Should Sony PS3 camera work with VideoCapture? [closed]

asked 2020-03-25 13:19:44 -0500

andrei186 gravatar image

Trying to combine Ubuntu 18, OpenCV 3.4.10 and Sony PS3 camera. Use the standard sample code found on

#include "opencv2/opencv.hpp"
#include "iostream"

int main(int, char**) {
cv::VideoCapture camera(0);
if (!camera.isOpened()) {
    std::cerr << "ERROR: Could not open camera" << std::endl;
    return 1;   }
cv::namedWindow("Webcam", CV_WINDOW_AUTOSIZE);
cv::Mat frame;
camera >> frame;
while (1) {
    cv::imshow("Webcam", frame);
    if (cv::waitKey(10) >= 0)
return 0;


Compiles without errors, Executes without errors too. Yet shows nothing as if the code is not supposed to display anything. With the camera unplugged returns "ERROR: Could not open camera".

In dev the camera shows as video0.

With Cheese it works fine. On Raspberry Pi similar test code in Python works fine with PS3 - detected it immediately.

I have five other cameras of different models, none works with this code: three behave same as PS3, others complain about pixel format not supported. This might mean that the problem is not necessary with the PS3 driver.

Someone suggested to install Video4Linux - made no difference.

What else could be done? Or perhaps something wrong is with the code?

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Closed for the following reason the question is answered, right answer was accepted by andrei186
close date 2020-03-27 04:46:03.558152


flaw in your code, put

camera >> frame;
if (frame.empty()) break;

inside your loop ! (else you only read a single image, if at all ....)"

((some webcams also need a "warmup", and deliver black frames initially))

berak gravatar imageberak ( 2020-03-25 13:34:50 -0500 )edit

Thank you. This half-worked: it shows just a single frame. But it set a direction to dig. The code I use has more flaws. cv::Mat frame should also be inside loop, thought I do not understand why Mat frame needs to be created for every frame and why it cannot be created outside the loop and then re-used.

The purpose of cv::namedWindow("Webcam", CV_WINDOW_AUTOSIZE) is unclear for the code works without it The line

 cv::imshow("Webcam", frame)

seems to create a window. Does it give the window the name "Webcam"?

andrei186 gravatar imageandrei186 ( 2020-03-26 12:05:56 -0500 )edit

yes, imshow() will create a window, if none of that name exists. the namedWindow() call is to specify flags

berak gravatar imageberak ( 2020-03-27 01:53:11 -0500 )edit

Thank you, the problen is solved

andrei186 gravatar imageandrei186 ( 2020-03-27 04:45:29 -0500 )edit