The Imaging Source USB video adapters convert standard video signals (PAL, NTSC, CCIR, EIA) into uncompressed video streams without audio. The video adapters are also available with a FireWire interface and as OEM modules. All The Imaging Source video adapters ship with drivers, capture software and an SDK.
Although digital cameras with FireWire, USB and GigE interfaces dominate new industrial inspection applications, a very large number of legacy applications with analog video streams are still in operation. In addition to industrial applications, these include fingerprint sensors, ultrasonic and X-ray devices, dental equipment, endoscopic equipment and other devices that output analog video signals. Often analog video signals are also preferred for projects, in which long low-priced cables are required. This is typically the case for applications such as sewer inspection, traffic control and security applications.
Usually, these analog video signals need to be processed by a computer. If this computer has to be a laptop, PCI bus frame grabbers can rarely be used for the digitization of the video signals. For this case, The Imaging Source has developed a number of USB video adapters.
Industrial USB video adapters vs. multimedia USB video adapters
Industrial USB video adapters differ in three important points from multimedia USB video adapters:
- The Imaging Source USB video adapters are used for industrial purposes and thus they do not compress the digital video stream, nor do they provide audio.
- All The Imaging Source USB video adapters come with an SDK, which consists of a .NET component, ActiveX control and C++ class library. With this SDK, it is easy for programmers to integrate the converters into their application. The source code of numerous programming examples helps programmers to get started quickly.
- The Imaging Source USB video adapters are also available as OEM products.
USB Video Adapters
FireWire Video Adapters