probaPerception probaPerception - 1 month ago 22
Python Question

Saving a video capture in python with openCV : empty video

I'm new in Python (2.7) and I try to work on video processing (with module openCv "cv2"). Starting with tutorials, I try to use the script of this tutorial : paragraph "Saving a video".
Everything works fine excepting that the video I'm saving is empty. I can find output.avi in my directory but its memory size is 0kb an, of course when I run it, no video is displayed.

After a few changes here is my code :

import numpy as np
import cv2

cap = cv2.VideoCapture(0)

# Define the codec and create VideoWriter object
#fourcc = cv2.VideoWriter_fourcc(*'DIVX')
fourcc = cv2.cv.CV_FOURCC(*'DIVX')
out = cv2.VideoWriter('output.avi',fourcc, 20.0, (640,480))

while(cap.isOpened()):
ret, frame = cap.read()
if ret==True:

# write the flipped frame
out.write(frame)

cv2.imshow('frame',frame)
if cv2.waitKey(1) & 0xFF == ord('q'):
break
else:
break

# Release everything if job is finished
cap.release()
out.release()
cv2.destroyAllWindows()


Does anyone know why it is not working properly ?

Thanks a lot.
Edwin

Answer

I never worked with openCV, but I bet the problem is in

cap = cv2.VideoCapture(0)

This is a C version of the VideoCapture method http://docs.opencv.org/modules/highgui/doc/reading_and_writing_images_and_video.html#videocapture

Maybe you can try to do the same. Something like

cap = cv2.VideoCapture(0)
if (not cap.isOpened()):
    print "Error"

EDIT: just downloaded Python and OpenCV and discovered the problem was the codec. Try to change

out = cv2.VideoWriter('output.avi',fourcc, 20.0, (640,480))

for

out = cv2.VideoWriter('output.avi', -1, 20.0, (640,480))

and select the codec by hand.

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