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Simulink: Sending Android Camera Data To Workspace

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Ian Liu
Ian Liu on 27 Jul 2017
Commented: Saurabh Gupta on 2 Aug 2017
I'm trying to take a video with my Android camera and send it to the workspace where I can analyze it. In Simulink, I've connected the Android Camera block to the Video to Workspace Block (see image) and have tried deploying the app to the hardware and running Simulink on external mode. Both methods send a variable to the workspace that is a zero array, like the video is not being transferred correctly. I've run both the "Communicating with Android" and the " Getting Started with Android" examples and both are communicating correctly with my phone. I've checked out the documentation for both these block and everything seems like it should work. Is there something that I'm overlooking?
Thanks, Ian


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Saurabh Gupta
Saurabh Gupta on 31 Jul 2017
Both external mode simulation and deployment are based on code generation. It seems that the ' Video to Workspace' block is ignored during code generation, which would explain the output full of zeros. You can verify this using the Simulink menu option "Help > Simulink > Block Data Types & Code Generation Support > All Tables".
As an alternative, you may want to try writing the video to a file ( binary file or multimedia file ) and post-processing that file for analysis.
Hope this helps!


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Saurabh Gupta
Saurabh Gupta on 2 Aug 2017
It does send data to the file by sampling frames. You can view that as an example in demo model 'ex_export_avi'.
I am guessing that since you are using it in either external mode simulation or deployed code, you might be running into some code generation limitations of the 'To Multimedia' block.
Have you tried writing to a binary file as an alternative?
Ian Liu
Ian Liu on 2 Aug 2017
I'll give it a shot. I need to figure out how to convert the RGB Android camera output to Y Cr Cb first. If there are any easy ways of doing this, give me hint!

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