Ladybug® SDK

Every Ladybug® system includes a feature rich Software Development Kit (SDK) to manage image acquisition, spherical and panoramic image production, and camera settings. 

The Ladybug SDK includes the LadybugCapPro program, source code for a quick start in the C/C++ programming environment, a camera device driver, and Application Programming Interface (API) software library. The API allows users to integrate Ladybug functionality with custom applications.

For a full list of new features and enhancements, please see the Ladybug release notes from the Downloads Page or the What's New topic in the SDK help.

Go to Downloads Page.

The on-line Ladybug SDK Help system (does not include API documentation) can be used to learn more about the functionality provided by this software development kit
Camera Parameter Control
  • Acquire and color process images using a variety of different color processing algorithms
  • Stream images off of the camera for the purposes of viewing.
  • Control the level of JPEG compression being applied by the Ladybug2, Ladybug3 and Ladybug5.
  • Access images in Ladybug2, Ladybug3 and Ladybug5 stream files located on the host computer.
  • Display fully stitched panoramic and spherical images.
  • Access other camera settings and information, including:
    • Auto exposure
    • Gain
    • Shutter
    • White balance
    • Frame rate
    • Image Stabilization
    • Independent sensor control
Graphics Rendering
  • Rectification, stitching and blending are done live on the graphics card.
  • The SDK takes advantage of the OpenGL computer graphics library to texture map the inside of an OpenGL sphere or cylinder, which can then be rendered.
  • Rendering options include a virtual camera view from the inside of the sphere or a panoramic rendering of the sphere. Hardware acceleration of the rendering can be achieved on most modern graphics cards.
Coordinate System Overview
  • Effective warping and stitching of the images produced by the camera system’s six sensors is achieved through accurate calibration of the physical location and orientation of the sensors and the distortion model of the lens.
  • The Ladybug software manages the camera coordinate system by breaking it down into seven right-handed coordinate frames of one of two types: six independent image sensor coordinate frames and a camera coordinate frame.

Development Kit Contents

  • Included with all Point Grey Spherical Vision Products.


Emissions and RoHS Compliance
Not applicable.


To access related Firmwares and Softwares for this product please login to downloads:

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In order to play and edit the following stream files download and install LadybugSDK software
Ladybug Full Uncompressed JPEG
Ladybug5 Sample Stream File

Download Ladybug3
Full Uncompressed Resolution 
Stream Sample 294MB

Download Ladybug5
Full Uncompressed Resolution 
Stream Sample 618MB


Technical Documents
Knowledge Base Articles
Click here to view LadybugSDK knowledge base articles


Ladybug SDK provides a simple mechanism to produce Adobe Flash movies from the video you captured with Ladybug cameras.

There are two types of viewers – spherical and panoramic.

Spherical viewer also has an interaction mechanism with Google Maps. The map shows the path to illustrate the actual location where the video was captured. The pointer on the map moves as the video progresses. If you double-click on the specific location on the path, the video seeks to that location.




Panoramic viewer gives you the full field of view of the camera while spherical viewer gives you pan, tilt and zoom control to display the partial image you want to see.


Ladybug SDK Image Stabilization
This video demonstrates the software stabilization for spherical footage.

FlashView Image Stabilization Demo