Yes, with the release of INFINITY version 5.0, signed camera drivers are available for both Windows 7 and Windows VISTA 32 and 64-bit platforms, along with continued support for the Windows XP platform. The INFINITY application software packages continue to be provided as 32-bit, but will also work on the 64-bit platform. Visit the INFINITY installations on the Support section of our website.
INFINITY cameras purchased prior to July 31, 2006 were not enabled for use with the INFINITY ANALYZE application. These cameras can be activated in-the-field without the need to return them to Lumenera. A one-time upgrade license fee applies. The activation utility will be sent via e-mail once the upgrade request form has been completed and submitted to Lumenera.
INFINITY cameras operate under Windows XP, Windows VISTA (32-bit & 64-bit), and Windows 7 (32-bit & 64-bit). The Windows 2000 platform is no longer actively supported. For information on the MAC O/S refer to the FAQ section on 'MAC Operating System' below.
Lumenera INFINITY cameras require between 500mA and 1000mA, depending on the model. Most models will run directly from the USB bus power, with the exception of the INFINITY3-1, INFINITY4-11 and the INFINITYX-32. The INFINITY3-1 requires an external power supply to enable the camera cooling. The INFINITY4-11 requires an external 12V power supply, and the INFINITYX-32 requires a 5V power supply. While both the INFINITY1 and INFINITY2 series of cameras will run directly off the power provided by the USB cable, the INFINITY2 series, and the INFINITY3-1U camera models may require an external 5.0 Volt DC power adapter to produce the optimal image quality. Individual PC configurations may influence whether an external power adapter is required.
Yes. We do certify all of our INFINITY camera models for the CE mark.
Please contact our Support team at email@example.com for more information. Please provide the camera model you are using in your email.
We require at least Service Pack 2 for Windows XP.
The most recent version of the INFINITY software is always posted on our website. You can determine the version you are working with by opening the INFINITY Capture application's Help -> About box. This box displays the software versions for the overall INFINITY software, the API, the device driver, the camera firmware and its FPGA load.
Each INFINITY camera model acts as a license key for INFINITY ANALYZE software. With a camera connected to the computer, ANALYZE software works with full functionality. Without a camera connected ANALYZE runs in demo mode, which places an ‘EVALUATION’ watermark over each image processed. This feature enables users to test INFINITY ANALYZE functions prior to purchasing a camera.
There are two options available for purchasing additional licenses for INFINITY ANALYZE. One option is to purchase a USB key that provides a license enabling ANALYZE to run on a PC where there is no INFINITY camera connected. This USB key can be purchased for $200. To purchase please contact the support team at Lumenera for an order form. The second license option for ANALYZE is called the Advanced Features Key. Purchasing this additional license unlocks the functions of Multi-Focus Composition (MFC), and Spherical Aberration Correction (SAC). Contact Lumenera Scientific Sales for information on purchasing this additional module.
The INFINITY ANALYZE application will operate in DEMO mode if an INFINITY camera is not connected to the PC when the application starts. The purpose of the DEMO mode is to provide the ability to evaluate a subset of the ANALYZE software capabilities. Existing image files can be opened for processing, but the output will contain the ‘EVALUATION’ watermark on the resulting image. When an INFINITY camera is connected to the PC, it provides the license key for the ANALYZE package, enabling the full application capabilities. Processed images do not contain the ‘EVALUATION’ watermark when a camera from the INFINITY 1, 2, 3, or 4 series models is connected to the PC.
An electronic copy of the INFINITY CAPTURE User Manual is installed with the INFINITY software. The document is in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. It is located in a Documentation folder where the INFINITY Software was installed.
Typically this is the location:
C:\Program Files\Lumenera Corporation\INFINITY Software\
The INFINITY ANALYZE User Manual is found in another Documentation sub-folder, typically here:
C:\Program Files\Lumenera Corporation\INFINITY Software\INFINITY ANALYZE\
Note that the INFINITY ANALYZE User Manual can also be accessed directly from the Help menu within the ANALYZE application.
This camera features a full 2 Megapixel resolution (1920x1080), full HD format output at 60 frames per second, progressive scan. This requires a monitor or TV that supports the 1080p60 format. The camera provides excellent color reproduction.
