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November 18, 2006, 11:18:56

I am currently using IC with a ADLINK Bt878 board with Y800 colour format. I have been told that I will get much better contrast if I use a 12 bit resolution. Can I change to a 12 bit grayscale format? What will this do to image processing time?


Stefan Geissler
November 20, 2006, 13:26:23
Hi Bestbier,

You would need the sinktypes YGB0 or YGB1 to handle your 12 bit image. Please refer to
http://www.imagingcontrol.com/ic/docs/html/class/PixelformatYGB0.htm or to

The main chapter for pixel formats is

You should disable the overlay bitmap. Also the live display could be strange because Windows does not know 10 / 12 bit grayscale images.

I suggest to perform some tests with these formats.

Please keep in mind that an Y800 video format is an 8 bit video format. Your ADLINK Bt878 should exposure some other formats than Y800 for 12 bit grayscale images.