Tag: webcam

Live picture from the Bruxelles Grand Place

On the Bruxelles website, you can watch from and move a webcam on the Grand Place. The resolution is good enough to distinguish faces in you zoom. But what is more interesting (imho), is that the stream from the webcam is just a stream of still images from http://www.brucity.be/webcam.jpg. The image below was the current image from the webcam when you loaded this page ; reload the page to see another picture …

webcam Grand Place Bruxelles

Now you can watch people on the Bruxelles Grand Place and watch what is interesting for people operating the webcam …

Watch your webcam with mplayer

A small post just to keep this command at hand:
mplayer -fps 30 -tv driver=v4l:width=640:height=480:device=/dev/video1 tv://
This allows you to watch what your webcam “sees” (provided it uses a video4linux webcam). Btw, Cheese is funny to use too!

I was also trying to find a decent Python library for video4linux but I only found outdated ones (libfg, 2003, and pyv4l, 2002). I guess I’ll have to use some C library for a small project I’ll tell you about later 😉