Webcam + GStreamer

David david at
Sun Jul 12 21:38:43 EDT 2009

Sparky wrote:
> On Jul 12, 4:30 pm, David <da... at> wrote:
>> Sparky wrote:
>>> On Jul 12, 3:50 pm, Sparky <Samnspa... at> wrote:
>>>> Hello! I need to stream from a webcam in Linux and I need to be able
>>>> to analyze the video feed frame by frame with PIL. Currently my web-
>>>> cam (Quickcam Chat) only seems to work with GStreamer so a solution
>>>> using pygst would be preferred.
>>>> Thanks for your help,
>>>> Sam
>>> Sorry, to clarify I am just having a hard time capturing frames in a
>>> way that I can access with PIL.
>> Most web cams produce jpeg images so read the note at the bottom here;
>> What exactly are you trying to do? What have you tried so far and what
>> happened may help.
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> Dear David,
> Thank you for your quick response. I have tried a few things. First of
> all, I have tried gst-launch-0.10 v4l2src ! ffmpegcolorspace !
> pngenc ! filesink location=foo.png. Foo.png comes out sharp enough but
> it takes around 2 seconds to complete. I have also tried CVTypes but
> it does not run without LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ and,
> when it does run, it only displays colored "snow". Here is that code:
> import pygame
> import Image
> from pygame.locals import *
> import sys
> import opencv
> #this is important for capturing/displaying images
> from opencv import highgui
> camera = highgui.cvCreateCameraCapture(-1)
> print "cam:" + str(camera)
> def get_image():
> 	print "here"
> 	im = highgui.cvQueryFrame(camera)
> 	#convert Ipl image to PIL image
> 	return opencv.adaptors.Ipl2PIL(im)
> fps = 30.0
> pygame.init()
> window = pygame.display.set_mode((320,240))
> pygame.display.set_caption("WebCam Demo")
> screen = pygame.display.get_surface()
> while True:
> 	events = pygame.event.get()
> 	im = get_image()
> 	print im.mode
> 	pg_img = pygame.image.frombuffer(im.tostring(), im.size, im.mode)
> 	screen.blit(pg_img, (0,0))
> 	pygame.display.flip()
> 	pygame.time.delay(int(1000 * 1.0/fps))
> Finally, I have gotten pygst to stream video with the example at
> but of
> course I do not know how to get a hold of that data. Just so you know,
> I am trying a primitive type of object tracking. I would use some of
> the libraries already available but the two more popular
> implementations on Linux (tbeta/ccv and reacTIVision) dont seem to
> work with my web cam. I have more info on those non-python attempts at
> Unfortunately no one
> seemed to respond to that post.
> Thanks again,
> Sam
See if this gets you started, I got it working here with a video4linux2 cam.
here is what I have, I think it is the same;
let me know how you make out.

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