB/DVI source simultaneously. Typical applications include:
•
Viewing Analog or DVI sources from PCs, MACs, Industrial/medical equipment, cameras and other video
equipment
•
Streaming video applications
•
Video/Data Wall Controllers
The VisionSD4+1/SD4+1S is a four channel PCI express video capture card. The card supports PAL, NTSC and
SECAM in both composite and S-Video input formats, supports de-interlaced video capture and displays at
25/30 frames/sec for real-time video windows.
In addition, the VisionSD4+1/SD4+1S is also a single channel PCIe capture card, able to capture:
•
Component HD up to 1080P at 60 frames per second
•
HDMI up to 1080P ( Audio not supported, HDCP not supported)
•
DVI up to 1920 x 1200
•
RGB/VGA up to 2048 x 1536
The data is stored in two 32MB frame buffers on the card in real time. The data is transferred using PCI bus
master DMA with scatter gather. The data can be transferred to system memory, to off-screen
memory on a Datapath graphics card or via Direct 3D to third party graphics cards.
Windows Media Encoder® may also be used to stream video across a network or save the video to disk. Windows Media Player® can be used to display the stream or the video that has previously been saved.
Hardware Overview
•
Four channel SD Video and a single channel RGB/DVI/Component video capture card
•
Four Lane PCIe interface with a maximum data rate of 480MB/sec for the VisionSD4+1 and 650MB/sec
for the VisionSD4+1S
•
Maximum analog RGB capture resolution of 2048 x 1536 x 24bit
•
Maximum DVI capture resolution of 1920 x 1200 x 24bit
•
HD modes (HDCP not supported)
•
Four SD capture channels for PAL/NTSC, SECAM (composite or S-Video inputs)
•
On card processor for real time mode and sync detection
•
Support for multiple cards allowing up to 128 SD capture channels and 32 DVI-I capture channels. (32
cards)
•
Direct DMA driver software and streaming driver
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•
High quality down scaling
•
Support for YUV 4:2:2, RGB 5:5:5, 5:6:5 and 8:8:8 video formats
•
High performance DMA to system memory or direct to graphics memory with scatter gather
•
Support for separate H/V sync, Composite sync or Sync on Green
•
Support for Windows® XP/Vista/Server 2003/Server 2008/Windows 7
Models
VisionSD4+1 - Maximum data capture rate 480MB/s.
VisionSD4+1S - Maximum data capture rate 650MB/s.
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Specification
Board Format
Connectors
Maximum Sample Rate:(RGB/DVI)
Video Sampling
SD Maximum Capture Resolution
Video Capture Memory
Analog RGB Mode Support
DVI Single Link Mode Support
HD Modes
Input Mode Detection
Pixel Output Formats
Update Rate
Video Format Options
PCI-e x4 plug-in card, 110mm x 204mm.
PCI-e bus master with scatter gather DMA providing maximum
data rate of 480MB/s for the VisionSD4+1 and 650MB/s for the
VisionSD4+1S.
One DVI-I type connector and one D-type connector for SD
inputs.
170Mpixels per second analog RGB or 165 MHz DVI.
Analog modes up to 340MHz pixel clock can be captured using
dual-pass sampling.
RGB: 24 bits per pixel / 8-8-8 format.
Video: 16bits per pixel/YUV format.
720x576x16bit
64 MB, triple buffered
640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200,
1920x1080, 2048x1536, custom modes.
640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024, 1600 x 1200,
1920x1080, 1900 x 1200, and custom modes.
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p and 480i using a Component HD-DVI Adapter (HDCP not supported).
Automatic detection of input modes in hardware, enabling the
tracking of mode changes in the source signal.
RGB: 5-5-5, 5-6-5 or 8-8-8 (24bit/32bit) pixels.
YUV: 4:2:2
User defined, captured frame rate will match the source
providing max data rate (480MB/s VisionSD4+1, 650MB/s
VisionSD4+1S) is not exceeded.
Multi-buffered to eliminate tearing artifacts.
Analog RGB plus HSync and VSync (5 wire).
