I have purchased an Imported 1.3 5MP Webcam Video Camera Module Board 1080p 720p Fast for Raspberry Pi 2. On testing this particular camera on Iceweasel/Firefox, the camera quality was absolutely fine; doing the same on chromium the video gets disrupted and pixelated.Even on using a normal USB camera with chromium, everything worked fine. Can someone suggest solutions for improving video feed on chromium using the raspberry pi camera or any compatible hardware? [No USB Camera]

Board: Raspberry Pi 2 B+ OS: Raspbian Jessie

  • This is a known issue in chromium - there's a hack mentioned at the end of that ticket but it's worth reading the thread to understand what's going on (short version: chromium doesn't like cameras that don't list a simple discrete set of resolutions)
    – Dave Jones
    Apr 26, 2017 at 13:16
  • @DaveJones by hack did you mean this? sudo modprobe bcm2835-v4l2 gst_v4l2src_is_broken=1 If yes? Please elaborate how to implement this hack. Apr 26, 2017 at 15:03
  • Any other compatible camera (with chromium) that you can suggest? Apr 26, 2017 at 15:09
  • Yeah, that's the hack I meant - the associated thread goes into some more detail on the chromium issue itself. As for other cameras, I would assume most USB cameras work: they mostly list a trivial set of discrete resolutions, unlike the Pi's camera which (having a full ISP at its disposal) effectively says "I support any resolution you want"
    – Dave Jones
    Apr 26, 2017 at 15:15
  • @DaveJones I ran this command "sudo modprobe bcm2835-v4l2 gst_v4l2src_is_broken=1" but nothing happens! Apr 29, 2017 at 9:53

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Simply run the following commands to enable and configure the module:

echo "bcm2835-v4l2" | sudo tee /etc/modules-load.d/bcm2835-v4l2.conf > /dev/null
echo "options bcm2835-v4l2 gst_v4l2src_is_broken=1" | sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/bcm2835-v4l2.conf > /dev/null

Then reboot your pi:

sudo reboot

And everything should work like a charm ;)

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