Multicamera video acquisition,online compression and automation
A package for video acquisition and automation of experimens, uses separate processes to record and store data.
Open a terminal and type
labcams -h for help.
The first time you run
labcams it will create a folder in the user home directory where the default preference file is stored.
Configuration files ensure you always use the same parameters during your experiments.
The configuration files are simple
json files. There are 2 parts to the files.
A section were each camera is specified and a part with general parameters.
Available camera drivers:
PCO- install pco.sdk
AVT- install Vimba SDK and pymba
pointgrey- FLIR cameras - install Spinnaker
openCV- webcams and so on
Each camera has its own parameters, there are some parameters that are common to all:
recorder- the type of recorder
intelfor use with ffmpeg for compression.
- 'CamStimTrigger' - controls the arduino camera trigger, see the duino examples folder.
UDP and ZMQ:
labcams can listen for UDP or ZMQ commands.
To configure use the command
"server":"udp" in the end of the config file.
The port can be configured with
The UDP commands are:
- Set the experiment name -
- Software trigger the cameras (this is software, multiple cameras are not in sync) -
- Hardware trigger mode and save -
- Start/stop saving -
- Add a message to the log -
- Quit -
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