IMX390 camera with OpenCV

Hi all,

I am using a IMX390-GMSL2 camera with Xavier NX based embedded device. By using the below terminal command, I am able to launch gstreamer display of the camera output successfully.

 gst-launch-1.0 nvarguscamerasrc sensor-id=0 ! 'video/x-raw(memory:NVMM),width=1920,height=1080,format=NV12' ! nvvidconv ! xvimagesink

Now, I want to launch the same display using OpenCV for which I was the below script:

import cv2
import sys

gst_str = ("nvarguscamerasrc sensor-id=0 ! video/x-raw(memory:NVMM),width=1920,height=1080,format=NV12 ! nvvidconv ! xvimagesink")

cap = cv2.VideoCapture(gst_str, cv2.CAP_GSTREAMER)
if not cap.isOpened():
    print('Failed to open camera!')
    _, img = # grab the next image frame from camera
    cv2.imshow("cam", img)
    key = cv2.waitKey(10)

The output I get is “Failed to open camera!”. Can someone suggest the changes which could make it work ?


An OpenCV videoCapture with gstreamer backend would need a pipeline sinking to appsink (OpenCV application here). Try:

gst_str = "nvarguscamerasrc sensor-id=0 ! video/x-raw(memory:NVMM),width=1920,height=1080,format=NV12 ! nvvidconv ! video/x-raw,format=BGRx ! videoconvert ! video/x-raw,format=BGR ! appsink drop=1"

imshow will display instead of xvimagesink (may be a bit slower, though).

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Hi @Honey_Patouceul ,

Thanks for you reply.
I tried the above suggested. I still don’t get a camera output and ‘Failed to open camera!’ is displayed.

Have reference to below github.