1. Measurement tips
About DinoCapture 1.0 / 2.0 measurement feature.
The Dino-Lite Pro microscope has higher measurement accuracy at higher magnifications such as 50x or 200x. Generally you can expect up to about 3% deviation from the correct measurement results. Software features such as the picture-in-picture magnifier or automatic edge detection can lower the deviation to 2% or less.
You can calibrate the software to acquire more accurate measurements. (Only with the measurement models of the 4xx/4xxx/7xxx series).
Calibration averaging procedure in DinoCapture 2.0
By making several calibration profiles at different magnification levels, the software can average the calibrated data to better improve the accuracy of measurements taken within the calibrated magnification range We recommend calibrating at a minimum of 3 magnifications level.
Limitations of the measurement feature:
-The measurements only can measure two dimensions (X,Y).
The term Mil means one thousandth of an inch (0.001 inch).
A circular mil is the area of a circular wire with a diameter
of one mil, 0.001". ...
Current we can select mm = 1,000um (micrometer / microns) = 0.1 cm
mil = 0.001 inch.
inch= 1,000 mil.
um = 0.001 mm
mm = 1,000 um (micrometer / microns)
Video Demo - Video Library »
Measurement with Dino-Eye Eyepiece
How to do measurements with Dino-Eye
When measuring with the Dino-Eye eyepiece, type in the magnification value from the objective lens. You must calibrate first to receive proper measurements. When using the calibrated measurements, please disregard the calibrated magnification value. Below are instructions on how to calibrate the Dino-Eye.
1. In the live video window select the Calibration drop down menu (or click on the calibration button.
2. Select “New Calibration Profile”.
3. A small window will pop up. Give the profile a name.
4. Click “Continue Calibration” when done naming the profile.
5. In the new menu. Press “F8” or “Freeze” button to freeze the calibration object.
6. Enter the magnification value of the objective lens. Press Enter when finished.
7. A red bar with two blue dotes will appear with pink guidance lines, you are now ready to calibrate.
8. Click on one of the blue dots to start moving the blue dot to your desired location.
9. Click again to stop.
10. Click on the other blue dot to start setting the other end point.
11. Click on the left mouse button again to stop.
12. When the correct distance is measured, enter the known distance.
13. Enter the unit of measure by selecting the “Unit” dropdown box.
14. Press “Finish” when done.
15. Now the Dino-Eye is calibrated to your microscope.
2. Codec (5MP)
The 5 megapixel (2592 x 1944 pixel) resolution Dino-Lite models require the third-party MJPEG codec to be installed in order to display at the maximum resolution. The 5 megapixel resolution is not currently supported on Mac OS.
On Windows, DinoCapture will check for the MJPEG codec and alert the user if it is missing. Many computers come with this codec already installed, in which case no additional software is necessary. Different versions of the MJPEG codec may also have different performance depending on the exact specifications of the computer in use. For these reasons, the Dino-Lite does not include the MJPEG codec.
For those computers that do not already have the codec installed, several freeware and trial versions are available online. Since different versions may perform differently depending on your computers specifications, we might suggest downloading a trial version first to confirm the performance is satisfactory. Several websites offering free or paid versions are listed below:
http://www.free-codecs.com/download/motion_jpeg_codec.htm (free limited version or $25 full version)
http://www.morgan-multimedia.com/technicalsV3.htm (60 day trial version or $20 full version)
About the Dino-Lite SDK
An available free SDK (software development kit) provides C++, C#, and Visual Basic code and OCX component files for custom applications once a software license agreement is signed. The SDK includes documentation in the form of a PDF file which can be found in the base install directory. (Typically: C:Program files (x86)/DNVideoX SDK/)
How to access the SDK?
Please download and complete the form below and submit it with a brief description of your application to [email protected]» or by fax to 310-618-9996. After we receive the required information we will respond with a link to download the SDK within 1 to 2 business days.
4. Software compatibility list
Matlab: Compatible (Matlab Image Acquisition Toolbox software)
LabView: Appears to be compatible (We have also had customers report success using the microscope with LabView using an add-on called CamViewIT. You can find more information about CamViewIT here - http://www.inventeering.com/products-CamViewIT_Toolkit_for_LabVIEW.htm)
Google chat: Compatible
Edge Jewelry Software: Appears to be compatible (may need to contact Edge support for initial set up)
5. How to Upgrade AMK412-C200 / AMK4012 Firmware?
Download the 3.5" LCD Display firmware update from the following link
For S/N-9604xx, 9Bxxxx, 02xxxx Firmware for 3.5" LCD Display
For S/N-70xxxx-95xxxx Firmware for 3.5" LCD Display
Unzip the file onto your SD Memory Card (support up to 16G class6 SD card). Insert the SD Memory Card into the AMK412-C200 / AMK4012-C200, make sure your AMK4xxx-C200 is plugged into the AC Adaptor before upgrading Turn on your AMK4xxxx-C200.
Press the Menu button 3 times. (This should cycle to Picture, Video, then finally Menu)
Scroll down on the menu and select Firmware Update
6. Install two or more Dino-Lite products
More than one microscope can be operated simultaneously using the DinoCapture 2.0 software which is available for download here:
The ability to run multiple microscopes simultaneously can be quite resource intensive and thus the number that will work with a given computer depends on the specs of that computer.
For reference, the table below shows approximately how many simultaneous microscopes should run on a given computer:
System: number of simultaneous Dino-Lite microscopes
Intel Core 2: 2
Intel i3/i5: 3
Intel i7: 4
If you are having trouble running multiple cameras simultaneously, please check the following:
All microscopes are connected to a USB 2.0 port (not USB 1.1)
Microscopes are connected directly to the computer (not through a hub or extension cable)
If using a laptop, power source is connected.
No other resource intensive USB devices or webcams are currently operating.
Try lowering the resolution of the Dino-Lite microscopes to 640x480.
7. How do I install DinoCapture?
The DinoCapture (Windows) or DinoXcope (Mac OS) software is included on the CD that came with the Dino-Lite. It is also available for download from our website. If you have an older version, the software may update automatically (if you have not disabled that feature), or you can update manually by downloading the latest version. To install by downloading the latest version from this website, follow the instructions below:
1. Download DinoCapture or Insert CD and run Setup
2. Click yes if prompted
3. Click next and install
4. Double click DinoCapture icon
8. Can I use DinoCapture on more than one computer? What is the license statement?
Once you have purchased a Dino-Lite digital microscope you are free to use the DinoCapture software on as many computers as needed at no extra cost. As you are installing the DinoCapture software the license agreement must be agreed with, in order to complete this installation. There you will find detailed information about the license statement. Any and all optional software updates are free of cost.
9. IP Camera Mode
10. Quick Auto Distance Measurement Guide
11. DinoCapture 2.0 User Guide
IP Camera Mode