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Getting Started with MVTec HALCON
KB Number: 10793
Technical Application Note (TAN2014014): Getting Started with MVTec HALCON
Application Note Description
This application note provides information on how to install, configure, and use FLIR machine vision cameras with MVTec HALCON.
Preparing for Use
Before you use your camera, we recommend that you are aware of the following resources available from the Downloads page:
Getting Started Manual for the camera—provides information on installing components and software needed to run the camera.
Technical Reference for the camera—provides information on the camera’s specifications, features and operations, as well as imaging and acquisition controls.
Firmware updates—ensure you are using the most up-to-date firmware for the camera to take advantage of improvements and fixes.
Installation and Configuration
The steps for installing and setting up MVTec HALCON depend which interface your camera uses.
The following sections provide more detail.
The examples used in this document are from MVTec HALCON v11. It is available for download from the MVTec HALCON website. You must be a registered user to download the software.
Follow the installation instructions.
Connect the camera to the PC. For information, see the camera’s Getting Started Manual
For FireWire cameras, the third-party IIDC 1394 FirePackage driver must be installed. It is available from the MVTec HALCON downloads website. You must be a registered user to download the driver.
To install the FireWire driver:
To start HDevelop:
Start Menu→All Programs→MVTec HALCON 11→HDevelop
To verify your configuration:
To capture images:
The following suggestions may help you troubleshoot issues with your camera:
GigE Vision Cameras
For streaming GigE Vision cameras, the HALCON GigE Vision Streaming Filter is required. If you cannot stream in HDevelop, verify your driver installation.
To verify your driver: