Webcam URI

Charlie X. Liu charlie at
Tue Aug 9 14:50:29 PDT 2011

If you preview/play using gstreamer, here are few sample commands you could

gst-launch-0.10 v4l2src device=/dev/video1 ! autovideosink

gst-launch-0.10 v4l2src device=/dev/video0 ! xvimagesink

gst-launch-0.10 v4l2src device=/dev/video0 ! 'image/jpeg, width=640,
height=480, framerate=30/1' ! jpegdec ! xvimagesink


Also the "Webcam and Linux-GStreamer Tutorial" is at:


Other Linux Players/Apps include:





all play from a v4l/v4l2 device including webcam.

Best Regards,

Charlie X. Liu, Ph.D.

Sensoray Company Inc.


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On Behalf Of Steve Cookson
Sent: Friday, August 05, 2011 7:53 AM
To: gstreamer-devel at
Subject: Webcam URI


Hi Guys,

I'm hoping you can help me.

I am writing a medical video application for live surgical examinations, eg
for endoscopies or laparoscopies. The application is written in wxPerl which
uses an API called wxMediaCtrl as a GStreamer front end.

The C++ code is shown here:

While the video playback from a file works fine, the functionality for
playing a webcam (wxGStreamerMediaBackend::Load (URI version)) does not. It
seems that the webcam is opened/loaded but no image appears.  If I use a
valid webcam name, I get no reaction, but if I use an invalid webcam name
the application crashes.  I am trying to track the API calls through
mediactrl.cpp which starts with this call, but should there be the
equivalent of "play" for a webcam?

Does anyone have or can you point me to a piece of Linux c++ code that plays
a Linux webcam (eg file:///dev/video0 <file:///\\dev\video0> )?

Any code or other advice would be much appreciated




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