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FLIR Thermal Studio setup and user guide

FLIR Thermal Studio setup and user , This manual covers the FLIR Thermal Studio application from version 2.0.

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FLIR Thermal Studio is a powerful, flexible, and efficient desktop software for creating thermal inspection reports and automation of editing tasks with large amounts of thermal images. The software supports images and videos in standard FLIR format from all modern FLIR thermography . With the Acoustic plug-in you can also create reports based on images and videos from the acoustic camera FLIR Si124.

FLIR Thermal Studio provides features where the user can:

 Use report templates

Instead of manually creating an inspection report, design your own template and include the you need for this particular report. Working with templates makes the work easier especially when you handle a large number of images.

 Customize overlay and palettes

Select what information you want to see in the image, for example measurements, emissivity, compass (when applicable), and date/time. Import palettes and apply colorization from other thermographers.

 Correct thermal fusion alignment

Respond to any alignment issues caused by thermal cameras.

 Use batch processing

Automate the tasks that need to be repeated for each thermal image such as normalization, modifying measurements, changing palettes, and customizing image overlay.

 Automate data collection and reporting

Create inspection routes you can download to an enabled FLIR camera. Import the inspection images and data and create a report.

2.1  FLIR Thermal Studio‎ versions

The FLIR Thermal Studio desktop suite includes several versions and plug-ins.

For detailed specifications, go to https://flir.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4590 .

 

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Installation

This chapter describes install and activate the FLIR Thermal Studio application.

3.1  System requirements

For , go to https://flir.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4590 .

3.2  Install application

1.Go to https://support.flir.com/thermalstudio and download the FLIR Thermal Studio installer package.
2.To start the installation, double-click the executable installer file.
3.Read and accept the license terms and conditions.
4.Click Install.
5.Click Finish.
6.Run the application from the Start menu or by double-clicking the desktop icon.
7.The FLIR Thermal Studio dialog box appears where you can activate your FLIR Thermal Studio Pro license key.

Note  To complete the installation, the may need to be restarted. Follow the instructions on the screen.

3.3  License activation

The first time you start FLIR Thermal Studio you will be prompted to activate your license key. Do this either as an Online activation (internet access) or as an Offline activation (no internet access).

3.3.1  Online activation

1.Run the application from the Start menu or by double-clicking the desktop icon. The FLIR Thermal Studio dialog box appears.
2.Click Online activation.
3.In the Software license key text box, type the license key obtained at the time of purchase.
4.Type your contact details in the Customer name and Customer e-mail text boxes.
5.Click Validate.
6.The activation is completed and FLIR Thermal Studio is started.

3.3.2  Offline activation

1.Run the application from the Start menu or by double-clicking the desktop icon. The FLIR Thermal Studio dialog box appears.
2.Click Offline activation – no internet access.
3.Copy the information in the Machine identifier text box.
4.Go to the FLIR Thermal Studio product page, https://support.flir.com/thermalstudio , and then click the link Offline activation, FLIR Thermal Studio.
5.Click the link of your preferred language.
6.Type your contact details in the Name and E-mail text boxes.
7.In the Serial number text box, type the license key obtained at the time of purchase.
8.In the Machine code text box, paste the Machine identifier that you copied in an earlier step (step 3 above).
9.Click Request activation code.
10.Copy the generated activation code that appears at the top of the page.
11.Return to the FLIR Thermal Studio dialog box, and then paste the copied activation code into the Activation code text box.
12.Click Validate.
13.The activation is completed and FLIR Thermal Studio is started.

3.4  Plug-in activation

Plug-ins are supported by FLIR Thermal Studio Pro.

1.Run the application from the Start menu or by double-clicking the desktop icon.
2.Open the Settings window.
3.Select the Plugins tab.
4.To activate a plug-in, click License.
5.Enter your plug-in license key and click Validate.

This chapter provides an overview of the FLIR Thermal Studio user interface.

