NI-IMAQ for USB Cameras
Starting in August 2009, Vision Acquisition Software officially supports DirectShow imaging devices as part of the IMAQdx driver. You may download the driver at the following location: Vision Acquisition Software 2009
NI-IMAQ for USB Cameras driver software allows users to configure any DirectShow imaging device and acquire images into LabVIEW. Devices that support this feature include USB cameras, webcams, microscopes, scanners, and many consumer-grade imaging products.
Students and academic professionals can use this software with the NI Vision Development Module (included in the LabVIEW Student Edition) to analyze images with the aid of functions for image processing, including filters, binary morphology, pattern matching, and color inspection. The NI Vision Development Module also includes Vision Assistant for prototyping different functions, benchmarking inspections, and automatically generating code.
With NI-IMAQ for USB Cameras, you can:
- Acquire images from any USB imaging device with DirectShow support
- Select One-Shot or Continuous Image Acquisition modes
- Configure cameras programmatically, including the ability to programmatically select video modes
- Acquire directly into Vision Assistant for easy application prototyping
- Use the USB Express VI to quickly acquire images
Note: Although NI-IMAQ for USB Cameras comes with documentation, it is not officially supported by the National Instruments Corp.
- Windows Microsoft Windows Vista/Vista x64/XP/2000 (English, Italian, Japanese, French, Italian, Norwegian, Dutch, Spanish/Portuguese, Russian, or simple Chinese).
- LabVIEW 7.0 or later.
- Vision Development Module 7.1 or later
- NI Vision Acquisition Software 7.1 or later, for USB LabVIEW support.
- Vision Assistant 7.1 or later, for USB Vision Assistant plug-in module support.
- Vision Assistant 8.0 or later, for USB Express VI support.
- NI-IMAQ for USB Cameras only supports a single acquisition from one device at a time.
- Launching and closing camera sessions repeatedly will cause a minor memory leak.
- Exiting LabVIEW without closing the session properly will cause a system failure.
- Using an external image display window on a dual-processor machine or hyper-threaded machine may cause the computer to freeze when moving or clicking the external display window.
Hardware Group: Vision (IMAQ)
Driver: NI-IMAQ for USB Cameras 1.0
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- Uğur Ödek, metu/pes. email@example.com - May 3, 2013
where to find USB-VIs
Hi, I found the missing USB-VIs after successful installation under "National Instruments\LabVIEW 8.6\vi.lib\imaqUSB". Maybe someone has the same problem.
- Lasse Cornils, Universität Hamburg. firstname.lastname@example.org - Aug 30, 2012
How to use imaqUSB under Windows7
(1)Download “ni_imaq_usb_installer_86.exe” (2)Move this file to “C:\imaqUSB\”. If folder does not exist, you need to make it. (3)Press ‘Windows key + R’ to run “RUN”. (4)Input “CMD” then press ‘Enter’. (5)Input “cd C”\imaqUSB” on command window then press ‘Enter’. (6)Input “ni_imaq_usb_installer_86 /x” on command window then press ‘Enter’. (7)Select all files then click ‘OK’. (8)Click “Save” or “Yes” on Save (or Save as…) window. (9)Move the file ‘vision7.mnu’ to "C:\Program Files\National Instruments\LabVIEW 201x\menus\Categories\VisionMotion” (10)Move the folder ‘C:\imaqUSB’ to C:\Program Files\National Instruments\LabVIEW 201x\vi.lib (11)Snap and Grap example is located in following LabVIEW library file, “C:\Program Files\National Instruments\LabVIEW 2011 \vi.lib\imaqUSB\ imaqUSB examples.lib”
- email@example.com - Aug 14, 2012
I am using original copies of LV2011 and Vision Assistant 2011 but still cannot install this driver. Any help would be apperciable.
- ZORAN CENEV, Tampere University of Technology. firstname.lastname@example.org - May 31, 2012
I've tried to use the above .exe file many times, and as noted, only get a .pdf user file. I downloaded an evaluation version of NI-IMAQ to try . Why isn't this being addressed, with so many users experiencing the same thing. Sure would like to evaluate and maybe purchase the software if it works for us.
- Howard McLay, TRW Automotive. email@example.com - May 17, 2012
NI-IMAQ for USB Cameras on win7 and labview2011
I have the same problem: many times installed -,but nothing happened.I've installed LabView2011 and IMAQ Vision 2011. Please help. Thank you.
