for image aquisition in our lab i use the PCI 1408 frame grabber which works fine but is quite expensive. in some applications i don´t use all the features (triggering, multiple cameras, different video formats). therefore i search a real cheap hardware solution for image aquisition for use with imaq vision and labview.
is there a driver for the simple frame grabber cards you can buy together with web-cams (based on a brooktree chip bt848 or bt878)? if not, is there a driver for cameras you plug in on a usb connector?
if there is no driver: anybody got information/manuals i can download about the data format imaq vison needs for aquired pictures so that i can programm a driver on my own? (i couldn´t find anything o n the ni-website).
I am using the cheap "falcon" frame grabber which is available from several vendors. It comes with a powerful DLL which can be linked easily to LV and imaq vision, no need to know which chip is underlying (the Bt848 by the way). A simple C-code moves the video image to an imaq image, all within the LV environment.