View Full Version : Re: high speed video capture

11-08-2007, 07:07 PM

we spent quite some time on high-speed capturing and finally came up with a
solution that is able to capture one or more high-speed cameras with a
single PC (full resolution and frame rate).
The system supports Basler A602 and other manufacturers and models with 100
and 200 fps.

We do not have much experience with 60 minutes of capturing, but 10 or more
minutes are no problem. Our system uses compression such as MJPEG to reduce
data rate (hard disks are too slow to store more than one raw data stream)
and file size. Depending on the compression quality you can achieve data
rates down to 5 MB/s (still very good quality) or even 1 MB/s (medium


With 1 MB/s (obviously with some loss of quality) you would create a file
with 3600 MB/hour per camera. It should be possible to handle such a file
size. Saving raw data would produce 35 MB/s = 126 GB/hour which will not

Best regards,


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> -----Original Message-----
> From: * Biomechanics and Movement Science listserver
> [mailto:BIOMCH-L@NIC.SURFNET.NL] On Behalf Of Justin Case
> Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2007 8:41 PM
> Subject: [BIOMCH-L] high speed video capture
> Greetings:
> I am developing some software for a project that requires
> continual high
> speed video streaming. We are interested in supporting rates
> of 100 to 200
> fps, which will come from Basler or similar cameras. I am
> new to the video
> capture field, so any information on the following topic
> would be greatly
> appreciated:
> I would be interested in hearing from subscribers that have direct
> experience with either commercial software packages or custom software
> developments that successfully stream raw video data to a PC
> for durations
> of up to 1 hour. I have looked at some companies that
> specialize in 2D
> video capture for biomechanics, but software specs on data
> throughputs are
> hard to come by. It seems that common approaches make use of
> either on
> board camera memory to capture the data (which makes real-time, long
> duration streaming problematic) or highly specialized cameras
> to identify
> markers and relay only coordinates to the PC (which we cannot
> use in our
> application).
> My impression thus far is that when it comes to long-duration video
> streaming, capture rates higher than 30 fps for long
> recordings are not
> commonly found in the market place (and hence not easily
> achieved without
> specialized equipment). Our application is for biomechanics research.
> Firewire, USB and Gigabit-ethernet communication ports are
> available to us.
> Any comments, suggestions and experiences that you can share
> will be greatly
> appreciated.
> Thank-you in advance,
> Justin
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