JeVois  1.0
JeVois Smart Embedded Machine Vision Toolkit
Getting started with Mac host computer

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The JeVois smart camera is used like a regular USB camera. To get started with a Mac host computer:

  • Download a disk image from and flash it to a MicroSD card.

  • Insert MicroSD card into JeVois smart camera, with the MicroSD contacts pointing up as shown below.


  • Connect camera to a host computer. The smart camera requires up to 3.5 Watts of power, which is above the limit of what a single USB 2.0 port is designed to supply, but is within the limits of a single USB 3.0 port. It is important to use a high-quality USB-to-miniUSB cable that can carry that full power without loss. Look for a cable with 24awg power wires. It is recommended that you use a USB 3.0 port on your host computer, as those provide more power. If that is not available, you can use a USB Y-cable to connect to two USB 2.0 ports on your host computer, or to one USB 2.0 port and one external USB power supply (e.g., phone charger). Make sure that you do not use a USB hub, unless that hub has a strong external power supply (transformer, wall adapter).

  • Observe the LED on the smart camera next to the USB connector:

    • Green: Power is on and is strong enough.
    • After about 3 seconds: Flash orange: The camera sensor chip has been detected and initialized.
    • After about 5 seconds: Solid orange: The smart camera is ready for use.
    • Wait a few more seconds for your host computer to detect the camera and prepare itself for video capture.

  • Start a video capture software. Here we will use the bundled-in PhotoBooth app that is in your Applications directory.

    Launch PhotoBooth from your Applications folder. You should see this:


    Photobooth does not give you access to contrast, exposure, etc controls. But you can get thrid-party apps from the App Store to do that. Here is for example using Webcam Settings after getting it from the App Store (free):


    You can also try VLC, Skype, Facetime, etc. The built-in Photobooth app is very picky and will refuse to use the camera if the camera exposes BAYER or RGB565 video modes, too many modes, etc. It also does not allow you to select video resolution. To use the JeVois camera on a mac it is recommended that you configure it with only one available video resolution (one entry in your videomappings.cfg file). See UserModes for more info.

    Selection of different machine vision algorithms is achieved by selecting different video resolutions in your video capture software. However, on Mac OSX, we have not yet found many apps that would allow a user to select a particular video resolution and framerate. For example, the buit-in PhotoBooth app does not provide any control over the camera. An exception is to use ffplay for OSX: Download the pre-compiled ffplay binary from the ffmpeg web site at (it is free), and then open a Terminal (in Applications, under Utilities) and run:

    ~/bin/ffplay -f avfoundation -i "JeVois" -video_size 640x300 -framerate 60 -pixel_format yuyv422

    (assuming you saved ffplay into your ~/bin/ directory).

    Note that on Mac, the latency (delay or lag between capture and display) is horrible with many video capture apps, including ffplay. This is not a limitation of JeVois. When used with a Linux host, there is no lag.

  • Make sure you quit your camera viewing software before you unplug your JeVois smart camera. Otherwise your host computer may become awfully confused trying to use a camera that does not exist anymore.

  • No shutdown procedure is needed before powering off your JeVois camera. Just close your video capture software and unplug the camera.


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