Jetpack 4.5: USB Camera does not work in Cheese and opencv 4.1

Hi this refers to
Jetson Xavier NX (Dev Kit Version)
jetpack V4.5
cheese V.3.28.0 (cheese -v)
opencv 4.1.1 (cv.–version)
gstreamer 1.14.5 (output from gst-inspect)

after a fresh install on my Xavier NX using jetpack 4.5 “cheese (V 3.28.0)” and opencv do not recognize my USB Cam.

Cheese gives an Error:
$ cheese
Segmentation fault (core dumped)
My usbcam is shown as a device (lsusb)

Opencv 4.1. in python/python3 also gives an error:

import numpy as np
import cv2
cap = cv2.VideoCapture(0)

[ WARN:0] global /home/nvidia/host/build_opencv/nv_opencv/modules/videoio/src/cap_gstreamer.cpp
(1757) handleMessage OpenCV | GStreamer warning: Embedded video playback halted; module v4l2src0 reported: Device ‘/dev/video0’ is busy
[ WARN:0] global /home/nvidia/host/build_opencv/nv_opencv/modules/videoio/src/cap_gstreamer.cpp (886) open OpenCV | GStreamer warning: unable to start pipeline
[ WARN:0] global /home/nvidia/host/build_opencv/nv_opencv/modules/videoio/src/cap_gstreamer.cpp (480) isPipelinePlaying OpenCV | GStreamer warning: GStreamer: pipeline have not been created

I had no Problems with Jetpack Version 4.1 What could be done to get the usb camera working with cheese or opencv??? - please help.

Thanks in advance


Could you check if you can launch the camera in gstreamer pipeline? Please follow steps in

Jetson Nano FAQ
Q: I have a USB camera. How can I launch it on Jetson Nano?

Thank you for reply.I did:
sudo apt install v4l-utils
installed …
v4l2-ctl -d /dev/video0 --list-formats-ext
Index : 0
Type : Video Capture
Pixel Format: ‘YUYV’
Name : YUYV 4:2:2
Size: Discrete 640x480

(had to use video0, there is no video1)

Wenn I launch one mode(Ex: 640x480p30) in gstreamer command:

gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device=/dev/video0 ! video/x-raw,format=YUY2,width=640,height=480,framerate=30/1 ! nvvidconv ! ‘video/x-raw(memory:NVMM),format=NV12’ ! nvoverlaysink

the camera switches on
Setting pipeline to PAUSED …
Pipeline is live and does not need PREROLL …
Setting pipeline to PLAYING …
New clock: GstSystemClock
… then nothing more happens but camera light stays on

=> nirwana?

So since nothing happens I kill the process …
^Chandling interrupt.
Interrupt: Stopping pipeline …
Execution ended after 0:03:35.916485796
Setting pipeline to PAUSED …
Setting pipeline to READY …
Setting pipeline to NULL …
Freeing pipeline …

So I tried with YUYV & video0, but I receive only a warning:

WARNING: erroneous pipeline: could not link v4l2src0 to nvvconv0, neither element can handle caps video/x-raw, format=(string)YUYV, width=(int)640, height=(int)480, framerate=(fraction)30/1

I am stuck here. The new plugin nvv4l2camerasrc , which is mentioned on your given linkleads again to an error which Ido not even understand:
“bash: syntax error near unexpected token `(’” - I checked the copied call several times.

So I do not know how to continue. should I revert to Jetpack 4.4.1 to get a simple Webcam working again ??

Kind regards

Setting YUY2 in gstreamer command is correct. do you see video preview?
Or may try to save to a video file and check if it is playable:

gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device=/dev/video0 num-buffers=150 ! video/x-raw,format=YUY2,width=640,height=480,framerate=30/1 ! nvvidconv ! ‘video/x-raw(memory:NVMM),format=NV12’ ! nvv4l2h264enc ! h264parse ! qtmux ! filesink location=a.mp4

Hi back, thanks for reply, here it is late night …, i shall continue tomorrow
your suggestion leads to an error. the cam switches on for a second than (streaming )stops,
no preview:

…marius@xavier-nx:~ gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device=/dev/video0 num-buffers=150 ! video/x- raw,format=YUY2,width=640,height=480,framerate=30/1 ! nvvidconv ! 'video/x- raw(memory:NVMM),format=NV12' ! nvv4l2h264enc ! h264parse ! qtmux ! filesink location=a.mp4 Setting pipeline to PAUSED ... Opening in BLOCKING MODE Opening in BLOCKING MODE Pipeline is live and does not need PREROLL ... Setting pipeline to PLAYING ... New clock: GstSystemClock Redistribute latency... NvMMLiteOpen : Block : BlockType = 4 ===== NVMEDIA: NVENC ===== NvMMLiteBlockCreate : Block : BlockType = 4 H264: Profile = 66, Level = 0 Got EOS from element "pipeline0". Execution ended after 0:00:09.037596385 Setting pipeline to PAUSED ... Setting pipeline to READY ... Setting pipeline to NULL ... Freeing pipeline ... ...marius@xavier-nx:~

BTW the cam is 1280x720, 22 fps, 768x480, 30 fps. Worked well with “cheese” from previous jetpack (4.4.1).
I think I need some help to construct a correct pipeline.

thank you so much Marius

For setting num-buffers=150, it terminates after capturing 150 frames. Looks like it works. So the recorded a.mp4 is invalid?

so hi good morning from here,
yes, I got the desired a.mp4 file.
viewable/valid too, plays in default videoplayer -great!!