The camera is designed to operate without the need to be connected to a computer. Simply plug in the supplied power adapter, and connect the video cable to your TV or monitor. If your computer monitor or TV does not have an HDMI port, then you can use a cable with a DVi connector as the output. The camera automatically adjusts to changing illumination levels. There are also three buttons on the front of the camera to provide a simple user interface, including a power on/off function and the ability to perform a white balance operation. The third button on front of the camera provides an image capture operation, however the camera must be connected to a PC via a USB 2.0 cable, and the file storage configuration must be setup using the INFINITYHD CAPTURE application before using this feature.
This camera design includes the storage of the last configuration. If the camera is powered down or unplugged from the power supply, it will resume next operation with the same configuration that was active when the camera was last operating.
This camera has been designed for use on a microscope, where multiple people will benefit from seeing a high-speed, sharp clear image of the materials being examined. Some suggested application areas include hospital review boards, educational and training environments, and industrial materials inspection stations. The cameras can also be used with a conventional C-mount lens. Due to the high frame rate output from the camera sensor the exposure time for each frame is limited, making the camera most suitable for applications where plenty of light reaches the camera sensor.
The package includes the following: an INFINITYHD camera; one DVD case including an installation CD for a Windows PC, and a Quick Start Guide, One universal 5VDC power supply with international AC plugs, One 2m HDMI video cable, one 3m USB2.0 cable.
Any microscope with a standard C-mount adapter will accept the camera. If the microscope includes a trinocular port, this configuration is typically better but the camera could also be mounted using an eye-piece fitted C-mount adapter. The sensor format for this camera is 1/3”, meaning that an optimal microscope adapter should be about a 0.35X. Other adapter magnifications will also work with this camera (eg. 0.30x, 0.40X, 0.45X, 0.5X, etc), however the greater the magnification on the adapter, the more magnification there will be on the camera image, and a smaller field of view will be captured by the camera. Whether the microscope is an upright clinical scope, inverted scope or a stereoscope, if it includes a C-mount adapter then the camera can be connected.
The best way to perform a white balance is to:
• Adjust the lamp brightness to a high intensity setting
• Move the slide stage so that the microscope/camera sees only the light and a clear section of the slide glass. For stereoscopes use a white or grey background card.
• With the camera operating autonomously from a computer, simply push the center button on the front of the camera (labelled WB) to execute the white balance. Alternatively, if the camera is connected to a PC via USB2.0 cable, launch the INFINITYHD CAPTURE application and click the White Balance button. Performing a white balance computation a second time can often refine the results.
• New white balance values will be stored within the camera and will be maintained even with powering down or disconnecting the camera, until a new white balance function is performed.
• Any time the color temperature of the illumination source is altered, the white balance operation should be repeated. This would include situations where the intensity of a “hot” lamp source (eg. Halogen bulb) is changed, or when specific filters are inserted into the optical path (eg.: daylight filters)
With the release 1.0.1 of the INFINITYHD software, a new item has been added to the Configure menu for the INFINITYHD CAPTURE application. The INFINITYHD camera transmits a 1080p60 output signal over the HDMI cable without a need to be connected to a PC. The configuration settings for the camera are stored in non-volatile memory on-board. To update the image orientation setting in the camera follow these steps: Connect the camera to a PC or laptop with the INFINITYHD software release 1.0.1 installed. Open the INFINITYHD CAPTURE application and click on the Configure button. Choose the option to “Rotate Image 180 degrees”. Close the INFINITYHD CAPTURE application. The camera setting for image orientation will be remembered even if the camera is powered down. The procedure can be reversed following the same steps, if desired.
No. The INFINITY camera models will only support one video stream to one application at a time.
Yes, it is possible to operate multiple INFINITY cameras at the same time on the same computer. If two microscopes are situated adjacent to one PC and both scopes are equipped with INFINITY cameras, it is possible to control and view output from both cameras at the same time. With two (or more) cameras connected to the PC, simply start the INFINITY CAPTURE or ANALYZE software. A prompt is displayed showing a list of any available INFINITY camera serial numbers when multiple cameras are available. Simply choose which camera to control. When another instance of INFINITY software is launched, another prompt to choose the camera will appear, unless there is only one available model. Use the application control panels to set camera parameters as desired, preview results, and capture images. Each camera is sharing part of the available USB 2.0 bandwidth so frame rate performance could be impacted.
