New Features in the pylon Camera Software Suite 6.1
The new features in release 6.1 are: Compression Beyond support, CoaXPress 2.0 support also for Linux x86, improved Features pane and more.Download pylon now
Introduction to the pylon Camera Software Suite
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pylon for Windows
The pylon Camera Software Suite is a software package comprised of an easy-to-use SDK along with drivers and tools that you can use to operate any Basler camera with a Windows, Linux or macOS operating system. Thanks to the latest GenICam technology, pylon offers unrestricted access to the latest camera models and features.
An overview of features for the pylon Windows release:
- Support for all current Windows versions up to Windows 10 (32 and 64-bit).
- Customized for desktop as well as embedded systems
- User-friendly, GenICam-based SDK that lets you save development costs and secure your investments for the long term.
Faster: Thanks to the latest GenICam technology, cameras can be activated much faster than with preceding GenICam versions.
Smaller: Thanks to pylon’s advanced architecture, your application’s memory footprint keeps as small as possible.
Both of these features are particularly advantageous in less high-performance systems.
Easier: With its innovative setup concept, even inexperienced users can install pylon with just a few clicks.
Thanks to the unique easy-copy deployment feature, the pylon SDK makes it possible to deliver created programs to end users more easily than ever before. That means pylon can also be installed without conflicts for machine vision software packages by other manufacturers based on GenICam technology.
Overview of pylon's features
New: Compression Beyond
pylon allows enabling and configuring losless and lossy compression in cameras that support the Compression Beyond feature, and to decompress acquired compressed images for further processing. More information about the Compression Beyond feature can be found here.
Note: The Compression Beyond feature is available on selected ace 2 Pro camera models only.
New: User defined Features pane
The default feature pane lists all features for configuration of the currently selected camera. In pylon it is possible to create user defined feature panes and place selected features via drag & drop. Like the default feature pane, user defined feature panes can be placed anywhere within the pylon Viewer. It is also possible to hide and show the user defined feature pane via pylon Viewer's "Window" menu.
In order to facilitate finding the right features in certain situations, the feature pane allows selecting a use case related to camera configuration tasks. Selecting such a use case leads to having all related features highlighted in the feature pane, so that the right settings for the task can easily be found.
You lose time and struggle with focusing your lenses? With the new Sharpness Indicator in the pylon Viewer, focusing your lens becomes a piece of cake! Simply define the area of interest you want to focus your lens on. Cycle through the entire focus range of your lens by turning the focus ring to its minimum and maximum positions. And eventually find the perfect focus for your lens based on the sharpness measurement of the pylon Sharpness Indicator.
GigE Action Commands made easy!
You are wondering how to save costs on trigger cables and still get precise triggering and perfect synchronization of multiple GigE cameras? With the Action Command and Scheduled Action Command (PTP, IEEE1588) camera features and the pylon Camera Software Suite this task can be solved with ease. The new Action Command pane in the pylon Viewer is designed to help beginners as well as experienced developers to easily evaluate Action Commands and Scheduled Action Commands and implement them in their own application.
You are using bigger size and expensive lenses to get rid of vignetting artefacts? With the new Vignetting Correction camera feature and the pylon Camera Software Suite you can make use of smaller size and low-cost lenses and still avoid vignetting artefacts. Simply let the pylon Viewer calculate the correction values and save them in the camera. The camera will then apply the correction values to every image while maintaining its real-time functionality and still providing maximum performance to your application. In this way you can make use of cost-effective lenses and thus decrease your total project costs.
Note: The Vignetting Correction feature is available on selected ace U and ace L camera models only.
pylon Viewer recording feature with the latest MPEG-4 encoder
Beyond providing a method to record the camera live view as a video file in various compressed or uncompressed formats, this feature also allows you to record sequences of single frames in various formats on your PC's hard drive either as an MP4 file, AVI file or as a slide show of individual frames. Furthermore, the recording speed can be varied to create time-lapse videos.
The recording of video files in the latest MPEG-4 format requires the installation of the additional pylon package for MPEG-4 Windows.
Assessing camera image quality is a piece of cake with the new histogram function in the pylon Viewer. Use the histogram function to calculate and display the distribution of gray values in the active image. You automatically get information about the minimum and maximum gray values as well as the arithmetic mean and standard deviation. All you need is one click to display a logarithmic scale version of the histogram. Use the zoom and pan functions to analyze critical areas more precisely. The Save and Copy buttons allow you to save histogram data (in a CSV file for further analysis in other programs such as Microsoft Excel, for example).
