Canyon CN-WCAM21 webcam with ffmpeg

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Tags: ffmpeg linux video

Trying to take a screenshot with my webcam using ffmpeg. Using ffmpeg is making it possible to turn the camera on, wait for brightness/gamma correction, then take a snapshot when I deem it to be ready. For me I assume 5 seconds should be ready.

My initial try which worked fine with my built-in webcam, threw an error at me when trying with my (old!!!) CN-WCAM21

$ ffmpeg -f v4l2 -i /dev/video1 -f image2 /tmp/screen.jpeg                                        
ffmpeg version 3.3 Copyright (c) 2000-2017 the FFmpeg developers
  built with gcc 6.3.1 (GCC) 20170306
  configuration: --prefix=/usr --disable-debug --disable-static --disable-stripping --enable-avisynth --enable-avresample --enable-fontconfig --enable-gmp --enable-gnutls --enable-gpl --enable-ladspa --enable-libass --enable-libbluray --enable-libfreetype --enable-libfribidi --enable-libgsm --enable-libiec61883 --enable-libmodplug --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libopencore_amrnb --enable-libopencore_amrwb --enable-libopenjpeg --enable-libopus --enable-libpulse --enable-libschroedinger --enable-libsoxr --enable-libspeex --enable-libssh --enable-libtheora --enable-libv4l2 --enable-libvidstab --enable-libvorbis --enable-libvpx --enable-libwebp --enable-libx264 --enable-libx265 --enable-libxcb --enable-libxvid --enable-netcdf --enable-shared --enable-version3
  libavutil      55. 58.100 / 55. 58.100
  libavcodec     57. 89.100 / 57. 89.100
  libavformat    57. 71.100 / 57. 71.100
  libavdevice    57.  6.100 / 57.  6.100
  libavfilter     6. 82.100 /  6. 82.100
  libavresample   3.  5.  0 /  3.  5.  0
  libswscale      4.  6.100 /  4.  6.100
  libswresample   2.  7.100 /  2.  7.100
  libpostproc    54.  5.100 / 54.  5.100
[video4linux2,v4l2 @ 0x55d662616560] Cannot find a proper format for codec 'none' (id 0), pixel format 'none' (id -1)
Assertion *codec_id != AV_CODEC_ID_NONE failed at libavdevice/v4l2.c:808

Got it to work by setting LD_PRELOAD environment variable loading video4linux1 driver

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ ffmpeg -f v4l2 -t 6 -i /dev/video1 -r 1 -f image2 /tmp/screen%03d.jpeg

The above command starts the video stream, takes a screenshot (-f image2) every second (-r 1), then stops after 6 seconds (-t)


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