The LIBERTY USB 3.0 Interface Board – Designed for Use with Sony FCB-EV and EH Block Cameras

The LIBERTY USB 3.0 interface board extends the range of cameras that can be integrated into products with applications and markets including Video Conferencing, Inspection Systems, UAVs, Robotics, Low Vision and Machine Vision. Click Here to view the full product page and specifications.

usb-3-interface-board-libertyThe LIBERTY USB 3.0 interface board is capable of streaming 1080p at 30fps over USB3.0 and also includes push button inputs, PWM output for external LED light control and an efficient, selectable power supply for the attached camera. Also provided is a unique, free Software Development Kit for use with the LIBERTY USB 3.0 interface board, the SDK includes an easy to use application programming interface API and the source code for the OneView viewer program.  Despite its relatively small size, LIBERTY USB 3.0 interface board can efficiently stream full HD video without compromise directly into a PC and is fully compatible with VREO’s viewer application OneView as well as other UVC programs. LIBERTY is very compact with dimensions of 37mm x 37mm x 12mm, this makes it the smallest solution of its kind.

 

usb-3-interface-board-for-sony-blocksusb-3-interface-board-for-sony-eh-and-ev-camerasUSB 3.0 board and Micro Coax Cable Kit for Sony  block cameras is capable of streaming 1080p at 30fps and includes a push button inputs for camera zoom control, PWM output for external LED light control, and an efficient selectable power supply for the attached camera. Compatible with Sony FCB-EV7500, FCB-EV7520, FCB-EV7300, FCB-EV7320, FCB-EV7310,  FCB-EV7100,  FCB-EV5500,  FCB-EV5300,  FCB-EV6500,  FCB-EV6300,  FCB-EV3410,  FCB-EV3310, and FCB-EV3150.

LIBERTY extends the range of cameras that can be integrated into your USB 3.0 products. This board provides a USB3.0 interface for the well established SONY FCB block cameras providing a cost effective way to bring USB 3.0 into your product lines, reducing time to market and development costs. LIBERTY is a very compact and efficient solution allowing a one cable interface to a PC and comes with free bespoke application called OneView which will help you evaluate the board and camera for your application.  LIBERTY is capable of streaming 1080p at 30fps over USB 3.0 and includes a push button inputs for camera zoom control, PWM output for external LED light control, and an efficient selectable power supply for the attached camera. As well as being powered completely over the USB bus, Liberty allows the user to command the camera using free bespoke program OneView.

LIBERTY communicates with the SONY Block cameras with a micro coaxial cable connected to the back of the board while also providing the power for the camera over the same connection, making auxiliary power cables optional.   The board also features a dip switch selectable power output for cameras which use a different voltage making a future camera upgrade or repair faster and much cheaper.

LIBERTY has a small form factor of only 37mm x 37mm x 12mm making it the smallest solution of its kind!  Even though the board is tiny, LIBERTY efficiently streams Full HD video without compromise directly into a PC and is fully compatible with free bespoke program OneView as well as other UVC programs.  LIBERTY is a perfect choice for both, brand new systems being designed for future use, and older systems that are getting updated and upgraded.

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Introducing the Visible Welding® WeldWatch®.EDU Weld Camera Demonstration and Tutoring Station – Perfect Welding Techniques with Video Record and Play Back

InterTest® Inc. introduces the Visible Welding® WeldWatch®.EDU Weld Camera Demonstration and Tutoring Station: a 1-on-1 and group welding instructional tool using a state-of-the-art camera system and software. It can be difficult to teach welding techniques because of the nature of the welding process: the intense and bright arc, the base metal’s position and the students’ blocked line of sight may hinder efficient and effective learning. The WeldWatch.EDU demo and tutoring station helps overcome these obstacles by showing the weld clearly, safely and conveniently on a monitor for 1-on-1 and group welding instruction.

Learning welding technique requires students to witness live demonstrations, but more importantly, to weld metal themselves and receive critique on their practice welds. The WeldWatch.EDU Weld Camera demo and tutoring station lets the students to see the instructor’s techniques up on a large classroom display. Mark Prosser of Full-Bore Publishing says “being able to make a tiny little weld puddle become the size of a basketball on the big screen is an amazing teaching tool.” After a clear demonstration, students are free to practice these techniques on their own, in their booths or at the WeldWatch.EDU Weld Camera tutoring station.