The INFINITY camera frame rates will vary according to the Region of Interest (ROI) specified, and the exposure time selected. A camera’s frame rate will drop when exposure time is set to a longer interval. For example, an exposure time of 100ms (1/10th second) will limit any camera to an output frame rate of 10 frames per second.
The INFINITY USB 2.0 camera will work with your computer's power management scheme. The camera will turn off when your computer turns off or sleeps, and turns on when the computer is awake. If you want to turn off the camera without turning off the computer or putting it to sleep you will need to unplug the USB 2.0 cable and the external power supply (if used) from the camera.
Yes, all INFINITY cameras can be accessed from within any third-party software package that supports TWAIN. Many Microsoft applications have a menu option to “Insert -> Image -> From Scanner or Camera”. With the INFINITY CAPTURE software installed and any INFINITY camera connected to the PC, selecting this option will bring up the INFINITY CAPTURE control panel. Use the settings options to make the desired adjustments to the camera performance and capture an image. Each image captured will be stored directly in the calling application (examples include: MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, etc.)
With both INFINITY Capture and INFINITY ANALYZE packages it is possible to use a custom bitmap overlay with either the live preview or with the captured image. Custom bitmaps can be easily created using simple programs like MS Paint. Add colored text and graphics to a bitmap image. Keep the image background as pure white, as this will get mapped as transparent automatically within the INFINITY application. The INFINITY ANALYZE package supports the display of a cross-hair at the centre of the live preview image for alignment purposes. This cross-hair is toggled on or off from the File menu.
Use the Help -> Settings dialog box within the ANALYZE application. This dialog box includes a space where the number of field group images stored by the application can be altered. Another space on this dialog allows for an adjustment to the amount of memory that is reserved by ANALYZE when it runs. It may be advisable to increase the amount of memory allocated in conjunction with an increase in the number of field group images to store. Be aware of how much free (memory) RAM your computer has available before allocating too much for ANALYZE. The default setting for RAM usage is 128Mb. Increasing this number to 256Mb should not cause an issue on a PC that has 1Gb of RAM or more, depending entirely on how many other applications are concurrently running.
This is a simple task accomplished by drag & drop. With both the ANALYZE application and a spreadsheet program (such as MS Excel) running concurrently, simply use the mouse over the measurement panel to highlight all measurements of interest. Then drag these entries using the mouse until the cursor is over the tray icon for the spreadsheet. This causes the spreadsheet function to open in the foreground, where you continue to drag the measurements (now represented as an outline rectangle) to the desired section of the spreadsheet, and release the mouse. The data is now resident in the spreadsheet for calculating sums, averages, etc.
This capability is provided within the INFINITY Capture application. Refer to the INFINITY Capture User’s Manual for instructions on how to capture and convert brief AVI clips from the camera.
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In theory you can have up to 127 USB 2.0 devices on one USB 2.0 bus. This value includes all hubs required to connect all the other USB 2.0 devices on the bus. Assuming you wanted to connect as many cameras as possible and you assume that each hub has 4 ports, in theory you would be able to connect up to 94 cameras using 33 hubs. In practicality though, we do not recommend connecting more than 4 at a time as the performance of each camera will be 1/2 of its max throughput. In addition, the computer’s USB bus will not be able to supply power to multiple cameras at the same time, so external power adapters either connected to each camera or injecting power into each hub will be required.
All INFINITY USB 2.0 cameras can be powered externally using a DC power supply. The adapter must have a 2.1 mm center positive tip. The requirements for the power supply vary by camera model as follows: INFINITY1 series, and INFINITYX-21: 6V DC, 800mA INFINITY2 series, INFINITY3 series, and INFINITYX-32: 5V DC, 500mA INFINITY4 model: 12V DC, 1000mA.
There are two options. Either you can purchase a USB 2.0 adapter card for your computer with extra USB 2.0 ports or you can purchase a USB 2.0 hub.
The standard cable we provide is a 6' (2m) cable. We can provide a 10' (3m) or 15' (5m) active cable upon request. Please contact email@example.com if you require more information.
