MATRIX VISION - mvBlueCOUGAR-X/-XD Technical Documentation
Using VLC Media Player

With the DirectShow interface MATRIX VISION devices become a (acquisition) video device for the VLC Media Player.

Figure 1: VLC Media Player with a connected device via DirectShow

System requirements

It is necessary that following drivers and programs are installed on the host device (laptop or PC):

  • Windows 7 or higher, 32-bit or 64-bit
  • up-do-date VLC Media Player, 32-bit or 64-bit (here: version 2.0.6)
  • up-do-date MATRIX VISION driver, 32-bit or 64-bit (here: version 2.5.6)
Using Windows 10 or Windows 7: VLC Media Player with versions 2.2.0 have been tested successfully with older versions of mvIMPACT Acquire. Since version 3.0.0 of VLC at least mvIMPACT Acquire 2.34.0 will be needed to work with devices through the DirectShow interface!

Installing VLC Media Player

  1. Download a suitable version of the VLC Media Player from the VLC Media Player website mentioned below.
  2. Run the setup.
  3. Follow the installation process and use the default settings.

A restart of the system is not required.

See also

Setting up MV device for DirectShow

Please be sure to register the MV device for DirectShow with the right version of mvDeviceConfigure . I.e. if you have installed the 32 bit version of the VLC Media Player, you have to register the MV device with the 32 bit version of mvDeviceConfigure ("C:/Program Files/MATRIX VISION/mvIMPACT Acquire/bin") !
  1. Connect the MV device to the host device directly or via GigE switch using an Ethernet cable.
  2. Power the camera using a power supply at the power connector.
  3. Wait until the status LED turns blue.
  4. Open the tool mvDeviceConfigure ,
  5. set a friendly name ,
  6. and register the MV device for DirectShow .
In some cases it could be necessary to repeat step 5.

Working with VLC Media Player

  1. Start VLC Media Player.
  2. Click on "Media -> Open Capture Device..." .

    Figure 2: Open Capture Device...

  3. Select the tab "Device Selection" .
  4. In the section "Video device name" , select the friendly name of the MV device:
    Figure 3: Video device name

  5. Finally, click on "Play" .
    After a short delay you will see the live image of the camera.