Image Acquisition Tools
A single API for GigE Vision, CoaXPress and Camera Link cameras
For a machine vision application developer, choosing the right camera interface may sometimes be a difficult decision. The eGrabber Image Acquisition software of Euresys is a set of image acquisition drivers, libraries and tools compatible with GigE Vision, CoaXPress and Camera Link cameras.
Figure 1 | eGrabber Studio is the evaluation and demonstration application of eGrabber. It allows testing image acquisition, checking and configuring the parameters (of the cameras and frame grabbers and recording the acquired video onto the hard disk. – Bild: Euresys SA

Initially developed as the driver and user Application Programming Interface (API) of Euresys frame grabbers, eGrabber features a high-level, object oriented, user-friendly API compatible with multiple programming languages (C++, C# and Python).

Gigelink

eGrabber Gigelink, a new optional add-on to eGrabber, provides a universal, hardware-independent access to GigE Vision cameras. eGrabber Gigelink allows the user to seamlessly integrate GigE Vision cameras from multiple brands in the same application, bypassing the proprietary camera drivers. With eGrabber, programmers can then use the same concepts, objects, and function calls to acquire images from GigE Vision cameras of any brand, from any CoaXPress cameras (via the Euresys Coaxlink frame grabbers) and any Camera Link camera (via the announced Euresys Grablink Duo frame grabber). Interfacing legacy machine vision infrastructure together with more recent technology, eGrabber allows a functional extension at a reduced incremental cost. This also simplifies the combination of various acquisition technologies, e.g. combining image acquisition from a high-resolution CoaXPress line scan camera (to inspect the surface of a moving object) and a low-cost GigE Vision camera (for detecting the limits of the object) becomes straightforward.

GenICam GenTL producers

In addition, the eGrabber driver and eGrabber Gigelink are also official GenICam GenTL producers. They are able to seamlessly connect and provide image acquisition services to any GenTL compatible application. This is useful, for example, to interface to area scan cameras for food, pharma or automotive quality control applications allowing both wide field of view for broad positioning and high-resolution focused detail inspection.

User-friendly interface

Also available in the same ecosystem, eGrabber Studio is the evaluation and demonstration application of eGrabber. It allows testing image acquisition, checking and configuring the parameters (GenAPI features) of the cameras and frame grabbers and recording the acquired video onto the hard disk. Live histogram, profile and pixel information display are also available.

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