[Libav-user] list all available formats of webcam

Hans, Sven Sven.Hans at dermalog.com
Wed Apr 17 14:45:31 EEST 2019


thank you for your support. Maybe you can help me a bit more:

I just tried the API, but without success.

The error is -40 (“function not implemented”) from

the function avdevice_capabilities_create. I use the libs/dlls released with ffmpeg 4.1.0 on Windows 10. My project is build with Visual Studio vc14_xp.

Maybe I did not initialize everything correctly or bad ordering of open input?

Please see my code:

const char* szUrl = "video=@device_pnp_\\?\usb#vid_046d&pid_082d&mi_00#7&1d276e35&0&0000#{65e8773d-8f56-11d0-a3b9-00a0c9223196}\global"

// register all codecs and devices




av_log_set_level(AV_LOG_ERROR); //turn off info and warning; only output error

AVFormatContext* m_pFormatCtxInCam = avformat_alloc_context();

AVInputFormat* m_pInFrmt = av_find_input_format("dshow");

AVDictionary *m_pInOptions = nullptr;
av_dict_set(&m_pInOptions, "video_size", "640x480", 0);
av_dict_set(&m_pInOptions, "framerate", "30", 0);

int ret = avformat_open_input(&m_pFormatCtxInCam, szUrl, m_pInFrmt, &m_pInOptions)
if(ret >= 0)

  AVDeviceCapabilitiesQuery * pDevCap = nullptr;

  AVOptionRanges * pPixFmtRange;

  ret = avdevice_capabilities_create(&pDevCap, m_pFormatCtxInCam, nullptr);

  if(ret >= 0)


    if(av_opt_query_ranges(&pPixFmtRange, pDevCap, "pixel_format",



      std::cout << "found some pixel formats" << std::endl;






    char szErrbuf[1024];

    av_strerror(ret, szErrbuf, 1024);


  avdevice_capabilities_free(&pDevCap, m_pFormatCtxInCam);


Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Best regards

Sven Hans
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From: Libav-user <libav-user-bounces at ffmpeg.org> On Behalf Of Hristo Ivanov
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Subject: Re: [Libav-user] list all available formats of webcam


Sorry, I think I got it wrong in my previous reply:

> I think there is no way to retrieve the information using the FFMPEG API.

There is this:


Quoting the docs:

>  Following API allows user to probe device capabilities (supported codecs, pixel formats, sample formats, resolutions, channel counts, etc).

Give the above API a try.

> So the output in the console comes from the backend and not from ffmpeg?

Well, the output comes from ffmpeg, it gets printed with the av_log() function.
For the decklink '-listformats' flag, the output just gets printed and it is not stored in any structure(not even in the above API) from which it can be retrieved.
That is why I had to capture the log and then parse it.

> probably I have to implement this functionality directly with Dshow in Windows and v4l2 in Linux.

Doing this with the decklink API for my case would be a better solution than the one I currently have.



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