This happens when it does not find the correct drivers for the camera, when the New Hardware Wizard was terminated before completion, or with an error. Please refer to the previous question for details on correcting this issue.
This issue, known as vignetting, happens when the microscope coupler/adapter is incorrect for the camera's sensor format. Contact your microscope provider to obtain the compatible coupler for your camera model. Check the camera's datasheet for the size of the sensor so that the proper coupler/adapter is used. Typical coupler/adapters come in 0.6X for a 2/3” format sensor, or 0.5X for a ½” format sensor.
There are several camera settings that can impact the frame rate. The selected exposure time can have a direct impact on the camera frame rate, therefore make sure that the exposure time is kept low to ensure maximum frame rate. If the exposure itme is set to 100ms (1/10th second), the maximum number of frames per second will be 10. Another source for frame rate limitations is the lack of computer resources to keep up with the current camera data rate. You will need to minimize the resource usage or operate the camera on a faster computer. Operating two or more INFINITY cameras on the same USB adapter card will also cause the individual camera frame rates to drop due to the necessity for multiple devices to share the available bandwidth.
Horizontal banding may be seen on cameras equipped with CMOS sensors that use an electronic rolling shutter. This includes the INFINITY1-1, 1-2, 1-3, and 1-5 models, where the horizontal bands change thickness with exposure time alterations. The banding may appear when a 60Hz or 50Hz AC powered microscope lamp is flickering (faster than the eye can detect), and the exposure time on the sensor is short (typically less than 25ms). As the sensor is exposing only a few rows at a time, from the top to the bottom of the CMOS chip, the oscillating brightness of the AC powered lamp causes a fluctuation that is detected on the camera. The INFINTIY Capture software includes a setting that limits the exposure intervals based on the light source frequency. Alternately, you can use neutral density filters to reduce the amount of light reaching the camera, so that a longer exposure time can be used, which will eliminate the problem.
It is possible that the driver files for the USB key are not correctly installed or are missing from your computer. Contact the Technical Assistance Centre using firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance, or to request access to the Knowledge Base where there is a solution to download called: “Can I get the driver files for the INFINITY ANALYZE Advanced Features USB Key”
With either INFINITY Capture or INFINITY ANALYZE, the first step to obtaining a correct color balance is to properly adjust the exposure. If the live preview image is too bright, then one or more of the color channels will be saturated (ie. at maximum brightness). The camera’s White Balance function needs to have the pixel values within a valid range to determine the appropriate levels to set for the Red, Green, and Blue channel gains. Reduce the exposure time slider, or use the Automatic Exposure Calculation feature to bring the preview brightness down to about 60 to 90% of full brightness. With the sample removed from the viewing area, or with a white (or grey) card in the field of view, click on the White Balance function. If desired, increase the exposure time to brighten the image again. You can also use the Auto Exposure features (AEC) in either Capture or ANALYZE to achieve appropriate scene brightness prior to performing the white balance operation.
The Help -> Settings dialog in ANALYZE 5.0.3 includes a setting that will limit the upper exposure time employed by the Continuous Auto Exposure function. By default, the auto exposure can take the camera exposure time up to the maximum range of 500ms. When the light level is very low, the exposure time will be increased by the application in an attempt to increase the scene brightness. This results in a reduction in the frame rate from the camera. By imposing an upper limit on the auto exposure to a value that is more suitable to your microscope setup (for example 75ms may be the longest exposure time required on your highest power objective), the auto exposure function will respond more rapidly to changes in light level, especially as the turret is rotated between objectives, when light is briefly blocked from reaching the camera.
Yes. Lumenera provides a fully functional Application Programmer Interface (API) library to control all of the USB camera models. Contact the Lumenera Technical Assistance Centre (TAC) team, or Lumenera sales for more information on the Software Developer’s Kit (SDK).
Yes. All INFINITY USB 2.0 models rely on DirectX for image display. Third-party software packages can use the DirectX property pages to control basic camera functions.
All INFINITY camera models have a standard female C-mount thread. Most microscope brands have adapter/couplers available with a male C-mount thread, or they can be obtained from the microscope provider. It is also possible to obtain custom adapters that allow a C-mount camera to be coupled to the microscope ocular port, if a trinocular (or photoport) is not available.
