Image Acquisition Toolbox

Supported Hardware - Windows Video Hardware

Image Acquisition Toolbox supports video capture devices from manufacturers that provide WDM (Windows Driver Model) or VFW (Video for Windows) drivers with their devices. These devices include:

- Scientific video cameras
- USB and FireWire (IEEE-1394, i.LINK) Web cameras
- Video capture boards
- DV camcorders

DirectX Requirements

Microsoft DirectX version 9.0 (or higher) is required to use WDM- and VFW-compliant devices. See the Troubleshooting section of the Image Acquisition Toolbox documentation for instructions on determining which version of DirectX you have installed. Visit the Microsoft DirectX Web site for more information on DirectX, or to download the latest DirectX version.


Many manufacturers provide cameras that are compatible with WDM or VFW, including these:

  • Andor
  • Creative Labs
  • The Imaging Source
  • Hamamatsu
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Logitech
  • Lumenera
  • Microsoft
  • PixeLINK
  • Point Grey

Testing Your Device for Compatibility

To test your video capture device for compatibility with the toolbox, download and run the Microsoft AMCAP utility. If you can operate your video capture device using AMCAP without encountering any errors, the device should work with Image Acquisition Toolbox.

Note: This compatibility test procedure does not apply to other hardware supported by the toolbox. It is only used to determine if the hardware provides a WDM or VFW driver.

Request Additional Hardware Support

The information that you provide will help the development team plan future product releases. Use this form to request:

  • Additional hardware support or functionality
  • Adaptor kit to create support for new third-party hardware

For technical support, contact support directly.