During the student’s weld, the instructor can watch the image on-screen and offer real-time coaching, for example, “slow down” or “your arc is getting long”.

The  demo and tutoring station provides a unique student-teacher interaction in the classroom. During the student’s weld, the instructor can watch the image on-screen and offer real-time coaching (e.g. “slow down” or “your arc is getting long”). After the weld, the instructor and student review the video and data together.  The instructor can point out both good technique and those that need practice. After a short session, the student goes back to practice welds with a direction and a purpose.  “There is no replacement for hood time when developing welding skills,” Mark Prosser goes on to say, “but technology has made the learning process faster, easier [and more efficient.] This Visible Welding weld camera is evidence of that. We have seen the difference in our Full-Bore Live welding seminars. Students from all ages and walks of life love the camera.”

Instructor Testimonial Video

Visit our YouTube Channel for a demonstration of the WeldWatch Camera System

How is the WeldWatch.EDU Weld Camera demo and tutoring station able to capture such useful and clear images of the bright arc weld? It uses the Visible Welding WeldWatch® Ultra Dynamic Range Zoom Camera System for live viewing of various arc welding processes. A welding arc can be a million times brighter than the base and filler metals. The camera’s 140 dB ultra-dynamic range (UDR) of over 10,000,000 : 1 combined with software digital signal processing creates an evenly lit image that clearly shows the torch tip and surrounding metal.

The WeldWatch.EDU Tutoring includes the VAmpWatch™ volt and current sensor. The VAmpWatch is fully integrated within the Visible Welding WeldWatch software. This measures the volts and amps 1000 times per second and sends the data to a graph on the Visible Welding WeldWatch software. Volt and amp data plays back synchronized with the recorded video on the screen of the included Microsoft Surface™ Pro 4 tablet or on an optional big-screen monitor.

The above photo is an example of a typical WeldWatchEDU Demo and Tutoring Station set up with a 48″ monitor upgrade for group demonstration sessions.

 

The Visible Welding WeldWatch.EDU demo and tutoring station provides distinct and unique educational value in the classroom by aiding the instructor in teaching the process and technique of arc welding. The recorded video of students welding provides an opportunity for the instructor to coach and critique their techniques. Clear examples of “bad” vs. “good” welds may be demonstrated. On-screen volt and amp graphs give clear feedback on the effects of arc gap on power and the final weld. “As they say, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’,” Mark Prosser sums up, “When it comes to welding training, this camera is worth a whole novel.”

The Visible Welding® WeldWatch.EDU® Demo and Tutoring Station includes the Visible Welding® WeldWatch® Zoom Camera with mounting hardware, Visible Welding® WeldWatch® software preloaded on an industrialized Microsoft Surface™ Pro 4 tablet with mounting hardware, auxiliary lighting, and Visible Welding® WeldWatch® VAmpWatch™ Volt and Current Sensor.

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InterTest® Introduces the iShot® XBlock® HDMI 4K POV Camera with Integrated Sony FCB-ER8300 Eagle Block Camera

The new, compact, iShot® XBlock® HDMI 4K POV Camera uses the Sony FCB-ER8300 Eagle block camera and boasts 4 times the resolution of 1080 Full HD imaging. Perfect for video security, video conferencing and broadcast applications, the integrated 4K Eagle Camera’s cutting-edge technology ensures the clearest and top quality picture over all environments.  Visit our booth at the NAB Show, Booth C-12350 

 

About the Sony FCB-ER8300 Eagle 4K Camera

Sony proudly introduces the first in a new family of 4K modules to its FCB block camera products. This new camera offers superb 4K resolution up to 20x zoom, thanks to Sony’s Exmor R® CMOS image sensor technology and an innovative super resolution zoom capability.

The new FCB-ER8300 block camera incorporates a 1/2.3-type Exmor R sensor capable of 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160, QFHD) up to 29.97p. The 4K Eagle camera features a high-quality 12x optical zoom lens which – when combined with super resolution zoom – can maintain 4K resolution up to 20x zoom, providing enhanced 4K visibility within a compact form factor.

This 4K Eagle FCB-ER8300 camera also inherits some of the unique features of Sony’s popular FCB Series cameras such as auto ICR, privacy zone masking, noise reduction and visibility enhancement, supporting use under challenging lighting conditions.

