Matrox Imaging Library X

Matrox Imaging Library (MIL)1 is a comprehensive collection of software tools for developing machine vision, image analysis, and medical imaging applications. MIL includes tools for every step in the process, from application feasibility to prototyping, through to development and ultimately deployment.

The software development kit (SDK) features interactive software and programming functions for image capture, processing, analysis, annotation, display, and archiving. These tools are designed to enhance productivity, thereby reducing the time and effort required to bring solutions to market.

Image capture, processing, and analysis operations have the accuracy and robustness needed to tackle the most demanding applications. These operations are also carefully optimized for speed to address the severe time constraints encountered in many applications.

MIL X at a glance
Solve applications rather than develop underlying tools by leveraging a toolkit with a more than 25-year history of reliable performance
Tackle applications with utmost confidence using field-proven tools for analyzing, classifying, locating, measuring, reading, and verifying
Base analysis on monochrome and color 2D images as well as 3D profiles, depth maps, and point clouds
Harness the full power of today’s hardware through optimizations exploiting SIMD, multi-core CPU, and multi-CPU technologies
Support platforms ranging from smart cameras to high-performance computing (HPC) clusters via a single consistent and intuitive application programming interface (API)
Obtain live data in different ways, with support for analog, Camera Link®, CoaXPress®, DisplayPort, GenTL, GigE Vision®, HDMI, SDI, and USB3 Vision®2 interfaces
Maintain flexibility and choice by way of support for 32-/64-bit Windows® and 64-bit Linux®
Leverage available programming know-how with support for C, C++, C#, CPython, and Visual Basic® languages
Experiment, prototype, and generate program code using MIL CoPilot interactive environment
Increase productivity and reduce development costs with Matrox Vision Academy online and on-premises training

MIL development

First released in 1993, MIL has evolved to keep pace with and foresee emerging industry requirements. It was conceived with an easy-to-use, coherent API that has stood the test of time. MIL pioneered the concept of hardware independence with the same API for different image acquisition and processing platforms. A team of dedicated, highly skilled computer scientists, mathematicians, software engineers, and physicists continue to maintain and enhance MIL.

MIL is maintained and developed using industry recognized best practices, including peer review, user involvement, and daily builds. Users are asked to evaluate and report on new tools and enhancements, which strengthens and validates releases. Ongoing MIL development is integrated and tested as a whole on a daily basis.


In addition to the thorough manual testing performed prior to each release, MIL continuously undergoes automated testing during the course of its development. The automated validation suite—consisting of both systematic and random tests—verifies the accuracy, precision, robustness, and speed of image processing and analysis operations. Results, where applicable, are compared against those of previous releases to ensure that performance remains consistent. The automated validation suite runs continuously on hundreds of systems simultaneously, rapidly providing wide-ranging test coverage. The systematic tests are performed on a large database of images representing a broad sample of real-world applications.

Latest key additions and enhancements3
Deep neural network training for image-oriented classification4
Coarse segmentation from image-oriented classification using deep learning4
Feature-oriented classification using tree ensemble4
High-Dynamic-Range (HDR) imaging4
Container object type for multi-component data (e.g., 3D)4
Revamped 3D processing and analysis4
Integrated 3D display4
Speed optimization using Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (AVX-512)4
Support for Arm processor architecture

1. The software may be protected by one or more patents; see for more information.
2. Only under Windows.
3. Since previous re-release and processing/service pack.
4. Through an update.

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