ActiveCapture is the front-end software for Active Silicon FireBird frame grabbers. It allows the user to access and control cameras and frame grabbers in a clear and intuitive way. It provides a simple and easy way to configure the hardware system, allowing control of various image acquisition features such as triggering, image resolution, etc.
ActiveCapture is a GenICam GenTL program that can be used with cameras supporting GenICam, such as CoaXPress, and Camera Link cameras using CLProtocol. It can also be used with non-GenICam Camera Link cameras. Additionally, it provides access to utilities including a firmware updater, bandwidth test and GenTL Camera Link setup.
A device tree provides quick access to any Active Silicon frame grabber products that are installed and the cameras connected to them. With CoaXPress cameras, no manual setup of the camera or frame grabber is required and images can be acquired by simply connecting to the camera and selecting the Live control.
ActiveCapture has several features to aid camera testing and integration. The histogram feature shows the distribution of pixels in the image – both 2D and 1D functions are provided. Image sequences can be acquired and played back within ActiveCapture or saved to disk for off-line analysis. A hardware events controller provides real-time feedback on asynchronous events that are generated by the hardware to aid system debugging and to speed up integration time.