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DART-MX8M Camera

1 Testing MIPI-CSI2 cameras

Before running any of the pipelines below make sure you have camera(s) connected. i.MX family of processors uses gstreamer as multimedia framework. Please refer to

1.1 Camera Probe

Run the following command to see if you have the camera(s) detected

# v4l2-ctl --list-devices

This should produce the following output

# v4l2-ctl --list-devices
i.MX6S_CSI (platform:30a90000.csi1_bridge):

i.MX6S_CSI (platform:30b80000.csi2_bridge):

As you can see above there are 2 cameras accessible as /dev/video0 and /dev/video1

1.2 Testing Camera Preview on Display

In the examples below /dev/videoX is either /dev/video0 or /dev/video1

  • 480P 640x480@30fps:
# gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device=/dev/videoX ! video/x-raw,width=640,height=480 ! autovideosink sync=false
  • NTSC 720x480@30fps:
# gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device=/dev/videoX ! video/x-raw,width=720,height=480 ! autovideosink sync=false
  • 720P 1280x720@30fps:
# gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device=/dev/videoX ! video/x-raw,width=1280,height=720 ! autovideosink sync=false
  • 1080P: 1920x1080@30fps:
# gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device=/dev/videoX ! video/x-raw,width=1920,height=1080 ! autovideosink sync=false
  • QSXGA 2592x1944@15fps:
# gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device=/dev/videoX ! video/x-raw,width=2592,height=1944 ! autovideosink sync=false

1.3 Testing Camera JPEG Snapshot

To capture JPEG snapshot run one of the pipelines below depending upon the required picture resolution.
In the examples below /dev/videoX is either /dev/video0 or /dev/video1

  • 480P 640x480:
# gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device=/dev/videoX num-buffers=1 ! video/x-raw,width=640,height=480   ! jpegenc ! filesink location=/tmp/test.jpg
  • NTSC 720x480:
# gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device=/dev/videoX num-buffers=1 ! video/x-raw,width=720,height=480   ! jpegenc ! filesink location=/tmp/test.jpg
  • 720P 1280x720:
# gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device=/dev/videoX num-buffers=1 ! video/x-raw,width=1280,height=720  ! jpegenc ! filesink location=/tmp/test.jpg
  • 1080P 1920x1080:
# gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device=/dev/videoX num-buffers=1 ! video/x-raw,width=1920,height=1080 ! jpegenc ! filesink location=/tmp/test.jpg
  • QSXGA 2592x1944:
# gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device=/dev/videoX num-buffers=1 ! video/x-raw,width=2592,height=1944 ! jpegenc ! filesink location=/tmp/test.jpg

1.4 Using both cameras simultaneously

The following pipeline is an example of using both cameras simultaneously.
In this example a short video stream from each camera is saved as an MJPEG-encoded AVI file.

# gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device=/dev/video0 num-buffers=100 ! video/x-raw,width=1920,height=1080 ! jpegenc ! avimux ! filesink location=./test0.avi \
                 v4l2src device=/dev/video1 num-buffers=100 ! video/x-raw,width=1920,height=1080 ! jpegenc ! avimux ! filesink location=./test1.avi