Industrial digital cameras are the popular choice for machine vision, scientific imaging, and automated test systems. If you already have an analog camera system, NI makes it easy to migrate to digital. If you prefer analog cameras, NI offers several options below to help with your applications.
If you need to continue using your analog camera, you can choose from the following options including third-party products.
Option A: Analog Capture Card
Many companies provide analog capture cards that capture analog video and broadcast it using DirectShow over many different bus interfaces, including USB, IEEE 1394, Ethernet, and PCI. Models that use DirectShow should be detectable by the NI-IMAQdx image acquisition driver. Capture cards are consumer-grade electronics and are readily available, both online and in local electronics stores. You also can use signal converters that convert analog signals to Ethernet.
Option B: Third-Party Frame Grabbers
Several companies provide analog frame grabbers with drivers that you can interface to LabVIEW through DLL calls.
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