4.1  General

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1.Library tab

This tab shows the File Explorer of the computer your are working on. Here you can navigate to any folder where you have saved your thermal images, both locally on your computer and on any connected network shares.

When you click a folder, the images in that folder are presented in the center pane. When you click an image in the center pane, information about that image is shown in the pane to the right.

2.Reporting tab

This tab is used to create reports. You can create reports from scratch or by using templates.

3.Routing tab

This tab is used to create routes and inspection reports.

4.Batch edit tab

This tab is used to create and run jobs in batches. Use the batch processing feature for automation of repetitive tasks when editing and normalizing thermal images.

5.Live stream tab

This tab is used to live stream and control USB connected cameras.

6.Drop-down menu

Click the arrow to display the drop-down menu.

7.Toolbar

The toolbar includes functions that are relevant for the selected tab. The toolbar adapts to the window size, meaning that some functions may be available in a group when the window is minimized.

4.2  Settings

The application settings are configured on the Settings window.

To open the Settings window, do one of the following:

 Click the arrow at the upper right corner and then click Settings.
 On the top toolbar, click the Settings icon.

Note  Some settings require a restart of the FLIR Thermal Studio application before a change goes into effect.

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4.2.1  General

Library

 Change the file and preview options for the File Explorer.

User interface

 Change the theme of the user interface.

Default import folder

 Change the file path to the folder for imported files from camera.

Palettes

 Palettes folder: Change the file path to the folder where your custom palettes are located.

Output

 When the Open output folder when done check box is selected, the folder with the result files will open when the task is completed.
 Output folder: Change the file path to the folder where you want to store the result files.

Other

 Select the Enable analytics check box to collect data on how the FLIR Thermal Studio application is used. This data can be sent to FLIR for analysis and troubleshooting.

4.2.2  Ignite Sync account

FLIR Ignite is a cloud storage service for thermal images. FLIR Ignite Sync is a PC–based (Windows 10) application that allows you to sync your image library with your computer, for easy access when creating reports.

To install FLIR Ignite Sync, click Install Ignite Sync.

Ignite Sync path displays the path to the sync folder as in the FLIR Ignite Sync application.

4.2.3  Reporting

Select the Reporting options and the Default fonts to be used in your reports.

4.2.4  Language and region

Select the language and units to be used in the user interface.

4.2.5  Image Overlay

Select if and how you want to use an image overlay when editing images manually in File Explorer and when running batch processing. When you select or deselect a check box in the list of settings, the result is immediately presented in the example image. Note that the Overlay enabled check box must be selected before the settings can be changed.

4.2.6  Camera Live view

Select options for camera captures and recordings.

4.2.7  Updates

Select how you want to manage updates of the FLIR Thermal Studio application.

 Automatically check for updates

With this option enabled, a check for updates will automatically be performed every time the application is started.

 Prompt to install updates

With this option enabled, the user will be asked to install any available updates if the Automatically check for updates option is enabled.

 Check if updates are available

Click to manually check if any updates are available for download.

 Proxy settings

If updates need to be downloaded via a proxy service, is needed. In the Proxy settings dialog box, select the Use proxy check box, and then enter the requested information. Click OK to save.

4.2.8  Plugins

Plug-ins are supported by FLIR Thermal Studio Pro.

Click License to activate a plug-in. For more information, see 3.4 Plug-in activation .

After activation, you can change the settings for the plug-in here.

Note  The Routing functionality is included in FLIR Thermal Studio Pro, without license activation.

Image editor

This chapter describes how to use the image editor.

5.1  General

The FLIR Thermal Studio application includes an embedded image editor where you can edit thermal images and sequences (videos).

To open the image editor, do one of the following:

 Double-click the image.
 Right-click the image and then click Edit.
 In the Library tab, click Edit image in the right pane.

5.2  Navigation

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1.Toolbar

The toolbar includes options such as adding measurements, changing palettes, and controlling isotherms and the color distribution.

2.Current fusion mode

Displays the currently selected fusion mode and any additional mode settings.

