Only released in EOL distros:  

Package Summary

Video_player package to play/stream a video with "gscam".

  • Maintainer: Thomas Keplinger <t.keplinger AT gmx DOT at>, Lukas Schwarz <lukas_schwarz AT gmx DOT at>
  • Author: Thomas Keplinger <t.keplinger AT gmx DOT at>, Lukas Schwarz <lukas_schwarz AT gmx DOT at>
  • License: BSD
  • Source: git (branch: hydro-devel)


Use the following to install the gscam package (ubuntu 12.04).

  1. Create a catkin workspace (see Catkin Tutorial)

  2. Install wstool (if not already installed) (see wstool Tutorial)

  3. Install gscam package
    sudo apt-get install ros-hydro-gscam
  4. Switch to catkin workspace into src folder
    cd ~/catkin_ws/src
  5. Add gscam repositories
    wstool init
    wstool set gscam --git
    wstool update
  6. Load additional packages for gstreamer
    sudo apt-get install gstreamer-0.10 libgstreamer0.10-0 libgstreamer0.10-dev libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-dev gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-gconf gstreamer0.10-tools gstreamer0.10-x
  7. Build catkin workspace (see Catkin Tutorial)

    cd ..


See the video_player node documentation.



This node has two main functions.

  1. It can play a video.avi-file with the VLC-Media-Player and closes automatically after playing back the file.
  2. It can publish the video-data to a topic, which the ROS environment can deal with. The modus can be changed in the launch file.


mode (string)
  • Describes in which way the node works (VLC-playback, ROS-stream). "mode_I" => VLC player, "mode_II" => ROS-stream. Default: "mode_II" = ROS-stream.
gscam_config (string)
  • Used for calling the gstreamer. Example: "filesrc location=~/catkin_ws/src/tools_robin/video_player/data/Video1/Video.avi ! avidemux name=demux demux.video_00 ! decodebin ! ffmpegcolorspace ! video/x-raw-rgb ! identity name=ros ! fakesin";


A simple node to test the video_player.

Launch Files

Use roslaunch files to load the video_player_node and the parameter mode.

  • video_player.launch - Launches the video_player_node.

Test Video Player

By calling

roslaunch video_player video_player.launch
rosrun video_player test_client ~/catkin_ws/src/tools_robin/video_player/data/Video1

one can test the video player.

Wiki: video_player (last edited 2013-12-20 07:13:05 by ThomasKeplinger)