# How does the winvideo adaptor in Image Acquisition Toolbox exactly return YUY2 data in YCbCr colorspace?

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MathWorks Support Team on 18 Dec 2017
I have a camera (Leopard USB camera LI-USB30-M021X) with winvideo compatible DirectShow driver which says it outputs images in YUY2 format. Now YUY2 is a format in which you normally use 16-bit per pixel to describe a color image. This camera does not actually capture color images though, in reality it captures 12-bit grayscale images which are then encoded into those 16-bits per pixel YUY2 format. Can I recover the original 12-bit data format in MATLAB somehow?

MathWorks Support Team on 8 Aug 2022
Edited: MathWorks Support Team on 22 Jan 2021
If you look at how YUY2 data is stored:

We see, that for the first 4 pixels, it looks something like: Where with the colors I have tried to indicate how I assume the camera vendor has encoded the 12-bit data as 2-bytes of data in YUY2.

If using videoinput with a YUY2 format and the default YCbCr ReturnedColorSpace, MATLAB then maps this data to a YCbCr image "im" in MATLAB in the following way:
Y0 = im(1,1,1)
U0 = im(1,1,2) = im(1,2,2)
Y1 = im(1,2,1)
V0 = im(1,1,3) = im(1,2,3)
Y2 = im(1,3,1)
U1 = im(1,3,2) = im(1,4,2)
Y3 = im(1,4,1)
V1 = im(1,3,3) = im(1,4,3)
Since there is no scaling or averaging going on, you should be able to access the original raw 12-bit data by combining the right elements again. I.e. to get Y0|U0 we need to take im(1,1,1) and combine it with im(1,1,2) where, depending on how the vendor encoded the data exactly in which order, one of those two should be shifted by 8 bits (= multiplying by 256). So then to get the first 12-bit value you would use:
v = uint16(ImageFrame(1,1,2))*2^8 + uint16(ImageFrame(1,1,1));
Similarly for Y1|V0 we would combine im(1,2,1) with im(1,2,3). Or for a whole 1280x720 image we should then be able to write:
A = zeros(720,1280,'uint16');
A(:,1:2:end) = uint16(ImageFrame(:,1:2:end,2))*2^8 + uint16(ImageFrame(:,1:2:end,1));
A(:,2:2:end) = uint16(ImageFrame(:,2:2:end,3))*2^8 + uint16(ImageFrame(:,2:2:end,1));

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