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how to use IP camera in place of webcam in python ?

asked 2017-04-16 10:35:19 -0500

Arshad gravatar image

updated 2017-04-16 17:50:26 -0500

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I have been using this logic all the while. I was using standard webcam with cv2 (version 2.4.13)

cam = cv2.VideoCapture(0)
    ret,img =

But i want to use IP camera in place of webcam. give a lead how to get around with IP camera in openCV+Python

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answered 2017-04-16 17:50:02 -0500

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just use your url instead of the camera id, like:

 cam = cv2.VideoCapture('')
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Code :

cam =cv2.VideoCapture('')
         ret,img =;
         gray = cv2.cvtColor(img,cv2.COLOR_BGR2GRAY)

Error :

        Traceback (most recent call last):
          File "C:\Face rocog project\Face recog
sqllite\", line 33,
in <module>
            gray = cv2.cvtColor(img,cv2.COLOR_BGR2GRAY)
        error: ..\..\..\..\opencv\modules\imgproc\src\color.cpp:3739:
error: (-215) scn == 3 || scn == 4
    in function cv::cvtColor

It is working fine with VideoCapture(0) but having this error with ip cam

Arshad gravatar imageArshad ( 2017-04-16 20:58:20 -0500 )edit

ofc. you have to check cam.isOpened() to check, if it could connect., and ret==True to see if you couldread a valid image.

your img is empy / invalid, thus cvtColor complained.

berak gravatar imageberak ( 2017-04-17 00:11:33 -0500 )edit
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