Superb Picture Quality with 4K CMOS Sensor

The Eagle 4K FCB-ER8300 employs a 1/2.3-type 4K CMOS sensor that offers a resolution four times higher than Full HD (1080p) for excellent detail and image quality.

Super Resolution Zoom

Unique to Sony, the super resolution zoom feature means the FCB-ER8300 can retain a compact size but achieve the equivalent of 20x zoom at full 4K resolution by intelligently combining the 12x optical lens with digital zoom for superb image quality over distance.

Low Power Consumption and Compact Design

This compact block camera is low in power consumption. In addition, the compact and lightweight body means you can install the 4K Eagle FCB-ER8300 in many different space-restricted environments.

Other Features

  • Auto ICR
  • Slow AE
  • Privacy zone masking
  • Defog
  • Noise reduction
  • Visibility enhancer

InterTest, Inc. is an Authorized National Systems Integrator for Sony’s Visual Imaging Products division.

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Introducing the FCB-EV7520 and FCB-EV7320 – Sony’s New Full HD High Sensitivity Color Block Cameras,1080p60

Introducing Sony’s new high-sensitivity, high-quality FCB-EV7520 and FCB-EV7320 block cameras.

The FCB-EV7520 and FCB-EV7320 models incorporate Sony’s latest 1/2.8 type Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor with Full HD video (1920 x 1080) at 60 fps for extrodinary sensitivity.

The new FCB-EV series cameras offer 20x and 30x optical zoom plus a multitude of Sony’s world-renowned FCB features including Auto ICR, Spherical Privacy Zone Masking (PZM) and settable defog.

Sony FCB-EV7320 and FCB-EV7520

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sony FCB-EV7520:  2.13 megapixel FHD Block Camera @ 60fps and 30x Optical Zoom

Sony FCB-EV7320:  2.13 megapixel FHD Block Camera @ 60fps and 20x Optical Zoom

Upgraded Features & Benefits

Wide-D Mode:  The new Sony FCB-EV7520 and FCB-EV7320 cameras monitor the luminance differences within an image in high contrast environments and boast a key improvement of 130dB when set to max WDR.

Privacy Zone Masking:  Privacy Zone Masking protects private objects and areas such as house windows, entrances, and exits which are within the camera’s range of vision but not subject to surveillance. Privacy zones can be masked on the monitor to protect privacy.

Defog mode:  When the surrounding area of the subject is foggy and low contrast, the defog mode will make the subject appear clearer.  Defog features user-adjustable levels for the first time camera initialization.

Auto ICR Function:  The FCB-EV7520 and FCB-EV7320 cameras feature a high sensitivity imager, ideal for day/night functions.

Features and Benefits

The FCB-EV7520 and FCB-EV7320 cameras capture crisp, clear Full-HD (1080/60p) images:  The high-performance 1/2.8-type Exmor R CMOS image sensor achieves superb Full-HD (1920 x 1080) picture quality, even in low-light environments. Progressive scanning assures smoother pictures with reduced blur – ideal for capturing the detail in moving images.

Digital Output (Y/Cb/Cr 4:2:2):  The digital LVDS interface provides easy access for IP and Gigabit Ethernet applications. Thanks to the digital interface, the quality of the camera’s video signal is maintained with minimal deterioration.  This can lead to cost savings due to the direct connection with codecs/systems without the need for any additional components.

Get a steadier picture with image stabilizer:  The camera’s built-in image stabilizer function counters the effect of blurred, shaky images caused by low-frequency vibration. This is useful for outdoor surveillance and traffic monitoring applications, particularly if the camera is used on a bridge or mounting pole where there is vibration.

Color Enhancement:  Ideally suited for low vision applications, new color enhancement options can make reading text and pictures less challenging.   Available options include monochrome, binary, inverted and enhanced color modes.

Additional Key Features

  • Digital 2D/3D Noise Reduction
  • Spherical Zone Masking
  • Motion Detection Alarm
  • Camera mode display feature
  • Picture Effects: E-Flip, Nega Art, Black & White, Mirror Image, Color Enhancement
  • Electronic shutter/slow shutter
  • TTL signal-level control (VISCA protocol)

Low-Light Suggested Applications

  • Security Surveillance
  • Intelligent Traffic
  • Remote Monitoring
  • Video Conferencing

 

InterTest, Inc. is an Authorized National Systems Integrator for Sony’s Visual Imaging Products division.

