Multiple video channels give same image?

asked 2016-10-23 09:23:17 -0500

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Hello community,

am working on a project involving realtime image processing of several consumer cameras on a normal computer. Since normal webcams can be problematic, I'm using an USB Video grabber with four channels: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4CH-U... with PAL/NTSC camera modules.

Now I have the following code in OpenCV 3.1 to read all the video streams:

#include "stdafx.h"
#include <math.h>
#include "opencv2/opencv.hpp"

using namespace cv;
using namespace std;


int main(int, char**)
{
const String windows[] = { "Cam 0", "Cam 1", "Cam 2", "Cam 3" };

const int camera = 1; // Which camera to use
const int channelsOfCam = 4; // How many channels are uspposed to be available

VideoCapture capture = VideoCapture(camera); // Open the cam
if (!capture.isOpened()) // If not opened successfully
    return(0); // Quit


printf("Camera has been started.\n");


// Create and move the four windows into a rectangle
for (int ch = 0; ch < channelsOfCam; ch++)
{
    namedWindow(windows[ch], 1);
    moveWindow(windows[ch], 100 + ch*150, 100);
}


Mat chFrame[channelsOfCam];

for (;;) // Endless loop
{
    if (capture.isOpened())
    {
        capture.grab(); // Grab the frame
        for (int ch = 0; ch < channelsOfCam; ch++)
        {
            capture.retrieve(chFrame[ch], ch); // Retrieve the different channels
            imshow(windows[ch], chFrame[ch]); // Show in correct window
        }               
    }

    // Perform screen update
    if (waitKey(1) >= 0) break;
}
return 0;
}

Despite using the "grab" and "retrieve" functions like described in the doc for "multi head cameras", the result is that I always get the input from the third physical channel (the cable has the number written on it) in all four image data-structures. No matter what I do, it never displays any of the other channels (have even tried returning to Opencv 2.3 where it cannot read any stream at all unfortunately).

Anyone having a suggestion what the cause could be? Do I have to use any of the camera parameters enable any of the other streams? Or can't the second argument of the retrieve function be used the way I did?

Huge thanks in advance!

Greetings, Alex

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