For MAC users running 10.4, INFINITY camera support is provided for most models using a Quicktime interface enabled as a plug-in through the third-party package ImageJ. Refer to the Support section of our website for more details.
Support is also available for INFINITY camera models running under the Mac 10.6.X operating system. Refer to the Support Software Downloads page to access the package. INFINITY cameras that are not compatible with the MAC interface are: INFINITY2-3, INFINITYX-21 (discontinued), and INFINITYX-32.
On a Windows platform, the INFINITY camera models come with both the INFINITY CAPTURE and INFINITY ANALYZE applications. Additionally, any third-party software that uses a TWAIN interface to communicate with a camera device will accept input from the INFINITY CAPTURE TWAIN package. The INFINITY software is provided with purchase, and is also available for download on the microscopy downloads page. The ANALYZE package will operate in demonstration mode if an INFINITY camera is not connected to the PC.
For Mac users, many of the INFINITY camera models are supported by a QuickTime plug-in enabled through ImageJ. The INFINITY2-3 model is not supported due to the output from the CCD sensor being interlaced in this particular model. See the microscopy downloads page for more details on the installation of the required software for the MAC platform.
Yes, you do have the ability to capture short video clips. Setup Options and toolbar buttons are provided within the INFINITY CAPTURE panel to record (Red dot icon) and playback (Green triangle icon) video clips. Lumenera does not provide compression codecs, so the captured video clips are comprised of uncompressed frames, making the video files very large. Third-party software packages can perform post-processing to reduce the output video file size. Other third-party software products can provide video clip capture directly from an INFINITY camera. The video-clip capture supports writing directly to a standard Windows RGB 24-bit AVI file, or on computers where processing power, memory, or disk write speeds are not optimal, CAPTURE offers the ability to write to an interim file (8-bit custom format), which can be converted easily to a standard AVI file as a post-capture process. See the INFINITY CAPTURE User’s Manual included with your camera for more details.
INFINITY CAPTURE provides full camera control, live video preview, and image capture functions. Additional functions within this package include a focus meter, bitmap overlay, flat-field correction, video-clip capture, custom white balance color target, preview zoom, and the ability to export the camera settings to the ANALYZE application. The INFINITY ANALYZE package provides many of the same functions as CAPTURE, such as full camera control, live video preview, and image capture, however, the ANALYZE package provides a number of additional functions for post-image capture processing, such as calibration, measurement, multi-channel composition, panorama, sharpening, time-lapse capture, bitmap overlay and database storage. Refer to the product datasheets on these two applications for further details.
There are many options available for adapting the INFINITY ANALYZE package to suit your needs. Firstly, the display language for ANALYZE is set to English by default, but it can be customized to display in any other language. Search the Knowledge Base to locate the article that provides all the necessary details on customizing the language for INFINITY ANALYZE. Other configuration options include the ability to hide or display any of the panels and toolbars within ANALYZE. In addition, the live preview or any captured image can be displayed within the standard application dialogs, or can fill the display screen dimensions with a simple keyboard click.
The frame rate provided by the camera is controlled by a number of factors within INFINITY ANALYZE. The camera typically runs the live preview at full resolution in order to provide swift and random access to various Regions of Interest (ROI) and zoom levels. Additionally, the exposure time setting on the camera will impact the frame rate output with longer exposure times. For example, if the exposure time for each frame is set to 100ms (1/10th of a second), then the camera will not be able to deliver frames any faster than 10 times per second. Faster frame rates for ROI settings are achieved within the INFINITY CAPTURE application, where the ROI selected is used to reduce the number of pixels output from the camera sensor, which generally increases the frames per second.
The INFINITY ANALYZE package provides settings to specify an interval between frames and a duration for the time lapse capture sequence. This capability should be used in conjunction with the Capture Settings that specifies images are to be saved directly to file (not Field Group or Both). Additionally, the setting to allow auto incremental of file names should be specified. As the camera supplies images at the specified interval, the image files will be saved directly to the folder identified, using the file type and prefix requested. ANALYZE will append a sequential file number to each captured image. Third-party software (eg.: VirtualDub) will enable the creation of a video sequence by opening the first of a list of sequentially numbered image files.