3.Temperature scale
4.Temperature span and level control

Use the controls to adjust the temperature scale.

5.Properties pane

Use the vertical pane toolbar to select display of measurements, notes, camera details, and geolocation.

5.3  Temperature span and levels

At the bottom of the infrared image you have two sliders. By dragging these sliders to the left or to the right, you can change the top and bottom levels of the temperature span. If you change the span to temperatures closer to the temperature of the object you are analyzing, it will be easier to analyze any temperature anomalies.

 To move the temperature span, click and hold the temperature span and then move it into position.
 To change the bottom and top levels of the temperature span, click and drag the left (bottom level) and the right (top level) sliders into position.
 To auto-adjust, double-click the span and level control. See also section 5.3.1 Auto-adjust control .
 To use the full camera range, right-click the span and level control.

5.3.1  Auto-adjust control

When you auto-adjust a thermal image, you adjust it for the best image brightness and contrast. This means that the color information is distributed over the existing temperatures of the image.

In some situations the image may contain very hot or very cold areas outside your area of interest. In such cases you might want to exclude those areas and use the color information only for the temperatures in your area of interest. You can do so by defining an auto-adjust region.

To auto-adjust an image, do one of the following:

1.Double-click the temperature span and level control at the bottom of the window.
2.At the lower left corner, click the Enable scale auto adjust button.

To define an auto-adjust region, follow this procedure:

1.On the top left toolbar, click Add measurement, and then click Rectangle.
2.Click the image to place the start point. Drag the pointer to the desired size, and then click to place the end point.
3.Right-click the rectangle, and then click Auto level and span from rectangle.
4.Move and change the size of the rectangle to suit your area of interest. Note how the image changes as you make your changes.

5.4  Sketch

You can add an image, e.g. a logo, on top of the image.

1.On the top left toolbar, click Sketch, and then click Replace sketch.
2.Browse for the image to display on top of the currently edited image.
3.Use the Enable sketch check box to show/hide the sketch image.

5.5  Measurement tool

You can add one or more measurement tools to the image, such as SpotmeterRectangle, and Polygon.

Each measurement tool has its own settings, which are available in the Measurements section of the properties pane.

5.5.1  Add a measurement tool

1.On the top left toolbar, click Add measurement, and then click the preferred tool.
2.Click the image to place the start point. Drag the pointer to the desired size, and then click to place the end point. For the Polygon and Polyline shapes, click to place the start point, and then drag the pointer to the next point. Continue until you have the desired shape. Finish by right-clicking.
3.The properties for the tool are shown in the Measurements section of the properties pane.

5.5.2  Edit a measurement tool

 To move the tool, click and hold the tool, and then move it into position.
 To change the size, click and hold the outline of the tool, and then drag it to the desired size and shape.

5.5.3  Change settings of a measurement tool

The tool settings are available in the Measurements section of the properties pane.

To display the tool settings, do one of the following:

 Right-click the tool, and then click Measurement settings.
 In the Measurements section of the properties pane, point at the tool and then click the settings button that appears.

5.5.4  Delete a measurement tool

To display the tool settings, do one of the following:

 Right-click the tool, and then click Delete.
 In the Measurements section of the properties pane, point at the tool and then click the trash bin button that appears.

5.5.5  Use the Delta tool

The Delta tool gives the difference (delta) between two measurement results, or between a measurement result and a reference temperature.

1.On the top left toolbar, click Add measurement, and then click Delta.
2.In the Measurements section of the properties pane, point at the delta tool and then click the settings button that appears.
3.In the properties pane, select the measurement tools or reference temperature you want to use as sources.
4.When completed, click Done at the bottom of the properties pane.

5.5.6  Use the Magic wand

Use the Magic wand to capture an area in the image based on pixel temperature. This is similar to the Polygon measurement tool but more advanced and easier to use when you want to capture and measure more complex shapes.

