Lucam Recorder is a very intuitive software application. Also, most of the interactive controls do have a tool tip which briefly explains the function of the control. Simply move the mouse cursor around and learn how the software works. The most important development coach for Lucam Recorder functionality and software testing Rainer Ehlert has written a Quick start guide and an Instruction manual for Lucam Recorder application. Following his Quick start guide for Lucam Recorder.


Start Up


At first start up you will see a screen like this


Depending on your camera model, you will have all values set at default which were automatically read from the connected camera type. In this case it could have been a Lumenera model LU075M. You will see in live video preview mode what your camera is imaging.

Before clicking on any menu point, please take a good look all over the area of the window. For sure many of the words will be not new for you. Read it carefully before you to click on any field, title, slider, number, etc.

Should the upper screen not appear, but appear a screen like this, then there is no camera connected.



Close the message box, connect your camera and start the software again.


TIP    You can quickly disconnect your camera by LMB clicking on the word STOP located at the bottom right corner. You can also connect it quickly by LMB clicking into the main preview window where you see the words Not connected.


First Camera Adjustments


TIP    Practice with your camera during daylight on terrestrial objects. This will save you a lot of Headaches. It is not good to do this at night when you are under the stress of imaging your objects and at the same time you have to concentrate on thousand of other little things. You know from what I am talking about.


Image Size

On the upper left corner you see the title Image Size and underneath a field with some numbers in it. In this case the camera started automatically with the image size in 640 x 480 pixels. Click LMB (Left Mouse Button) on the little arrow pointing down and a drop down list will appear. The displayed values at first start up were read automatically from the camera and are predefined default values by Lumenera Company. There is possibly a scroll down bar also. Scroll with this bar the list up and down and you see all possible image sizes per default. Click LMB on any of the lines and this will select the new image size.



ROI    Region Of Interest

On the right side of the Image Size field you see a little gray window with a red border. If you have chosen a ROI from your image size list, you will see a smaller rectangle or square (depending of the chosen ROI size) just in the center of the gray little window.

You can move this window by locating the mouse pointer inside this window. The mouse pointer will adopt a new shape: 4 arrows. Hold down LMB and drag wherever you want to locate it. You will see how the live preview changes to the desired location.

For centering it again, just click RMB (Right Mouse Button) and it will center automatically again.

Streaming Speed

Under the Image Size field you will see the title Frame Rate. According to the chosen Image Size, HWR will display the possible frame rates. Click LMB on the arrow pointing down and a list will appear with all the possible frame rates. Apart from seeing fixed frame rates you will see on the top of the list the word variable and on the bottom longtime. Click LMB on any of the lines and it will become the valid frame rate. Clicking on variable will give you the full range of exposure which the camera is able to do in fast speed mode.

Longtime will allow you to choose exposures times up to the maximum the camera allows.



Warning     If you select longtime exposure mode your maximum longtime exposure time will be 3600 seconds at first start up. You will see this number on the right upper side of the slider. In order to adjust it, click LMB on the number and then you can input a lower value. This value can be changed according to your needs. The value will be stored and is, unless changed, the default value for each new HWR start up.


Adjusting Your Exposure


Below the Frame Rate field you see 5 sliders, each one with a different title

o        Exp. [ms] for variable and fixed frame rates  [s] for longtime

o        Gain

o        Gamma

o        Contrast

o        Brightness


You can also see a number in the center of each slider, which indicates you the current valid value for each selection.

How to adjust the values

There are different methods and are the same for all 5 sliders.

Locate the mouse pointer on the slider, hold LMB down and you can drag the slider forwards and backwards and so adjust the desired values. Click LMB on the number and it will appear in a little field. Now there are 2 ways to adjust this number

1.       Input with the numeric keypad the desired value

2.       Use the little mouse wheel and rotate it up or down and you will see how the number increases or decreases

3.       Position your mose pointer over the line of the slider and click LMB and the value will change in small increments


The Exposure and Gain values can also be adjusted in bigger increments compared to the slower but more accurate adjusting with the little mouse wheel.


Position your mouse arrow over the number, be it Exp. or Gain and click LMB or RMB. You will see how the slider moves up a certain amount and your exposure or Gain will have a noticeable change.