Crosshair & Grid
Display a crosshair or a grid in your image to adjust the positon of your camera in order to get a perfect shot of your target object. The crosshair function allows you to dynamically change its size and position while automatically adapting its display color based on the underlying pixel grey values. The grid function comes with three different grades of scanning fineness and allows for simultaneous positioning of multiple cameras or target objects.
Multilingual support in the pylon Viewer
Do you want to use the powerful pylon Viewer in other languages than English? No problem! With the new language feature you can now use the pylon Viewer in other languages such as Chinese, Japanese or Korean. Simply select your preferred language under Options in the pylon Viewer and start checking out your Basler camera in a familiar environment.
Color Calibrator for MED ace cameras
True color reproduction is crucial in a variety of applications, but remain challenging for vision developers due to complex configuration of camera parameters. The Basler Color Calibrator allows for a quick and easy-to-use color calibration of the camera for a given light setting.
The 4-step Color Calibrator guides you through the process of color calibration so that you can fully utilize Basler’s powerful 12-bit color pipeline inside the MED ace cameras. The calibration process makes use of all the camera features such as Auto Gain, Auto Exposure, White Balance, Color Transformation Matrix, Color Adjustment (Hue, Saturation) and Gamma to reach the perfect color calibration with just a few clicks!
Integrated camera product documentation for even more ease of use
With the context-sensitive product documentation integrated directly in the pylon Viewer, the camera evaluation and software development is easier than ever! Just one click on the camera features in the pylon Viewer will take you directly to the descriptions of features in our HTML-based camera documentation. No more document downloads or searching – it only takes one click!
Thanks to integrated examples of programming code for all supported programming languages such as C++, C# and C, developing your own software is easier than ever – just copy the code, insert it into your own application, compile it and you’re done!
Tutorial on the pylon Camera Software Suite
Multilingual support for camera features in the pylon Viewer
Do you want to have the camera feature description and tool tips displayed in other languages than English? No problem! For the first time in the industry, multilingual support for camera features is now offered in the unique feature documentation for the pylon Viewer! Select your preferred language such as Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian or Spanish and have pylon translate the feature documentation and tool tips. Sample code for easy programming is also available.
Tutorial on the pylon Camera Software Suite
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 to application development.
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Bandwidth manager for GigE and USB 3.0 cameras
This simple tool lets you check whether your GigE or USB 3.0 camera(s) reliably deliver all images to your application (such as the pylon Viewer) at the specified bandwidth settings. In this way you can optimize your GigE or USB 3.0 setup in terms of maximum image data throughput and reliability. The load from image data transfer can be calibrated for each GigE or USB 3.0 camera connected, so that all cameras can transmit their image data without errors, using the maximum bandwidth available.
pylon camera emulator
Would you like to begin doing software development without having a real camera on hand or you don't have the full number of cameras available to develop an application for several cameras? No problem! With the pylon camera emulator you can activate up to 256 camera emulators. Image capture and other basic functions of a camera are emulated. The camera emulator even offers functions that a real camera does not have. You can, for example, load reference images from your application scenario and develop or test your image processing algorithms. Would you like to test a special situation such as errors in image capture or image transmission? That's easy with the camera emulator. All you need is one click to create very specific image errors. You will find additional information about the camera emulator in the pylon programmer manuals.
Drivers for recommended USB 3.0 host controller
You can download the appropriate drivers for Basler’s recommended USB 3.0 host controller 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: Basler ace, aviator, Basler beat, boost, dart, MED ace, pilot, scout, pulse, runner and racer. pylon only supports the configuration of Camera Link cameras – no support is provided for image acquisition. Camera Link cameras for the Basler sprint and Basler L300 series are not supported by pylon. We instead offer our Camera Configuration Tool Plus (CCT+) for these cameras.
Easy Software Deployment
pylon offers two methods to redistribute pylon-based applications to the end user:
- Copy Deployment Deploy the necessary files simply by copying them – this helps to keep the end user application as lean as possible. This is the recommended option if you want to deploy pylon as part of your own application. Camera drivers must be installed separately using .msi installers. Thanks to the Copy Deployment option, you can also run multiple pylon versions in parallel on the same PC. This holds true as long as the camera and interface drivers are binary compatible. With the copy deployment option, Basler customers can easily evaluate and compare the performance of existing and new applications.