- firstname.lastname@example.org - May 17, 2012
problems with LAB
hi, i have the same question when i tried to install the usb for the camera: there is no update in the program panel( my OS is win7 & LAB2010)
- email@example.com - Apr 14, 2012
NI-IMAQ for USB Cameras
I have installed the ni_imaq_usb_installer_86.exe several times and can't find IMAQ USB from the Functions palette.
- firstname.lastname@example.org - Apr 1, 2012
NI-IMAQ exe only installs a pdf?
Hi, I downloaded the NI-IMAQ for USB Cameras, but it only installed a PDF file. Is it a problem with Windows 7 or LabView 2011? Please help. Thank you.
- Daniel Paixao, Northern Hi-Tec LTd.. email@example.com - Mar 8, 2012
IMAQ on Windows 7
Here's the answer chaps. This download is obsolete. Download the Vision Assistant software; it contains NI-IMAQdx, which is the successor to this software package
- Alex Brown, NIMR. firstname.lastname@example.org - Feb 29, 2012
I have installed the ni_imaq_usb_installer_86.exe four times still nothing happened,no VI for me to choose,I don't know what's wrong.I hope someone can help me,I'm using the LabVIEW 2010 and VAS 2010.
- email@example.com - Feb 22, 2012
NI-IMAQ for USB Cameras
Same for me. No way to install the VI's. Just need the camera to acquire video and machine vision is not required.
- Feb 7, 2012
I have the same problem: three times installed - no VIs to choose.I've installed LabView2011 and IMAQ Vision.
- firstname.lastname@example.org - Dec 17, 2011
I've tried to install this at least 5 times and I still don't have any vi's for USB cameras.
- Nov 5, 2011
IMAQ USB problem
The acquistion properties cannot be set programmatically... only possible via a dialog, very uncomfortable.Can we do it through programmatically?
- Prem Kumar, sass. email@example.com - Jul 4, 2011
Hello, is there a way to find which cameras are supported for labview NI-IMAQ for USB Cameras? firstname.lastname@example.org
- email@example.com - Jan 13, 2011
Win7 + LV2009 solution
Instead of puzzling with the USB driver, simply install IMAQdx 3.4 or later from the drivers DVD.
- Csaba Cserhati, University of Debrecen. - Oct 26, 2010
USB for Canon Cameras
Hello, Has anyone used USB for Canon Camera models SX200, SX210 or G10?
- Faisal Mirza, Sunshine Corporation. firstname.lastname@example.org - Sep 10, 2010
Windows 7 + Labview 2009 solution
I figured out how to get it working perfectly on my Labview 2009 student edition under Windows 7. It seems like NI could release a simple modified installer to remedy the problem. I just performed a manual install as mentioned in an earlier post using the command line. I installed to the following directory on my windows 7 machine. C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\LabVIEW 2009\vi.lib\imaqUSB\" The installer does create a folder named "NI-IMAQ for USB" but I just move the files out of that folder and into the "imaqUSB" folder I created.
- William Broch, Missouri S&T. email@example.com - Aug 14, 2010
Windows 7 Fail
I am having same problem as I am running Labview 2009 and Windows 7. I am not getting anything in labview with a normal install. I performed a manual install to "National Instruments\NI-IMAQ for USB\" and tried to open the VI's manually but I am getting odd errors. Any help on installing this on Windows 7 with Labview 2009??
- William Broch, Missouri S&T. firstname.lastname@example.org - Aug 14, 2010
IMAQ for USB on Win7
I installed NI-IMAQ for USB now manually as best as I could but since then Labview seems to crash sometimes which it has not done before. Please release a setup.exe that works with Win 7 and LabView 2009
- email@example.com - Jun 17, 2010
Solution for Windows 7
I had the same Problem with Windows 7. Manualy extracting the files worked for me. just execute "ni_installer_....exe /x" from cmd and select the files to extract.
- Mar 3, 2010
Windows 7 incompatibility?
I have to use Windows 7 Starter on a notebook. I managed to install the Vision module, I can see many VIs in the function palette under the Vision tab. But when I try to install the IMAQ-USB extension, I think it fails. The ImageDirectShowDll and ~Export.dll is copied to the system32 dir, but is not registered, and the regsvr32 gives an error msg, when I try to reg. it manually. The "NI-IMAQ for USB" directory, under the program files\National Instruments, contains only the manual pdf, and nothing else. There is no corresponding example file under the IMAQ\Examples dir, only the Imaq related ones. Is there an ni_imaq_usb_installer.exe which works with Windows 7 (Starter) ? Thanks a lot, in advance, MN
- firstname.lastname@example.org - Feb 19, 2010
Hi, can someone give me some ideas on what type/brand of usb cameras are suitable for labview? i need to use it with labview vision module and image acquisition IMAQ Cheers
- Jan 4, 2010
is there a list of camera's that are compatible or how can we check if are camera's are compatible?