1.On the top left toolbar, click Add measurement, and then click Magic wand.
2.Click to place the tool in the image. An area that has the same temperature as the selected point appears in the image.
3.In the Measurements section of the properties pane, move the Tolerance slider to adjust the area and include pixels that are close in temperature to the selected point.

5.5.7  Export to a csv file

Use the Export to csv functionality to export detailed temperature information. The export will include the temperature values of every pixel within the selected measurement tool.

1.Right-click the tool, and then click Export to csv.
2.In the settings dialog, select the preferred export options, and then click Ok.
3.In the Save as dialog, browse to the folder where you want to store the exported file, and then click Save.

5.5.8  Use coverage

Use the Coverage functionality to see, as a percentage, the number of pixels in an area that are above or below a certain temperature. The area is defined by the outline of a measurement tool, such as a rectangle or ellipse.

The coverage percentage is displayed in the Measurements section of the properties pane. It is also possible to apply a contrasting color to all pixels in the area that meet the temperature setting.

1.In the Measurements section of the properties pane, point at the tool and then click the settings button that appears.
2.Select the Use coverage check box.
3.Select the Above and/or Below boxes and set the temperature limit.
4.Use the Isotherm check box to apply a contrasting color to the pixels that meet the temperature setting.

5.6  Shape

You can add shapes to the images, such as arrows, comments, and alerts.

5.6.1  Add a shape

1.On the top left toolbar, click Add new shape, and then click the preferred shape.
2.To move the shape, click and hold the shape, and then move it into position.
3.To change the size, click and hold the outline of the shape, and then move it to the desired size and shape.
4.To change the shape settings, right-click the shape and then click Shape settings.

5.7  Palette

You can change the palette that is used to display the temperatures within an image. A different palette can make it easier to analyze the image. The FLIR Thermal Studio application comes with a set of predefined palettes, but custom palettes can also be used.

To change the palette, follow this procedure:

1.On the top left toolbar, click Select palette.
2.Select one of the predefined palettes, or click From file to select a custom palette.

To export a palette, follow this procedure:

1.On the top left toolbar, click Select palette.
2.Right-click the palette, and then click Export palette.
3.In the Save as dialog, browse to the folder where you want to store the exported palette, and then click Save.

5.8  Fusion mode

Use the Fusion mode feature to mix a visual image with its corresponding thermal image. The following fusion modes are available:

 MSX (Multi Spectral Dynamic Imaging)

Displays a thermal image where the edges of the objects are enhanced. The thermal–visual balance can be adjusted.

 Thermal only

Displays a fully thermal image.

 Thermal fusion

Displays a visual image with some parts displayed as a thermal image, depending on the temperature limits.

 Blending

Displays a blended image that uses a mix of thermal image pixels and visual image pixels. The thermal–visual balance can be adjusted.

 Picture in picture

Displays a thermal image frame on top of a visual image.

 Visual only

Displays a fully visual image.

To set the fusion mode, follow this procedure:

1.On the top left toolbar, click Fusion mode.
2.Select the preferred fusion mode.

Note that some of the modes have additional settings:

MSX

 Move the MSX slider to show more or fewer contours in the image.
 If necessary, click the Adjust fusion alignment button to manually align the images.

Thermal fusion

 Move the sliders to change the temperature limits.
 If necessary, click the Adjust fusion alignment button to manually align the images.
 Select the Black and white check box for a black and white visual image.

Blending

 Move the Blending slider to change the proportions of the thermal image and the visual image.
 If necessary, click the Adjust fusion alignment button to manually align the images.
 Select the Black and white check box for a black and white visual image.

Picture in picture

 Select the Picture in picture check box, and then move the slider to change the proportions of the thermal image and the visual image.
 If necessary, click the Adjust fusion alignment button to manually align the images.
 Click the Adjust picture-in-picture rectangle button to move the rectangle or change its size.
 Select the Black and white check box for a black and white visual image.

Visual only

 Select the Black and white check box for a black and white visual image.

