Python Wrappers for NI Vision (nivision)
|Author:||Peter Johnson, FRC Team 294|
|Copyright:||Copyright © 2012 Peter Johnson|
NI Vision is a National Instruments image/vision processing library. It is available for multiple platforms including Windows and the CompactRIO. This project makes the functionality of NI Vision available in the Python programming language.
- Full wrapping of all structures, enumerations, and functions.
- All functions raise a
nivision.ImaqErrorexception if an error occurs, rather than relying on nonzero or NULL return values.
- Output parameters are returned as a tuple (in parameter order). If the function additionally returns a value, this is returned as the first element of the tuple, followed by the output parameters.
- Count/size/length parameters that specify the length of an array are
handled implicitly by using Python's
len()function. This includes return values (which are returned as a sized array).
- Additional Pythonic helper functions (see Documentation).
- Automatic memory management of Image and other data types (see Documentation).
Read a JPEG file and print its dimensions (width and height):
import nivision img = nivision.imaqCreateImage(nivision.IMAQ_IMAGE_RGB) nivision.Priv_ReadJPEGString(img, open('example.jpg', 'rb').read()) print(nivision.imaqGetImageSize(img))
An installed and licensed version of NI Vision. Only the 2011 version has been tested.
The wrappers currently require ctypes, so this library is currently not usable on platforms that don't have ctypes. Unfortunately this includes RobotPy as of this writing, but this is being worked on.
The wrappers have only been tested on Python 3.x.
On the robot, this will be installed automatically as of RobotPy 2015.0.1. Otherwise, you can install it via pip:
pip install pynivision
python setup.py install.
The "NI Vision for LabWindows/CVI Function Reference" help file (NIVisionCVI.chm) is currently the best "complete" reference. However, the Python wrappers deviate from the C library in several important ways (see Features).
A few helper functions are provided due to the use of in/out parameters.
imaqGetCores(): Returns the number of cores available to NI Vision.
imaqSetCores(customNumCores): Sets the number of cores available to NI Vision.
imaqUseMaxAvailableCores(): Configures NI Vision to use the maximum number of available processor cores.
imaqDispose() is automatically called when the corresponding Python object
is garbage collected for
Image and all other structures/arrays returned
by imaq functions. It is still ok to explicitly call
these objects (but be careful, as the underlying object will be immediately
freed even though the Python object is still accessible).
Most of the wrapper code is generated by the
Hand-written Python code in
ctypes_core_suffix.py complements the automatically generated code. The
gen_wrap.py script creates
nivision/core.py which includes the contents
of the prefix and suffix Python files.
gen_wrap.py script reads an
.ini file for Pythonic customizations
to the wrappers such as automatic disposal and handling of sized values as
arrays. The .ini file used is automatically determined by the nivision
version in use (or can alternatively be specified on the command line).
Priv_ReadJPEGString_C is not exported on current Windows distributions of
nivissvc.dll, a custom implementation that uses GDI+ has been written in
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