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Stereolabs ZED - Using multiple ZED

This sample shows how to use multiple ZED cameras in a single application.

Getting started


How it works

  • Video capture for each camera is done in a separate thread for optimal performance. You can specify the number of ZED used by changing the NUM_CAMERAS parameter.
  • Each camera has its own timestamp (uncomment a line to display it). These timestamps can be used for device synchronization.
  • OpenCV is used to display the images and depth maps. To stop the application, simply press 'q'.


  • This sample works on Windows with the latest firmware v.1523
  • USB bandwidth: The ZED in 1080p30 mode generates around 250MB/s of image data. USB 3.0 maximum bandwidth is around 400MB/s, so the number of cameras, resolutions and framerates you can use on a single machine will be limited by the USB 3.0 controller on the motherboard. When bandwidth limit is exceeded, corrupted frames (green or purple frames, tearing) can appear.
  • Using a single USB 3.0 controller, here are configurations that we tested:
    • 2 ZEDs in HD1080 @ 15fps and HD720 @ 30fps
    • 3 ZEDs in HD720 @ 15fps
    • 4 ZEDs in VGA @ 30fps
  • To use multiple ZED at full speed on a single computer, we recommend adding USB3.0 PCIe expansion cards.
  • You can also use multiple GPUs to load-balance computations (use param.device to select a GPU for a ZED) and improve performance.


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