 

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Keeping Pace in Inspection Technology – Weld Cameras

Our exciting new WeldWatch® Weld Cameras System was featured in the November Issue of the Welding Journal. The article explores the advancement of visual aids and technology when monitoring or inspecting the quality of a weld. InterTest is proud to be one of the leaders in providing state of the art technology for visual inspection and monitoring of MIG, TIG, GTAW and Laser welds.  Article by William Habermann, Technical Product Coordinator. Visit our website for more information about our weld cameras.

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iShot® iGrab™ Manual FOSAR Snare Retrieval Tool – Available in 1.4mm and 4mm OD

Recover objects from inaccessible areas with the iShot® iGrab™ 1.4mm or 4mm OD FOSAR Snare retrieval tool. Operating standalone or mounted to a video probe, these stainless steel instruments bend through twisting passages to retrieve foreign objects.fosar-snare-retrieval-tool

Shown Above: FOSAR Snare Retrieval Tool with 1.4mm OD

 

The 1.4mm FOSAR Snare retrieval tool is available in lengths of 10 or 20 feet.   the 4mm FOSAR Snare retrieval tool is available in lengths of 11.5 feet, 15 feet, 25 feet, 33 feet, 40 feet, or 50 feet.

The plunger style handle controls the opening and closing of the FOSAR Snare retrieval tools when removing foreign objects from small openings located in inaccessible areas.

1.4mm OD Snare Retrieval Tool Overview:

  • 1.4mm outer diameter x 10 or 20 feet in length
  • Plunger style handle controls the opening and closing of the Snare FOSAR retrieval tool
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Safely retrieve foreign objects from small, inaccessible areas
  • Works well with video borescopes

4mm OD Snare Retrieval Tool Overview:

  • 4mm outer diameter snare retrieval tool
  • Lengths available: 11.5 feet, 15 feet, 25 feet, 33 feet, 40 feet, or 50 feet
  • Plunger style handle controls the opening and closing of the Snare FOSAR retrieval tool
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Safely retrieve foreign objects from small, inaccessible areas
  • Works well with video borescopes
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Blackhawk Technical College, Visible Welding® WeldWatch™ Weld Camera Featured in the Beloit Daily News Yearbook

The Blackhawk Technical College was recently featured in the The Beloit Daily News highlighting the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center. The article photo of BTC’s welding school featured the Visible Welding® WeldWatch™ Weld Camera System.

The Visible Welding® WeldWatch™ Weld Camera System enhances the “hands on” welding experience by allowing the instructor to record, view and discuss the student’s welding performance.  From beginner to expert, the Visible Welding® WeldWatch™ weld camera captures both the “do’s and the don’ts” for the majority of today’s welding processes.

Photo Credit:  Beloit Daily News and Blackhawk Technical College

Advanced Manufacturing Center Helping Build a Skilled Workforce

Article by Hillary Gavan

Beloit Daily News

The new Blackhawk Technical College advanced manufacturing training center in Milton is offering rock County employers skilled workers and helping jobseekers prepare for promising careers.

“We want to make sure we are meeting the needs of industry, both with equipment and curriculum”, said Blackhawk Technical College Dean of Advanced Manufacturing Gary Krause. “A great number of our programs are undergoing a needs assessment to make sure they are current, relevant and are rigorous.”

“The first step in creating a world class advanced manufacturing region starts with creating a large talent pipeline”, said Marketing and Communications Manager Gary Cohen.   . . .

Snapshot of Article in the Beloit Daily News

 

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iShot® XBlock® HD-SDI MA130 Interface Board for the Sony FCB-MA130 Camera Series

The SMPTE HD-SDI MA130 interface allows robust transmission of high definition 720p and 1080p video over long distances using standard 75ohm coaxial cable. With the iShot® HD-SDI MA130 and the Sony FCB-Micro cameras (FCB-MA130, FCB-MA132,  FCB-MA133) high definition video can be transmitted from highly constrained spaces, to be used in professional A/V systems.

iShot XBlock HD-SDI Interface Board for the Sony FCB-MA130 Series of CamerasThe iShot® HD-SDI MA130 implements a SMPTE 292M HD-SDI interface, providing SMPTE 296M (720p30) and SMPTE 274M (1080p30) video streaming options.

