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GUVCVIEW(1) General Commands Manual GUVCVIEW(1)


guvcview - GTK+ base UVC Viewer




Guvcview is a simple GTK+ interface for capturing and viewing video from devices supported by the Linux UVC driver. It fully supports video4linux2 so it should work with any driver that supports this API, including the gspca driver.


guvcview [options...]


-h, --help Print help -v, --version Print version -w, --verbosity=LEVEL Set Verbosity level (def: 0) -d, --device=DEVICE Set device name (def: /dev/video0) -c, --capture=METHOD Set capture method [read | mmap (def)] -b, --disable_libv4l2 disable calls to libv4l2 -x, --resolution=WIDTHxHEIGHT Request resolution (e.g 640x480) -f, --format=FOURCC Request format (e.g MJPG) -r, --render=RENDER_API Select render API (e.g none; sdl) -m, --render_window=RENDER_WINDOW_FLAGS Set render window flags (e.g none; full; max) -a, --audio=AUDIO_API Select audio API (e.g none; port; pulse) -k, --audio_device=AUDIO_DEVICE Select audio device index for selected api (0..N) -g, --gui=GUI_API Select GUI API (e.g none; gtk3) -o, --audio_codec=CODEC Audio codec [pcm mp2 mp3 aac ac3 vorb] -u, --video_codec=CODEC Video codec [raw mjpg mpeg flv1 wmv1 mpg2 mp43 dx50 h264 vp80 theo] -p, --profile=FILENAME load control profile -j, --video=FILENAME filename for captured video) -i, --image=FILENAME filename for captured image) -y, --video_timer=TIME_IN_SEC time (double) in sec. for video capture) -t, --photo_timer=TIME_IN_SEC time (double) in sec. between captured photos) -n, --photo_total=TOTAL total number of captured photos) -z, --control_panel Start in control panel mode


This manual page was written by Paulo Assis <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).
Aug 2015