Analog RGB with Composite Sync (4 wire).
Analog RGB with Sync on Green (3 wire).
DVI Single Link.
Operating System Support
Warranty
PAL, NTSC, SECAM or S-Video for SD inputs.
Windows® XP Professional (x32 and x64), Windows® Server
2003 (x32 and x64), Windows Vista® (x32 and x64), Windows®
Server 2008 (x32 and x64) and Windows 7®.
3 years.
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Unpacking
Your packing box contains the following items:
•
VisionSD4+1 or VisionSD4+1S
•
SD4-Cable
•
1 x DVI/VGA, 1 x DVI/Component and 1 x DVI/HDMI Adapter
•
Installation CD ROM
If there are any discrepancies, you should contact Datapath immediately.
Note:
All plug-in cards are static sensitive and are packed in anti-static material. Please keep the card in its
packaging until you are ready to install.
It is recommended that you do not discard the packing box until you are completely satisfied with the
VisionSD4+1/SD4+1S video capture card and it is fully installed and working correctly. We also recommend that you make a note of the serial number of the card in a prominent place before the card is
plugged into the computer. This should hasten any query should you need to contact our Technical
Support Department. The serial number is displayed on the card itself and the box label.
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Installing the VisionSD4+1/SD4+1S Capture Card
You are likely to need a flat blade and a Phillips head screwdriver for the installation of the capture card; it
would be useful to have these to hand before you begin.
Installing the card is a simple process, follow the steps below to be up and running in a few minutes:
Power down the PC (including peripherals), switch off at the mains and disconnect all the cables connected to the computer, noting the positions for accurate reconnection. Remove the PC cover
Locate a vacant PCIe (x4 or above) slot on the motherboard and remove the backing plate (retain all
screws). If in doubt consult your motherboard documentation to correctly identify a PCIe (PCI-express)
slot. If the card is forced into a 32 or 64 bit PCI or PCI-X slot it will be irreparably damaged when the system is powered up and the warranty will be void.
Remove the card from its packaging and secure it firmly into the empty PCIe slot. Extreme care should be
taken when securing the card into the slot as some motherboards may have components that impede the
siting of the card.
Screw the card bracket to the back panel of the PC and replace the cover
Re-connect all cables to the PC
Connect the Input cables
Power up the PC and commence the software installation
Connections
The VisionSD4+1/SD4+1S has two connectors. The top connector is a DVI-I connector and the bottom
connector is a D-Type connector.
The DVI-I Connector
Connect to the source using:
•
DVI-D Cable
•
DVI-A Cable
•
Analog VGA (RGB) cable (adapter supplied)
•
HDMI cable (adapter supplied)
•
Component HD cable (adapter supplied)
Connect one end of the cable to the source. Connect the other end of the cable to DVI-I type connector
(top connector) located on the VisionSD4+1/SD4+1S card in your computer.
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D-Type Connector
Connect SD inputs using the 4-way splitter cable (provided). The splitter cable consists of 4 RCA sockets
numbered S1-S4, connected to a 26-way D connector. To connect a video input, connect as indicated in
the table below.
Video Input
1
2
3
4
RCA Connetor
S1
S2
S3
S4
If you wish to connect Composite/S-Video Luma and Chroma you will require the Datapath BNC-16 cable
supplied by Datapath at an additional cost, connect the BNC-16 as indicated in the table below.
Input
1
2
3
4
Composite/S-Video
Luma = BNC Connector
1
2
3
4
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Chroma = BNC
Connector
9
10
11
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Installing Multiple Cards
Multiple cards can be installed in a system providing a large number of capture channels. Combinations
of Vision capture cards in the same machine are supported by the driver.
To control the order in which the driver uses the cards, it is recommended when installing multiple cards
that the J6 links on the VisionSD4+1/SD4+1S are configured. The illustration below shows the jumper link
settings for up to 32 cards in a single system. When two cards have the same link settings, their order is
determined by the PCI bus:
Indicates link fitted
Indicates Link not fitted
DirectShow
If you change the link ordering after installation you must run dplinks.exe. This program will update the
existing input names used by the windows DirectShow interface.
