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VIDEO: Clarity Machine Vision Software – Introduction/Overview

This is a brief introduction and overview video for Clarity 2.0. When you install Clarity it will put a shortcut on your desktop. Like all shortcuts, you double click that and launch Clarity. The first screen to come up is the Setup Wizard. And it gives you the option to connect to four potential JADAK smart cameras [Choices: FM-5, VIBE, SC-6, FM-6] that can be connected typically via USB. But we’re going to work with an existing image. You can acquire images through one of these imagers while working in Clarity, or you can work with pre-existing images, and that can be a collection of one or two or literally hundreds.

So I’m going to click Next, because it is just one canned image I’m going to be working with, we’re going to work Offline [Choices: Offline, USB]. You can see that you could connect to USB to one of those imagers.

I’m going to Start a New Job [Choices: New Job, Open From File], and this places us in the work window for Clarity.

Here’s a brief rundown of the different areas that are here. [Upper left corner] this is where you can create a new job, load an existing job, save a job, save a job as. Adjust brings you back to this work area. This little wand will bring up the Setup wizard window again. Test is where you would begin to run and test out the scripts that you would create in the Clarity setup list.

Over here to the right [top] we have the pulldown menu of the available imagers, if we were going to connect to one of those. And then basically a Connection status pulldown window.

Up here we have our plugin bar, and these are the little workhorses of Clarity [pointing to plugin icons across top]. These plugins are where the different types of machine vision are created. And it’s the process of pulling those in that create the scripts.

Let’s just say we add Count. One thing I want to point out here. It’s showing us we have two red bars around our two steps so far in our Step List [left side of screen] indicating that those steps have failed. That’s because we don’t have an existing image, it’s just saying we don’t have anything to work with. So let’s fix that. We’ll go to Acquire Image. Let’s bring an image off my hard drive. And you’ll see immediately that step Acquire Image goes to green indicating success.

I’m going to delete blob Count and I’m going to put in Presence/Absence, because that’s the first one [plugin]. On each one of these plugins you have down below this middle area. This middle area is the image viewer area, and with step you will see a dotted line rectangle. This is known as the Area of Interest. This will be explained in several of the videos. There is an existing video that explains each one of these plugins, and it’s highly recommended you take the time to watch each one of those. We’re not going to get into the details of that in this video, but I just wanted to explain the basic areas of work and the panels, the very basics of Clarity.

This is an Area of Interest that comes in Acquire Image, but if we go to Presence, you’ll see there is another one. This is where you really define the area of the image that you’re asking Clarity and the various plugins to focus on. When you’re on a particular step, you’ll see down below the image view window you have an area called the Input Panes. What these are are the specific controls for each one of these plugins.

So as I add various plugins, it’s telling me I haven’t defined something or successfully completed an initial step. Just to show you the different controls, let’s add Decode. As I click on each one of these you’ll see that in the Input Panes the specific controls for that plugin are displayed, allowing you to make specific adjustments to these. For instance under Decode, we have the Results. If there was a barcode being read, it would indicate the results of that read in here. You can specifically control the different types, in this case Linear Barcodes, or the various settings for those. The same is true for 2D and Stacked Barcodes, for this window here indicating the types of 2D barcodes you are saying looking for. If you didn’t have Micro PDF selected and it’s the only barcode in your window, you would get a negative result. But if you click that on, that’s explained in the Decode video.

Basically, that’s the big window pane relationships between these. Your Step List [Left side], your image view area [center], your Input Panes [below], and then your plug in bar [above] where the various modules reside.

You can arrange these [Step list] and change the order of these plugins, and it’s really the combination of the order in which you analyze an image, the subtlety of the inputs for each one of those machine vision functions, and it’s really a process just like any typical good tool use. It’s how you do things, maybe a better analogy is one of creating a recipe – how you put the ingredients in, and the amounts and subtleties of adjustment you make, and that order of sequence — that can really make what seems to be fairly simple functions, the combination of them can create very complex and sophisticated results.

To point out a couple more fairly obvious functions, the magnifying glass can zooming in and out of the image. You can also bring in images this way [pointing to Save the marked image].

That’s a brief overview of Clarity. Be sure to watch each one of the videos for each of these different plugins and you’ll be able to see the powerful capability that JADAK’s Clarity Machine Vision software can bring.