AR Drone Toolkit with native video in LabVIEW for AR Drone 2.0 BETA

Hi everyone,

Originally it was my plan to incorporate native LabVIEW video streaming for the Drone 2.0 into the toolkit, but unfortunately my time working on the project ran short.  I also lost access to a Drone 2.0 for an extended period of time which made development impossible.

Given the amount of interest in streaming video natively from the 2.0, I recently picked back up the effort.  I attempted to decode the video with native LabVIEW code originally, but due to the 2.0's custom h264 implementation I could never get that working.  I ended up with a solution which uses an external DLL I compiled which uses the ffmpeg and libav libraries to decode the video stream and send the raw picture data back into LabVIEW.

This is a beta version that I have minimally tested on my machine and a few others.  I can't guarantee it's functionality, but this may offer a solution to some people who are looking for native video streaming in LabVIEW.

If you guys have issues with this version please post them here and let me know.


Note: This BETA version requires the Microsoft Visual C 2010 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86) to be installed

Justin D
Applications Engineer
National Instruments