Now you have learned how to adjust all the different parameters in order to get the images as you want and you are surely anxious to acquire your first set of images be it an AVI or individual images like JPG, TIF, etc.


Acquiring Images


On the lower left part of the full window there you will find a menu with several different tabs named

Rec            Limit            File             Misc



Selecting a file type


Click LMB on File and you will see the above image. There is a field and on top of it the title File format. On the right side of the field a checkbox and a title 12bit/pixel.



Click LMB on the arrow pointing down next to the File format field. A drop down list will appear with several different file types. As all Lumenera cameras are 8 and 12 bit capable cameras there will be 2 types of drop down lists. One for 8bit/pixel, the one you see in the image, and a 12bit/pixel as in the image below


8Bit per pixel

12Bit per pixel


Click on one of them and this will be your selection.


Image file naming


In the same file menu you have underneath the file type menu, a menu for naming your files with several different choices. Clicking LMB on the arrow next to the File naming field opens a drop down box.

For the meantime please ignore the option Folder structure. We will explain this later on.



Count will create directories with a number



Time will create directories with the date and the time when the sequence was taken


Input allows you to specify the name of the directory and is activated when you click on the REC recording button


Specify a name and click OK and recording will start


Now that you have chosen into which directory name you will stream, you have to choose onto which hard drive and path you want to save into.


Selecting drive and path for saving the stream


In the upper part of the HWR window you see a menu bar with the following choices

File            Camera           Tools           Settings          Info



Click LMB on File and a submenu will appear


If your mouse pointer is left of the menu line then it will highlight it with a blue background. Click LMB over Capture Folder … and the standard Windows explorer will open your PC hard drive and directory structure



In that example I have chosen my drive G: and the directory Test.

Click on accept and this will from now on be the drive and path into you will be saving your iamge streams.


There you already see the directories we made for the different naming convention.


Selecting the length of your sequence


After having chosen the file type, the next step is to define if you want to image a certain amount of images or during a certain time or just acquire images until stopped manually.


Click LMB on the tab Limit and you will see a menu like in the image above. On the left side there is a checkbox and the title Stream limit. If you uncheck it, it means that you do not want to set a limit. This means that you manually Stop the recording process. Leaving it checked gives you to choices


Time    and      Count


You can switch between these by clicking on the radio button Time Input in the field the time, which will be seconds, during which the software should acquire images Count Input in the amount of images you want to acquire. Under the menu Stream Limit there is a further box with the title Loop Stream. Clicking LMB on the checkbox will activate it. The Loop stream is more or less a quick motion feature. You can take images on a predefined interval and you decide for how long you want to take the images or AVI’s and works together with the set value in Stream Limit



Beside the title Loop stream there are 2 radio buttons, each which a title fix and var

Fix means that for every chosen time se.g.ment it will stream the defined quantity of images in Stream limit and this 50 times as specified in the field Loop Count.


Warning     when using fix, the stream time is not allowed exceeding the fix time. In the example above every 2 seconds a new loop starts so the total sum of the stream must be under 2 seconds.


Var is less critical to use because that is a pause between the streaming activities, e.g. If 10 stream limits use 500ms, then after this 500ms the software will wait 2 seconds and start a new stream.


If we compare the resulting total time between Fix and Var the result is

Fix = 50 times 2 seconds totals 100 seconds

Var = 50 times stream @ 0.5 seconds + 50 times 2 seconds totals 125 seconds



Start recording


Click LMB on the Rec tab



After finishing the input of all your data you will see a screen like this. In the lower left menu you can now check all your data related to the different selections


File Format:             Tif / 12bit / grayscale

Destination:             User input

Stream Limit:           500 frames


On the lowest left corner of the window you also see the chosen drive as well as the name of the directory into which you will save your image stream.
Click LMB on the REC labeled button and your recording will start.


You will notice that some changes happened now to the window.



The REC labeled button is now red. The list with your adjustments has been replaced by a bar which shows you the recording process. On the right side of the REC labeled button you see under the live preview window 4 more titles


Frame Count: 205   Rec Time: 14.0s    Speed: 15 fps                      REC


The values highlighted in blue will change in real time while the software is recording.


So far you should now have an image sequence somewhere on your hard drive.




© 2006 Heiko Wilkens, all rights reserved.            
Design, features and specifications are subject to chance without notice.

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