A unique feature of the iShot® HD-SDI MA130 is the control of FCB-Micro modules over the VISCA protocol, facilitating integration of the module in systems and applications interoperable with Sony’s FCB block camera modules. The VISCA protocol operates over a standard RS-232 interface, which can be reconfigured to RS-485 for long distance control.

The iShot® HD-SDI MA130 includes nonvolatile storage allowing persistent storage of camera parameters. The default setup provides 1080p30 video streaming with the FCB-Micro cameras (FCB-MA130, FCB-MA132,  FCB-MA133) connected directly out of the box. The control serial link can operate as RS-232 or RS-485, selectable via on-board DIP switches.

The iShot® HD-SDI MA130 interfaces with the FCB-Micro’s parallel CMOS interface or the MIPI CSI-2 interface. YCbCr 4:2:2 data or MIPI CSI-2 data is transferred over a 45 pin, 0.5mm pitch FFC/FPC cable. External 5V power is sufficient to power both the camera module and the iShot®HD-SDI MA130, removing the need for a separate power supply. All of the required voltage regulators required to power the FCB-MA130, FCB-MA132 or  FCB-MA133 camera modules are integrated.

InterTest, Inc. is an Authorized National Systems Integrator for Sony’s Visual Imaging Products division.

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InterTest® Introduces the iShot® XBlock® Eagle-i 4K POV Camera with Integrated Sony FCB-ER8300 Block Camera Debuting at the NAB Show 2015

The new, compact, iShot® XBlock® 4K Eagle-i POV Camera uses the Sony FCB-ER8300 block camera and boasts 4 times the resolution of 1080 Full HD imaging. Perfect for video security, video conferencing and broadcast applications, the 4K Eagle-i Camera’s cutting-edge technology ensures the clearest and top quality picture over all environments.  Visit our booth at the NAB Show, Booth C-12350 and see a product demonstration highlighting the features of the new Sony FCB-ER8300.

iShot XBlock 4K Eagle-i Camera with Integrated Sony FCB-ER8300

 

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InterTest® Inc. Announces the HD USB 3.0 Interface Board and iShot® XBlock® Indoor HD USB 3.0 POV Camera with Integrated Sony FCB-MA130 Camera – Featuring the OneView Driver, Now Available for LINUX

Columbia, NJ – InterTest® Inc., an engineering and manufacturing company specializing in remote visual solutions is currently offering an HD USB 3.0 interface board kit for use with Sony’s FCB-MA130, FCB-MA132 and FCB-MA133 camera modules. The compact HD USB 3.0 interface board, which measures 34mm x 25mm, comes with OneView, a free unlimited access viewer. OneView is designed to fully support all the available features of the FCB-MA130 series including auto focus, image stabilization, face detection, exposure modes, EV correction, white balance, color correction, vertical/horizontal flip, and ATR dynamic range controls.

iShot XBlock Mini HD USB 3.0 Camera with Integrated Sony FCB-MA130In addition, OneView also has the key ability to manage video recording functions. The HD USB 3.0 interface board supports streaming of 1080p video at 30 frames per second and still image capture of up to 13 megapixels. Additionally, OneView has the key ability to record FCB-MA130 video and images to any solid state hard drive.

The OneView, UVC viewer application is also available for LINUX.  OneView has been transferred to LINUX allowing the end user to adjust video streaming parameters and mage controls. Functions unique to the FCB-MA130 camera series are also provided via extension controls and direct read and write access to the camera registers.  Developed and supported for Ubuntu, OneView for LINUX uses the V4L2 (Video for Linux 2) driver.  A LINUX solution is important for certain OEM customers, allowing them to produce a solution without buying an operating system.

HD USB 3.0 Interface Board for Sony FCB-MA130 Series of CamerasInterTest® Inc. also integrated the FCB-MA130 camera module and USB 3.0 board into an HD indoor camera housing for POV (point of view) unique placement requirements. This complete HD USB 3.0 POV camera package is ultra-compact in size and ready to use with the OneView software. The iShot® XBlock® USB 3.0 Indoor POV Camera will be available for viewing and demonstration on April 13-16, 2015 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, NV, Booth C12350.

Bill Habermann, Intertest Inc. Pres., said, “The MA13X family with USB 3.0 interface brings superior HD performance in a small cost effective package.  We are excited to have this capability and to be integrating it into our inspection and remote vision products.  Customers have long been asking for HD video with megapixel stills.  Now we can deliver an industrial grade product at an attractive price point.”

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