New cameras

May 21st, 2013

I have received two new cameras for aravis development.

The first one came from The Imaging Source, thanks to Arne Caspari. It’s a DMK23G618 monochrome camera. As a bonus, I have also received a couple of patches from Edgar Thier, allowing to correctly set the acquisition frame rate on this kind of device.



The second camera is a Blackfly BFLY-PGE-14S2C-CS colour camera, which comes from PointGrey, thanks to Damian Nesbitt. This camera is interresting as it requires the support for PENDING ACK packets, a feature not yet implemented in aravis.



Thanks a lot.

First stable version of Aravis

October 17th, 2012

After 810 commits over almost 3 years, I’ve released the first stable version of Aravis.

It can be downloaded here:

I think this library is in a pretty good shape now, and should be useful for everyone trying to control Genicam based cameras.

SVG Filters

October 15th, 2012

I’ve finally found the motivation to begin the implementation of SVG filters in lasem. It’s still pretty rough, there’s a lot of bugs to fix and things to finish, but when I’ve tried to render icons from gnome-icon-theme, a very large subset of this theme renders fine. Here’s an example:

For now, feGaussianBlur, feOffset, feBlend, feMerge, feMergeNode, feComposite and feFlood are supported. Support the remaining filter primitive should appear soon. Fortunately, I’m able to use Caleb Moore’s librsvg code (same license) for the filter algorithms, even if I try to use cairo API when possible.

I’ve done some work on markers, fixing overflow and automatic marker orientation:

I’ve also lately worked on the robustness of lasem, by importing in the test suite a lot of the attached files in librsvg bug reports, thanks to Olav Vitters who gave me the method for an automatic extraction of attached files in bugzilla. I’ve first downloaded the result of a bugzilla query as xml, then wrote a small script which finds attachement url and retrieves them.

Here’s the script (be careful if you use it, as bugzilla will ban you if you download a large amount of data):

# coding=utf-8

import urllib2
import xml.dom
import time
import os
import sys
import codecs
import subprocess
import locale
from xml.dom.minidom import parseString

def getText (element, tag):
        nodelist = element.getElementsByTagName (tag)[0].childNodes
        rc = []
        for node in nodelist:
                if node.nodeType == node.TEXT_NODE:
        return ''.join(rc)

count = 0

file = open('librsvg.xml')
data =

dom = parseString(data)

bugs = dom.getElementsByTagName('bug')
for bug in bugs:
        bug_id = getText (bug, 'bug_id')
        attachments = bug.getElementsByTagName('attachment')
        for attachment in attachments:
                if attachment.getAttribute('ispatch') != "1":
                        attachment_id = getText (attachment, 'attachid')
                        type = getText (attachment, 'type')
                        if type == 'image/svg+xml' or type == 'image/png':
                                filename = getText (attachment, 'filename')

                                url = "" % attachment_id
                                output_filename = "librsvg/librsvg-bug%s-%s" % (bug_id, filename)
                                input_file = urllib2.urlopen( url)
                                data = ()
                                input_file.close ()

                                output_file = open(output_filename, 'w')
                                output_file.write (data)
                                output_file.close ()

                                time.sleep (5)
                                count = count + 1

print count

Release of Aravis 0.1.8

June 21st, 2011

So, what’s new since the last blog entry on an Aravis release ?

Mostly bug fixes, but also some new features. The video stream code has been vastly improved and should be more robust now, with a better packet resend mechanism. I’m still not completely happy about this part, as when using my Ace camera on a low quality network (i.e. wifi), after some time aravis lost the connection to the camera.

I’v renamed arv-show-devices to arv-tool, and then added the capability to read/write and list the device features. It’s really helpful for testing Aravis.

The color support is also improved, and now the gstreamer plugin supports caps filtering, which makes it more consistent with the behaviour of other gstreamer plugins.

Finally, the library is parallel installable, which means I should release a stable version of aravis soon.

Kind donation of a color camera

March 22nd, 2011

Bert Douglas, from TPLogic has donated a Basler acA1300-30gc color camera, equipped with a very nice Theia MY125M lens.

This donation already helped me to fix a number of obvious issues related to the new pixel formats this camera supports. And it is very convenient to have this device at home for aravis development.

Thanks a lot.

Aravis simple viewer

January 14th, 2011

I’ve released Aravis 0.1.3, which includes a simple video viewer, with frequency, gain and exposure control.

Simple viewer

Thanks to Tom Cobb, this release also contains fixes to some issues that should allows to support more cameras. There’s also now a mailing list open to any discussion around aravis:

Aravis 0.1.2 released, now with a place for the bug reports

October 4th, 2010

I’ve released aravis 0.1.2 last week. Since 0.1.0, I’ve added a basic ethernet camera simulator, fixed a bunch of bugs in the gvcp protocol code and in the genicam one. As I’ve changed of laptop, and migrated to a 64 bit linux distribution, support of 64 bit platform has also greatly improved…

And now, Aravis has a bugzilla, hosted on the gnome infrastructure. It’s here:

Aravis 0.1.0 released

May 22nd, 2010

I’ve just released the first unstable version of Aravis.

In this release, you’ll find:

  • Support for gigabit ethernet cameras, with packet resend
  • Support for a large subset of the Genicam interface
  • A simple API for easy camera control
  • A work-in-progress documentation
  • A simple gstreamer source element
  • Gobject-introspection support

As Aravis don’t have a bug report facility yet, please report any bug to me using this address: emmanuel at gnome org.

Want to help Aravis ?

May 22nd, 2010

If you want to help Aravis, you can as usual report bugs, or contribute code. It would be interesting, for example, to add support for other protocols than gigabit ethernet.

Another way would be to give me access to more cameras. Currently, I can test Aravis with a Basler Sca1400 and a Prosilica GC1380 cameras, which are both B&W. Donation of other hardware, even with broken sensors, would be greatly appreciated.

Gobject-introspection and Aravis

May 20th, 2010

I’ve played yesterday with a gjs script, using gobject-introspection. Here’s the result:

#!/usr/bin/env gjs

const GLib =;
const Aravis =;

let camera = ("Fake_1");

camera.set_region (0,0,128,128);
camera.set_pixel_format (Aravis.PixelFormat.MONO_8);
camera.set_fixed_frame_rate (10.0);

let [x,y,width,height] = camera.get_region ();

let stream = camera.create_stream (null, null);

for (var i = 0; i < 100; i++)
	stream.push_buffer ( (128*128, null));

camera.start_acquisition ();

GLib.usleep (1000000);

camera.stop_acquisition ();

I guess I should review the Aravis API and add the correct annotations. Next, I'll try PyGI.