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Acquisition Using the Image Acquisition Tool

Specify acquisition parameters and acquire image data using the Image Acquisition Tool

You can acquire images using any type of supported hardware with the Image Acquisition Tool, a full user interface that enables you to set acquisition properties, preview the image, and acquire images. Use the imaqtool function to start the tool.

This section pertains to acquiring images using the Image Acquisition Tool. For information on doing the acquisition programmatically using the videoinput object, see Acquisition Using Any Hardware.

Note: The functionality for all supported hardware is now available via the Support Package Installer. Starting with R2014a, each adaptor is available separately through the Support Package Installer, and you must install the appropriate support packages to use the toolbox with your hardware. For more information, see Image Acquisition Support Packages for Hardware Adaptors.


Image Acquisition ToolAcquire images and video from hardware

Examples and How To

Getting Started with the Image Acquisition Tool

You can use the Image Acquisition Tool to preview, configure, acquire, and save image data.

Selecting Your Device in Image Acquisition Tool

You can select a device and format, add new hardware, and use a camera file using the Hardware Browser pane.

Setting Acquisition Parameters in Image Acquisition Tool

The tool allows you to set acquisition parameters directly in the desktop using the Acquisition Parameters tabs. You can set frames per trigger, color space, Region of Interest, device-specific properties, memory and disk logging, and triggering options.

Previewing and Acquiring Data in Image Acquisition Tool

Describes the Preview window, previewing, acquiring data, and troubleshooting bad images.

Exporting Data in the Image Acquisition Tool

You can export the data that has been acquired in memory to a MAT-file, the MATLAB® Workspace, VideoWriter, or other options.

Saving Image Acquisition Tool Configurations

You can save device configurations for later use in the tool.

Exporting Image Acquisition Tool Hardware Configurations to MATLAB

You can export the video input objects and their configured parameters from the tool to a choice of multiple formats, and then access the video object in MATLAB.

Saving and Copying Image Acquisition Tool Session Log

The session log dynamically records every action you perform in the Image Acquisition Tool. You can save the contents of the session log.

Registering a Third-Party Adaptor in the Image Acquisition Tool

If you are using a third-party adaptor that requires the use of the imaqregister function, you can use this menu as an easier way to add the adaptor.


The Image Acquisition Tool Desktop

Describes opening the tool and all the parts of the desktop user interface.