To run the dplinks program open the Run by clicking on Start/Run and type dplinks and then press Enter.
The program will run, however no notifications are displayed.
Firmware Upgrades
The VisionSD4+1/SD4+1S card allows firmware upgrades to be completed on site rather than returning
the card to Datapath. Whenever a firmware upgrade is performed, LK1 MUST BE FITTED on the VisionSD4+1/SD4+1S. To perform the upgrade, follow the step-by-step instructions provided by the upgrade
application.
In the unlikely event that something goes wrong during the upgrade process (e.g. System power outage)
it is possible to revert to the factory settings by powering down the system, temporarily removing LK1
then powering up the system with the link removed. Once the system has rebooted, replace the LK1 link
(whilst the system is powered up) and restart the firmware upgrade process.
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It should be noted that the driver installation program includes an automatic firmware update, if required.
Therefore, prior to installing the application and driver, ensure that LK1 is fitted.
Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) - Disable Links
EDID is data provided by a display monitor and sent to the graphics device detailing monitors capabilities
thereby enabling a system to identify the type of monitor that is attached.
The graphics device installed on your machine will see the card as a monitor and will expect to receive the
EDID data from the card.
However, in rare circumstances it may be necessary that the VisionSD4+1/SD4+1S does not report an EDID
of any kind. In this instance EDID support can be disabled by removing links LK3.
Removing the LK3 link on the VisionSD4+1/SD4+1S card will disable the EDID function on the DVI/RGB
channel.
Software Installation
The Vision software (driver and application) is installed by inserting the CD that was shipped with your
card into your CD ROM drive. The installation process should start automatically.
Should the CD fail to autorun use Explorer to browse the CD, locate then double click on install.exe file e.g.
d:/install.exe and click on Install Software… and follow the installation wizard instructions as prompted.
Regular software updates are available from our website: www.datapath.co.uk
Also available on the Datapath CD:
•
The Release Notes - The release notes contain the latest information on the VisionSD4+1/SD4+1S
including:
Installation instructions.
Release history
Known problems
Troubleshooting
•
The application Help File - Instructions on how to use the application.
•
Test patterns to assist in setting up an analog RGB / DVI source (see help file topic How to set up an
RGB / DVI Source)
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Chapter 8
VisionSDI2
The Datapath VisionSDI2 is a dual channel PCI express HD-SDI video capture card. The card supports
SD-SDI, HD-SDI and 3G-SDI. The VisionSDI2, a stand alone PCIe x4 plug in card, delivers extreme
performance with 650MB/s transfer bus bandwidth making it ideal for a wide range of applications
including:
•
Multi-display presentation software
•
Broadcasting
•
Digital Signage
•
Machine Vision
DirectShow drivers for WDM Streaming driver supports the following applications to encode, record
and stream video over networks or the Internet:
•
Windows Media Encoder®
•
VLC
•
StreamPix
•
VirtualDub
•
Adobe Flash Encoder
•
AMCap
•
Any other DirectShow encoding software
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Hardware Overview
•
Dual Channel PCI express HD-SDI capture card
•
Four lane PCIe bus with maximum data rate of 650MB/sec
•
Support for all SD and HD video modes up to 1080p 60Hz
•
Loop Through SDI BNC connections
•
64MB per channel, total 128MB on-board frame buffer
•
On board processor for real time mode and sync detection
•
Audio output for each channel to an onboard SPDIF header (use with the Datapath AOM)
•
High performance DMA to system memory or direct to graphics memory with scatter gather.
•
High quality scaling (7x5 Polyphase Filter)
•
Input indicator lights
•
Long range, single co-ax cable support. (150 metres capturing 1080p, 300 metres capturing SD)
•
16 cropping windows per capture channel
•
Wall Control support and SDK
Models
VisionSDI2 - A dual channel SDI video capture card.
