How Do You Make a Camera Video in Python?

Python is a popular programming language that can be used to create a wide range of applications. One of the interesting applications that you can create using Python is a camera video. In this tutorial, we will learn how to make a camera video in Python.

What is a Camera Video?

A camera video is a sequence of images captured by a camera over time. These images are combined together to form a video. Videos are commonly used to record events, create animations or movies, and for various other purposes.

Step 1: Install OpenCV

OpenCV (Open Source Computer Vision) is an open-source computer vision and machine learning software library. It provides various functions for image and video processing. To use OpenCV in Python, we need to install it first.

To install OpenCV, run the following command in your terminal:

  • pip install opencv-python

Step 2: Capture Video

To capture video using OpenCV in Python, we need to create an object of the VideoCapture class. The constructor of this class takes the index of the camera as an argument. If you have only one camera connected to your computer, you can pass 0 as the argument.

Here’s how you can capture video using OpenCV:

import cv2

cap = cv2.VideoCapture(0)

while True:
ret, frame =

cv2.imshow(‘frame’, frame)

if cv2.waitKey(1) == ord(‘q’):


In this code, we first import the cv2 module which contains all the functions related to OpenCV. We then create an object of the VideoCapture class with index 0.

We then enter into an infinite loop where we read each frame from the camera using the read() method. The read() method returns two values: ret and frame.

The ret value is a boolean that indicates whether the frame was read successfully or not. The frame value is the actual image captured by the camera.

We then display each frame using the imshow() method. This method takes two arguments: the window name and the image to be displayed.

We also check for the ‘q’ key press using waitKey() method, which waits for a keyboard event for a specified amount of milliseconds. If ‘q’ is pressed, we break out of the loop.

Finally, we release the camera using release() method and destroy all windows using destroyAllWindows() method.


In this tutorial, we learned how to make a camera video in Python using OpenCV. We saw how to capture video from a camera and display it in real-time. We also learned about some of the functions provided by OpenCV for video processing.

Python provides great flexibility in creating different applications with ease, including creating videos from camera feed with OpenCV library’s help. With this tutorial, you can now create your own video capturing applications with Python and OpenCV.