Using the Logitech C920 webcam with Gstreamer

Logitech HD Webcam C920You may already know about my existing enthusiasm for Logitech webcams, which is due to the combination of relatively good image quality, high resolution and easy to use UVC interface. I was therefore very happy to learn about their newest camera, the HD Pro Webcam C920, which in addition to the standard HD webcam stuff we already know from the C910, also provides hardware encoded H.264 video stream! This is rather new and there isn’t much software that can take advantage of it; however, with a little tweaking and hacking we can get the H.264 stream into Gstreamer, where after we can do pretty much whatever we want.

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Simple time-lapse video with gtreamer and ffmpeg

I have experienced an unexpected spin-off while fooling around with GStreamer and my Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro 9000 webcam: A simple and easy way to autonomously capture and render time-lapse videos.

One of the advantages of webcams compared to other digital still and video cameras is that it can be controlled from a computer and the captured frames are transfered from the camera to the computer in real-time using the USB interface. This is pretty much the definition of a webcam and this feature is indeed very convenient for capturing time-lapse videos. Unfortunately, the image quality of webcams has not been anywhere near good enough to make nice looking time-lapse videos but this has changed over the last few years and is continuously improving. The results presented in this article are captured using my Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro 9000 – one of the greatest UVC cameras out there.

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