4K Live Streaming

Stream RICOH THETA V or Z1 cameras with small Linux board computers such as NVIDIA Jetson Nano or x86. UVC 1.5 open source driver and gstreamer sample app. Control camera API and power it with a USB cable.

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Integrate Live Streaming with the USB API

Switch Between Still Image and Live Streaming Modes

Linux USB API App

Wake Camera From Sleep

Linux USB API App
Why it's awesome

Real-time 4K Video in 360


Run OpenCV and TensorFlow

Use OpenCV and TensorFlow to detect objects and trigger applications


Huge Storage

Save 4K video to the storage of the Linux board computer


Custom Video Pipeline

Build your own video processing pipeline to broadcast stream to other cloud services.


Open Source and Open APIs

Open source user mode Linux driver and open APIs allow you to freely build future-proof applications.

“New Linux video USB driver support allows developers to control RICOH THETA streaming video through the USB API. Please check out our sample programs that show developers how to process video to detect objects in real-time.”
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Based on libuvc by Ken Tossell.

Modifications for RICOH THETA cameras by nickel110

Understand your options

You can either use the NVIDIA proprietary video driver for x86 Linux, currently version 450 as of Oct 16, 2020, or use the nouveau driver. Learn the differences and how the driver can impact your gstreamer application, which is needed to access the RICOH THETA camera on /dev/video0 or /dev/video1. Performance of both drivers is good. Latency is below 1 second. The NVIDIA proprietary driver may be a bit lower latency. Try it yourself.

Mounting Options

The bottom screw of the THETA is 1/4" by 20 threads per inch. This is a standard tripod screw size. You need to use an extender to fit the USB cable to the send of the female connector on the camera.

When you mount the camera, you can either use a light stand with a narrow mounting base or you can use a triod and an extender. The extender on the right is made from a 1/4" by 20tpi stud and coupler from a hardware store. The extender cost about USD $3 in parts. You still need to buy a tripod with this rig. An AmazonBasics Alumninum light stand is USD $20.49.

Test Streaming Concepts

Learn by doing. Have fun testing concepts such as RTSP streaming and use cheap robots to help you and your colleagues imagine new ways of seeing and processing live streaming visual data.

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