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Cannot play AVI files with Diamondback Debian OpenCV

asked 2011-05-30 05:59:03 -0500

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I can't seem to play AVI files using the latest ROS OpenCV Debian packages under Diamondback and Ubuntu 10.04. Is anyone else able to do this? I am wondering if the Debian packages were compiled without ffmpeg support? Googling around, I found a few sites that recommended first converting the original video like this:

$ mencoder original.avi -ovc raw -vf format=i420 -o out.avi

which I have done. I have then tried both Python and C++ programs to play the out.avi file, but neither produces any image. Here is the C++ source I tried just now:

 * How to Play AVI Files with OpenCV
 * Author  Nash
 * License GPL
 * Website

#include <stdio.h>
#include "cv.h"
#include "highgui.h"

int main( int argc, char** argv )
    IplImage  *frame;
    int       key;

    /* supply the AVI file to play */
    assert( argc == 2 );

    /* load the AVI file */
    CvCapture *capture = cvCaptureFromAVI( argv[1] );

    /* always check */
    if( !capture ) return 1;

    int fps = ( int )cvGetCaptureProperty( capture, CV_CAP_PROP_FPS );

    /* display video */
    cvNamedWindow( "video", 0 );

    while( key != 'q' ) {
        /* get a frame */
        frame = cvQueryFrame( capture );

        /* always check */
        if( !frame ) break;

        /* display frame */
        cvShowImage( "video", frame );

        /* quit if user press 'q' */
        //key = cvWaitKey( 1000 / fps );
        key = cvWaitKey( 50 );

    /* free memory */
    cvReleaseCapture( &capture );
    cvDestroyWindow( "video" );

    return 0;
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answered 2011-05-30 06:19:36 -0500

updated 2011-05-30 06:20:13 -0500

Someone in the lab ran into this as well. Apparently the binary distribution of vision_opencv does not come with ffmped support. I haven't tested this, but they told me to download it from source, and change the following line in the Makefile:


Then recompile.

Hope this helps

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Thanks Ivan--that did the trick. Support for ffmpeg seems to have been turned off deliberately as I found here: I submitted a new ticket ( to see if it can be turned back on. --patrick
Pi Robot gravatar image Pi Robot  ( 2011-05-30 12:30:10 -0500 )edit

Hi My ROS vervion is hydro, and I cannot find the makefile. Could you tell me where is the Opencv's Makefile? Thanks

yuky gravatar image yuky  ( 2014-05-25 16:42:40 -0500 )edit

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