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Specification
Board Format
Connectors
Maximum Capture Resolution
Frame Buffer Memory
Audio Format
Video Format Options
Operating System Support
Power Requirements
Operating Temperature
Storage Temperature
Relative Humidity
Warranty
PCI-e half size plug-in card, 110mm x 170mm
PCI-e bus master with scatter gather DMA providing maximum data
rate of 650MB/s
Four BNC connectors for SDI inputs (Green LED) and Loop through
outputs (Blue LED)
2 x 2048x1556
64MB per channel (total 128MB)
Audio output for each channel in Digital SPDIF format. Channelled
out to RCA connectors using a Datapath Audio VIM.
SD-SDI, HD-SDI and 3G-SDI
Windows® XP, Windows® Vista, Windows® Server 2003, Windows®
Server 2008 and Windows® 7 (x86 and x64 Operating Systems)
Max current at +3.3V – 0.45A.
Max current at +12V – 0.85A.
Max power – 12W
0 to 35 deg C / 32 to 96 deg F
-20 to 70 deg C / -4 to 158 deg F
5% to 90% non-condensing
3 years
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Unpacking
Your packing box should contain the following items:
•
The VisionSDI2
•
Installation CD ROM
If there are any discrepancies, you should contact Datapath immediately.
Note:
All plug-in cards are static sensitive and are packed in anti-static material. Please keep the card in its
packaging until you are ready to install.
It is recommended that you do not discard the packing box until you are completely satisfied with the
VisionSDI2 capture card and it is fully installed and working correctly. We also recommend that you
make a note of the serial number of the card in a prominent place before the card is plugged into the
computer. This should hasten any query should you need to contact our Technical Support
Department. The serial number is displayed on the card itself and the box label.
Installing the Capture Card
You are likely to need a flat blade and a Phillips head screwdriver for the installation of the capture card; it
would be useful to have these to hand before you begin.
Installing the card is a simple process, follow the steps below to be up and running in a few minutes:
•
Power down the PC (including peripherals), switch off at the mains and disconnect all the cables
connected to the computer, noting the positions for accurate reconnection. Remove the PC cover
•
Locate a vacant PCIe (x4 or above) slot for the VisionSDI2 on the motherboard and remove the backing
plate (retain all screws) If in doubt consult your motherboard documentation to correctly
identify a PCIe (PCI-express) slot. If the card is forced into a 32 or 64 bit PCI or PCI-X slot it will be
irreparably damaged when the system is powered up and the warranty will be void.
•
Remove the card from its packaging and secure it firmly into the empty PCIe slot. Extreme care
should be taken when securing the card into the slot as some motherboards may have
components that impede the siting of the card
•
Screw the card bracket to the back panel of the PC and replace the cover
•
Re-connect all cables to the PC
•
Connect the cable(s) distributing the signals to the connectors on the VisionSDI2 card located on the
back panel.
•
Power up the PC and commence the software installation.
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Connections
The VisionSDI2 card has four BNC type connectors for two separate, simultaneous inputs and two Loop
Through outputs. The connectors are identified by coloured LED’s; green for input and blue for Loop
Through outputs:
Supported Formats
The VisionSDI2 card supports the following formats:
•
SD-SDI (480i/576i)
•
HD-SDI (up to 1080i)
•
3G-SDI (upto 1080p)
Cable Length
The VisionSDI2 supports cable lengths of up to 150m for 3G-SDI and 300m for SD-SDI. These figures are
based on using low loss co-ax cables (Belden 1694A).
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Installing Multiple Cards
Multiple cards can be installed in a system providing a large number capture channels. Combinations of
Vision capture cards in the same machine are supported by the driver.
In order to control the order in which the driver uses the cards, it is recommended when installing multiple
cards that the J6 links on the VisionSDI2 are configured. The example below shows the jumper link
settings for up to 32 cards in a single system. When two cards share the same link settings, their order is
determined by PCI bus.
Indicates link fitted
Indicates Link not fitted
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DirectShow
If you change the link ordering after installation you must run dplinks.exe. This program will update the
existing input names used by the windows DirectShow interface.