- Nov 21, 2009
u say some solution but it isnt work for me, labview 8.5 and vista os i renamed folders and tested it. it didnt install
- farhad rastegar, delta. email@example.com - Nov 21, 2009
Property cannot be set programmatically
The acquistion properties cannot be set programmatically... only possible via a dialog, very uncomfortable.
- Sep 30, 2008
Vision Develppment Module is necessary for LabVIEW use
Hi, unfortunately, skuehn is right - to use the IMAQ for USB driver with LabVIEW, the corresponding Vision Development Module must be be installed beforehand.
- Sebastian F. Kleinau, National Instruments Germany GmbH. firstname.lastname@example.org - Aug 25, 2008
Works great under LV8.5 without any special modification.
- email@example.com - Jul 26, 2008
It's kind of handy for messing around but the memory leak is pretty brutal. With my app, it crashed after a couple hundred captures with the Snap example (had to reboot to fix it). I was alternating between two different cameras though, so it's possible that exacerbates the problem.
- Ben Buckner, MetroLaser. - Jun 25, 2008
IMAQ USB vs. Vista
Hello! Any changes to make IMAQ USB drives compatible with Windows Vista??? Thank you!
- Libor Vitek, OPROX, a.s.. firstname.lastname@example.org - Jun 16, 2008
Same version problem
This installer does not even work on my system with LabVIEW 8.2 AND LabVIEW 7.1 installed!!!
- Feb 28, 2008
use without Vision Dev Mod?
I am running LabVIEW 8.2 and would like to simply control my USB digital camera with NI-IMAQ. I don't need to do any image processing. Is it necessary that I have the Vision Development Module in addition to LV 8.2 to run this? Thank you!
- email@example.com - Feb 12, 2008
Same version problem
I used the process submitted by MBFlower and I still cannot get past the "must have Labview 7.1 or higher" step. I have Labview 8.5 with the July 2007 Vision installed. Any ideas?
- Jan 7, 2008
With Labview8.2 you just need to rename the labview8.0 folder. Start the .exe file. You must see un new folder labview8.0 with the needed files.
- firstname.lastname@example.org - Jan 2, 2008
Thanks, MBflower. I followed your instruction and it worked perfectly. Akira
- Nov 21, 2007
Fix for LV 8.5
Worked on 8.20. Didn't work on 8.5 until I made some changes. 1. Rename the "LabVIEW 8.5" folder to "LabVIEW 8.2" (If you have LabVIEW 8.2 still installed, rename that folder to something else first) 2. Install the EXE file for USB. 3. Change LabVIEW 8.5 folder back to "LabVIEW 8.5" 4. Find "vision7.mnu" and copy it into this directory: C:\Program Files\National Instruments\LabVIEW 8.5 \menus\Categories\VisionMotion Step 4 puts the icon back into the submenu in Vision+Motion.
- MBflower - Sep 12, 2007
IMAQ USB works great
I use IMAQ USB for grabbing single shots of edges and calculating MTF. It works great.
- email@example.com - May 22, 2007
It is impossible to install IMAQ for USB ver. 1.1.1 if the only LabVIEW is 8.20. ToDo: 1. Install LabVIEW 8.0 (evaluation or registered) 2. Launch IMAQ for USB installation 3. Temporary rename "LabVIEW 8.0" folder to "original 8.0" 4. Finish IMAQ for USB installation. It will be installed in the "LabVIEW 8.0" folder. 5. Copy this "new" LabVIEW 8.0 folder both into LabVIEW 8.2 folder and renamed "original 8.0" folder. 6. Rename "original 8.0" folder back to "LabVIEW 8.0". Enjoy! PS: It is possible to copy just only installed files. But how we can find all of them? 8-)
- Evgeny Sviridov, CATI. firstname.lastname@example.org - May 15, 2007
doesnt work with my labview 8
When installing it says I ned to have labview 7. or higher...but I have the 8.x ... what am I doind wrong?!?
- Joao Pinto. email@example.com - Apr 26, 2007
Any availability in Vista?
- firstname.lastname@example.org - Apr 25, 2007
Can anyone please write down what is necessary to deploy an application that uses this driver !
- Marcel Janssen, TPO Displays Europe B.V.. email@example.com - Dec 28, 2006
It works on my LabVIEW 8.20 !
- Dec 20, 2006
Does'nt work with LV 8.2
- Dec 4, 2006