In the newest XiAPI SDK release, there is a Python library directly binding the XIMEA dlls without the need to use OpenCV.
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OpenCV 3 is amazing for accessing XIMEA cameras. However, there’s still the lack of a pre-built library of OpenCV 3, especially 3.1, with XIMEA support. Here, I provide you a pre-built package of OpenCV 3.1 built with XIMEA for Python 2.7 and Python 3.5 for Windows machines.
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This is a quick post describing how to install the pymba package on Windows. Basically, you have to install the AVT Vimba package (v. 1.3+), Python 2.7.x and the pymba package.
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The brandnew OpenCV master version 3 has a lot of advantages. First to mention is the accessibility of the XiAPI parameters. Because XIMEA is still not supported by default in OpenCV, I provide you here the necessary files as a zip file.
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I recently found a decent camera for my behavior experiments. It was very important for me, that the camera supports LabVIEW and Python, ideally via OpenCV. Another important feature was the usage of USB 3 instead of Firewire or GigE, because of ease of use and availability in standart computers. At the same time, OpenCV is a powerful tool to do comprehensive image processing and analysis. And, even more important, it is available thorugh a Python interface, enabling me to develop fast, efficient and cost-effective tools to investigate zebrafish behavior. Here I am describing how to use Python, OpenCV and the XIMEA cam together.
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