SCD - Scorpion Camera Drivers’s documentation

Scorpion Vision Software is an open and independent machine vision system.

The implication is the following:

  • Cameras are interfaced through an open c-dll interface - Scorpion Camera Interface.
  • The Scorpion Camera Interface description is available upon request to enable user to interface their own cameras with Scorpion.
  • Supporting USB, Firewire, IP-camera and GigE using DirectShow

When the Scorpion project was started in 2000 the goal was to support all USB and Firewire cameras using the Microsoft DirectShow interface.

This lead to the development of the Scorpion Camera Driver:

With this driver we are able to support most windows camera devices

  • including USB 2.0 and 3.0 web and machine vision cameras and the complete range of DCAM compatible firewire cameras.
  • FireGrab.dll is implemented as a true DirectShow interface but is enhanced with the Unibrain MS Stack SDK enabling support for machine vision features like hw-trigger, format-7 and direct register access for firewire cameras. More on Unibrain Fire-I and Scorpion support.

Another long term supporter of DirectShow is The Imaging Source - the firegrab.dll is of course compatible with the drivers from The Imaging Source.

Important Scorpion Camera Drivers are:

  • SCD-0017 Firegrab - supports all DirectShow compatible camera devices

  • SCD-0002 Basler Area - Pylon support for Gige Area Cameras

  • SCD-0003 Sony ZCL GigE Camera

  • SCD-0015 Basler Area 2 - Pylon support for USB3 and GigE Area Cameras

  • Basler Pylon support for linescan cameras

  • SCD-0009 AVT Prosilica for GigE cameras

  • AVT Firepackage for firewire cameras

  • PtGrey Firewire and GigE cameras

  • Sick IVP and Microsoft Kinect providing 3D support

  • Matrox Mil9 support for Cameralink and GigE Vision

  • SCD-0018 Network Camera - supports IP-cameras

  • Legacy

    • Sony SmartCam
      • ICamGrab.dll - support the XCI-SX1 Smartcam
      • ICamGrab_V3.dll - support the XCI-V3 SmartCam
      • Second generation V100 and SX100 both monochrome and color


Check the ScorpionVisionInstaller for the latest drivers. Scorpion Camera Drivers - SCD - are included with Scorpion Vision Software installation and are located in the Scorpion Runtime folder.

From Scorpion Vision Version XI the most used 32 and 64 bit drivers are included in the ScorpionVisionInstaller. The drivers are often postfix by the version #. Note that a large number of versions are included for backward compatibility.

It is the user’s responsibility to select the correct version.