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Quick-Start-Guide

Abstract

This page is mainly designed and developed for the Quick Start Guide of Arducam cameras on NVIDIA Jetson Nano and NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX. For another NVIDIA Jetson Platforms, please refer to the following index to land in the corresponding pages:

Quick Start Guide for Arducam Cameras on NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano/NX
Quick Start Guide for Arducam Cameras on NVIDIA Jetson AGX Orin

Hardware Connection


  1. Locate the camera connector (CSI). It’s on the side of the carrier board, opposite to the GPIO pins.

  2. Pull up on the plastic edges of the camera port. Do it gently to avoid pulling it off.

plastic edges pulled up jetson nano camera connector csi

  1. Push in the camera ribbon. Make sure the contacts are facing the heatsinks. Do not bend the flex cable, and make sure it’s firmly inserted into the bottom of the connector.

white camera ribbon cable contactsRibbon Cable Contacts – 15pin-15pin

white cable silver contacts facing heatsinksSilver Contacts facing inside to the heatsinks

white cable silver ribbon cable inserted into the bottom of the connectorRibbon cable fully inserted to the bottom of the CSI connector

  1. Push the plastic connector down. Do it while holding the flex cable until the connector is back in place.

Software


Preparation


1.Please confirm that you are using the official NVIDIA Jetson Carrier Board

Note

The Third-party carrier boards are not guaranteed to work.

2.Please confirm that you are using the supported JetPack version

You can find the Supported JetPack Version on Different NVIDIA Jetson Platforms as follows:

Supported JetPack Version on Different NVIDIA Jetson Platforms

Install driver


  • 8MP IMX219 Camera

For the imx219, you don't need to install any drive:

imx219 Board list:

Resolution Camera Module
8MP imx219

  • 12MP IMX477 Camera

For the imx477, you need to install the following steps:

imx477 Board list:

Resolution Camera Module
12MP imx477

Step 1. Download the bash scripts

cd ~
wget https://github.com/ArduCAM/MIPI_Camera/releases/download/v0.0.3/install_full.sh

Step 2. Install the driver

chmod +x install_full.sh
./install_full.sh -m imx477

  • 12MP IMX708 Camera

For the imx708 camera module, you will need to refer to the following steps:

imx708 Board list:

Resolution Camera Module
12MP imx708

Step 1. Download the bash scripts

cd ~
wget https://github.com/ArduCAM/MIPI_Camera/releases/download/v0.0.3/install_full.sh

Step 2. Install the driver

chmod +x install_full.sh
./install_full.sh -m imx708

  • 16MP IMX519 Camera

For the imx519, you need to install the following steps:

imx519 camera Board list:

Resolution Camera Module
16MP imx519

Step 1. Download the bash scripts

cd ~
wget https://github.com/ArduCAM/MIPI_Camera/releases/download/v0.0.3/install_full.sh

Step 2. Install the driver

chmod +x install_full.sh
./install_full.sh -m imx519

Using Gstreamer access camera


1.View the Pixel format

v4l2-ctl --list-formats-ext

img

2.Preview

If you want to use ssh connection, please export DISPLAY=:0

SENSOR_ID=0 # 0 for CAM0 and 1 for CAM1 ports
FRAMERATE=60 # Framerate can go from 2 to 60 for 1920x1080 mode
gst-launch-1.0 nvarguscamerasrc sensor-id=$SENSOR_ID ! "video/x-raw(memory:NVMM),width=1920,height=1080,framerate=$FRAMERATE/1" ! nvvidconv ! nvoverlaysink

3.Capture video

SENSOR_ID=0 # 0 for CAM0 and 1 for CAM1 ports
FRAMERATE=60 # Framerate can go from 2 to 60 for 1920x1080 mode
gst-launch-1.0 -e nvarguscamerasrc sensor-id=$SENSOR_ID ! "video/x-raw(memory:NVMM),width=1920,height=1080,framerate=$FRAMERATE/1" ! nvv4l2h264enc ! h264parse ! mp4mux ! filesink location=rpi_v3_imx477_cam$SENSOR_ID.mp4

4.Streaming

4.1 Streaming Sever
gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device=/dev/video0 ! video/x-raw,format=GRAY8,width=2560,height=800 ! nvvidconv ! 'video/x-raw(memory:NVMM), format=(string)I420' ! omxh264enc profile=high cabac-entropy-coding=true insert-sps-pps=true iframeinterval=60 ! 'video/x-h264, level=(string)4.2, stream-format=(string)byte-stream' ! tcpserversink host=0.0.0.0 port=5001 -v
4.2 Streaming Client

Please exit the virtual machine created with anacondac, or you can install conda install gst-libav -c conda-forge

gst-launch-1.0 -v tcpclientsrc host=0.0.0.0 port=5001 ! decodebin ! fpsdisplaysink sync=false text-overlay=false

or

gst-launch-1.0 -ve tcpclientsrc host=0.0.0.0 port=5001 ! decodebin ! autovideosink

autovideosink: Preview. If does not work, please try ximagesink (xvimagesink), glimagesink, d3dvideosink (Windows).