To run the dplinks program open the Run by clicking on Start/Run and type dplinks and then press Enter.
The program will run, however no notifications are displayed.
Firmware Upgrades
The VisionSDI2 cards allow firmware upgrade to be completed on site rather than returning the card to
Datapath. Whenever a firmware upgrade is performed, LK1 MUST BE FITTED on the VisionSDI2.
To perform the upgrade, follow the step-by-step instructions provided by the upgrade application.
In the unlikely event that something goes wrong during the upgrade process (e.g. System power outage)
it is possible to revert to the factory settings by powering down the system, temporarily removing LK1
then powering up the system with the link removed. Once the system has rebooted, replace the LK1 link
(whilst the system is powered up) and restart the firmware upgrade process.
It should be noted that the latest driver installation program includes an automatic firmware update, if
required. Therefore, prior to installing the application and driver, ensure that LK1 is fitted.
Software Installation
The Vision software (driver and application) is installed by inserting the CD that was shipped with your
card into your CD ROM drive. The installation process should start automatically.
Should the CD fail to autorun use Explorer to browse the CD, locate then double click on install.exe
file e.g. d:/install.exe and click on Install Software… and follow the installation wizard instructions as
prompted.
Regular software updates are available from our website: www.datapath.co.uk
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Also available on the Datapath CD:
•
The Release Notes - The release notes contain the latest information on the VisionSDI2
•
Installation instructions.
•
Release history
•
Known problems
•
Troubleshooting
•
The application Help File - Instructions on how to use the application. The help file is in d:/software/
rgbx.chm
Application Overview
The application displays the connected source in a window; it has the following features:
•
Scales the data to fit in the window
•
Ability to set up sources accurately (settings automatically saved)
•
Save a single frame to a file in one of the following formats:
BMP, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNG
•
Print a single frame
•
Maintain the aspect ratio of the displayed SDI data
•
Cropping
•
Display text over the data (on-screen display)
•
Command line interface
•
Help file documenting all features
Note:
The supplied drivers and software require that you are using:
• Windows® XP, Windows® Vista, Windows® Server 2003, Windows® Server 2008 or Windows® 7
(x86 and x64 Operating Systems)
• CD / DVD ROM Drive
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Using the card with other Datapath products
The VisionSDI2 captures data and stores it in an on-board video buffer. This data is then copied using
DMA to the host system for display, storage or streaming.
When a Datapath graphics card is used, VisionSDI2 transfers the data directly to the graphics card thereby
increasing performance. The VisionSDI2 sends the relevant portions of each captured image to each
display channel and instructs each channel to use its graphics engine to render the data. This fully utilises
the hardware and dramatically increases performance.
When a Direct3D compatible graphics card is used the data can be transferred direct to the graphics card
in a similar manner to the Datapath graphics card with the same benefit of non-tearing captures.
When the data is displayed on a non Datapath graphics card, the VisionSDI2 sends the data to system
memory or direct to the graphics card, dependant on the software used for display.
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Chapter 9
VisionDVI-DL
The VisionDVI-DL is a single channel PCI express Dual-Link DVI video capture card. A stand alone PCIe x4
plug in card, the VisionDVI-DL delivers extreme performance with 650MB/s transfer bandwidth.
A maximum canvas of 4kx4k allows any DVI source to be captured.
The VisionDVI-DL does not support analog sources
The VisionDVI-DL has integrated DVI equalizers on its inputs to support longer input cable lengths (up to
20m). The VisionDVI-DL is suitable for a wide range of applications
including:
•
Large display walls
•
High resolution, high bandwidth applications
•
Advanced Medical and Machine Vision capture
•
Radar, Security/Surveillance and Military applications
•
IP Render decode capture
Hardware Overview
•
Single Channel PCI express Dual-Link capture card
•
Support for 330MHz pixel clock and maximum canvas of 4kx4k
•
HD video capture for all progressive and interlaced DVI/HDMI modes
•
Captures Quad-HD Digital Cinema modes at 24/25/30fps
•
128MB on board frame buffer
•
Input equalisation supporting longer input cables
•
High performance DMA to system memory or direct to graphics memory with scatter gather.
