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Status and License is a port of the VideoCapture module in pure Python using ctypes and comtypes. is maintained by Jason R. Coombs. It is licensed under an MIT-style permissive license.

You can install it with easy_install, or from the mercurial repository with easy_install is designed to run on Python 2.5+, including Python 3, and including 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Python.


It does not currently install properly on Python 2.7 due to a bug in comtypes.

Although the package currently installs on Python 3, there is currently no supported version of PIL for Python 3, so only raw bitmap data will be available (no JPEG support, etc).

Usage includes a console script "save-frame" which if invoked will locate the first video capture device and attempt to save a frame to disk as "test.jpg".

This example usage can be seen in



  • Moved typelibs so they will be included with the build.
  • Fixed ImportError on Python 3.
  • Added readme.


  • First non-dev release. Typelibs are included and comtypes libs are generated automatically.