The AVT PvAPI SDK is a powerful, multi-platform software development kit (SDK) to programmatically control and capture images from AVT GigE Vision cameras. The features supported by a camera are described in a GenICam compliant XML file which is provided by the camera itself. The PvAPI parses the XML file and makes in this way the camera features available to the user.
The AVT PvAPI SDK is available free of charge and provides the following components:
Separately, a PvAPI and MFC based SampleViewer is available to operate any AVT GigE Vision camera and to explore camera features right out of the box (see below for details).
For an optimal performance we recommend to use gigabit Ethernet network adapter that optionally supports "Jumbo Frames" of at least 9kB size. The use of Jumbo frames reduces the CPU load required to handle incoming data. Be sure to configure the network adaptor to handle Jumbo frames of 9kB or higher.
Supported 32- and 64-bit Windows operating systems:
Windows 7, Vista and XP as well as Windows 2000 (32-bit only)
The GigE Sample Viewer program is an application that allows users to operate AVT's GigE Vision® cameras and to explore camera features right out of the box. The complete source code for the Sample Viewer is included in AVT's PvAPI SDK so that programmers can use the GigE Sample Viewer as a starting point for developing their own vision applications.
The GigE Sample Viewer installer package also includes the AVT/Prosilica GigE filter driver as an optional component. The filter driver can be used to reduce CPU loading of the host computer.