I'm using a real simple python script to capture a video file to a file, taken from the "simple recipes" guide :

import picamera
camera = picamera.PiCamera()
camera.resolution = (640, 480)

When I play 'my_video.h264' with vlc or omxplayer, the video speed is slowed, so the video last 35 seconds instead of the 30 expected.

Converting the video to AVI with ffmpeg

ffmpeg -i test.h264 -c:v copy -f avi test.avi

or to mp4 with MP4Box :

MP4Box -add test.h264 test.mp4

don't solve anything, video is still slow and last 35 seconds.

Here is the informations I gathered about the video files : ffprobe -i test.h264 :

Duration: N/A, bitrate: N/A Stream #0:0: Video: h264 (High), yuv420p(progressive), 640x480, 25 fps, 25 tbr, 1200k tbn, 50 tbc

ffprobe -i test.avi :

Duration: 00:00:35.76, start: 0.000000, bitrate: 685 kb/s Stream #0:0: Video: h264 (High) (H264 / 0x34363248), yuv420p(progressive), 640x480, 675 kb/s, 50 fps, 25 tbr, 50 tbn, 100 tbc

ffprobe -i test.mp4 :

Duration: 00:00:35.76, start: 0.000000, bitrate: 675 kb/s Stream 0:0(und): Video: h264 (High) (avc1 / 0x31637661), yuv420p, 640x480, 674 k b/s, 25 fps, 25 tbr, 25k tbn, 50k tbc (default)

Am I missing something obvious ?

Note : raspivid is capturing without this problem.

1 Answer 1


If you do not specify the default framerate in python then it will be set to 30fps. The players you are using expect a frame rate of 25fps. So your 30 second video should last 30seconds x 30fps/25fps = 36 seconds. See documentation, 10. API - picamera.camera Module, for the default frame rate.

Try using


Camera must not be recording for this change to take effect.

  • Bingo ! Thank you, this seems so obvious once explained :) Commented Aug 16, 2018 at 23:39

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