•
High quality scaling (7x3 Polyphase filter)
Models
VisionDVI-DL - Single Channel PCIe Dual-Link capture card
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Specification - VisionDVI-DL
Board Format
Connectors
Maximum Sample Rate
Video Capture Memory
DVI-Dual-Link
Input Mode Detection
Pixel Transfer Formats
Update Rate
Video Format Options
Operating System Support
Power Requirements
Operating Temperature
Storage Temperature
Relative Humidity
Warranty
PCI-e x4 card, 110mm x 170mm.
PCI-e bus master with scatter gather DMA providing a maximum
data rate of 650MB/s.
One Dual-Link DVI-D connector.
330 MHz DVI - Capable of Quad HD at 24/25/30fps.
128 MB, triple buffered.
Single Link and Dual-Link modes auto detected.
Automatic detection of input modes in hardware, enabling the
tracking of mode changes in the source signal.
RGB: 5-5-5, 5-6-5 or 8-8-8 (24bit/32bit) pixels.
YUV: 4:2:2.
MONO: 8bit.
User defined, captured frame rate will match the source.Providing
max data rate (650MB/s) is not exceeded.
Multi-buffered to eliminate tearing artifacts.
DVI Dual-Link.
DVI Single-Link.
Windows® XP, Windows® Vista, Windows® Server 2003, Windows®
Server 2008 and Windows® 7.
Max current at +3.3V – 0.2A.
Max current at +12V – 0.9A.
Max power – 12 W
0 to 35 deg C / 32 to 96 deg F
-20 to 70 deg C / -4 to 158 deg F
5% to 90% non-condensing.
3 years
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Unpacking
Your packing box contains the following items:
•
The VisionDVI-DL capture card
• Installation CD-ROM (for latest drivers go to www.datapath.co.uk)
If there are any discrepancies, you should contact Datapath immediately.
Note:
All plug-in cards are static sensitive and are packed in anti-static material. Please keep the card in its
packaging until you are ready to install.
It is recommended that you do not discard the packing box until you are completely satisfied with the
VisionDVI-DL capture card and it is fully installed and working correctly. We also recommend that
you make a note of the serial number of the card in a prominent place before the card is plugged into
the computer. This should hasten any query should you need to contact our Technical Support
Department. The serial number is displayed on the card itself and the box label.
Installing the Capture Card
You are likely to need a flat blade and a Phillips head screwdriver for the installation of the capture card; it
would be useful to have these to hand before you begin.
Installing the card is a simple process, follow the steps below to be up and running in a few minutes:
Power down the PC (including peripherals), switch off at the mains and disconnect all the cables
connected to the computer, noting the positions for accurate reconnection. Remove the PC cover
Locate a vacant PCIe (x4 or above) slot on the motherboard and remove the backing plate (retain all
screws). If in doubt consult your motherboard documentation to correctly identify a PCIe (PCI-express)
slot. If the card is forced into a 32 or 64 bit PCI or PCI-X slot it will be irreparably damaged when the
system is powered up and the warranty will be void.
Remove the card from its packaging and secure it firmly into the empty PCIe slot. Extreme care should be
taken when securing the card into the slot as some motherboards may have components that impede the
siting of the card.
Screw the card bracket to the back panel of the PC and replace the cover
Re-connect all cables to the PC
Connect the cable distributing the DVI Dual-Link signals to the connector on the VisionDVI-DL card
located on the back panel.
Power up the PC and commence the software installation
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Connections
The VisionDVI-DL has one DVI Dual-Link connector.
The card is connected to the source using a DVI Dual-Link Cable (not supplied).
Installing Multiple Cards
Multiple cards can be installed in a system providing a large number of DVI Dual-Link capture channels.
Combinations of Vision capture cards in the same machine are supported by the driver.
