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Problem with setting up Allied Vision Manta, OpenCv and VS2015

asked 2017-02-06 08:17:44 -0500

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I have laptop with Windows 10 and Marvell Yukon 88E8072 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller. I have Allied Vision Manta camera connected to my laptop. I installed Visual Studio 2015 and also I installed Allied Vision SDK - Vimba Viewer. I am able to capture images with Vimba Viewer interface soo I know that camera is working ok.

The problem is when I try to capture images in Visual Studio. I downloaded sample source code and with this code I am able to capture image from my webcam.This is code:

#include <opencv2/core/core.hpp>
#include <opencv2/highgui/highgui.hpp>
#include <iostream>
#include <opencv2\video\video.hpp>
#include "opencv2/highgui/highgui.hpp"

using namespace cv;
using namespace std;

int main(int argc, char* argv[])
//cerr << getBuildInformation() << endl;

VideoCapture cap(0); // open the video camera no. 0 - we camera, 1- should     be GigE camera?

if (!cap.isOpened())  // if not success, exit program
    cout << "Cannot open the video cam" << endl;
    return -1;

double dWidth = cap.get(CV_CAP_PROP_FRAME_WIDTH); //get the width of frames of the video
double dHeight = cap.get(CV_CAP_PROP_FRAME_HEIGHT); //get the height of frames of the video

cout << "Frame size : " << dWidth << " x " << dHeight << endl;

namedWindow("MyVideo", CV_WINDOW_AUTOSIZE); //create a window called "MyVideo"

while (1)
    Mat frame;

    bool bSuccess =; // read a new frame from video

if (!bSuccess) //if not success, break loop
    cout << "Cannot read a frame from video stream" << endl;

imshow("MyVideo", frame); //show the frame in "MyVideo" window

if (waitKey(30) == 27) //wait for 'esc' key press for 30ms. If 'esc' key is pressed, break loop
    cout << "esc key is pressed by user" << endl;
 return 0;

If I change VideoCapture cap(0) to VideoCapture cap(1), so that I should get video from GigE camera, I get a message ''Canot open the video cam'', so cap.isOpen() is false (see code above).

I am assuming that this has to do something with PvAPI driver not installed/included correctly. When I run:

cerr << getBuildInformation() << endl; in cmd I see under Video I/O there is a line that says: PvAPI NO!

My question is, how can I configure my sistem to be able to capture images from Allied Vision Camera, model Manta in Visual Studio?

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how do you download opencv?

LBerger gravatar imageLBerger ( 2017-02-06 11:57:56 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-02-06 12:05:32 -0500

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I think you have download from this site.

If you want to use PvAPI Library you have to clone opencv from github and read this post to build opencv using CMake

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Yes your right, I have downloaded and configured OpenCv using this tutorial: (

Ok, building opencv using CMake make sense...But is there any other way of configureing my settup? I have read something about Vimba Viewer Class Builder and APIs for c++ and c# but I don't know how to implement this in Visual Studio?

jok23 gravatar imagejok23 ( 2017-02-06 14:20:04 -0500 )edit

building opencv will take less than 1 hour (without CUDA 15 minutes)

LBerger gravatar imageLBerger ( 2017-02-06 14:40:33 -0500 )edit

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