The following is an overview of the Video Capture tab of Capture OEM:

Capture Options

  • Click on the Number of Frames box provided in "Clip Options" and enter the desired number of frames to be included in the clip.

    • The Number of Frames (as well as the frame rate) determines the Capture time, displayed on the right. For example, if the camera frame rate is set (on the Basic Controls tab) to 50, and the Number of Frames is set to 300, the Capture Time will be 6.0 seconds. Capture more frames to record a longer video.

  • Decimation factor reduces the number of frames per second by the specified factor. Only every ‘DecimationFactor’th frame streamed from the camera will be encoded into the video clip, resulting in a smaller file size.  The default is 1, for no decimation.

  • Use the Encoding drop down to enable video encoding. You can select either an Uncompressed video, which will be larger in size, or a H.264 compressed video file.

Please note: Polar cameras, like the PL-D755MU-POL, can only record Uncompressed videos.

Playback Options

  • When using H.264 compression, check the "Match Capture" button to match the frame rate of the camera. When this button is checked, the Capture Time and Playback Time (length of the video) displayed should be the same.

  • You can also uncheck the Match Capture button and specify your own Playback Frame Rate. Setting a Frame Rate slower than the camera frame rate will cause the video to play back in "slow motion", and setting the Frame Rate faster than the camera frame rate will cause the video to appear sped up.

  • Use the Bit Rate slider to set the playback bit rate of the captured video. This will control the quality and size of the final captured video. (Lower values will use more compression, resulting in a smaller file size. Higher values will use less compression, resulting in a larger file size.) Or click Auto to have the application select the playback bit rate.

Save Encoded Video Stream

  • Click in the box provided to "Save Encoded Video Stream", and left click on "Browse" to choose the storage location. This will save a .pds or .h264 file depending on the video encoding selected. Please note these files can not be watched as video files by most video players. 

Save Formatted Clip

  • Click in the box provided to "Save Formatted Clip", and left click on "Browse" to choose desired the storage location. Use the dropdown to select your desired file format, either .AVI or.MP4. The Increment File Name After Capture option will increment the name of the video file for every video capture, and the View Clip After Capture option will load the video in your default video player once the capture is complete. 

  • After choosing your desired settings, click on the Begin Capture button at the bottom of the window to capture a video.