Video capture not working properly

asked 2019-10-10 09:01:55 -0500

vitoro gravatar image

updated 2019-12-10 01:14:52 -0500

Akhil Patel gravatar image

I have a application in python which I use VideoCapture to display a webcam frame on the screen. It used to work perfectly until suddenly something wents reallly wrong. I'm using the same code and the image seems to be very noisy.

I tried to work with different cameras and the problem is the same, so the problem is not with the camera. I tried the same code in a different computer. And the application seems to work normally. I wrote a very simple code, just to display the webcam frame in the screen and still I have the same issue.

It seems to be a conflict between opencv and my computer configuration. But I'm not able to figure what is going on.

I hope you can help me with this issue.

My simple code is:

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
Created on Thu Oct 10 10:42:38 2019

@author: vitoro

import cv2

cap = cv2.VideoCapture(1)
# Check if the webcam is opened correctly
if not cap.isOpened():
    cap = cv2.VideoCapture(0)
if not cap.isOpened():
    raise IOError("Cannot open webcam")

while True:
    ret,frame =

    cv2.imshow('Original video',frame)

    if cv2.waitKey(2) & 0xFF == ord('q'):


And the image I get is:

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