To control the order in which the driver uses the cards, it is recommended when installing
multiple cards that the J6 links on the VisionDVI-DL are configured. The illustration below shows the
jumper link settings for up to 32 cards in a single system. When two cards share the same link settings,
their order is determined by the PCI bus.
Indicates link fitted
Indicates Link not fitted
DirectShow
If you change the link ordering after installation you must run dplinks.exe. This program will update the
existing input names used by the windows DirectShow interface.
To run the dplinks program open the Run by clicking on Start/Run and type dplinks and then press Enter.
The program will run, however no notifications are displayed.
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Firmware Upgrades
The VisionDVI-DL card allows firmware upgrades to be completed on site rather than returning the card to
Datapath. Whenever a firmware upgrade is performed, LK1 MUST BE FITTED on the VisionDVI-DL. To
perform the upgrade, follow the step-by-step instructions provided by the upgrade application.
In the unlikely event that something goes wrong during the upgrade process (e.g. System power outage) it
is possible to revert to the factory settings by powering down the system, temporarily removing LK1 then
powering up the system with the link removed. Once the system has rebooted, replace the LK1 link (whilst
the system is powered up) and restart the firmware upgrade process.
Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) - Disable Links
EDID is data provided by a display monitor and sent to the graphics device detailing monitors capabilities
thereby enabling a system to identify the type of monitor that is attached.
The graphics device installed on your machine will see the card as a monitor and will expect to receive the
EDID data from the card.
However, in rare circumstances it may be necessary that the VisionDVI-DL does not report an EDID of any
kind. In this instance EDID support can be disabled by removing link LK2.
Removing the LK2 link on the VisionDVI-DL card will disable the EDID function.
Software Installation
The Vision software (driver and application) is installed by inserting the CD that was shipped with your card
into your CD ROM drive. The installation process should start automatically.
Should the CD fail to autorun use Explorer to browse the CD, locate then double click on install.exe file e.g.
d:/install.exe and click on Install Software… and follow the installation wizard instructions as prompted.
Regular software updates are available from our website: www.datapath.co.uk
Also available on the Datapath CD:
•
The Release Notes - The release notes contain the latest information on the VisionDVI-DLincluding:
Installation instructions.
Release history
Known problems
Troubleshooting
•
The application Help File - Instructions on how to use the application.
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Application Overview
The application displays the source in a window; it has the following features:
•
Scales the data to fit in the window
•
Ability to set up sources accurately (settings automatically saved)
•
Save a single frame to a file in one of the following formats:
BMP, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNG
•
Print a single frame
•
Record and playback captured data using DirectShow
•
Maintain the aspect ratio of the displayed data
•
Cropping
•
Display text over the data (on-screen display)
•
Command line interface
•
Help file documenting all features
Note:
The supplied drivers and software require that you are using:
• Windows® XP, Windows® Vista, Windows® Server 2003, Windows® Server 2008 or Windows® 7
(x86 and x64 Operating Systems)
• CD / DVD ROM Drive
Using the card with other Datapath products
The VisionDVI-DL captures the data and stores it in an on-board video buffer. This data is then copied
using DMA to the host system for display, storage or streaming.
When a Datapath graphics card is used, the VisionDVI-DL transfers the data directly to the graphics card
thereby increasing performance. The VisionDVI-DL sends the relevant portions of each captured image
to each display channel and instructs each channel to use its graphics engine to render the data. This fully
utilises the hardware and dramatically increases performance.
When a Direct3D compatible graphics card is used the data can be transferred direct to the graphics card
in a similar manner to the Datapath graphics card with the added benefit of non-tearing captures.
When the data is displayed on a non Datapath graphics card, the VisionDVI-DL sends the data to
system memory or direct to the graphics card, dependant on the software used for display.
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Chapter 10
Datapath Limited
Datapath has a long and very successful history in the computer graphics industry. Datapath has been
designing and supplying high performance, high quality graphics display systems to the world’s largest and most demanding companies and institutions since 1982. Datapath was one of the founding
companies of multi-screen Windows acceleration using single and multi board solutions. Now using
the very latest display technology Datapath offers some of the world’s leading multi screen graphics
accelerators for the most demanding applications.
