Streaming USB3 Vision Cameras with Pleora eBUS Player in OS X
Technical Application Note TAN2015021
Revised September 21, 2015
Technical Application Note (TAN2015021): Streaming USB3 Vision Cameras with Pleora eBUS Player in OS X
This application note provides information on how to set up, configure and stream Point Grey’s USB3 Vision cameras with Pleora in the OS X operating system. For general information on Point Grey cameras using OS X, see KB10167 Using Point Grey Imaging Products Under MacIntosh OS X.
Point Grey has tested eBUS version 188.8.131.5252.
Before you use your Point Grey camera, we recommend that you are aware of the following resources available from the Point Grey 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.
Technical Application Notes and Knowledge Base Articles—offer additional guidance.
Tech Insights—Subscribe to Point Grey's monthly email updates containing information on new knowledge base articles, new firmware and software releases, and Product Change Notices (PCN).
Point Grey has tested and recommends the following configuration.
|MacBook Pro 15"||Model MacBook Pro11,3|
|CPU||Intel Core i7 2.6 GHz|
|RAM||8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM|
|Operating System||OSX 10.10.2 Yosemite|
|Software||eBus Player version 184.108.40.20652|
|Camera||Blackfly BFLY-U3-13S2C firmware 220.127.116.11|
If your camera is not using USB3 Vision firmware, see Frequently Asked Questions.
In the eBUS Player dialog, click on the Play button to start acquisition. If your camera is running slower than expected, verify that the camera is running at USB3 speed.
To verify that your camera is running at UBS3 speed:
If the speed is Up to 5 Gb/sec, your camera is running at USB3 speed.
If the speed is Up to 480 Mb/sec, your camera is running at USB2 speed.
Verify that you are using the recommended USB3 cable and host controller card. TAN2011005 Recommended USB 3.1 System Components offers additional details and suggestions.
The camera’s firmware may need to be updated to USB3. See KB 10312 Determining the firmware version used by a Point Grey camera for information on how to find out what firmware version your camera is using. To update the firmware, follow the instructions in the next section.
Camera firmware that supports USB3 Vision has USB3 Vision Firmware on the title of the download link.
You can update your USB 3.1 camera firmware in Windows or Linux.