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From the range of FLIR cameras, the Teledyne FLIR Blackfly S camera has been tested and is recommended.

For more information, see the following topics:

Choice of Blackfly S camera

The following camera has been tested with Vicon Nexus. The frame rate given is the maximum possible at full resolution using the camera's native Bayer format. Higher rates may be possible if region-of-interest windowing is enabled on the camera, whereas the camera is limited to lower rates if certain onboard processing features are enabled.

RangeModelSensor resolutionMax frame rate at full resolution
FLIR specNexus

Teledyne FLIR Blackfly S

BFS-U3-23S3C-C1920 × 1200
(2.3 MP)

Number of Blackfly S cameras

With Nexus 2.14 and later, you can use up to eight FLIR cameras in your Nexus system, subject to sufficient GPO ports being free on the Vicon Lock unit(s) and not required for any other devices. Note that, to do this, you must use an advanced PC (see What are the latest PC specifications?). This also enables you to use post-processing with Theia. For details, contact Vicon Support.

The number of cameras that can be used is constrained by the USB3 bandwidth of the PC or its ability to keep up with video encoding and/or disk bandwidth. 

Vicon Lock unit, cables, and accessories

The minimum requirements are a Vicon Lock unit, sync cable, and USB3 cable. (The Vicon Lock unit is required to provide a sync signal to the camera.)

If you are sourcing your own PC, ensure that, in addition to a USB3 controller card, it also includes a high-speed (M.2) hard drive, as supplied with current Vicon PCs (see What are the latest PC specifications?).

Vicon Lock Studio or Lock Lab

RequiredProvides synchronization signal for FLIR camera.
Vicon 10 m Sync Cable
RequiredCarries synchronization signal from Vicon Lock to FLIR camera.
Teledyne FLIR 5 m USB 3.1 Locking Cable
RequiredConnects camera to PC for power, data and control.
M23VM615IR-V 2/3" Varifocal Lens 6–15mm C-mount
RequiredLens is required for camera. 
Teledyne FLIR Tripod Adapter for Blackfly S
RequiredEnables camera to be mounted on tripod head.
Teledyne FLIR 4-Port Quad Channel USB 3.1 Host Controller Card
RequiredRequired for all Vicon systems that include FLIR cameras, to ensure stability of connection and data, especially at higher frames rates.
10 m Single RCA Phono Extension Cable
Optional10 m extension for sync cable.
Lindy 15 m USB3 Boosted Extension Cable

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15 m extension for USB3 cable. Requires an additional power source (not included). As illustrated, if required, you can connect two of these cables to give an overall 30 m extension.