As new technology advances, so we at Datapath improve the performance and functionality of both
our hardware and software to give our customers more. Following a continuous development program, we pride ourselves on our support and responsive nature towards all our customers and their
changing needs. As more sophisticated equipment and techniques become readily available, so we
are there to exploit the power and potential that this technology presents.
Technical Support
Registered Users can access our technical support line using, email, and the Support page on the Datapath Web Site, usually with a response within 24 hours (excluding weekends).
Via Email
Send an email to support@datapath.co.uk with as much information about your system as possible.
To enable a swift response we need to know the following details:
•
Specification of the PC - including processor speed
•
Operating System
•
Application Software
•
Datapath Hardware / Software
•
The exact nature of the problem - and please be as specific as possible.
Please quote version and revision numbers of hardware and software in use wherever possible.
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Copyright Statement
© Datapath Ltd., England, 2011
Datapath Limited claims copyright on this documentation. No part of this documentation may be
reproduced, released, disclosed, stored in any electronic format, or used in whole or in part for any
purpose other than stated herein without the express permission of Datapath Limited.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained in this User Manual is correct,
Datapath Limited make no representations or warranties with respect to the contents thereof, and do not
accept liability for any errors or omissions. Datapath reserves the right to change specification without
prior notice and cannot assume responsibility for the use made of the information supplied. All registered
trademarks used within this documentation are acknowledged by Datapath Limited
UK Headquarters and Main Sales Office
Datapath Ltd.,
Alfreton Road,
Derby, DE21 4AD, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1332 294441
Fax: +44 (0) 1332 290667
Email: sales@datapath.co.uk
www.datapath.co.uk
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Index
A
H
Application Overview 11, 64
HD Modes VisionRGB-E1/E1S 6
C
HD Modes - VisionRGB-E2/E2S 16
cable 1
I
Connections - VisionRGB-E2/E2S 18, 54
Installing Multiple VisionRGB-E1/E1S Cards 9
Connections - VisionRGB-X2 27
Installing Multiple VisionRGB-E2/E2S Cards 18
Copyright Statement 65
Installing Multiple VisionRGB-X2 Cards 28
D
Installing Multiple VisionSD4+1/SD4+1S Cards 48
Datapath Limited 65
Installing Multiple VisionSD8 Cards 37
DirectShow 9
Installing the VisionRGB-E1/E1S Capture Card 8
DVI-I Connector 46
Installing the VisionRGB-E2/E2S 17, 53
E
Installing the VisionRGB-X2 Capture Card 26
EDID 29
Installing the VisionSD4+1 Capture Card 46
F
Introduction - VisionRGB-E1/E1S 5
FCC Compliance VisionRGB-E1 3
Introduction - VisionRGB-E2/E2S 15
FCC Compliance VisionRGB-E2 13
Introduction - VisionRGB-X2 24
FCC Compliance VisionRGB-X2 22
Introduction VisionSD4+1 42
FCC Compliance VisionSD4+1 40
Introduction VisionSD8 34
FCC Compliance VisionSD8 32
L
Firmware Upgrades - VisionRGB-E1/E1S 10
low profile card bracket 7
Firmware Upgrades - VisionRGB-E2/E2S 19, 56
M
Firmware Upgrades VisionRGB-X2 29
Maintenance 1
Firmware Upgrades VisionSD4+1/SD4+1S 48
P
Firmware Upgrades VisionSD8 38
power supply 1
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S
SDK 2
Specification - VisionRGB-E1/E1S 6
Specification - VisionRGB-E2/E2S 16, 52
Specification - VisionRGB-X2 25
Specification - VisionSD4+1 44
Specification - VisionSD8 35
T
Technical Support 65
U
UK Headquarters 66
Unpacking - VisionRGB-E2/E2S 17, 53
Up to 16 VisionRGB-E1/E1S cards 9, 18, 28, 37, 48
V
Video Passthrough VisionSD8 37
VisionRGB-E1/E1S 5
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