Sightline Applications

Onboard Video Processing Software and Hardware for Unmanned Systems

United States of America
Sightline Applications
Onboard Video Processing Software and Hardware for Unmanned Systems
5711 S Hood Ave., Suite A, Portland, OR 97239 USA United States of America Regional offices
+1 541-716-5137

Sightline Applications develop real-time video processing software and hardware for onboard processing within unmanned systems in the civil, commercial and military sectors.

UAV Camera Video ProcessorOur high-performance compact video processing systems are ideal for integration into unmanned vehicles serving a wide variety of end uses, including Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR), environmental surveying, infrastructure inspection, and agricultural mapping.

Onboard video processing brings a wide range of benefits to airborne unmanned vehicles, such as low latency feedback for gimbal control and landing guidance, a full digital video path, and low requirements for Size, Weight and Power (SWaP).

Video Processing Software

UAV video processing software for real-time video enhancement, tracking and optimization

Our Video Processing Software provides a powerful foundation for all of our processor systems, and includes a constantly expanding suite of functions that improve the performance of unmanned video platforms. Below is an overview of the capabilities available.

UAV video processing software

HD Video Processing Software

Provides a range of HD video capabilities, including 1080p/30 and 720p/30 processing and encoding.

Video Stabilization Software

Dramatically improves video by removing high-frequency noise and frame-to-frame jitter. Also provides ability to correct camera frame-to-frame rotation in applications with platform roll motion, such as unmanned aircraft.

Scene and Object Tracking Software

Scene tracking provides powerful gimbal feedback based on the entire scene. Tracked objects can be isolated from background using advanced image analysis and motion estimation, and persistent tracking is possible even when view of tracked object is temporarily blocked.

Telemetry Data Software

Provides low latency location data from object tracking, scene steering, and MTI objects, as well as temperature data from radiometric cameras and focus telemetry for autofocus implementations.

Video Encoding and KLV Metadata

Available Ethernet video encoding outputs for reducing system bandwidth include MPEG2 TS, MPEG4 and RTP M-JPEG. KLV metadata is generated in accordance with MISB standards 0102.10, 0601.7, 0603.2, 0604.3, and 0903.3.

Landing Aid Software

Provides position, range, and angle data to landing systems of aerial vehicles, and automatically finds and tracks a landing pattern. Works independently of GPS, enabling accurate landing in GPS-denied environments.

Detection Algorithms

Multiple detection modes provide important situational awareness information and provide fast feedback essential for effective track initialization on moving objects.

Aerial MTI – detect up to 100 very small moving objects:

Drone Detection – find small, dynamically maneuvering multicopter UAVs:

Radiometric Detection – find objects in a defined temperature range independent of motion:

Video/Snapshot Recording

H.264 video, full resolution JPEG snapshots with EXIF data, full pixel depth PNG snapshots with metadata, and telemetry data can all be recorded and saved to a local SD card or remote FTP.

Video Enhancement and Overlays

Enhancement options to optimize video for particular applications include Digital Zoom, Contrast Limited Adaptive Histogram Equalization (CLAHE), Local Area Processing (LAP), de-noising and edge sharpening, false colour schemes, and extended 14 bit-depth processing.

Multi Camera Video Presentation

Highly versatile options for optimized presentation, transmission and display of multiple video streams. Includes Picture in Picture (with customizable PiP location), split screen, quad screen, and blending of multi-spectral inputs into a single image.

Focus Telemetry

Full autofocus functionality for a range of EO block cameras and lens assemblies, available independent of tracking telemetry.

Video Processing Boards

Embedded onboard video processors for camera systems on drones, UAV and UVG

Our flexible and configurable embedded video processing boards provide powerful edge processing for real-time application in unmanned systems.  Operating at the source, SightLine processors deliver low-latency performance and exceptional video quality.

Our latest generation ARM processors are SightLine’s newest and most powerful hardware options. They provide higher performance, lower power, and enhanced user integration options.

1750-OEM Embedded Video Processor

Embedded Video ProcessorThe 1750-OEM is for the smallest optronics solutions for advanced video processing onboard unmanned camera systems. Meeting the requirement for single channel processing and small size, the 1750-OEM adds advanced capabilities to the smallest camera systems.

Designed specifically for the smallest camera systems that require advanced surveillance functionality and AI Classification, the 1750-OEM offers enhanced features and performance in a compact form.

Starting with SightLine’s software release 3.6.4, the 1750-OEM runs all the same video processing software as SightLine’s other OEM options and will deliver essential functionality for a wide range of ISR applications.


  • Size Optimized. 33.3 x 45 mm (22% smaller than 4000).
  • Low Power. 4W, with real sleep mode.
  • Single channel processor. 1080p/30 with all analytics running.
  • Three digital video inputs. With switching to processing path.
  • Wide set of cameras supported. Shares input adaptors with 4000-OEM.
  • OEM and SOM integration options available

More Information: 1750-OEM Processing Board

4100-OEM Embedded Multi-Channel Video Processing Board

4100-OEM Embedded Video Processor BoardThe 4100-OEM is our most advanced video processing board, delivering Full HD performance and H.265 encoding capabilities in a compact design. The 4100-OEM offers an extensive array of functions for video processing applications. Compact design is tailored for integrators seeking an advanced system.

The dual-channel board provides multiple digital inputs and simultaneous two channel processing and streaming. It is ideal for high-performance UAV and UGV ISR applications.


  • Multiple Digital Video Inputs: Supports HD input across multiple camera interfaces.
  • Multiple Video Outputs: Features include Ethernet streaming H.264 / H.265 and HDMI and HDSDI outputs.
  • Dual Channel Processing: Offers a 4K/30 processing option with all software functionality running.
  • Powerful Processing Core: Bulit on the robust Qualcomm processor, the 4100-OEM ensures top-of-the line processing capability.
  • Low SWAP: The unit measures just 50.5mm x 38.1mm x 16.5mm (2.0in x 1.5in x 0.65in) and consumes 5W, making it ideal for systems where space and power are at a premium.
  • Temperature Range: Operates at extreme low and high temperatures with a range of -40ºC through +85º

Third Party ARM Processors

SightLine’s ARM Library provides an analytics licensing option for integrator architectures using third party processors. The integrator is responsible for camera capture and system interfaces. SightLine offers:

  • Analyze + Render + Encoding functions licensable on NVIDIA Jetson Family, Qualcomm 820/5165/3150, NXP IMX8+
  • Analyze functions licensable on any 64-bit ARM processor running Linux

Meet Sightline at the following shows

  • Eurosatory, Paris – June 17-21, 2024
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Regional Offices & Locations
Sightline Applications United States of America 5711 S Hood Ave., Suite A, Portland, OR 97239 USA +1 541-716-5137 Contact Website