I need capture video from certain webcam which isn't $DefaultImagingDevice. As I know there is one legal way: ImageCapture["Device"->$ImagingDevices[[x]]] where x is number of needed device. However ImageCapture doesn't allow to make a grid on the image like this:

grid = Graphics[{Gray,
    Table[Line[{{(i - 1)*16, 0}, {(i - 1)*16, 240}}], {i, 1, 21}],
    Table[Line[{{0, (i - 1)*16}, {320, (i - 1)*16}}], {i, 1, 16}]

  ImageSize -> 800]]


May be somebody knows how to apply CurrentImage for certain non-default imaging device? Or how to take just image without any interface elements using ImageCapture?

  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps something in here may help ?ImageAcquisition'CaptureDump'* $\endgroup$ Apr 9, 2014 at 15:07
  • $\begingroup$ Could you extend your proposition please? What is ?ImageAcquisition'CaptureDump'* ???? $\endgroup$
    – Rom38
    Apr 9, 2014 at 15:28
  • $\begingroup$ Evaluate this in your front end Information["ImageAcquisitionCaptureDump*"] $\endgroup$ Apr 9, 2014 at 15:31
  • $\begingroup$ Where I can find more info about this ImageAqcquisition? $\endgroup$
    – Rom38
    Apr 9, 2014 at 15:35
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    $\begingroup$ Does Block[{$DefaultImagingDevice = $ImagingDevices[[x]]]}, code here] work? Sorry, got no imaging devices to test with. $\endgroup$ Apr 9, 2014 at 15:57

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So basically ImageCapture[] is the hub where you set things which CurrentImage[] adoptes. Run ImageCapture[] and in-interface select the device - it is easier:

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Then run your code with CurrentImage[] - it will now pick up the external camera.

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Droste video-feedback effect you see in the images proves I'm not using my laptop camera in all this ;-) - not that we need any proof - just an excuse to mention Douglas Hofstadter. Let me know if you get the joke.

  • $\begingroup$ That would have worth a GIF ;o) $\endgroup$
    – Öskå
    Apr 9, 2014 at 17:19

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