But cheese does not work any more? - and how to open the stream in open cv?
thank you for your great help.

Please check the sample:

and run this pipeline:

 v4l2src device=/dev/video0 ! video/x- raw,format=YUY2,width=640,height=480,framerate=30/1 ! videoconvert ! video/x-raw,format=BGR ! appsink

A user has mentioned performance is better with two nvvidconv plugins:

So you may also try

 v4l2src device=/dev/video0 ! video/x- raw,format=YUY2,width=640,height=480,framerate=30/1 ! nvvidconv ! video/x-raw(memory:NVMM),format=BGRx ! nvvidconv ! video/x-raw ! videoconvert ! video/x-raw,format=BGR ! appsink

thank you ok, I shall try your suggestions.

in the meantime I found out I can get at least an output of the webcam on screen by either commands:

  • gst-launch-1.0 autovideosrc ! xvimagesink
  • gst-launch-1.0 -v v4l2src device=/dev/video0 ! video/x-raw,width=1280,height=720 ! xvimagesink

probably still need to convert to BGRx for opencv, unfortunately I have to figure out how to do this.

Also why does the “cheese” app not work in Jetpack 4.5, is this a bug ???

Thank you for your help


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Thank you @mebc for asking about this, I am running into the same issues.

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Not sure why cheese app does not work. We would suggest use gstreamer or jetson_multimedia_api on Jetson platforms. The two frameworks are tested/verified in each L4T release. Should be with better stability.

Ok, “cheese” does not work with jetpack 4.5 for some reason.
Maybe its a problem with

OpenCV seems to work.

This OpenCV code opens the cam on display0:

import numpy as np
import cv2
width =640
print(“OpenCV Version :”, ver, width, height, flip)

camset = ‘v4l2src device=/dev/video0 ! video/x-raw,width=’+str(width)+’,height=’+str(height)+’,framerate=30/1 ! videoconvert ! appsink’


while True:
_, frame =
if cv2.waitKey(1)==ord(‘q’):
took me some time to understand pipes

so thank you for your help, shall I close this issue?


Good to know it’s working and thanks for sharing the python code.

Yea, I’m seeing the same thing. OpenCV itself seems to work fine, i.e. using cam=cv2.VideoCapture(0) vs setting the pipeline explicitly.


Not sure if my issue is really the same but since the JetPack 4.5 upgrade I do not even have the /dev/video0 created although the device is detected (logitech USB webcam).
dmesg output
[ 1299.985912] usb 1-2.4: new high-speed USB device number 6 using tegra-xusb
[ 1300.260144] usb 1-2.4: New USB device found, idVendor=046d, idProduct=081d
[ 1300.260157] usb 1-2.4: New USB device strings: Mfr=0, Product=0, SerialNumber=1
[ 1300.260165] usb 1-2.4: SerialNumber: 49E1F0A0
[ 1300.520179] usb 1-2.4: set resolution quirk: cval->res = 384

T: Bus=01 Lev=02 Prnt=02 Port=03 Cnt=02 Dev#= 6 Spd=480 MxCh= 0
D: Ver= 2.00 Cls=ef(misc ) Sub=02 Prot=01 MxPS=64 #Cfgs= 1
P: Vendor=046d ProdID=081d Rev=00.10
S: SerialNumber=49E1F0A0
C: #Ifs= 4 Cfg#= 1 Atr=80 MxPwr=500mA
I: If#= 0 Alt= 0 #EPs= 0 Cls=01(audio) Sub=01 Prot=00 Driver=snd-usb-audio
I: If#= 1 Alt= 0 #EPs= 0 Cls=01(audio) Sub=02 Prot=00 Driver=snd-usb-audio
I: If#= 2 Alt= 0 #EPs= 1 Cls=0e(video) Sub=01 Prot=00 Driver=(none)
I: If#= 3 Alt= 0 #EPs= 0 Cls=0e(video) Sub=02 Prot=00 Driver=(none)

any idea?

seems also to be for the usb wireless receiver(keyboard and mouse), known issue of the USB ?

T: Bus=01 Lev=02 Prnt=02 Port=02 Cnt=01 Dev#= 5 Spd=12 MxCh= 0
D: Ver= 2.00 Cls=00(>ifc ) Sub=00 Prot=00 MxPS=32 #Cfgs= 1
P: Vendor=046d ProdID=c52b Rev=24.10
S: Manufacturer=Logitech
S: Product=USB Receiver
C: #Ifs= 3 Cfg#= 1 Atr=a0 MxPwr=98mA
I: If#= 0 Alt= 0 #EPs= 1 Cls=03(HID ) Sub=01 Prot=01 Driver=usbhid
I: If#= 1 Alt= 0 #EPs= 1 Cls=03(HID ) Sub=01 Prot=02 Driver=usbhid
I: If#= 2 Alt= 0 #EPs= 1 Cls=03(HID ) Sub=00 Prot=00 Driver=usbhid


Please apply this and try again:
Jetson/L4T/r32.5.x patches -
[camera] 3rdparty application fails to open with USB camera

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Thank you very much. This patch made the cheese app work.