Raspberry Pi Camera Board - RaspiVid Command List

Raspberry Pi Camera Board - RaspiVid Command List

Please note that these commands will not work with the 'Bullseye' Raspberry Pi OS or later. Bullseye users will need to use libcamera-vid - we have an article here for libcamera users.

RaspiVid Camera App


Display camera output to display, and optionally saves an H264 capture at requested bitrate

usage: RaspiVid [options]

Image parameter commands

-?, --help : This help information

-w, --width : Set image width . Default 1920

-h, --height : Set image height . Default 1080

-b, --bitrate : Set bitrate. Use bits per second (e.g. 10MBits/s would be -b 10000000)

-o, --output : Output filename (to write to stdout, use '-o -')

-v, --verbose : Output verbose information during run

-t, --timeout : Time (in ms) before takes picture and shuts down. If not specified, set to 5s

-d, --demo : Run a demo mode (cycle through range of camera options, no capture)

-fps, --framerate : Specify the frames per second to record

-e, --penc : Display preview image *after* encoding (shows compression artifacts)

Preview parameter commands

-p, --preview : Preview window settings

-f, --fullscreen : Fullscreen preview mode

-n, --nopreview : Do not display a preview window

Image parameter commands

-sh, --sharpness : Set image sharpness (-100 to 100)

-co, --contrast : Set image contrast (-100 to 100)

-br, --brightness : Set image brightness (0 to 100)

-sa, --saturation : Set image saturation (-100 to 100)

-ISO, --ISO : Set capture ISO

-vs, --vstab : Turn on video stablisation

-ev, --ev : Set EV compensation

-ex, --exposure : Set exposure mode (see Notes)

-awb, --awb : Set AWB mode (see Notes)

-ifx, --imxfx : Set image effect (see Notes)

-cfx, --colfx : Set colour effect (U:V)

-mm, --metering : Set metering mode (see Notes)

-rot, --rotation : Set image rotation (0-359)

-hf, --hflip : Set horizontal flip

-vf, --vflip : Set vertical flip


Exposure mode options :


AWB mode options :


Image Effect mode options :


Metering Mode options :


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