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Teledyne DALSA Sapera LT SDK Image Acquisition and Control Libraries

Sapera LT GUI application shows some sample windows

Teledyne DALSA's Sapera LT SDK software is a free with purchase image acquisition and control toolkit for Teledyne DALSA 2D/3D, GigE, Camera Link, Camera Link HS cameras, and frame grabbers. The Sapera LT SDK includes a comprehensive set of libraries and tools with extensive documentation and demo/example source code. Sapera LT is hardware independent and features the ability to seamlessly interchange Teledyne DALSA cameras and frame grabbers.

The SDK supports image acquisition from cameras and frame grabbers based on machine vision standards including 2D/3D GigE Vision™, Camera Link®, Camera Link HS™, CoaXpress®, and USB3 Vision from Teledyne Lumenera. The GigE Vision driver utilizes Teledyne DALSA's patented TurboDrive™ technology to increase the GigE image transfer speeds by a factor of x1.5 to x3.

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Features & Benefits

  • Supports Teledyne DALSA 2D/3D GigE, Camera Link, Camera Link HS, area and line scan cameras
  • Built-in diagnostic and monitoring tools
  • Extensive documentation and demo/example source code
  • Integrated support for DALSA’s patented TurboDrive technology to boost GigE speeds
  • T2IR framework for real-time analysis and traceability of the image acquisition and transfer process
  • Hardware Independent for platform portability and seamless interchange of Teledyne DALSA cameras and frame grabbers
  • Supports C++, C# and VB.NET programming languages
  • Supports 64-bit/32-bit Windows 10, 8x, 7, WoW64 and Linux (some conditions apply)

Development Platforms and Tools

The SDK includes APIs for C++, .NET and Standard C with code examples and projects for Microsoft Visual Studio C++ and .NET (C# and VB.NET) platforms. The extensive documentation, ready to run code examples, diagnostic and analysis tools help developers get applications up and running faster.

Tools and libraries with sophisticated host image buffer and transfer management techniques enable optimal performance in machine vision applications. Redistributable runtime components for application deployment are provided free of charge when used with Teledyne DALSA cameras and frame grabbers.

The tools include the following components:


CamExpert is a configuration and setup tool for Camera Link, Camera Link HS, GigE Vision, and GenCP compliant cameras and frame grabbers. The intuitive GUI (graphical user interface) simplifies the configuration and set up for the camera and frame grabbers all in one window. CamExpert also features a live status window, color conversion algorithms, a pixel inspection window, image statistics, diagnostics, and more.

Sapera LT CamExpert - sample GUI window

CamExpert X

CamExpert X is a 3D Camera configuration and setup GUI that supports Teledyne DALSA's 3D acquisition devices such as the Z-Trak 3D Laser Profiler, and 3rd party devices via GeniCam. CamExpert X is compatible with GenICam SFNC v2.3 (including Scan3D features). Features include support for 3D packed pixel formats (Z (depth), X (lateral), reflectance and extra device specific information), 3D buffer attributes (invalid points flag, world scaling factors, distance unit), 3D data storage in TIFF and CRC (proprietary) file formats, and includes plitting and merging functions for 3D data formats manipulations.

Sapera LT CamExpert X - sample GUI window

Sapera Monitor

The Sapera Monitor is a component of the Sapera LT T2IR (Trigger-To-Image-Reliability) framework that enables monitoring of Sapera LT in real-time. T2IR is a set of programmable hardware and software functions for real-time monitoring and traceability during the image acquisition and transfer process. Developers can use this tool to implement detection, monitoring, diagnostic and prevention components in their application.

Sapera LT monitor host / camera diagram

Sapera LT monitor - sample GUI window

Sapera LogViewer

The Sapera LogViewer logs and displays low level Sapera LT interaction with host, buffers and image acquisition.

Sapera Configuration Tool

The Sapera Configuration Tool enables optimal buffer and memory management, and communication port configuration.

Sapera PCIDiag

Sapera PCIDiag Tool is a host level utility that displays PCI configuration, resource allocation, and identifies conflicts.