5.9  Color distribution

Use the Color distribution option to change the distribution of colors in the image. A different color distribution can make it easier to analyze the image more thoroughly. The following distributions are available:

 Histogram equalization

The color information is distributed over the existing temperatures of the image. This method of distributing the information is especially successful when the image contains few peaks at very high temperature values.

 Signal linear

The color information in the image is distributed linearly with respect to the signal values of the pixels.

 Temperature linear

The color information in the image is distributed linearly with respect to the temperature values of the pixels.

 Digital Detail Enhancement (DDE)

The high-frequency content in the image, such as edges and corners, are enhanced to increase the visibility of details.

To change the color distribution, follow this procedure:

1.On the top left toolbar, click Color distribution.
2.Click one of the available color distributions.

5.10  Isotherms control

Using isotherms is a good method to easily discover anomalies in a thermal image. The isotherm functionality applies a contrasting color to all pixels with a temperature above, below, or within a certain temperature interval. You can also create your own isotherm formulas.

For building inspection, there are specific alarms for detection of humidity, insulation, and condensation issues.

To add an isotherm or alarm, follow this procedure:

1.On the top left toolbar, click Isotherms control.
2.Select an isotherm or alarm.
3.In the Measurements section of the properties pane, define the settings for the isotherm or alarm.

5.11  Crop an image

Use the Crop image option to trim the image. Provided that the cropped image has not been saved, it is possible to revert to the original image size.

To crop an image, follow this procedure:

1.On the top left toolbar, click Crop image.
2.Select the Show crop rectangle check box. A dotted rectangle is added to the center of the image.
3.To move the rectangle, click and hold the rectangle, and then move it into position.
4.To change the size, click and hold the outline of the rectangle, and then move it to the desired size and shape.
5.To exit, click one of the icons in the bottom right corner of the rectangle:
 To confirm the change, click the check mark.
 To cancel the change, click the cross.

To revert to the uncropped image, follow this procedure:

1.On the top left toolbar, click Crop image.
2.Click Reset image.

5.12  Image rotation

To rotate an image, follow this procedure:

1.On the top left toolbar, click Image rotation.
2.Click one of the rotation options.

As an alternative, type the desired angle in the Angle text box.

5.13  Filter

Filters for enhanced gas visualization are available for video files (.seq and .csq).

Using the high sensitivity mode and pixel binding filters can make it easier to identify gas leaks.

5.14  Show a profile plot

The plot shows the temperature profile along a line or rectangle in the image.

1.At the bottom left corner, click the Show profile plot button.
2.On the top left toolbar, click Add measurement, and then click Line.
3.In the image, draw a measurement line of interest. The plot now shows the temperature profile along the drawn measurement line.
4.To change the plot settings, click the Settings button to the right of the plot.

5.15  Show a time-temperature plot

This plot is available for video files (.seq and .csq). The plot shows the temperature fluctuations over time for the image statistics (max, min, average) and for selected measurement tools.

1.At the lower left corner, click Show profile plot.
2.At the lower left corner, click Sequence. The plots for the image statistics (max, min, average) are displayed. Each plot shows how the temperature changes with time.
3.To change the plot settings, click the Settings button to the right of the plot.
4.To add a new plot, do one of the following:
 On the Settings pane, click Add plot, and then select a measurement and a type of value.
 Right-click a measurement tool in the image, click Sequence plot, and then select the type of value.

5.16  Video controls

When you open a video file in the image editor, video controls such as play/pause, auto repeat, and save a snapshot are available at the bottom of the window.

To save a part of the video as a separate file, follow this procedure:

1.At the lower left corner, click Add marker.
2.On the time line, click and drag the markers into position.
3.At the lower left corner, click Save selection.
4.In the dialog, browse to the folder where you want to store the exported file, and then click OK.

5.17  Save changes

To save the changes in the original file, do one of the following:

 At the top right corner, click Save.
 At the top right corner, click Exit. In the Unsaved changes dialog, click Yes.

To save the image with the changes in a new file, click the button with three dots at the top right corner and then click Save as.

 

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