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Package Summary

ROS wrapper for the v4lctl tool

  • Maintainer status: maintained
  • Maintainer: Patrick Feuser <pat AT das-netz DOT de>
  • Author: Patrick Feuser <pat AT das-netz DOT de>
  • License: GNU GPLv3
  • Source: git https://github.com/meuchel/uavc_v4lctl.git (branch: 1.0.3)

Package Summary

ROS wrapper for the v4lctl tool

  • Maintainer status: maintained
  • Maintainer: Patrick Feuser <pat AT das-netz DOT de>
  • Author: Patrick Feuser <pat AT das-netz DOT de>
  • License: GNU GPLv3
  • Source: git https://github.com/meuchel/uavc_v4lctl.git (branch: 1.0.3)

Overview

This ROS node is just a wrapper for the v4lctl tool. It provides two services, to set and to get particular v4l video device parameter. If a yaml file will be provided a save and restore capability will be enabled. Parameter are then loaded and set automatically in the capture device when starting the node. Changed parameter are stored to a yaml file when the program ends. Additionally a dynamic reconfigure rqt gui is available to manipulate v4l parameter.

The below v4lctl list output is based on an Osprey 440 bttv capture card. This node's dynamic reconfigure GUI is optimized for this card (but the services provided by this ROS node are generic and can be used for any hardware related available v4l parameter). Your card may output other options. To support them as well feel free to adapt the files v4lctl_node.cpp and v4lctlNodeDyn.cfg in the repository to your needs.

$ v4lctl list
  attribute  | type   | current | default | comment
  -----------+--------+---------+---------+-------------------------------------
  norm       | choice | PAL-I   | NTSC    | NTSC NTSC-M NTSC-M-JP NTSC-M-KR PAL PAL-BG PAL-H PAL-I PAL-DK PAL-M PAL-N PAL-Nc PAL-60 SECAM SECAM-B SECAM-G SECAM-H SECAM-DK SECAM-L SECAM-Lc
  input      | choice | Composi | Composi | Composite0 Composite1 Composite2 Composite3
  bright     | int    |   32768 |   32768 | range is 0 => 65280
  contrast   | int    |   32768 |   27648 | range is 0 => 65408
  color      | int    |   32768 |   32768 | range is 0 => 65408
  hue        | int    |   32768 |   32768 | range is 0 => 65280
  mute       | bool   | on      | off     |
  Chroma AGC | bool   | off     | off     |
  Color Kill | bool   | off     | off     |
  Comb Filte | bool   | off     | off     |
  Auto Mute  | bool   | on      | on      |
  Luma Decim | bool   | off     | off     |
  AGC Crush  | bool   | on      | on      |
  VCR Hack   | bool   | off     | off     |
  Whitecrush | int    |     127 |     127 | range is 0 => 255
  Whitecrush | int    |     207 |     207 | range is 0 => 255
  UV Ratio   | int    |      51 |      50 | range is 0 => 100
  Full Luma  | bool   | off     | off     |
  Coring     | int    |       0 |       0 | range is 0 => 3

Nodes

v4lctl

Services

v4lctlSet (uavc_v4lctl/v4lctlSet)
  • Sets a particular v4l parameter.
v4lctlGet (uavc_v4lctl/v4lctlGet)
  • Gets a particular v4l parameter.

Parameters

~device (string, default: /dev/video0)
  • The device which v4l parameter are to be changed.
~yaml (string, default: <empty>)
  • Optional - Path to a yaml file where the changed device v4l parameter are stored to and are read and restored from when starting the node.

Starting the node

The package contains a launch file which can be used to start the node.

$ roslaunch uavc_v4lctl v4lctl.launch device:=/dev/video1

Sample service calls

$ rosservice call /v4lctlSet bright "77%"
$ rosservice call /v4lctlGet bright

$ rosservice call /v4lctlSet hue '!!str 40000'
$ rosservice call /v4lctlGet hue

$ rosservice call /v4lctlSet 'setattr "UV Ratio"' 30%
$ rosservice call /v4lctlGet "UV Ratio"

Installation

From source

The sources can be found here: https://github.com/meuchel/uavc_v4lctl

To build the package do the following:

cd ~/catkin_ws/src
git clone https://github.com/meuchel/uavc_v4lctl
cd ~/catkin_ws
catkin build # depending on your workspace it could also be catkin_make

References

http://linux.die.net/man/1/v4lctl

http://www.linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/V4L_TV_Viewing

Wiki: uavc_v4lctl (last edited 2016-09-02 18:16:18 by Patrick Feuser)