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I have a cheap Mintron camera. I wish to display the video output of that camera on a window. The video output format is PAL.
so it's a traditional analog camera.
Originally Posted by harish91
If its possible how do i do it? Thanks in advance
You need suitable hardware for that. For instance, a video grabber or a TV card that features an analog input (Composite/CVBS, I guess).
They're becoming rare these days, as is analog video. But without that, there's no chance.
Hi. Most external NTSC /ATSC /QAM / HD / Etc... TV recorders\tuners have hookups for VGA, S-Video, HDMI as well. You could probably find old ones cheap (new maybe) would help if it's supported well by Linux tho? Then something like VLC or Me-TV. Best wishes and have fun.
Last edited by jamison20000e; 03-26-2014 at 07:25 AM.
hi, thanks for taking the time to reply. Assuming I am able to convert the PAL to VGA or any other format how do i display it. I wish to display video output in a linux window. How will linux recognize the raw video. How do i make it appear in a window, resize that window, pause that video? Thanks
Assuming I am able to convert the PAL to VGA or any other format ...
it won't help you at all to convert the CVBS PAL signal to VGA. That way, you can display it on a PC monitor instead of your Linux desktop, but not integrated into it.
To display the video in a window of your PC desktop, there is no other way than converting it into a digital stream - into computer data, not just electrical signals. I already mentioned the type of hardware that would do this. An analog video signal, as your camera seems to produce it, is very different from a digital data stream that conveys video data, as a USB webcam would produce.
Imagine you have an old photograph as a paper print, and you wish to use the image as a desktop wallpaper. Sure, you could use some scotch tape and stick the photo to your monitor - but to integrate it with your desktop you need a scanner or a digital camera that converts the photo into a digital representation like a JPEG file, for example.
Originally Posted by harish91
I wish to display video output in a linux window. How will linux recognize the raw video.
It won't. Linux may recognize a video capture device if you connect one to your PC. A program like VLC can receive the video stream from this device (like it was an internet video stream) and display it in a video window as usual. But there's no way around capturing (or "grabbing") the video signal and converting it into a common digital video stream, like MPEG2 or MPEG4.