The pylon Camera Software Suite is a software package comprised of an easy-to-use SDK and drivers and tools that you can use to operate any Basler camera using a Windows or Linux PC. It offers unrestricted access to the latest camera models and features.
Basler pylon supports GigE Vision, IEEE 1394, Camera Link and the new USB3 Vision Standard. The programming interface on pylon can work with a wide range of camera interfaces, allowing existing programming code to be used without modification for Basler USB3.0 cameras as well. Basler pylon 5 supports current Windows versions up to Windows 10 (32 and 64-bit).
pylon 5 – Faster, smaller, simpler!
With the pylon 5 Camera Software Suite Basler is the first camera manufacturer to provide software that uses the new GenICam 3 technology.
Faster: Thanks to GenICam 3, cameras now open about 4 times as fast as in the previous GenICam versions.
Smaller: GenICam 3 requires only about half as much memory in comparison with previous GenICam versions.
Both features are especially advantageous in systems with less performance. The new standard is also extensively backward compatible; no or only slight code modification of the existing software is necessary and even older Basler cameras profit from these innovations in pylon. The necessary changes are described in detail in the pylon Migration Guide.
Simpler: With pylon 5, Basler introduces a new setup concept. Even inexperienced users can correctly install pylon with a few clicks for each respective purpose. Thanks to the new possibility of simple copy deployment programs generated with the pylon SDK can be delivered to the end user as easy as never before. Thus pylon can be installed without conflict with machine vision software packages from other manufacturers based on GenICam technology.
Overview of pylon's features
The pylon SDK
The pylon SDK is user friendly to help you develop your own camera applications. Just a few lines of code are all that's needed to configure the camera, capture images and save them to the PC's hard drive.
Extensive documentation and a wealth of sample programs for all typical camera applications in all supported programming languages (C, C++, C#, VB.Net, etc) provides a critical boost into application development.
USB 3.0 Bandwidth Manager
This simple tool enables you to check whether your USB 3.0 camera reliably delivers all images to your application (such as the pylon Viewer) at the specified bandwidth settings. In this way you can optimize your USB 3.0 setup in terms of maximum image data throughput and reliability. The load from image data transfer can be calibrated for each USB 3.0 camera connected so that all cameras can transmit their image data without errors using the maximum bandwidth available.
Learn more about the USB 3.0 Bandwith Manager in our video:
pylon Viewer Recording Feature
Beyond providing a method to record the camera live view as a video file in various compressed or uncompressed formats, this function also makes it possible to record sequences of still shots in various formats on your PC's hard drive, either as an AVI file (with or without compression) or as a slide show of individual shots. Furthermore the recording speed can be varied to create time-lapse videos. The recording feature was introduced with the pylon 4 release and is included in all subsequent versions of pylon.
Learn more about the pylon Viewer Recording Feature in our video:
pylon USB Configurator
The USB Configurator is a tool that delivers detailed information about the USB topology, highlights potential bandwidth limitations and can even repair incorrect driver assignments with one single click. Another benefit of the USB Configurator is its knack for detecting user error, such as when the USB 3.0 camera is connected to a USB 2.0 port.
Learn more about the pylon USB Configurator in our video:
Automatic Adjust Image Function
Another attractive feature is the new Automatic Adjust Image button in the pylon Viewer. A single click on this button triggers automatic configuration of the selected camera to its environment in terms of color and brightness.
Drivers for Recommended USB 3.0 Host Controllers
You can download the matching drivers for USB 3.0 host controllers recommended by Basler here:
Which models work best with the pylon Camera Software Suite?
The pylon Camera Software Suite is ideally suited for all models from the following Basler camera series: ace, aviator, Basler beat, dart, pilot, scout, scout light, runner and racer as well as the A6xxf, A31xf and A102f. pylon only supports the configuration of Camera Link cameras – no support is provided for image acquisition.Camera Link cameras for the Basler sprint, A and L series are not supported by pylon. We instead offer our Camera Configuration Tool Plus (CCT+) for these cameras.
Each pylon version is completely independent from the other versions. Higher versions are NOT updates of older software packages! If you're using an older pylon pack on your PC, then please don't install a new one. Software that works with the older pylon version may not work after the update. Please also read the pylon Release Notes to learn more about the improvements available in the latest pylon version.
In addition to the complete suit, Basler also offers pylon redistributables containing the Runtime Environment and separate USB, GigE- and/or IEEE 1394-drivers. You can download the redistributables for the latest pylon Release here.