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Message ID: 20     Entry time: Tue Apr 20 18:05:24 2010
Author: Aidan 
Type: Computing 
Category: Hartmann sensor 
Subject: Images off the Dalsa Camera in CentOS 

 I installed CentOS on the machine with the EDT frame-grabber. I then installed the frame-grabber software from the CD.

In the /opt/EDTpdv/ directory the camconfig program was run and I entered "331" to start the frame-grabber and run with the Dalsa 1M60 settings ... this was necessary to get the frame grabber running, but didn't seem to force pdvshow, installed at a later point, to use this configuration file. At this point I could access the camera menu with the serial_cmd program.


After some effort, which will be detailed shortly, I managed to finally get the pdv_show GUI program compiled and installed. I found that trying to run that program with the dalsa_1m60.cfg configuration file resulted in a segmentation fault.

However, when I ran it with the default Dalsa configuration file, pantera11m4fr.cfg, and selected "Continuous Exposure" I got a stream of illuminated pixels on the screen. It was clear that the display was displaying the pixels coming back from the camera in the wrong way (for instance, trying to load a 1024x1024 image into a 1440x900 array), however, by changing the frame rate on the camera to 20Hz and waving my hand around in front of the camera I was able to modulate the intensity of the hash of pixels being displayed. This means that the frame-grabber is successfully getting data - it just isn't interpreting it correctly yet.

Here are a couple of images from pdv_show (hit Alt+PrtScrn to get a screenshot of the active window):

 1. Screenshot-PCI_DV_Display.png - the image on the computer with the camera running unobscured

2. Screenshot-PCI_DV_Display-1.png - the image on the computer with me covering the camera with my hand.

3. -opt-EDTpdv.png - the camera parameters at the time of this test (running serial_cmd)


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