mjpeg — mjpeg recording

The mjpeg module is used for mjpeg recording.

class Mjpeg – Mjpeg recorder

You can use the mjpeg module to record large video clips. Note that mjpeg files save compressed image data. So, they are best for recording long video clips that you want to share. Use gif for short clips.

Example usage:

import sensor, mjpeg, time

# Setup camera.
c = time.clock()

# Create the mjpeg object.
m = mjpeg.Mjpeg("example.mjpeg")

# Add frames.
for i in range(100):

# Finalize.


class mjpeg.Mjpeg(filename[, width[, height]])

Create a Mjpeg object which you can add frames to. filename is the path to save the mjpeg recording to.

width is automatically set equal to the image sensor horizontal resolution unless explicitly overridden.

height is automatically set equal to the image sensor vertical resolution unless explicitly overridden.



Return True if the file was closed. You cannot write more data to a closed file.


Returns the width (horizontal resolution) for the mjpeg file.


Returns the height (vertical resolution) for the mjpeg file.


Returns the number of frames in the mjpeg file.


Returns the file size in bytes of the mjpeg so far. This value is updated after adding frames.

add_frame(image[, roi=None[, rgb_channel=-1[, alpha=256[, color_palette=None[, alpha_palette=None[, hint=0[, quality=90]]]]]]])

Add an image to the mjpeg recording. The added image is automatically scaled up/down while preserving the aspect-ratio to the resolution specified when the mjpeg file was created.

image can be any image format. Even PNG images or JPEG images at the wrong resolution. This method will automatically decompress, scale/convert, and re-compress images for the file.

roi is the region-of-interest rectangle tuple (x, y, w, h) of the image. This allows you to extract just the pixels in the ROI. By default this is the whole image.

rgb_channel is the RGB channel (0=R, G=1, B=2) to extract from an RGB565 image (if passed) and to render onto the destination. For example, if you pass rgb_channel=1 this will extract the green channel of the source RGB565 image and draw that in grayscale on the destination.

alpha controls how much of the source image to blend into the destination. A value of 256 draws an opaque source image while a value lower than 256 produces a blend between the source and destination (which is a black background in this case). 0 results in a black image.

color_palette if not -1 can be image.PALETTE_RAINBOW, image.PALETTE_IRONBOW, or a 256 pixel in total RGB565 image to use as a color lookup table on the grayscale value of whatever the source image is. This is applied after rgb_channel extraction if used.

alpha_palette if not -1 can be a 256 pixel in total GRAYSCALE image to use as a alpha palette which modulates the alpha value of the source image being drawn at a pixel pixel level allowing you to precisely control the alpha value of pixels based on their grayscale value. A pixel value of 255 in the alpha lookup table is opaque which anything less than 255 becomes more transparent until 0. This is applied after rgb_channel extraction if used.

hint can be a logical OR of the flags:

quality is the compression quality (0-100) (int) to be used for non-JPEG images.

Returns the object.

write(image[, quality=90[, roi=None[, rgb_channel=-1[, alpha=256[, color_palette=None[, alpha_palette=None[, hint=0]]]]]]])

Alias for Mjpeg.add_frame().


Flushes the mjpeg file to disk but keeps the file open for writing more data. You should call flush periodically ensure that the file is saved to disk.

Returns the object.


Finalizes the mjpeg recording. This method must be called once the recording is complete to make the file viewable.

Returns the object.