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Graphical User Interface (GUI) Windows Program

The demo code is provided in source code form to help the user to understand the operation of the ArduCAM USB camera and SDK library.

Before you start, make sure:

  1. You have downloaded the latest device driver, SDK library and examples can be downloaded from https://github.com/ArduCAM/ArduCAM_USB_Camera_Shield
  2. You have installed the drivers needed as instructed in the Windows Driver Installation chapter.
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1. Run the Program

The Windows demo code is located in ../Winodws/GUI/USBTest folder and the release executable software is located in ../Winodws/GUI/USBTest/x64/Release/USBTest.exe.

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2. Scan Cameras

Click the scan button, the drop-down list will show all supported cameras with a serial number, user can select one of them to open.

usb camera demo scan camera

3. Load the Camera Settings

There are several preset of the camera settings in the ../Config folder,

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  • Confirm the board number of the circuit board,
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  • Click the FileOpen button, select the config folder, then select the folder corresponding to the board number and interface, and select the required camera configuration file,
  • Click load to load the setting. The camera type, width, height, bits, format, I2CAddr, I2CMode will be loaded with the correct values.
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4. Open the Camera

Click Open to initialize the camera. There will be a prompt in the text area after initialization.

Open the Camera

5. View Hardware Version Number

After opening the camera, you can click the 【About】 button to view the hardware version number.

View Hardware Version Number

Tips

Before viewing the hardware version number, be sure to click Open, Otherwise, the version number cannot be displayed.

6. Play the Video

Click the Play to capture and display the video in real-time.

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The lower-left corner will show the number of frames.

7. Stop the Video

Click the Stop button to stop the video capture and display.

8. Take a Snapshot

When playing the video, you can click the Shot to take the BMP image to files. The picture is stored in the ../Windows/GUI/USBTest/x64/Release/Shot folder.

9. Sensor Register Read/Write

This is very useful to access the sensor register in order to adjust the sensor settings on the fly. For example, you want to manually change the exposure settings you can input the exposure register address and value then click write, you can video how the brightness changes from the video.

Sensor Register Read/Write

10. RAW Mode Selection

There are four combinations of the RAW format R-G, G-R, B-G, G-B. It is predefined for the tested camera, you can also change the mode match your target sensor RAW display order.

RAW Mode Selection

After confirming the raw mode online, you can modify the settings in the configuration file.

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11. Camera Control

11.1. Fit to Window

To fit the captured image to the GUI windows size. If this is unselected, user can use a mouse scroll wheel to zoom in and out the real-time video, or drag the mouse cursor to move the video position.(【Fit to window】 is selected by default.)

11.2. Force Display

Force display is useful to debug the problem by force displaying the wrong video data which is a mismatch with the camera preset values.

For example, as shown in the figure above, we first modified the configuration file, change the CFG_MODE value to 0, and reload the configuration file. In this way, the Width and Height of the interface are editable. Then change the Height value from 3684 to 3680. After clicking 【play】, because the resolution doesn’t match, the text area will prompt “bad frame received”, and the image cannot be displayed. Then select 【Force Display】, the image will be forced to display.

11.3. IRcut

It can be used to manual control extra motorized IRCUT filters for both daylight and night vision.

11.4. Frame Rate Information

The frame rate information shows the capture frame rate (Capt) and GUI display frame rate (Read). These two values might be mismatched, due to the performance of the demo GUI software and computer hardware.

12. Image Save Options

There are several options for saving image files and formats.

  • The 【Display option doesn’t save any file just real-time display the video from the camera.
  • The 【Save Data】 option is used to save the continuous images in the same format as the camera output like RAW, RGB, YUV or JPEG.
  • The 【Save Image】 option is used to save the BMP images.
  • The 【Save Video】 option is used to save the AVI format video.

Except for the 【Display】 option, when checking other options, the video is not updated on the display region. All the saved files are located in the Record folder. The files are stored in the ../Windows/GUI/USBTest/x64/Release/Record folder.

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