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GigE Vision camera SDK

Active GigE is a universal GigE Vision Driver and hardware-independent SDK designed to provide developers with a rapid access to GigE Vision (Gigabit Ethernet) digital cameras. Just drop an ActiveGigE control onto the surface of your application and have it immediately support multiple GigEVision cameras. With ActiveGigE your application does not have to rely on a specific camera model - any GigE Vision™ compliant camera will work with it out-of-the-box in any popular development environment, including Visual Studio, Visual Basic (VB), Delphi, PowerBuilder, Java, Matlab, Python, QT, Adobe Flash, LabView, GE Fanuc, Indusoft Studio. You can even insert an ActiveGigE object into an MS Word or PowerPoint document and have the live video embedded right into your presentation! In addition you can:  

  • Acquire and display live video from one or several GigE Vision™ cameras.
  • Select among multiple camera sources.
  • Stream video from a single camera to several computers and applications using the Multicast mode.
  • Set the desired video format, frame rate and triggering mode.
  • Select among several hardware and software trigger sources and trigger modes.
  • Grab 8-, 10-, 12- or 16-bit per channel monochrome and color images.
  • Perform automatic color interpolation of raw video generated by Bayer cameras.
  • Select the desired size and position of the scan area.
  • Browse through GenICam categories and features reported by camera.
  • Adjust multiple camera features in real time using built-in property pages.
  • Activate automatic or one-push control over selected camera features.
  • Save camera settings as user sets and reload them on demand.
  • Control non-standard camera features by direct access to camera registers.
  • Receive message events from cameras in real time.
  • Get an instant access to pixel values and pixel arrays.
  • Retrieve individual color planes from RGB images.
  • Retrieve chunk data appended to images.
  • Broadcast an action command to multiple devices.
  • Transfer data to and from files hosted on the camera.
  • Import live video into PictureBox objects.
  • Scroll and zoom live video, initiate the full screen mode.
  • Choose among several palettes for pseudo-color display of monochrome and thermal images.
  • Overlay multi-colored graphics and text with an adjustable transparency over live and recorded video.
  • Save images in BMP, TIFF and JPEG formats.
  • Perform time-lapse capture to AVI files and image sequences.
  • AVI 2.0 support with unlimited file size, selectable compression and adjustable playback rate.
  • Play back AVI files and memory sequences at adjustable speed, step and direction (DVR extension required).
  • Obtain timestamp information for each individual frame.
  • Flip and rotate live image.
  • Perform image processing on incoming frames and display them in real time.
  • Apply real-time running average and integration to video frames.
  • Implement built-in background (dark and flat field) correction.
  • Automatically identify hot pixels and eliminate them from incoming images.
  • Perform real-time histogram and statistical analysis over a selected color component.
  • User-defined pre- and post-processing of video frames.
  • Built-in LUT (lookup table), software brightness, contrast and WB control.
  • Anti-tearing and monitor synchronization options for eliminating display artifacts.
  • Display and save images from multiple cameras using the included GigE Vision viewer
  • Interface to third party imaging applications through the TWAIN driver.
  • DirectShow Video Capture (WDM) interface to third-party video-recording applications.
  • Integrated barcode decoder (UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, Code 128, Code 39, Interleaved 2/5, QR Code, DataMatrix, PDF417).
  • High-performance network filter driver.
  • Automatic firewall traversing and optimal packet size negotiation.
  • Ability to create 64-bit, 32-bit and mixed platform applications.
  • New! Compatibility with Windows 10 Anniversary release.
  • New! Integrated web streamer/transcoder for RTSP transmission to remote devices.
  • New! 10 GigE connectivity support.
  • New! Built-in decoding of JPEG and H.264 video streams generated by GEV 2.x cameras.
  • New! Built-in demodulator for DR and QR Photonfocus cameras.
  • New! Support of IEEE-1588 Precision Time Protocol.
  • New! Real-time lens distortion correction (barrel and pincushion).
  • New! Compatibility with Matlab R2016 as well as earlier Matlab versoins
  • New! Compatibility with GenICam 3.0 and SFNC 2.3
  • New! Substantial performance increase due to multi-core and SSE code optimization.

  Ability to run multiple copies of ActiveGigE in one application guarantees independent adjustment and seamless parallel acquisition from multiple GigE Vision cameras in both the design and run-time modes, under Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 on 32- and 64-bit platforms.

ActiveGigE setup includes extensive documentation and source code samples for Visual C++, Visual Basic, HTML, VB.NET, C#, Delphi, Matlab, Python and DirectShow demonstrating live video capture, image processing and analysis, storing acquired images in different formats, full control over camera settings, and many more.


Excellent performance, industry-proven robustness, broad functionality and diligent technical support make ActiveGigE one of the best camera SDKs in its class.

"I want to compliment you on ActiveGigE. From what I've seen so far I would say it is very well thought out, comprehensive and well-documented."

Reiner Bachmann,
Daimler Benz, Germany

"Your tutorial was fantastic. Your library is very clean and simple. Nice job!"

Gene Redford,
NASA Glenn Research Center

"We were not able to get the camera manufacturer's SDK to work within WinCC Flexible or VB6. At their advice we have even acquired a third-party software with no success either. Thank you for selling us the excellent software you have developed!"

Rui Ferreira,
IASYS, Portugal